Lots of very familiar names in the Top Shelf this week, and at least one very unfamiliar name. Mason Miller, of my beloved-slash-abhorred Oakland A’s, gets a start in the Coliseum and one at Kauffman Stadium this week. Miller shows a solid K/BB and with the park/team factors at play this week, he’s Top Shelf: a must-start in all formats.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the field. 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 11:30am 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
Max Scherzer, NYM @DET(TU) COL(SU)
Spencer Strider, ATL @NYM(MO) BAL(FR)
Mason Miller, OAK SEA(TU) @KC(SU)
Zac Gallen, ARI @TEX(TU) WSH(SU)
Blake Snell, SD CIN(MO) LAD(SU)
Tylor Megill, NYM ATL(MO) COL(SA)
Sandy Alcantara, MIA ATL(TU) @CHC(SU)
Joe Ryan, MIN @CHW(TU) @CLE(SU)
Charlie Morton, ATL @NYM(MO) BAL(SA)
Logan Gilbert, SEA @OAK(TU) HOU(SU)
Michael Kopech, CHW MIN(TU) @CIN(SU)
Luis Garcia, HOU SF(MO) @SEA(SU)
Steven Matz, STL LAA(TU) DET(SU)


  • Not a lot of surprises among the top group here, besides the aforementioned Miller. Anyone who wouldn’t run Gallen, Scherzer, or Strider out in a two-start week is, to put it mildly, wrong.


The Well

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Drew Smyly, CHC @WSH(MO) MIA(SA)
MacKenzie Gore, WSH CHC(MO) @ARI(SU)
Tanner Houck, BOS TOR(TU) @PHI (SU)
Domingo German, NYY CLE(MO) @TB(SU)
Jose Berrios, TOR @BOS(MO) @PIT(SA)
Yusei Kikuchi, TOR @BOS(TU) @PIT(SU)
Tyler Wells, BAL @KC(TU) @ATL(SU)


  • The lack of any bolded names here should simply underscore the gap that exists between Matz and Smyly this week.
  • None of these fellas are a sure thing, but they’re still safer plays than the next cohort.


The Bar Mat

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Roansy Contreras, PIT @TB(TU) TOR(SU)
Hayden Wesneski, CHC @WSH(TU) MIA(SU)
Luke Weaver, CIN @SD(MO) CHW(SU)
Taijuan Walker, PHI @LAD(MO) BOS(SU)
Cal Quantrill, CLE @NYY(MO) MIN(SU)
Corey Kluber, BOS TOR(MO) @PHI (SA)
Bryce Elder, ATL @MIA(TU) BAL(SU)
Michael Lorenzen, DET NYM(TU) @STL(SU)
Josh Fleming, TB PIT(TU) NYY(SU)
Ryan Yarbrough, KC BAL(TU) OAK(SU)
Ryan Feltner, COL MIL(TU) @NYM(SU)
Eric Lauer, MIL @COL(TU) @SF(SU)
John Brebbia, SF @HOU(MO) MIL(SU)


  • You know the drill. These are the players to avoid playing. The bold ones, in particular, project for negative dollar value on the Streamonator this week.