The Fantasy Baseball Forecaster pitching grid has been updated as of Sunday, May 21, at 9:05 a.m. ET.
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Here's the scheduled starter for each game from May 15 to 21, including a projected game score for each pitcher in each matchup. A 50 is typically deemed a "quality start" by this measure, while a 70 is considered a dominant start:
Carlos Carrasco (pectoral) will be pushed back in the Cleveland Indians' rotation until May 23, providing him some additional rest. Mike Clevinger will make another start in place of Corey Kluber (DL: back) on May 20, and Danny Salazar will move up to May 21 in Carrasco's place.
Following their postponement on May 20, the Kansas City Royals will push Jason Hammel back in their rotation to May 22 (Monday of Week 8), while activating Ian Kennedy (DL: hamstring) to start the second game of their May 21 doubleheader. The team hadn't announced the starter of the first game on that date as of updating time, though Chris Young is a logical choice. Jake Junis appears to be the next most-likely.
The Minnesota Twins will need two spot starters, with Adalberto Mejia set to start the second game of their May 21 doubleheader, and Adam Wilk considered the leading candidate to pitch May 22 (Monday of Week 8). The Twins could also call upon Kyle Gibson for the latter assignment.
Chris Heston will fill in for the Seattle Mariners on May 21 after the team demoted Chase De Jong to Triple-A Tacoma on May 17. James Paxton (DL: forearm) is not a consideration for that start, per manager Scott Servais, as Paxton will require a minor league rehabilitation start before being activated.
Aaron Nola (DL: back) made a minor league rehabilitation start on May 15 and will rejoin the Philadelphia Phillies' rotation on May 21, pushing Jerad Eickhoff's next start back to May 22 (Monday of Week 8).
The Los Angeles Dodgers' tendency to utilize the 10-day DL in order to shuffle their seven candidates for the traditional five rotation spots has made projecting their weekly starters next to impossible. Kenta Maeda (DL: hamstring) is eligible to return on May 21, but the team has Brandon McCarthy listed as that day's scheduled starter.