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Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings: Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez, Sonny Gray (Week 9)

Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings: Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez, Sonny Gray (Week 9)

Some old faces are set to make their season debuts soon, including Tyler Glasnow (SP – TB) tomorrow and perhaps Triston McKenzie (SP – CLE) next week, though that isn’t confirmed yet. Keep an eye out for guys you can finally elevate from your IL. As the schedule currently sits, our top 50 starters for next week are listed below based on ability, matchups, and their number of scheduled starts. These rankings are for the week beginning Monday, May 29.

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Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings: Week 9 (2023 Fantasy Baseball)

Our planning always starts with the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) and is adjusted based on FantasyPros’ Pitcher Planner and their season-to-date statistics. As rotations change frequently, double-check the planner before setting your lineup. The complete top 50 is below, but first, let’s review some of next week’s matchups.

Two-Start Starters with the Best Matchups

Who would’ve thought in the preseason that we’d consider San Diego a neutral matchup, at best? That’s been the case thus far, so Sandy Alcantara (SP – MIA) managers should be excited about his upcoming schedule, which includes home dates against the Padres and dismal Oakland A’s. Nathan Eovaldi (SP – TEX) also has a desirable slate against the Tigers in Detroit and the Mariners at home. Tyler Wells (SP – BAL) struggled in his last outing, but his matchups against Cleveland at home and the Giants on the road are enough for him to crack the Top 50.

Two-Start Starters with Mixed Matchups

None of the two-start starters in the Top 50 have two terrible matchups, but a few have one bad and one good. Zac Gallen (SP – ARI), our top-ranked pitcher for the week, gets the Rockies (good) and Atlanta (bad) at home. Twins teammates Joe Ryan (SP – MIN) and Sonny Gray (SP – MIN) start the week in Houston, then finish the week at home against the Guardians. Marcus Stroman (SP – CHC), who has pitched well lately, will have to tangle with the Rays in Tampa before getting the Padres at home. Bryce Elder (SP – ATL) and Domingo German (SP – NYY) each have two road starts ahead. Elder gets Oakland and Arizona, while German will take on the Mariners and Dodgers.

Solo-Start Starters with the Best Matchups

Dylan Cease (SP – CWS) has been inconsistent in 2023, but we love his matchups against the Tigers at home. The Friars’ Joe Musgrove (SP – SD) and Blake Snell (SP – SD) get a rankings boost thanks to their dates against the Marlins in Miami. Chris Sale (SP – BOS) could hit double-digit strikeouts against the Reds at home, and Jon Gray (SP – TEX) will face the struggling Tigers’ offense in Detroit.

Solo-Start Starters with the Worst Matchups

Gerrit Cole (SP – NYY) is always a must-start, but you don’t love having to face the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Luis Castillo (SP – SEA) will take on the Rangers in Arlington, which hasn’t been easy this year. Giants teammates Logan Webb (SP – SF) and Alex Cobb (SP – SF) get the Orioles at home. Unfortunately, Baltimore’s offense has excelled away from Camden. Justin Steele (SP – CHC) better have his good slider against the Rays at home, while Tyler Glasnow and Hunter Greene (SP – CIN) will attempt to tame the Red Sox at Fenway.

Rank Player Matchup(s)
1 Zac Gallen COL, ATL (two starts)
2 Shane McClanahan (SP – TB) @CHC, @BOS (two starts)
3 Joe Ryan @HOU, CLE (two starts)
4 Sandy Alcantara SD, OAK (two starts)
5 Gerrit Cole @LAD
6 Shohei Ohtani (SP,DH – LAA) @HOU
7 Spencer Strider (SP,RP – ATL) @ARI
8 Kevin Gausman (SP – TOR) MIL
9 Corbin Burnes (SP – MIL) @CIN
10 Aaron Nola (SP – PHI) @NYM
11 Framber Valdez (SP – HOU) LAA
12 Luis Castillo @TEX
13 Sonny Gray @HOU, CLE
14 Nathan Eovaldi @DET, SEA
15 Cristian Javier (SP,RP – HOU) LAA
16 Shane Bieber (SP – CLE) @BAL
17 Zack Wheeler (SP – PHI) @WSH
18 Clayton Kershaw (SP – LAD) NYY
19 Max Scherzer (SP – NYM) PHI
20 Dylan Cease DET
21 Justin Verlander (SP – NYM) TOR
22 George Kirby (SP – SEA) NYY
23 Yu Darvish (SP – SD) CHC
24 Pablo Lopez (SP – MIN) CLE
25 Logan Gilbert (SP – SEA) NYY
26 Logan Webb BAL
27 Nestor Cortes Jr. (SP – NYY) @SEA
28 Joe Musgrove @MIA
29 Freddy Peralta (SP – MIL) @TOR
30 Chris Bassitt (SP – TOR) @NYM
31 Eduardo Rodriguez (SP – DET) @CWS
32 Marcus Stroman TB, @SD (two starts)
33 Charlie Morton (SP – ATL) @ARI
34 Lucas Giolito (SP – CWS) LAA
35 Alek Manoah (SP – TOR) MIL
36 Justin Steele TB
37 Hunter Greene @BOS
38 Jordan Montgomery (SP – STL) @PIT
39 Hunter Brown (SP,RP – HOU) MIN
40 Blake Snell @MIA
41 Kodai Senga (SP – NYM) PHI, TOR (two starts)
42 Tyler Glasnow @BOS
43 Chris Sale CIN
44 Andrew Heaney (SP – TEX) SEA
45 Alex Cobb BAL
46 Jon Gray @DET
47 Bryce Elder @OAK, @ARI (two starts)
48 Domingo German @SEA, @LAD (two starts)
49 Tyler Wells CLE, @SF (two starts)
50 Zach Eflin (SP,RP – TB) @CHC

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