Wednesday is about as stacked a day for starting pitching as you’ll see during the 2023 MLB season, with aces galore — Shohei Ohtani and Shane McClanahan might duel it out for the AL Cy Young Award all year — and not one but two highly anticipated top prospects making their Major League debuts. (Welcome to the show, Brandon Pfaadt and Gavin Stone.) There’s a lot for fantasy baseball owners to sort through, so below are our streamer picks for the day as well as a complete ranking of every pitcher on Wednesday, May 3.
Starting pitcher rankings for Wednesday, May 3
Pitchers to stream
Louie Varland, Minnesota Twins — Varland impressed in his MLB debut earlier this year, striking out eight over six innings at Yankee Stadium. His already-plus fastball now has even more velocity and life, and he could cruise against a Chicago White Sox lineup that’s still slumping a bit — and if he does, a permanent rotation spot might be his.
Seth Lugo, San Diego Padres — Lugo isn’t overwhelming, but the Padres are letting him work deep into games, and he’s proven that his fastball/curveball combination is good enough for him to succeed against weaker offense. He’ll get one of those weaker offenses on Wednesday, welcoming the Cincinnati Reds to town, and there’s a very good chance for a win and quality start here.
Brandon Pfaadt, Arizona Diamondbacks — This one is admittedly a little risker; the Texas Rangers are swinging some hot bats, and this will be Pfaadt’s very first Major League start. But there’s a reason the righty is considered among the best pitching prospects in baseball, and there’s a reason he nearly snatched a spot in the Opening Day rotation with a dominant spring. His fastball and slider are filthy when they’re on, and he could surprise against a team that’s never seen him before.
And now, without further ado, here are your starting pitcher rankings for fantasy baseball on Wednesday, May 3.
Starting pitcher rankings 5/3
|1||Shane McClanahan||vs. Pirates|
|2||Shohei Ohtani||@ Cardinals|
|3||Max Scherzer||@ Tigers|
|4||Framber Valdez||vs. Giants|
|5||Dylan Cease||vs. Twins|
|6||Logan Gilbert||@ Athletics|
|7||Shane Bieber||@ Yankees|
|8||Aaron Nola||@ Dodgers|
|9||Marcus Stroman||@ Nationals|
|10||Andrew Heaney||vs. Diamondbacks|
|11||Kyle Wright||@ Marlins|
|12||Logan Webb||@ Astros|
|13||Seth Lugo||vs. Reds|
|14||Kyle Gibson||@ Royals|
|15||Alek Manoah||@ Red Sox|
|16||JP Sears||vs. Mariners|
|17||Louie Varland||@ White Sox|
|18||Mitch Keller||@ Rays|
|19||Braxton Garrett||vs. Braves|
|20||Miles Mikolas||vs. Angels|
|21||Brandon Pfaadt||@ Rangers|
|22||Gavin Stone||vs. Phillies|
|23||Clarke Schmidt||vs. Guardians|
|24||Joey Lucchesi||@ Tigers|
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|25||Nick Pivetta||vs. Blue Jays|
|26||Zack Greinke||vs. Orioles|
|27||Joey Wentz||vs. Mets|
|28||Eric Lauer||@ Rockies|
|29||Michael Lorenzen||@ Mets|
|30||Luis Cessa||@ Padres|
|31||Kyle Freeland||vs. Brewers|
|32||Jake Irvin||vs. Cubs|