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Start/Sit Matchups - Starting Pitchers (8/20 - 8/26)


Welcome back, RotoBallers, hopefully all your teams are right in the thick of things as we prepare for the fantasy baseball home stretch! As always, we're here to try and help with your daily/weekly lineups. I'm filling in for the regular @Roto_Dubs this week, as he has "real life" stuff to attend to. For those who aren't familiar, 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 21 (8/20 through 8/26) as they currently stand, and our recommendations on whether to start or sit each pitcher. We'll be updating these throughout the week as rotations are inevitably tweaked. 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. It's late enough in the season where we need to dig a little deeper -- those looking to make up ground in the standings may need to take some more risks to try and make up ground on their opponents. Those leading the pack need to make sure they don't roll out too many duds, so benching to right dud can be a ratio saver. And as we approach September, more pitchers will be emerging on the waiver wire, so stay stuned! Now let's get those optimal lineups set for the upcoming week!

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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, August 21 at 7:20 am ET

PROBABLE PITCHERS - MONDAY (8/20/18)
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
ATL@PIT SIT Bryse Wilson SP | ATL SIT Chris Archer SP | PIT
BAL@TOR SIT Andrew Cashner SP | BAL SIT Marco Estrada SP | TOR
CHW@MIN START Lucas Giolito SP | CHW SIT Stephen Gonsalves SP | MIN
CIN@MIL SIT Homer Bailey SP | CIN SIT Chase Anderson SP | MIL
CLE@BOS START Corey Kluber SP | CLE START Rick Porcello SP | BOS
HOU@SEA START Gerrit Cole SP | HOU SIT Felix Hernandez SP | SEA
KC@TB SIT Jorge Lopez RP | KC SIT Hunter Wood RP | TB
SF@NYM START Derek Holland SP | SF START Zack Wheeler SP | NYM
STL@LAD SIT Austin Gomber SP | STL START Alex Wood SP | LAD
TEX@OAK SIT Bartolo Colon SP | TEX START Mike Fiers SP | OAK
PROBABLE PITCHERS - TUESDAY (8/21/18)
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
ATL@PIT START Kevin Gausman SP | ATL START Ivan Nova SP | PIT
BAL@TOR START Dylan Bundy SP | BAL SIT Sam Gaviglio SP | TOR
CHC@DET START Kyle Hendricks SP | CHC SIT Jordan Zimmermann SP | DET
CIN@MIL SIT Sal Romano SP | CIN SIT Junior Guerra SP | MIL
CLE@BOS SIT Shane Bieber SP | CLE START Nathan Eovaldi SP | BOS
HOU@SEA TBD TBD START Mike Leake SP | SEA
KC@TB SIT Glenn Sparkman RP | KC START Blake Snell SP | TB
LAA@ARI SIT Felix Pena RP | LAA START Patrick Corbin SP | ARI
MIN@CHW START Jose Berrios SP | MIN START Michael Kopech SP | CHW
NYY@MIA START Masahiro Tanaka SP | NYY SIT Pablo Lopez P | MIA
PHI@WAS START Vince Velasquez SP | PHI START Tanner Roark SP | WAS
SD@COL SIT Robbie Erlin SP | SD SIT Tyler Anderson SP | COL
SF@NYM SIT Chris Stratton SP | SF SIT Steven Matz SP | NYM
STL@LAD SIT Daniel Poncedeleon SP | STL START Hyun-Jin Ryu SP | LAD
TEX@OAK SIT Ariel Jurado SP | TEX START Brett Anderson SP | OAK
PROBABLE PITCHERS - WEDNESDAY (8/22/18)
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
ATL@PIT START Julio Teheran SP | ATL START Trevor Williams SP | PIT
BAL@TOR SIT David Hess P | BAL SIT Thomas Pannone P | TOR
CHC@DET START Jon Lester SP | CHC SIT Francisco Liriano RP | DET
CIN@MIL SIT Robert Stephenson RP | CIN SIT Freddy Peralta SP | MIL
CLE@BOS START Carlos Carrasco SP | CLE SIT Brian Johnson SP | BOS
HOU@SEA START Charlie Morton SP | HOU SIT Marco Gonzales SP | SEA
KC@TB START Jake Junis SP | KC TBD TBD
LAA@ARI SIT Odrisamer Despaigne RP | LAA START Clay Buchholz SP | ARI
MIN@CHW START Kyle Gibson SP | MIN START Carlos Rodon SP | CHW
NYY@MIA START Lance Lynn SP | NYY SIT Trevor Richards SP | MIA
PHI@WAS START Zach Eflin SP | PHI START Stephen Strasburg SP | WAS
SD@COL SIT Jacob Nix SP | SD START Jon Gray SP | COL
SF@NYM SIT Casey Kelly RP | SF START Noah Syndergaard SP | NYM
STL@LAD START Jack Flaherty SP | STL START Walker Buehler RP | LAD
TEX@OAK START Mike Minor RP | TEX START Edwin Jackson SP | OAK
PROBABLE PITCHERS - THURSDAY (8/23/18)
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
ATL@MIA START Sean Newcomb SP | ATL SIT Dan Straily SP | MIA
CHW@DET START James Shields SP | CHW START Matthew Boyd SP | DET
CIN@CHC START Anthony DeSclafani SP | CIN START Cole Hamels SP | CHC
CLE@BOS SIT Adam Plutko SP | CLE START David Price SP | BOS
KC@TB SIT Danny Duffy SP | KC START Tyler Glasnow SP | TB
OAK@MIN START Trevor Cahill SP | OAK SIT Kohl Stewart SP | MIN
PHI@WAS START Aaron Nola SP | PHI START Max Scherzer SP | WAS
SD@COL SIT Joey Lucchesi SP | SD START Kyle Freeland SP | COL
SF@NYM START Madison Bumgarner SP | SF START Jacob deGrom SP | NYM
PROBABLE PITCHERS - FRIDAY (8/24/18)
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
ATL@MIA START Mike Foltynewicz SP | ATL SIT Wei-Yin Chen SP | MIA
BOS@TB SIT Hector Velazquez RP | BOS TBD TBD
CHW@DET SIT Dylan Covey SP | CHW SIT Ryan Carpenter RP | DET
CIN@CHC SIT Matt Harvey SP | CIN SIT Jose Quintana SP | CHC
CLE@KC START Mike Clevinger SP | CLE SIT Heath Fillmyer SP | KC
HOU@LAA START Dallas Keuchel SP | HOU TBD TBD
NYY@BAL START Luis Severino SP | NYY START Alex Cobb SP | BAL
OAK@MIN START Sean Manaea SP | OAK SIT Jake Odorizzi SP | MIN
PHI@TOR START Jake Arrieta SP | PHI SIT Sean Reid-Foley SP | TOR
PIT@MIL SIT Joe Musgrove RP | PIT START Wade Miley SP | MIL
SD@LAD SIT Clayton Richard SP | SD START Rich Hill SP | LAD
SEA@ARI SIT Erasmo Ramirez SP | SEA START Robbie Ray SP | ARI
STL@COL START Miles Mikolas SP | STL SIT Antonio Senzatela SP | COL
TEX@SF TBD TBD START Dereck Rodriguez SP | SF
WAS@NYM SIT Tommy Milone SP | WAS SIT Jason Vargas SP | NYM
PROBABLE PITCHERS - SATURDAY (8/25/18)
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
ATL@MIA START Anibal Sanchez SP | ATL SIT Elieser Hernandez RP | MIA
BOS@TB START Rick Porcello SP | BOS TBD TBD
CHW@DET SIT Reynaldo Lopez SP | CHW SIT Jacob Turner RP | DET
CIN@CHC SIT Luis Castillo SP | CIN SIT Tyler Chatwood SP | CHC
CLE@KC START Corey Kluber SP | CLE SIT Jorge Lopez RP | KC
HOU@LAA START Justin Verlander SP | HOU SIT Andrew Heaney SP | LAA
NYY@BAL START CC Sabathia SP | NYY TBD TBD
OAK@MIN START Mike Fiers SP | OAK SIT Stephen Gonsalves SP | MIN
PHI@TOR START Nick Pivetta SP | PHI SIT Ryan Borucki RP | TOR
PIT@MIL START Jameson Taillon SP | PIT START Jhoulys Chacin SP | MIL
SD@LAD SIT Brett Kennedy SP | SD START Clayton Kershaw SP | LAD
SEA@ARI SIT Roenis Elias RP | SEA START Zack Godley SP | ARI
STL@COL SIT John Gant RP | STL START German Marquez SP | COL
TEX@SF START Yovani Gallardo SP | TEX SIT Derek Holland SP | SF
WAS@NYM SIT Gio Gonzalez SP | WAS START Zack Wheeler SP | NYM
PROBABLE PITCHERS - SUNDAY (8/26/18)
GAME START/SIT VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER
ATL@MIA START Kevin Gausman SP | ATL SIT Pablo Lopez P | MIA
BOS@TB START Nathan Eovaldi SP | BOS START Blake Snell SP | TB
CHW@DET START Lucas Giolito SP | CHW SIT Jordan Zimmermann SP | DET
CIN@CHC SIT Homer Bailey SP | CIN START Kyle Hendricks SP | CHC
CLE@KC START Shane Bieber SP | CLE SIT Glenn Sparkman RP | KC
HOU@LAA START Gerrit Cole SP | HOU START Jaime Barria SP | LAA
NYY@BAL START Masahiro Tanaka SP | NYY SIT Dylan Bundy SP | BAL
OAK@MIN START Brett Anderson SP | OAK START Jose Berrios SP | MIN
PHI@TOR START Vince Velasquez SP | PHI SIT Marco Estrada SP | TOR
PIT@MIL SIT Chris Archer SP | PIT SIT Chase Anderson SP | MIL
SD@LAD TBD TBD START Alex Wood SP | LAD
SEA@ARI SIT Felix Hernandez SP | SEA START Zack Greinke SP | ARI
STL@COL SIT Austin Gomber SP | STL SIT Tyler Anderson SP | COL
TEX@SF TBD TBD TBD TBD
WAS@NYM SIT Tanner Roark SP | WAS SIT Steven Matz SP | NYM

 

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