Starting Pitcher Chart – April 1st, 2024

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

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The chart includes their last season performance until we get some actual data for this year, their opponent’s wOBA versus the pitcher’s handedness from last year (and then I’ll add the last 30 days outlook next month), my general start/sit recommendation for 10-team, 12-team, and 15-team (or more) leagues, and then a note about them (notes will be more statistical-based once we get some sample to work with). Obviously, there are league sizes beyond those three so it’s essentially a shallow, medium, deep. If a pitcher only has an “x” in 15-team, it doesn’t mean there’s no potential use in 10s and 12s, but it’s basically a riskier stream for those spots.

These are general recommendations, and your league situation will carry more weight whether you are protecting ratios or chasing counting numbers. This is for standard 5×5 roto leagues. The thresholds for H2H starts are generally lower, especially in points leagues so I thought there would be more value focusing on roto.

I was going to recommend some really bad starters for an April Fool’s gag, but I was worried some people might take them seriously and then get pissed at me for starting Chris Flexen 플렉센 v. ATL! 😂

Starter Notes April 1, 2024
1 Shota Imanaga CHC v COL x x x 26th Soft landing in his MLB debut, but does draw LAD on the wknd in the 2-step
2 Charlie Morton ATL at CHW x x x 163 3.64 1.43 14% 30th Solid 3 starts to open the season: at CHW, v ARI, at MIA
3 Triston McKenzie CLE at SEA x x x 16 5.06 1.56 4% 14th Looks healthy coming off an excellent spring, talent is sky-high
4 Tanner Houck BOS at OAK x x x 106 5.01 1.37 13% 29th Can he complete the quintet of strong opening starts for the Sox rotation?
5 Dean Kremer BAL v KCR x x x 172 4.12 1.31 14% 26th Posted a filthy 23% SwStr in spring; will he hold any of those gains?
6 Cristopher Sánchez PHI v CIN x x x 99 3.44 1.05 20% 12th CIN isn’t easy, but he’s my guy and I’m rolling w/him, espec. in weekly lgs w/at WSN this wknd
7 Luis Gil NYY at ARI x x x 13th Big breakout pick of mine so he’s in the lineup even w/at ARI & v TOR 2-step
8 Max Meyer MIA v LAA x x x 15th Returning from TJ so could be volatile, but I’m riding w/him this wk
9 Chase Silseth LAA at MIA x x x 52 3.96 1.28 14% 21st Starting him in weekly lgs even w/v BOS this wknd, but prefer to skip that one where I can
10 Reese Olson DET at NYM x x x 103 3.99 1.12 17% 16th Sneaky solid play w/at NYM and v OAK so I’m rolling in daily and weekly setups
11 James Paxton LAD v SFG x x x 96 4.50 1.31 17% 28th While healthy, I’m startng him in most situations for the high chance at Ws
12 Ryan Pepiot TBR v TEX x x 42 2.14 0.76 21% 3rd I’m a huge fan, but the v TEX/at COL 2-step is a brutal draw so I understand passing
13 Sean Manaea NYM v DET x x 117 4.44 1.24 17% 22nd Quietly had a sharp ST w/31% K, 6% BB, and 14% SwStr in 17 IP; at CIN this wknd is a bit dicey
14 Michael Wacha KCR at BAL x x 134 3.22 1.16 15% 17th Holding my nose for this in weeklies to get v CHW wknd start… hopefully Walltimore saves him
15 Emerson Hancock SEA v CLE x x 12 4.50 1.33 6% 22nd My ranges are a bit wider early on and I’ll take the shot on the rookie here
16 Bowden Francis TOR at HOU x 36 1.73 0.83 20% 7th There’s some intrigue on each of these next 6, but the matchups are tough…
17 Andrew Abbott CIN at PHI x 109 3.87 1.32 17% 8th …and several of them have a 2nd tough matchup this wknd making ’em dicey in weeklies, too
18 Kyle Gibson STL at SDP x 192 4.73 1.32 13% 18th Even with my wider ranges, I’m still playing it cautiously w/this group even in deep leagues
19 Ryne Nelson ARI v NYY x 144 5.31 1.42 8% 27th Big K% surge in ST (30% K, 15% SwStr) and I’m eager to see how legit it is
20 Dane Dunning TEX at TBR x 172 3.70 1.26 12% 4th Big K% surge in ST (27% K, 22% SwStr) w/new pitch and I’m eager to see how legit it is
21 Ronel Blanco HOU v TOR x 52 4.50 1.48 11% 11th Yet another huge K% surge in ST (33% K, 26% SwStr), can the 30-yr old make something of it?
22 Marco Gonzales PIT at WSN x 50 5.22 1.46 7% 15th Only rocking this start in some lgs, but not taking on the 2-step w/v BAL on the wknd
23 Matt Waldron SDP v STL x 41 4.35 1.23 11% 9th Had a filthy 35% SwStr in ST, but just a 21% K rate; does get at SFG this wknd so maybe a deep lg shot?
24 Keaton Winn SFG at LAD 42 4.68 1.04 16% 2nd Keeping tabs on him, but at LAD/v SDP is a tough 2-step
25 Joe Boyle OAK v BOS 16 1.69 0.81 17% 8th Can’t be trusted w/his severe lack of command and control
26 MacKenzie Gore WSN v PIT 136 4.42 1.40 16% 24th Live arm is still just 25 yrs old so he’s on the watchlist, but I need to see something first
27 Dakota Hudson COL at CHC 81 4.98 1.50 3% 12th No
28 Chris Flexen 플렉센 CHW v ATL 102 6.86 1.67 8% 1st Hard pass
Recommendations for Roto 5×5 Leagues

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Master Live 013member
21 days ago

Thank you sir, keep em’ coming!