Starting Pitcher Chart – September 14th, 2021

With the season winding down, I wanted to find something that would be useful for those still contending in their leagues. I decided to do something that isn’t particularly new, but we don’t have it here at the site: a starting pitcher chart for the day’s slate of games. I’ll include their performance over the last five starts, their opponent’s wOBA versus the pitcher’s handedness, and then my start/sit recommendation for 10-team, 12-team, and 15-team (or more) leagues.

Let me know what y’all think about this. Obviously 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. For the weekend, Justin & I will use the Friday podcast to discuss the relevant weekend streamers. By popular demand, these will start coming out the day before the slate in question.

September 14th Starter Chart
Gerrit Cole NYY at BAL x x x 1.27 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 31% K-BB .320 – 13th L5 encompasses his time off the IL
Frankie Montas OAK at KCR x x x 1.93 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 19% K-BB .303 -23rd Quietly dominating down the stretch
Nathan Eovaldi BOS at SEA x x x 2.05 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 26% K-BB .306 – 21st 2H K% surge has made him a full scale fantasy ace
Lucas Giolito CWS LAA x x x 2.45 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 23% K-BB .283 – 29th Slam dunk start even if matchup wasn’t this good
Triston McKenzie CLE at MIN x x x 1.36 ERA, 0.48 WHIP, 29% K-BB .327 – 8th Picking up right where he left off since IL return
José Berríos TOR TBR x x x 3.49 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 25% K-BB .380 – 2nd Tough matchup, but he’s an auto-start
Zack Greinke HOU at TEX x x x 3.72 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 8% K-BB .324 – 11th Rough outing @TEX last GS not deterring me
Marcus Stroman NYM STL x x x 3.26 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 17% K-BB .295 – 26th Has allowed >4 ER just once since May 17th
Joe Ryan MIN CLE x x x 2.25 ERA, 0.42 WHIP, 20% K-BB .304 22nd Elite control already on display in 2 MLB starts
Wade Miley CIN at PIT x x x 2.43 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 15% K-BB .301 – 20th Has a sub-3.00 ERA in 156 IP this year
Anthony DeSclafani SFG SDP x x x 3.66 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 14% K-BB .284 – 28th Disjointed 2H, but I’m still starting him here
Tyler Anderson SEA BOS x x x 4.03 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 15% K-BB .308 – 18th Hasn’t allowed >4 ER in any of L13 GS (3.51 ERA)
Freddy Peralta MIL at DET x x 5.68 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 22% K-BB .309 – 20th Hasn’t reached 4 IP in his last 3; not a must-start
Luke Weaver ARI at LAD x x 3.55 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 16% K-BB .290 – 27th LAD struggles give him some streamer intrigue
Kyle Gibson PHI CHC x x 4.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 9% K-BB .314 – 17th Back to normal w/PHI (4.60 ERA/1.38 WHIP)
Dillon Peters PIT CIN x x 3.38 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 10% K-BB .264 – 29th Great matchup & he’s been solid in 4 starts w/PIT
Erick Fedde WAS MIA x 5.96 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 19% K-BB .267 – 30th Matchup would be the only reason to gamble
Drew Rasmussen TBR at TOR x 1.64 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 13% K-BB .361 – 3rd Avg’ing <5 IP per GS in L5 + a brutal matchup
Jon Gray COL at ATL x 6.86 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 22% K-BB .331 – 5th Under 5 IP in 3 of L5, all of them on the road
Touki Toussaint ATL COL x 3.80 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 7% K-BB .317 – 15th* Matchup drives interest, but only 3 IP in last 2 GS
Jake Woodford STL at NYM x 3.91 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 14% K-BB .327 – 9th 5 of 10 ER over his L5 came in 1 outing
Wily Peralta DET MIL 3.86 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 8% K-BB .337 – 4th Heed the WHIP & K-BB rate more than the ERA
Jordan Lyles TEX HOU 5.34 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 13% K-BB .342 – 3rd 5, 1, 8, 3, 1 ER in L5, but HOU too good to risk it
Logan Allen CLE at MIN 5.40 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 7% K-BB .327 – 8th Too risky here, espec. w/MIN hitting well of late
Jesús Luzardo MIA at WAS 5.04 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 12% K-BB .358 – 4th 3 solid outings in a row, but I’m still reluctant
Jackson Kowar KCR OAK 9.53 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, 5% K-BB .313 – 18th Hasn’t really settled since disastrous MLB debut
Tony Gonsolin LAD ARI 3.63 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 7% K-BB .296 – 25th Not enough IP to gamble even if skills were better
Adrian Sampson 샘슨 CHC at PHI 4.42 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 12% K-BB .323 – 11th Stats are all 18 MLB IP this yr b/w SP & RP
Alexander Wells BAL NYY 8.00 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, 10% K-BB .297 – 23rd Nothing to see here
Packy Naughton LAA at CWS 2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 3% K-BB .344 – 8th Don’t get duped by the fraudulent ERA
Jake Arrieta SDP at SFG 9.74 ERA, 2.09 WHIP, 9% K-BB .327 – 10th No chance
*road vR for COL

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Evan Carter
Evan Carter

And, oddly enough, after poo-poohing Freddie Peralta’s last start as a must-start, I have activated him for tonight’s start against the Tigers, despite having to face the DH. Paul moved him down the list, but I moved him up to my active roster. Why? The reasons:

1. He went 1 2/3 innings longer in his 2nd start off the IL, and got his pitch count up to 81 (from 53 in his 1st start off the IL). This gives him at least a credible chance of going five innings and getting a win, assuming the Brewers let him get to 90 pitches or a bit more this time out.

2. The Tigers score fewer runs per game than the Phillies do, despite the DH in the AL and not in the NL. I know the Tigers have done better since the All-Star Break, but that hot run just after (6.3 runs per game in the 14 games right after) has settled down, and they’re down to 4.3 runs per game in their last 39 games, lower than their season average of 4.40. 6.1 runs per game in their last 11 gives me some pause, and 20 in their last 3 against Tampa is unnerving, but I’m taking the plunge in spite of that.

3. I’m playing the ballpark here, even with the Tigers scoring a lot their last 6 games at home, Comerica is a considerably better pitcher’s park than Miller. On the season, the Tigers are still scoring considerably fewer runs per game at home than on the road (4.21 runs per game at home; 4.59 on the road).

4. He improved the K/BB rate from the 1st start to the 2nd. Extreme minimal sample size and all, but 4/1 K/BB in 3 2/3 innings is better than 4/2 K/BB in 2 innings. He has a better chance to put up decent ratios tonight than he looked like had last time out.

5. The fact that I get to waive Edward Cabrera off my roster while activating Peralta had very little to do with my decision. I had enough of that less than 1:1 K/BB ratio of Cabrera’s. Not the mention then 1.8 WHIP. And the nearly 3 HR per 9. Very little to do with the decision to activate Peralta. Oh, yeah.