Week 1 Start/Sit: MLB Starting Pitcher (SP) Matchups

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We're back Rotoballers! Your friendly neighborhood @Roto_Dubs is back with his weekly starting pitcher matchups. Below are the projected starting pitching matchups for Week 1, and will be updated as more starters are 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.

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.

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SP Matchups & Start/Sit Recommendations

Note that MLB teams usually shuffle their rotations, so I’ll be updating the matchups throughout the day and week. This is based on 10-14-team league sizes:

PROBABLE PITCHERS - Sunday 4/2/17      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
CHC@STL Jon Lester SP | CHC START Carlos Martinez SP | STL START
SF@ARI Madison Bumgarner SP | SF START Zack Greinke SP | ARI SIT
NYY@TB Masahiro Tanaka SP | NYY START Chris Archer SP | TB START
PROBABLE PITCHERS - Monday 4/3/17      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
CLE@TEX Corey Kluber SP | CLE START Yu Darvish SP | TEX START
DET@CHW Justin Verlander SP | DET START Jose Quintana SP | CHW START
SEA@HOU Felix Hernandez SP | SEA START Dallas Keuchel SP | HOU START
KC@MIN Danny Duffy SP | KC START Ervin Santana SP | MIN SIT
PIT@BOS Gerrit Cole SP | PIT SIT Rick Porcello SP | BOS START
ATL@NYM Julio Teheran SP | ATL START Noah Syndergaard SP | NYM START
TOR@BAL Marco Estrada SP | TOR SIT Kevin Gausman SP | BAL START
COL@MIL Jon Gray SP | COL START Junior Guerra SP | MIL SIT
PHI@CIN Jeremy Hellickson SP | PHI SIT Scott Feldman RP | CIN START
MIA@WAS Edinson Volquez SP | MIA SIT Stephen Strasburg SP | WAS START
LAA@OAK Ricky Nolasco SP | LAA SIT Kendall Graveman SP | OAK START
SD@LAD Jhoulys Chacin SP | SD SIT Clayton Kershaw SP | LAD START
PROBABLE PITCHERS - Tuesday 4/4/17      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
SF@ARI Johnny Cueto SP | SF START Patrick Corbin SP | ARI SIT
CHC@STL Jake Arrieta SP | CHC START Adam Wainwright SP | STL SIT
CLE@TEX Carlos Carrasco SP | CLE START Martin Perez SP | TEX SIT
LAA@OAK Matt Shoemaker SP | LAA START Sean Manaea SP | OAK START
SEA@HOU Hisashi Iwakuma SP | SEA SIT Lance McCullers SP | HOU START
COL@MIL TBA TBD Zach Davies SP | MIL SIT
NYY@TB CC Sabathia SP | NYY SIT Jake Odorizzi SP | TB START
SD@LAD Clayton Richard RP | SD SIT Kenta Maeda SP | LAD START
PROBABLE PITCHERS - Wednesday 4/5/17      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
CLE@TEX Danny Salazar SP | CLE START Cole Hamels SP | TEX START
TOR@BAL J.A. Happ SP | TOR START Dylan Bundy RP | BAL SIT
SEA@HOU James Paxton SP | SEA START Charlie Morton SP | HOU SIT
CHC@STL John Lackey SP | CHC START Michael Wacha SP | STL SIT
SF@ARI Matt Moore SP | SF SIT Taijuan Walker SP | ARI START
LAA@OAK Garrett Richards SP | LAA START Jharel Cotton SP | OAK START
NYY@TB Michael Pineda SP | NYY SIT Alex Cobb SP | TB START
PIT@BOS Jameson Taillon SP | PIT SIT Chris Sale SP | BOS START
KC@MIN Ian Kennedy SP | KC START Hector Santiago SP | MIN SIT
PHI@CIN Jerad Eickhoff SP | PHI START Brandon Finnegan SP | CIN SIT
MIA@WAS Dan Straily SP | MIA SIT Tanner Roark SP | WAS START
ATL@NYM Bartolo Colon SP | ATL SIT Jacob deGrom SP | NYM START
SD@LAD Trevor Cahill SP | SD SIT Rich Hill SP | LAD START
COL@MIL Tyler Chatwood SP | COL START Wily Peralta SP | MIL SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS - Thursday 4/6/17      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
TOR@TB Marcus Stroman SP | TOR START Blake Snell SP | TB START
SF@ARI Jeff Samardzija SP | SF START Robbie Ray SP | ARI START
KC@MIN Jason Hammel SP | KC START Kyle Gibson SP | MIN SIT
ATL@NYM Jaime Garcia SP | ATL START Matt Harvey SP | NYM START
LAA@OAK Tyler Skaggs SP | LAA START Andrew Triggs SP | OAK SIT
PHI@CIN Clay Buchholz SP | PHI START Rookie Davis SP | CIN SIT
PIT@BOS Chad Kuhl SP | PIT SIT Eduardo Rodriguez SP | BOS SIT
DET@CHW Matthew Boyd SP | DET SIT James Shields SP | CHW START
MIA@WAS Tom Koehler SP | MIA SIT Gio Gonzalez SP | WAS START
SD@LAD Jered Weaver SP | SD SIT Brandon McCarthy SP | LAD START
SEA@HOU Ariel Miranda SP | SEA SIT Joe Musgrove SP | HOU START
COL@MIL Antonio Senzatela SP | COL Sit Chase Anderson SP | MIL SIT
PROBABLE PITCHERS - Friday 4/7/17      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
TOR@TB Francisco Liriano SP | TOR START Matt Andriese SP | TB START
BOS@DET Steven Wright SP | BOS SIT Michael Fulmer SP | DET START
CLE@ARI Josh Tomlin SP | CLE START Shelby Miller SP | ARI SIT
NYY@BAL Luis Severino SP | NYY SIT Ubaldo Jimenez SP | BAL SIT
LAD@COL Hyun-Jin Ryu SP | LAD SIT Kyle Freeland SP | COL SIT
MIA@NYM Wei-Yin Chen SP | MIA START Zack Wheeler SP | NYM START
CHC@MIL Brett Anderson SP | CHC START Jimmy Nelson SP | MIL SIT
ATL@PIT R.A. Dickey SP | ATL SIT Ivan Nova SP | PIT START
CIN@STL Amir Garrett SP | CIN SIT Mike Leake SP | STL START
MIN@CHW Phil Hughes SP | MIN TBD Derek Holland SP | CHW START
KC@HOU Jason Vargas SP | KC SIT Mike Fiers SP | HOU SIT
SEA@LAA Yovani Gallardo SP | SEA START Jesse Chavez RP | LAA SIT
SF@SD Matt Cain SP | SF START Luis Perdomo SP | SD SIT
OAK@TEX Raul Alcantara SP | OAK SIT A.J. Griffin SP | TEX START
PROBABLE PITCHERS - Saturday 4/8/17      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
SF@SD Madison Bumgarner SP | SF START Jhoulys Chacin SP | SD SIT
BOS@DET TBA TBD Jordan Zimmerman SP | DET SIT
LAD@COL Clayton Kershaw SP | LAD START Jon Gray SP | COL START
MIA@NYM Adam Conley SP | MIA TBD Robert Gsellman SP | NYM START
NYY@BAL Masahiro Tanaka SP | NYY START Kevin Gausman SP | BAL START
SEA@LAA Felix Hernandez SP | SEA START Ricky Nolasco SP | LAA SIT
KC@HOU Danny Duffy SP | KC START Dallas Keuchel SP | HOU SIT
CHC@MIL Kyle Hendricks SP | CHC START Junior Guerra SP | MIL SIT
TOR@TB Aaron Sanchez SP | TOR START Chris Archer SP | TB START
OAK@TEX Kendall Graveman SP | OAK SIT Yu Darvish SP | TEX START
CLE@ARI Trevor Bauer SP | CLE SIT Zack Greinke SP | ARI START
ATL@PIT Mike Foltynewicz SP | ATL SIT TBA TBD
CIN@STL Bronson Arroyo SP | CIN SIT Michael Wacha SP | STL START
PROBABLE PITCHERS - Sunday 4/9/17      
GAME VISITING STARTER START/SIT HOME STARTER START/SIT
CHC@MIL Jon Lester SP | CHC START Zach Davies SP | MIL SIT
CLE@ARI Corey Kluber SP | CLE START Patrick Corbin SP | ARI SIT
SF@SD Johnny Cueto SP | SF START Clayton Richard RP | SD SIT
WAS@PHI Max Scherzer SP | WAS START Jeremy Hellickson SP | PHI SIT
ATL@PIT Julio Teheran SP | ATL START Gerrit Cole SP | PIT START
LAD@COL Kenta Maeda SP | LAD START Tyler Anderson SP | COL START
TOR@TB Marco Estrada SP | TOR START Jake Odorizzi SP | TB SIT
OAK@TEX Sean Manaea SP | OAK START Martin Perez SP | TEX SIT
SEA@LAA Hisashi Iwakuma SP | SEA START Matt Shoemaker SP | LAA START
MIN@CHW Ervin Santana SP | MIN START Jose Quintana SP | CHW START
NYY@BAL CC Sabathia SP | NYY SIT TBA TBD
BOS@DET Drew Pomeranz SP | BOS SIT Justin Verlander SP | DET START
MIA@NYM Edinson Volquez SP | MIA START Robert Gsellman SP | NYM START
CIN@STL Scott Feldman RP | CIN SIT Carlos Martinez SP | STL START
KC@HOU Nathan Karns SP | KC SIT Lance McCullers SP | HOU START