Starting Pitcher Chart – August 1st

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Daily SP Chart archive

The chart includes their season performance, their opponent’s wOBA versus the pitcher’s handedness over the last 30 days, my general start/sit recommendation for 10-team, 12-team, and 15-team (or more) leagues, and then a note about them. 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 risky 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.

Tuesday, August 1st, Starter Notes
1 Spencer Strider ATL LAA x x x 123 3.73 1.09 33% 13th Strider v. Shohei (in the box, not on the mound)… can’t wait!
2 Zac Gallen ARI at SFG x x x 136.2 3.36 1.08 21% 29th Nice schedule reprieve after TBR, at LAA, at TOR, at ATL, STL among his L6 starts
3 Zach Eflin TBR at NYY x x x 116.1 3.64 1.02 22% 22nd Tougher w/Judge back & Eflin has 2 duds in his L3 but the other is 7 IP/0 ER… he’s not coming out anywhere
4 Freddy Peralta MIL at WSN x x x 109 4.46 1.25 19% 18th Came back from ATL dud w/an absolute gem v. CIN (6 IP/0 ER/13 Ks)
5 Alex Cobb SFG ARI x x x 106 2.97 1.35 16% 15th Was moved back a day, but here’s what I said yesterday: 2.86 ERA in his L8 w/dodgeable bombs at CIN & at COL
6 Framber Valdez HOU CLE x x x 126 3.29 1.14 20% 23rd 1 of 3 guys in today’s slate randomly beat up at OAK recently & then merked v. TEX… solid rebound spot here
7 Pablo López MIN at STL x x x 128.2 4.13 1.14 23% 6th Like Bello & Valdez, he was randomly cooked at OAK, but responded w/B2B gems v. SEA (3.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 15 Ks in 12 IP)
8 Kyle Bradish BAL at TOR x x x 104 3.29 1.14 16% 12th Little hiccup in the middle innings at PHI but delivered 3 more IP of 1-hit after that (1 ER, too)
9 Justin Steele CHC CIN x x x 109.2 2.87 1.12 17% 19th Don’t love facing Cincy w/anyone these days, though I can’t wait to see him battle this tough lineup as a baseball fan
10 Lance Lynn LAD OAK x x x 119.2 6.47 1.46 19% 16th Will OAK take another victim in what should otherwise be a great opportunity for the SP?
11 Carlos Rodón NYY TBR x x x 20.1 5.75 1.38 3% 29th Still hasn’t reached 6 IP in any of his 4 starts, but allowed just 1 ER last time out
12 Brayan Bello BOS at SEA x x x 96 3.66 1.21 14% 10th Dud at OAK, baseline QS v. ATL… just like we all expected! He’s definitely back in the lineup if you skipped ATL
13 Sandy Alcantara MIA PHI x x x 135.1 4.46 1.24 14% 20th Better of late: 2.95 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 17% K-BB including a CG under 100 pitches v. TBR (1 ER)
14 Johan Oviedo PIT DET x x x 117.1 4.60 1.35 11% 28th Dominates worse teams (3.05 ERA, 1,14 WHIP, 14% K-BB) so this is an easy stream spot if you like Oviedo at all
15 José Quintana NYM at KCR x x x 11 3.27 1.36 11% 14th Nice pair of outings so far and a great matchup to stay hot
16 Ranger Suárez PHI at MIA x x 79 4.22 1.39 13% 11th Last outing was his first 0-1 BB gm of the month (12% BB in the other 4)
17 Bryce Miller SEA BOS x x 75 3.96 1.00 19% 4th Hasn’t reached 6 IP in any of his L5, only 1 huge dud (4 HR at MIN); tough matchup so this isn’t a must
18 Ben Lively 라이블리 CIN at CHC x x 67 3.76 1.21 16% 5th Has a 145 pt. platoon split & CHC’s lefty/switch guys are solid: Tauchman, Happ, Belli, and Candy… might sit but not cut
19 Miles Mikolas STL MIN x x 127.1 4.38 1.30 11% 2nd MIN is hot, but I can still find plenty of starts here coming off a semi-extended break after the 1st inning ejection last time
20 Matt Manning DET at PIT x 41.2 4.32 1.08 10% 26th Strong WHIP and great matchup so I’m down to stream; the meager K-BB and a 1.5 HR rate do increase the risk
21 Andrew Heaney TEX CHW x 101.1 4.62 1.35 14% 12th Could feel better about this by first pitch if CHW deals a couple pieces from the lineup!
22 Josiah Gray WSN MIL x 118.1 3.27 1.41 9% 19th Be careful falling too hard for the 2.36 ERA of his L6… comes w/a 1.47 WHIP and 9% K-BB
23 Gavin Williams CLE at HOU x 37.2 3.35 1.30 9% 14th Only reached 5 IP in 1 of his L3 and has 4 BB in 2 of ’em… Altuve & Alvarez are back, too, making this very sittable
24 Hyun Jin Ryu 류현진 TOR BAL #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A 13th Season debut… could see some stretch run value in deeper formats, gotta see 2-3 starts before using him
25 Patrick Sandoval LAA at ATL 98 4.13 1.41 9% 6th 3 straight solid outings despite 9 BB in 17 IP but no chance I’m riding w/him at ATL
26 Zack Greinke KCR NYM 101.2 5.49 1.28 12% 8th I know I’m a broken record on him, but the upside isn’t at all worth the downside
27 Jesse Scholtens CHW at TEX 38 3.32 1.32 7% 7th Decent ratios but that meager K-BB makes him very difficult to trust, espec. In TEX
28 Ken Waldichuk OAK at LAD 84.2 6.38 1.77 8% 16th No thanks
29 Peter Lambert COL SDP 45.1 4.76 1.41 12% 9th No thanks
30 Ryan Weathers SDP at COL 44.2 6.25 1.61 6% 7th No thanks
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9 months ago

Hey, Gomber had another good one last night.