It’s a light slate on a travel Thursday, with just seven MLB games on the docket. But while there are fewer starting pitchers to rank for fantasy baseball, there are still plenty of chances to find value for your team off the waiver wire.
Starting pitcher rankings for Thursday, April 20
Pitchers to stream
Kenta Maeda, Minnesota Twins — Maeda had his start pushed back a few days as the Twins try to manage arm fatigue in his return from Tommy John surgery. His stuff has looked just fine when he’s been out there, though, and only figures to get better the more reps he gets under his belt. Next up is a flailing Boston Red Sox offense, and while there’s some blow-up potential here if he doesn’t have the feel for his splitter, he can get you six clean innings.
Sean Manaea, San Francisco Giants — The New York Mets aren’t an ideal matchup, but Manaea is still boasting much-improved fastball velocity at around 93-94 mph and he could cruise in his pitcher-friendly home park.
Matt Strahm, Philadelphia Phillies — Strahm will probably only go for 80 pitches or so, but against the Colorado Rockies at home, that should be plenty of rope to get him through at least five innings and pick up a win. He struggled in his last outing against the Cincinnati Reds, but Great American Ballpark is a nightmare to pitch in, and he’d looked great in his first two starts.
And now, without further ado, your full starting pitcher rankings for Thursday, April 20th.
Starting pitcher rankings 4/20
|1||Nestor Cortes||vs. Angels|
|2||Kodai Senga||@ Giants|
|3||Patrick Sandoval||@ Yankees|
|4||Sean Manaea||vs. Mets|
|5||Matt Strahm||vs. Rockies|
|6||Kenta Maeda||@ Red Sox|
|7||Ryne Nelson||vs. Padres|
|8||Michael Wacha||@ Diamondbacks|
|9||Jameson Taillon||vs. Dodgers|
|10||Roansy Contreras||vs. Reds|
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|20||Griffin Canning||@ Yankees|
|21||Luis Garcia||vs. Blue Jays|
|22||Mike Clevinger||vs. Phillies|
|23||Jhony Brito||vs. Angels|
|24||Corey Kluber||vs. Twins|
|25||Jose Berrios||@ Astros|
|26||Johan Oviedo||@ Rockies|
|27||Austin Gomber||vs. Pirates|
|28||Jake Woodford||vs. Diamondbacks|
|29||Madison Bumgarner||@ Cardinals|
|30||Levi Stoudt||vs. Rays|