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Welcome back everyone, to my updated starts/sits column for Week 1! Your friendly neighborhood @Roto_Dubs is back again this year with his weekly starting pitcher matchups. This is our fifth year now writing this weekly column, helping fantasy baseball managers pick the best pitchers weekly.

Below are the projected starting pitching matchups for Week 1, which will be updated as rotations are inevitably tweaked. For head-to-head leagues, Week 1 will run from 3/29 through 4/8 (11 days). This column will be updated with the starters for next week once rotations are fully announced.

If you've got any questions about which pitchers can capitalize on a juicy matchup and which ones might be worth putting on the pine against a fierce offense, this is the weekly piece for you. For every week of the fantasy baseball season, we look to analyze all of the projected starting pitcher matchups and put together our optimal lineups. Here at RotoBaller, we believe that it’s key to analyze every SP matchup, each and every week, to help determine which SPs to start/sit and to hopefully find some hidden gems to bolster your teams. Let's set those optimal lineups!

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SP Matchups & Start/Sit Recommendations

This weekly piece considers the pitcher’s opponents, their career stats against the opponent, some ballpark factors and historical splits. With all of this information, we then provide our start/sit recommendations for each starting pitcher matchup for the approaching week of fantasy baseball.

 

This column was updated on Friday night, March 30th, to include as many starters that have been announced through April 8th. It was originally published on March 26th, and will be updated daily as more are announced.

PROBABLE PITCHERS (3/31/18)      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
BOS@TB Rick Porcello SP | BOS START Andrew Kittredge SP | TB SIT
CHC@MIA Yu Darvish SP | CHC START Odrisamer Despaigne RP | MIA SIT
CHW@KC Lucas Giolito SP | CHW START Ian Kennedy SP | KC START
CLE@SEA Carlos Carrasco SP | CLE START James Paxton SP | SEA START
COL@ARI German Marquez SP | COL SIT Zack Greinke SP | ARI START
HOU@TEX Lance McCullers SP | HOU START Matt Moore SP | TEX SIT
LAA@OAK Matt Shoemaker SP | LAA SIT Daniel Gossett SP | OAK SIT
MIL@SD Brent Suter SP | MIL START Luis Perdomo SP | SD SIT
MIN@BAL Kyle Gibson SP | MIN SIT Andrew Cashner SP | BAL SIT
NYY@TOR CC Sabathia SP | NYY SIT Marco Estrada SP | TOR SIT
PHI@ATL Vince Velasquez SP | PHI START Brandon McCarthy SP | ATL START
PIT@DET Trevor Williams SP | PIT SIT Michael Fulmer SP | DET START
SF@LAD Derek Holland SP | SF SIT Kenta Maeda SP | LAD START
STL@NYM Michael Wacha SP | STL START Jacob deGrom SP | NYM START
WAS@CIN Stephen Strasburg SP | WAS START Luis Castillo SP | CIN SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/1/18)      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
BOS@TB Hector Velazquez RP | BOS SIT Jake Faria SP | TB SIT
CHC@MIA Jose Quintana SP | CHC START Dillon Peters SP | MIA SIT
CHW@KC PPD PPD PPD PPD
CLE@SEA Trevor Bauer SP | CLE SIT Mike Leake SP | SEA SIT
HOU@TEX Gerrit Cole SP | HOU START Mike Minor RP | TEX SIT
LAA@OAK Shohei Ohtani SP | LAA START Daniel Mengden SP | OAK SIT
MIN@BAL Jose Berrios SP | MIN START Kevin Gausman SP | BAL SIT
NYY@TOR Sonny Gray SP | NYY START Marcus Stroman SP | TOR START
PIT@DET Chad Kuhl SP | PIT SIT Francisco Liriano RP | DET SIT
SF@LAD Chris Stratton SP | SF SIT Rich Hill SP | LAD START
STL@NYM Luke Weaver SP | STL START Steven Matz SP | NYM SIT
WAS@CIN Gio Gonzalez SP | WAS START Sal Romano SP | CIN SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/2/18)      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
BAL@HOU Chris Tillman SP | BAL SIT Charlie Morton SP | HOU START
BOS@MIA Brian Johnson SP | BOS SIT Trevor Richards SP | MIA SIT
CHC@CIN Tyler Chatwood SP | CHC START Tyler Mahle SP | CIN SIT
CHW@TOR Reynaldo Lopez SP | CHW SIT Jaime Garcia SP | TOR START
CLE@LAA Mike Clevinger SP | CLE SIT JC Ramirez SP | LAA SIT
COL@SD Chad Bettis SP | COL SIT Bryan Mitchell RP | SD SIT
KC@DET Jason Hammel SP | KC START Francisco Liriano RP | DET SIT
LAD@ARI Hyun-Jin Ryu SP | LAD START Taijuan Walker SP | ARI START
MIN@PIT Lance Lynn SP | MIN START Jameson Taillon SP | PIT START
PHI@NYM Ben Lively SP | PHI SIT Matt Harvey SP | NYM START
STL@MIL Miles Mikolas SP | STL START Zach Davies SP | MIL START
TB@NYY PPD PPD PPD PPD
TEX@OAK Bartolo Colon SP | TEX SIT Andrew Triggs SP | OAK SIT
WAS@ATL Tanner Roark SP | WAS START Sean Newcomb SP | ATL SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/3/18)      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
BAL@HOU TBA TBD Justin Verlander SP | HOU START
BOS@MIA Chris Sale SP | BOS START Jose Urena SP | MIA SIT
CHC@CIN Jon Lester SP | CHC START Cody Reed RP | CIN SIT
CHW@TOR Carson Fulmer SP | CHW SIT J.A. Happ SP | TOR START
CLE@LAA Josh Tomlin SP | CLE SIT Garrett Richards SP | LAA START
COL@SD Kyle Freeland SP | COL SIT TBA TBD
KC@DET Eric Skoglund SP | KC SIT TBA TBD
LAD@ARI Clayton Kershaw SP | LAD START Zack Godley SP | ARI START
PHI@NYM TBA TBD Seth Lugo SP | NYM SIT
SEA@SF Marco Gonzales SP | SEA SIT Ty Blach SP | SF SIT
STL@MIL Jack Flaherty SP | STL SIT Chase Anderson SP | MIL START
TEX@OAK Cole Hamels SP | TEX START Kendall Graveman SP | OAK SIT
WAS@ATL TBA TBD Julio Teheran SP | ATL SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/4/18)      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
BAL@HOU Dylan Bundy SP | BAL START Dallas Keuchel SP | HOU START
CHW@TOR James Shields SP | CHW SIT Aaron Sanchez SP | TOR START
CLE@LAA Corey Kluber SP | CLE START Tyler Skaggs SP | LAA SIT
COL@SD Jon Gray SP | COL START Clayton Richard SP | SD SIT
KC@DET Danny Duffy SP | KC START Jordan Zimmermann SP | DET SIT
LAD@ARI Alex Wood SP | LAD START Patrick Corbin SP | ARI SIT
MIN@PIT Jake Odorizzi SP | MIN START Ivan Nova SP | PIT SIT
PHI@NYM Aaron Nola SP | PHI START Noah Syndergaard SP | NYM START
SEA@SF Felix Hernandez SP | SEA START Johnny Cueto SP | SF SIT
STL@MIL Carlos Martinez SP | STL START Jhoulys Chacin SP | MIL SIT
TB@NYY Chris Archer SP | TB START Luis Severino SP | NYY START
TEX@OAK Doug Fister SP | TEX SIT Sean Manaea SP | OAK SIT
WAS@ATL Max Scherzer SP | WAS START Mike Foltynewicz SP | ATL SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/5/18)      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
ARI@STL Robbie Ray SP | ARI START Michael Wacha SP | STL SIT
BAL@NYY Andrew Cashner SP | BAL SIT Masahiro Tanaka SP | NYY START
CHC@MIL Kyle Hendricks SP | CHC START Brent Suter SP | MIL SIT
CIN@PIT Homer Bailey SP | CIN SIT Trevor Williams SP | PIT SIT
COL@SD Tyler Anderson SP | COL START TBA TBD
DET@CHW Michael Fulmer SP | DET START Lucas Giolito SP | CHW START
MIA@PHI Caleb Smith RP | MIA SIT Nick Pivetta SP | PHI SIT
NYM@WAS Jacob deGrom SP | NYM START Stephen Strasburg SP | WAS START
SEA@MIN James Paxton SP | SEA START Kyle Gibson SP | MIN SIT
TB@BOS Blake Snell SP | TB SIT David Price SP | BOS START
TEX@OAK Matt Moore SP | TEX SIT Daniel Gossett SP | OAK SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/6/18)      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
ATL@COL Brandon McCarthy SP | ATL SIT German Marquez SP | COL SIT
BAL@NYY Kevin Gausman SP | BAL SIT CC Sabathia SP | NYY SIT
CHC@MIL Yu Darvish SP | CHC START TBA TBD
CIN@PIT Luis Castillo SP | CIN SIT Chad Kuhl SP | PIT SIT
KC@CLE Ian Kennedy SP | KC SIT Carlos Carrasco SP | CLE START
LAD@SF Kenta Maeda SP | LAD START Derek Holland SP | SF SIT
OAK@LAA Daniel Mengden SP | OAK START Matt Shoemaker SP | LAA SIT
SD@HOU Luis Perdomo SP | SD SIT Lance McCullers SP | HOU START
TOR@TEX Marco Estrada SP | TOR START Mike Minor RP | TEX SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/7/18)      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
ARI@STL Zack Greinke SP | ARI START Luke Weaver SP | STL START
ATL@COL Sean Newcomb SP | ATL SIT Chad Bettis SP | COL SIT
BAL@NYY Chris Tillman SP | BAL SIT Sonny Gray SP | NYY START
CHC@MIL Jose Quintana SP | CHC START Zach Davies SP | MIL START
CIN@PIT Sal Romano SP | CIN SIT Jameson Taillon SP | PIT START
DET@CHW Francisco Liriano RP | DET SIT Reynaldo Lopez SP | CHW SIT
KC@CLE Jason Hammel SP | KC SIT Trevor Bauer SP | CLE START
LAD@SF Rich Hill SP | LAD START Chris Stratton SP | SF SIT
MIA@PHI Odrisamer Despaigne RP | MIA SIT Vince Velasquez SP | PHI START
NYM@WAS Steven Matz SP | NYM SIT Gio Gonzalez SP | WAS START
OAK@LAA Andrew Triggs SP | OAK SIT Shohei Ohtani SP | LAA START
SD@HOU TBA TBD Gerrit Cole SP | HOU START
SEA@MIN Mike Leake SP | SEA SIT Jose Berrios SP | MIN START
TB@BOS TBA TBD Rick Porcello SP | BOS START
TOR@TEX Marcus Stroman SP | TOR START TBA TBD
PROBABLE PITCHERS (4/8/18)      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
ARI@STL Taijuan Walker SP | ARI START Miles Mikolas SP | STL SIT
ATL@COL Julio Teheran SP | ATL SIT Kyle Freeland SP | COL SIT
BAL@NYY TBA TBD Jordan Montgomery SP | NYY START
CHC@MIL Tyler Chatwood SP | CHC START Chase Anderson SP | MIL START
CIN@PIT Tyler Mahle SP | CIN SIT TBA TBD
DET@CHW TBA TBD Miguel Gonzalez SP | CHW SIT
KC@CLE Jake Junis SP | KC SIT Mike Clevinger SP | CLE START
LAD@SF Hyun-Jin Ryu SP | LAD START Ty Blach SP | SF SIT
MIA@PHI Dillon Peters SP | MIA SIT TBA TBD
NYM@WAS Matt Harvey SP | NYM SIT TBA TBD
OAK@LAA Kendall Graveman SP | OAK SIT TBA TBD
SD@HOU TBA TBD Charlie Morton SP | HOU START
SEA@MIN Marco Gonzales SP | SEA SIT Lance Lynn SP | MIN START
TB@BOS Jake Faria SP | TB SIT Hector Velazquez RP | BOS SIT
TOR@TEX Jaime Garcia SP | TOR SIT Cole Hamels SP | TEX START

 

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