Starting Pitcher Chart – May 23rd

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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.

I’m out of the house all day Tuesday from the early morning on so no commentary or stats on this one, just the recommendations. I’ll respond to comments when available throughout the day if you want to discuss someone further. Some of the no-X guys have some stream appeal depending how risky you are with streaming, but I wasn’t really able to highlight that without the commentary, but they are ranked in order if that helps. That said, if there’s a questionable one you want to discuss, leave a comment.

Tuesday, May 23rd Starter Recommendations
1 Gerrit Cole NYY BAL R x x x
2 Nathan Eovaldi TEX at PIT R x x x
3 Sonny Gray MIN SFG R x x x
4 Yu Darvish SDP at WSN R x x x
5 Spencer Strider ATL LAD R x x x
6 Kodai Senga NYM at CHC R x x x
7 Eduardo Rodriguez DET at KCR L x x x
8 Dylan Cease CHW at CLE R x x x
9 Drew Smyly CHC NYM L x x x
10 Logan Allen CLE CHW L x x x
11 Taj Bradley TBR TOR R x x x
12 Kyle Bradish BAL at NYY R x x x
13 MacKenzie Gore WSN SDP L x x x
14 José Berríos TOR at TBR R x x
15 Eury Pérez MIA at COL R x x
16 Alex Cobb SFG at MIN R x
17 Luis Medina OAK at SEA R
18 Graham Ashcraft CIN STL R
19 Rich Hill PIT TEX L
20 Daniel Lynch KCR DET L
21 Brayan Bello BOS at LAA R
22 Bobby Miller LAD at ATL R
23 Griffin Canning LAA BOS R
24 Marco Gonzales SEA OAK L
25 Adam Wainwright STL at CIN R
26 J.P. France HOU at MIL R
27 Colin Rea MIL HOU R
28 Ryne Nelson ARI at PHI R
29 Dylan Covey PHI ARI L
30 Austin Gomber COL MIA L
Recommendations for Roto 5×5 Leagues


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8 days ago

Man I’d like to understand your concerns on Cobb to bench him in all but the deepest leagues.

8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Sporer

I guess most leagues don’t have IP minimums the way mine do. I’d never make the minimums if I was benching guys like Cobb anywhere but Coors (or, as I learned the hard way because I wasn’t paying attention, Mexico City).

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8 days ago
Reply to  cavebird

My H2H league has a pretty easily achievable minimum (30 IP/week) so its easier to avoid those more marginal spots. In which case, I often let the early part of the week dictate the weekend strategy. If I get out to a solid lead in ERA and WHIP I usually avoid those risky streaming starts and make my opponent try to run me down in those categories. Conversely if the ratios are bad early in the week I’ll usually punt them and stream away to chase wins and Ks.

8 days ago
Reply to  Paul Sporer

I am a bit surprised that you would prefer to start Eury at Coors over Cobb. Also, it is funny seeing Eovaldi listed as the two starter on any day. I mean, I agree, and he has looked great and it is a cake matchup but just a funny thought.