Rankings

Top 40 Starting Pitchers For 2016

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It’s time for the next round of rankings as we take a look at the Top 40 Starting Pitchers for 2016.  We’ll be rounding out the Top 100 by Friday, and don’t forget to check out yesterday’s Top 20 Starting Pitchers for 2016 if you haven’t read it already.  Let’s get to it.

TIER 3: The Fall (Continued)

21. Cole Hamels (Texas Rangers) – I think Hamels is getting a bit ignored this year just because he’s not very exciting.  That boring southpaw had a high 9.11 K/9 last season with an above-average 2.63 BB/9, and bumped his groundball rate to 47.7% while featuring a career high 13.3% whiff rate – the 6th highest mark in the bigs.  So why after a season where his ERA and DIPS numbers hovered around 3.50 should we expect any better?  Well, he still induced a fantastic 21.6% soft contact, and had a 12.0% HR/FB rate, his highest mark since 2010.  That number should come down a few ticks as he finally gets to play for a competitive team once again.  I believe that with a proper spring training with the team, Hamels will enjoy being the ace of a competitive club and we’ll see something closer to a 3.10 ERA over 210+ innings of goodness.  Sounds about right at this point in the draft.

Rankings

Top 20 Starting Pitchers For 2016

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What is happening.  It’s been months since you’ve seen some action here at Pitcher List but it’s February and we’ve got work to do.  While some of you may be scrambling to find a hot date by Sunday, the rest of us have more important things to take care of.  We’re talking the first round of Fantasy Baseball rankings as Pitcher List makes its returns from the shadows of the off-season.  Let me tell you, those shadows were cold.  I didn’t originally plan on it being so barren, but the wait will have been worth it, I promise.  There will be some incredibly exciting changes to the site that we will be revealing to everyone very shortly.  It’s annoying how I can’t speak further but whatever, it’s going to be a party.  Until then, let’s get some logs on the fire and start the fantasy discussions with my favorite position: Starting Pitchers.  I’ll be revealing my Top 100 SP over the course of the week, beginning with the Top 20 Starting Pitchers for 2016 today.  Let’s do this.

TIER 1: The Luxury Taxes

1. Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers) – I’ll get through this one quick since we all know he’s the best starter in the fantasy world.  He’s like the Kurt Cobain of grunge, the Bounty of paper towels, or the Tommy Wiseau of bad, but freakin’ awesome movies.  The Kersh has been incredible for years now, and arguably just had the best season of his fantasy career despite following an MVP 2014 campaign.  I won’t be drafting him in standard leagues – I believe elite hitting is more valuable than elite pitching – but we can all hold hands and sing Clayton’s praises as he flies off the board first among SPs.

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Final Round: Vote For The Nastiest Pitching GIF from the Second Half of the 2015 Season!

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Here at Pitcher List, we’re hosting a tournament to crown the best pitching GIF from the second half of the 2015 season.  For those who missed the first two rounds, take a look at all 16 GIFs from the first round hereand then check out Wednesday’s second round and Thursday’s semi-finals.  Let’s review the votes from yesterday’s votes:

Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball (50.1%) defeated Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball (49.9%)  – Just one vote was the difference!

– Rich Hill’s Curveball (57.5%) defeated Steven Wright’s Knuckleball (42.5%)

Two GIFs are left.  Polls will be open until Monday morning.  Vote to crown Nastiest Pitching GIF from the Second Half!

Rich Hill’s Curveball

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Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball

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Round 3: The Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the Second Half Tournament

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Here at Pitcher List, we’re hosting a tournament to crown the best pitching GIF from the second half of the 2015 season.  For those who missed the first two rounds, take a look at all 16 GIFs from the first round hereand then check out Wednesday’s second round as well.  Let’s review the votes from the second round:

– Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball (56.3%) defeated Aaron Sanchez’s Fastball (43.7%)

– Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball (52.0%) defeated Danny Salazar’s Changeup (48.0%)

– Rich Hill’s Curveball (76.9%) defeated Ryan Weber’s Fastball (24.1%)

– Steven Wright’s Knuckleball (85.5%) defeated Carlos Martinez’s Fastball (14.5%)

After two days of voting, we are left with only four GIFs.  Voting will close at 8am EST Friday morning where we’ll enter the final round to crown the winner.  Here are out semi-finalists:

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Round 2: The Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the Second Half Tournament

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Here at Pitcher List, we’re hosting a tournament to crown the best pitching GIF from the second half of the 2015 season.  For those who missed the first round on Tuesday, take a look at all 16 GIFs from yesterday here.  Here are the results from yesterday’s voting:

– Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball #2 (67.4%) defeated Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball #1 (33.6%)

– Aaron Sanchez’s Fastball (65.4%) defeated Jeurys Familia’s Splitter (34.6%)

– Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball #1 (56.5%) defeated Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball #2 (43.5%)

– Danny Salazar’s Changeup (62.3%) defeated Kevin Gausman’s Changeup (37.4%)

– Ryan Weber’s Fastball (59.4%) defeated Aaron Nola’s Fastball (40.6%)

– Rich Hill’s Curveball (66.2%) defeated Corey Kluber’s Curveball (33.8%)

– Steven Wright’s Knuckleball (59.6%) defeated Chris Sale’s Slider (40.4%)

– Carlos Martinez’s Fastball (54.0%) defeated Trevor Bauer’s Fastball (46.0%)

As we enter the second round with only eight GIFs left, take a look at the current bracket:

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Click the link below to start voting for the second round!  Polls will close at 8:00am EST Thursday morning.

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The Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the Second Half Tournament

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We’ve seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you’ve been voting all year for your favorite pitches.  Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Half. Sixteen pitches will enter, who will win?

It’s been a while since the First Half GIF Tournament, so here’s a reminder of the basic rules:

– All GIFs were pulled from the fourteen GIF of the Week competitions we’ve had so far this season.

– Every winner was granted an automatic bid, with the extra slots being hand selected among other finalists.

– There were two instances of repeat winners, and we included both to face-off in the first round.

– Votes will last until 8:00am EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 10:00am every morning.  The winner being revealed Monday morning next week.

Take a look at the contest’s bracket:

2nd half GIF bracket day 1

Click the link below to start voting!

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Gif Breakdown

Let’s All Gush Over Noah Syndergaard’s Fastballs

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I see a lot of pitches writing for Pitcher List.  For every pitch that gets turned into a GIF, there are dozens more that just didn’t make the cut.  Through this constant exposure I slowly develop crushes that leave me fanning myself like I’m attending church in the south.  Did you see how much fade that Changeup had?  Is that a Curveball at 89 MPH?!  These affinities rarely stick after subsequent starts, but there was one who I found myself dying to inspect on each visit to the mound despite being seemingly overshadowed by the deGroms and Kershaws of the world:

Noah Syndergaard.  (I realize I gave that away in the title of this article, but let’s act like you didn’t see it coming.)

Most pitchers that we featured had one instance of their best pitch that makes you giddy like Christmas day, such as Chaz Roe’s Slider or Steven Wright’s Knuckleballbut with Syndergaard, it seemed as though every start produced the same jaw-dropping ability that makes me question the true nature of his Norse God comparisons.  While his secondary pitches are above-average in their own right, his Four-Seamer and – more importantly – Sinker were radiant.

To set the mood, let’s equivocate the Barry White and candles with some eye candy.  First is a 99 MPH Four-Seamer that hits the spot so well you can see a puff of smoke from Travis d’Arnuad’s glove:

And allow me to pair that with an elegant Sinker that does…well, this:

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The Best Pitching GIFs of the 2015 Playoffs – Who Will Take The Crown?

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Now that the season has concluded, we’re going to be reviewing the very best pitches from across the entire season.  First up are the best pitches from the playoffs, followed by the second half, then the entire season.  Stay tuned in the following weeks as we work our way to voting for the very best Pitching GIF of the 2015 season!

Johnny Cueto‘s Fastball – Cueto was looking great out of the gate in Game 2 of the World Series, and struck out the NLCS MVP with a perfect frontdoor Fastball that barely hit the strikezone.

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Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball + The 9 Best Pitches From World Series Games 3-5

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Every morning we review the five best pitches from the previous day’s playoff games in glorious HD GIFs.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back when we review the best pitches for the divisional series next week.  Did we miss your favorite pitch?  Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

Noah Syndergaard‘s Fastball #1 – Thor got off to a rocky start, but hot damn his Fastball looked electric.  He struck out the first batter of the game, getting Alcides Escobar to whiff at 99 MPH cheddar as this Fastball traveled across the plate at an absurd rate.

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Johnny Cueto’s Changeup + The Best Pitches From The World Series Game 2

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Every morning we review the five best pitches from the previous day’s playoff games in glorious HD GIFs.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back when we review the best pitches for the divisional series next week.  Did we miss your favorite pitch?  Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.

Johnny Cueto‘s Changeup #1 – It was the performance KC fans were hoping for from their Dreaded Ace as Cueto went the distance to put the Royals up 2-0 in the series.  He executed some excellent Changeups through the night, like this beauty to fan Michael Conforto in the third inning.