Week 8 Start/Sit: MLB Starting Pitcher (SP) Matchups

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By Dirk Hansen (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsAs is the case for most weeks of fantasy baseball, there are some solid two start pitchers available and some starting pitcher sleepers and streamers to consider for Week 8. We believe that it's key to analyze every SP matchup each week, to help determine which pitchers to start/sit, and to hopefully find some hidden waiver wire options to consider adding to your teams depending on the league format.

All of the pitching matchups for Week 8 are listed here, with the projected starting pitchers for each MLB game. This article considers all of the SP performances thus far this season, the pitcher's opponents, their career stats, the ballpark factors and historical splits. Based on all of this information, we provide our start/sit recommendations for each starting pitcher matchup this week.

Choosing the right pitchers to sit or start can be a critical component for the success of fantasy teams. We are always trying to avoid the huge blow-up for your team, and an ugly ERA/WHIP injection to your team's overall stats. Benching a SP that gets touched up can be the difference between a win or loss in weekly formats. In more standard roto leagues, or in daily league formats, we try to be extra careful and prepare our daily fantasy lineups by choosing the proper matchups throughout the week.  Good luck this week RotoBallers!

 

SP Matchups & Start/Sit Recommendations

Editor’s Note: our fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups list is updated every day. We provide daily analysis on hot or emerging starting pitchers, in addition to all other fantasy position players. You can also download our waiver wire iPhone app for free, and stay updated on all of RotoBaller's waiver wire recommendations.

 

Probable Pitchers - Monday (5/19/14)

Game Visiting Starter Start / Sit Home Starter Start / Sit
CHW@KC Carroll, Scott SP CHW Sit Vargas, Jason SP KC Start
CIN@WAS Leake, Mike SP CIN Start Strasburg, Stephen SP WAS Start
DET@CLE Verlander, Justin SP DET Start Kluber, Corey SP CLE Start
HOU@LAA Keuchel, Dallas SP HOU Start Richards, Garrett RP LAA Start
MIL@ATL Peralta, Wily SP MIL Start Minor, Mike SP ATL Start

Probable Pitchers - Tuesday (5/20/14)

Game Visiting Starter Start / Sit Home Starter Start / Sit
ARI@STL Arroyo, Bronson SP ARI Sit Wainwright, Adam SP STL Start
BAL@PIT Chen, Wei-Yin SP BAL Sit Liriano, Francisco SP PIT Start
CHW@KC Rienzo, Andre SP CHW Sit Ventura, Yordano SP KC Start
CIN@WAS Cueto, Johnny SP CIN Start Fister, Doug SP WAS Start
DET@CLE Smyly, Drew RP DET Start Bauer, Trevor SP CLE Sit
HOU@LAA Feldman, Scott SP HOU Sit Skaggs, Tyler SP LAA Sit
LAD@NYM Beckett, Josh SP LAD Start Montero, Rafael SP NYM Sit
MIL@ATL Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL Start Teheran, Julio SP ATL Start
MIN@SD Correia, Kevin SP MIN Sit Kennedy, Ian SP SD Start
NYY@CHC Tanaka, Masahiro SP NYY Start Hammel, Jason SP CHC Sit
OAK@TB Pomeranz, Drew SP OAK Start Odorizzi, Jake SP TB Sit
PHI@MIA Burnett, A.J. SP PHI Start TBD TBD
SEA@TEX Iwakuma, Hisashi SP SEA Start Lewis, Colby SP TEX Sit
SF@COL Bumgarner, Madison SP SF Sit Morales, Franklin RP COL Sit
TOR@BOS TBD TBD Doubront, Felix SP BOS Sit

Probable Pitchers - Wednesday (5/21/14)

Game Visiting Starter Start / Sit Home Starter Start / Sit
ARI@STL McCarthy, Brandon SP ARI Start Wacha, Michael SP STL Start
BAL@PIT Gonzalez, Miguel SP BAL Sit Rodriguez, Wandy SP PIT Sit
CHW@KC Quintana, Jose SP CHW Sit Guthrie, Jeremy SP KC Sit
CIN@WAS Simon, Alfredo RP CIN Start Roark, Tanner SP WAS Start
DET@CLE Scherzer, Max SP DET Start McAllister, Zach SP CLE Sit
HOU@LAA McHugh, Collin SP HOU Sit Weaver, Jered SP LAA Start
LAD@NYM Greinke, Zack SP LAD Start deGrom, Jacob SP NYM Sit
MIL@ATL Lohse, Kyle SP MIL Start Santana, Ervin SP ATL Start
MIN@SD Hughes, Phil SP MIN Start Ross, Tyson RP SD Start
NYY@CHC Whitley, Chase RP NYY Sit Samardzija, Jeff SP CHC Start
OAK@TB Milone, Tommy SP OAK Sit Bedard, Erik SP TB Sit
PHI@MIA Kendrick, Kyle SP PHI Sit Eovaldi, Nathan SP MIA Start
SEA@TEX Maurer, Brandon SP SEA Sit Tepesch, Nick SP TEX Sit
SF@COL Cain, Matt SP SF Sit Chacin, Jhoulys SP COL Sit
TOR@BOS Happ, J.A. SP TOR Sit Buchholz, Clay SP BOS Sit

Probable Pitchers - Thursday (5/22/14)

Game Visiting Starter Start / Sit Home Starter Start / Sit
ARI@STL Miley, Wade SP ARI Sit Lynn, Lance SP STL Start
CHC@SD Arrieta, Jake SP CHC Sit Stults, Eric SP SD Sit
CLE@BAL Tomlin, Josh RP CLE Sit Tillman, Chris SP BAL Sit
HOU@SEA Cosart, Jarred SP HOU Sit Young, Chris SP SEA Start
LAD@NYM Kershaw, Clayton SP LAD Start Niese, Jonathon SP NYM Start
MIL@ATL Garza, Matt SP MIL Start Harang, Aaron SP ATL Start
NYY@CHW Phelps, David SP NYY Sit Noesi, Hector RP CHW Sit
OAK@TB Gray, Sonny SP OAK Start Archer, Chris SP TB Sit
PHI@MIA Hamels, Cole SP PHI Start Alvarez, Henderson SP MIA Sit
SF@COL Hudson, Tim SP SF Sit De La Rosa, Jorge SP COL Sit
TEX@DET Darvish, Yu SP TEX Start Porcello, Rick SP DET Sit
TOR@BOS Hutchison, Drew SP TOR Sit Lester, Jon SP BOS Start
WAS@PIT Gonzalez, Gio SP WAS Sit Volquez, Edinson SP PIT Sit

Probable Pitchers - Friday (5/23/14)

Game Visiting Starter Start / Sit Home Starter Start / Sit
ARI@NYM Anderson, Chase SP ARI Sit Colon, Bartolo SP NYM Sit
BOS@TB Lackey, John SP BOS Start Ramos, Cesar RP TB Sit
CHC@SD Jackson, Edwin SP CHC Sit Erlin, Robbie SP SD Sit
CLE@BAL Masterson, Justin SP CLE Sit Norris, Bud SP BAL Sit
COL@ATL Lyles, Jordan SP COL Start Floyd, Gavin SP ATL Sit
HOU@SEA Peacock, Brad SP HOU Sit Elias, Roenis SP SEA Sit
KC@LAA Shields, James SP KC Start Wilson, C.J. SP LAA Start
LAD@PHI Haren, Dan SP LAD Start Lee, Cliff SP PHI Start
MIL@MIA Estrada, Marco SP MIL Start Koehler, Tom SP MIA Start
MIN@SF Gibson, Kyle SP MIN Sit Lincecum, Tim SP SF Start
NYY@CHW Kuroda, Hiroki SP NYY Sit Danks, John SP CHW Sit
OAK@TOR Kazmir, Scott SP OAK Start Buehrle, Mark SP TOR Sit
STL@CIN Miller, Shelby SP STL Start Bailey, Homer SP CIN Sit
TEX@DET Ross, Robbie RP TEX Sit Sanchez, Anibal SP DET Sit
WAS@PIT Zimmermann, Jordan SP WAS Start Morton, Charlie SP PIT Sit

Probable Pitchers - Saturday (5/24/14)

Game Visiting Starter Start / Sit Home Starter Start / Sit
ARI@NYM Collmenter, Josh RP ARI Sit Wheeler, Zack SP NYM Sit
BOS@TB Peavy, Jake SP BOS Sit Price, David SP TB Start
CHC@SD Wood, Travis SP CHC Start TBD TBD
CLE@BAL Kluber, Corey SP CLE Start Jimenez, Ubaldo SP BAL Start
COL@ATL Nicasio, Juan SP COL Sit Minor, Mike SP ATL Sit
HOU@SEA Keuchel, Dallas SP HOU Start Hernandez, Felix SP SEA Start
KC@LAA Vargas, Jason SP KC Sit Shoemaker, Matt SP LAA Sit
LAD@PHI Maholm, Paul SP LAD Sit Hernandez, Roberto SP PHI Sit
MIL@MIA Peralta, Wily SP MIL Start Turner, Jacob SP MIA Sit
MIN@SF Deduno, Samuel SP MIN Sit Vogelsong, Ryan SP SF Start
NYY@CHW Nuno, Vidal SP NYY Sit Carroll, Scott SP CHW Sit
OAK@TOR Chavez, Jesse RP OAK Start Dickey, R.A. SP TOR Sit
STL@CIN Garcia, Jaime SP STL Start Cingrani, Tony SP CIN Start
TEX@DET Martinez, Nick P TEX Sit Verlander, Justin SP DET Start
WAS@PIT Strasburg, Stephen SP WAS Start Cole, Gerrit SP PIT Start

Probable Pitchers - Sunday (5/25/14)

Game Visiting Starter Start / Sit Home Starter Start / Sit
ARI@NYM Arroyo, Bronson SP ARI Start Montero, Rafael SP NYM Sit
BOS@TB Doubront, Felix SP BOS Sit Odorizzi, Jake SP TB Sit
CHC@SD Hammel, Jason SP CHC Start Kennedy, Ian SP SD Start
CLE@BAL Bauer, Trevor SP CLE Start Chen, Wei-Yin SP BAL Sit
COL@ATL Morales, Franklin RP COL Sit Teheran, Julio SP ATL Start
HOU@SEA Feldman, Scott SP HOU Start Iwakuma, Hisashi SP SEA Start
KC@LAA Ventura, Yordano SP KC Start Richards, Garrett RP LAA Start
LAD@PHI Beckett, Josh SP LAD Start Burnett, A.J. SP PHI Start
MIL@MIA Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL Start TBD TBD
MIN@SF Nolasco, Ricky SP MIN Sit Bumgarner, Madison SP SF Start
NYY@CHW Tanaka, Masahiro SP NYY Start Rienzo, Andre SP CHW Sit
OAK@TOR Pomeranz, Drew SP OAK Start TBD TBD
STL@CIN Wainwright, Adam SP STL Start Leake, Mike SP CIN Start
TEX@DET Lewis, Colby SP TEX Sit Smyly, Drew RP DET Start
WAS@PIT Fister, Doug SP WAS Start Liriano, Francisco SP PIT Start