Welcome back, Barflys!

I’ve got your tables for the week below, so check them out. You’ll forgive me if I’m a bit distracted this weekend, as another of my favorite sports kicked off its season across the pond (COYS!)… but here in the good ol’ U-S-of-A, baseball season marches onward, about halfway through the season’s penultimate month.

Take a look below, and for reference this week, the BravesSpencer Strider is the most valuable one-start pitcher projected, slotting in to the Top Shelf just behind Miles Mikolas. Let that sink in.

Why don’t you and I dive right in?

Pitchers’ projected starts for the next week are sourced from Rudy Gamble’s Streamonator as of the update at 2:35pm Eastern.

The bold pitchers below are the most extreme version of each section. The best of the Top Shelf, the safest of the Well, the worst of the Bar Mat.

The Top Shelf

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Tyler Glasnow, TB @SF(MO) @LAA(SU)
Max Scherzer, TEX LAA(MO) MIL(SU)
Yu Darvish, SD BAL(MO) ARI(SA)
Grayson Rodriguez, BAL @SD(MO) @OAK(SU)
Miles Mikolas, STL OAK(MO) NYM(SA)
Spencer Strider, ATL SF(FR) Point of Reference
Max Fried, ATL NYY(MO) SF(SU)
Bobby Miller, LAD MIL(TU) MIA(SU)
Logan Gilbert, SEA @KC(MO) @HOU(SA)


  • The biggest surprise here may be Bobby Miller. The rookie has had a much better season on the road than at Chavez Ravine, and he’s due for a pair of relatively tough outings. The Streamonator likes him though, so here he sits.


The Well

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Logan Allen, CLE @CIN(TU) DET(SU)
Nick Pivetta, BOS @WSH(TU) @NYY(SU)
Brady Singer, KC SEA(MO) @CHC(SA)
David Peterson, NYM PIT(TU) @STL(SU)
Alex Faedo, DET @MIN (TU) @CLE(SU)
Carlos Carrasco, NYM PIT(MO) @STL(SA)
Michael Wacha, SD BAL(TU) ARI(SU)
Kyle Hendricks, CHC CHW(TU) KC(SU)


  • Nick Pivetta is a good example of a pitcher who likely would have been in the Top Shelf if not for the away game to the last-place— but still winning-record-holding— Yankees. The one-rough, one-easy start pairing is a common sight in the Well.


The Bar Mat

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Braxton Garrett, MIA HOU(MO) @LAD(SU)
Clarke Schmidt, NYY @ATL(MO) BOS(SU)
Jordan Lyles, KC SEA(TU) @CHC(SU)
Graham Ashcraft, CIN CLE(TU) TOR(SU)
Merrill Kelly, ARI @COL(MO) @SD(SA)
Dakota Hudson, STL OAK(TU) NYM(SU)
Quinn Priester, PIT @NYM(MO) @MIN (SU)
Emerson Hancock, SEA @KC(TU) @HOU(SU)
Wade Miley, MIL @LAD(TU) @TEX(SU)
Ryan Walker, SF TB(MO) @ATL(SU)
Slade Cecconi, ARI @COL(TU) @SD(SU)
Chris Flexen, COL ARI(MO) CHW(SU)


  • Hey look! A Colorado pitcher is last again.