The List 6/11: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

Rank Change Pitcher Previous Best Worst
1 - Max Scherzer 1 1 2
2 - Corey Kluber 2 2 4
3 - Chris Sale 3 2 3
4 +1 Justin Verlander 5 4 12
5 +1 Jacob deGrom 6 5 9
6 -2 Luis Severino 4 4 6
7 - Gerrit Cole 7 6 31
8 +2 Aaron Nola 10 8 14
9 +2 James Paxton 11 9 18
10 -2 Noah Syndergaard 8 5 10
11 +1 Zack Greinke 12 9 13
12 +1 Blake Snell 13 12 56
13 +1 Trevor Bauer 14 13 35
14 +1 Charlie Morton 15 14 52
15 +1 Madison Bumgarner 16 7 46
16 +1 Clayton Kershaw 17 1 17
17 +3 Carlos Carrasco 20 10 20
18 +3 Jose Berrios 21 18 38
19 -10 Stephen Strasburg 9 7 19
20 +3 Patrick Corbin 23 16 55
21 -3 Lance McCullers 18 18 37
22 +2 Miles Mikolas 24 22 63
23 -4 Carlos Martinez 19 13 23
24 +3 Nick Pivetta 27 24 69
25 +1 J. A. Happ 26 25 71
26 +4 Garrett Richards 30 23 37
27 +9 Dylan Bundy 36 18 50
28 +4 David Price 32 15 41
29 +10 Andrew Heaney 39 29 95
30 -1 Gio Gonzalez 29 29 57
31 +4 Mike Clevinger 35 31 48
32 -7 Alex Wood 25 23 44
33 +9 Eduardo Rodriguez 42 33 76
34 -6 Kyle Hendricks 28 28 44
35 +10 Jameson Taillon 45 27 53
36 -3 Jake Arrieta 33 23 37
37 -3 Tyson Ross 34 32 73
38 -1 Michael Fulmer 37 24 40
39 +1 Zack Godley 40 16 41
40 +13 Ross Stripling 53 40 85
41 - Chris Archer 41 17 44
42 +2 Rick Porcello 44 25 UR
43 +4 Jon Lester 47 34 48
44 +4 Michael Wacha 48 44 86
45 +4 Jack Flaherty 49 45 85
46 +10 Mike Foltynewicz 56 46 92
47 +8 Luis Castillo 55 18 55
48 -17 Dallas Keuchel 31 17 48
49 +1 Kenta Maeda 50 44 74
50 +1 Sean Manaea 51 18 53
51 +3 Robbie Ray 54 16 98
52 -6 Walker Buehler 46 40 UR
53 -10 Yu Darvish 43 12 53
54 -16 Masahiro Tanaka 38 21 54
55 +2 Jose Quintana 57 22 57
56 +7 Tyler Skaggs 63 56 93
57 +2 Sean Newcomb 59 50 96
58 -6 Caleb Smith 52 47 99
59 +5 Kyle Gibson 64 58 97
60 +1 Tanner Roark 61 54 94
61 +5 Fernando Romero 66 60 69
62 +6 Kevin Gausman 68 54 72
63 +10 Mike Soroka 73 51 73
64 -6 Jake Junis 58 50 95
65 +14 Frankie Montas 79 65 89
66 -4 Trevor Cahill 62 55 75
67 -7 Luke Weaver 60 28 72
68 -3 Joe Musgrove 65 65 91
69 +2 Marco Gonzales 71 69 84
70 +4 Junior Guerra 74 70 93
71 +5 Sonny Gray 76 30 81
72 - Jon Gray 72 45 72
73 -4 Vince Velasquez 69 69 97
74 +1 Cole Hamels 75 69 91
75 +6 Jaime Barria 81 75 81
76 +1 Reynaldo Lopez 77 49 77
77 +6 Luiz Gohara 83 64 UR
78 - Aaron Sanchez 78 50 80
79 -9 Daniel Mengden 70 70 88
80 +7 Carlos Rodon 87 74 99
81 +3 Joey Lucchesi 84 56 84
82 +UR Marco Estrada UR 60 94
83 +5 Zach Wheeler 88 67 88
84 +UR Danny Duffy UR 42 88
85 +5 CC Sabathia 90 79 96
86 +UR Domingo German UR 60 88
87 +UR Seth Lugo UR 87 87
88 -6 Jake Odorizzi 82 61 98
89 +2 Matt Boyd 91 84 91
90 +4 Kyle Freeland 94 85 94
91 +UR Clay Buchholz UR 91 91
92 -7 Tyler Mahle 85 64 92
93 +2 Nathan Eovaldi 95 84 95
94 +2 Steven Matz 96 89 96
95 +UR Dylan Covey UR 95 95
96 -74 Shohei Ohtani 22 17 96
97 +1 Jimmy Nelson 98 73 100
98 -1 Johnny Cueto 97 34 99
99 -6 Jeff Samardzija 93 30 99
100 - Marcus Stroman 100 41 100

Welcome to The List – The weekly top 100 rankings of starting pitchers in fantasy baseball for the rest of the season. Use this list to help make choices on the waiver wire and as a tool to gauge trade value in your fantasy leagues. These rankings are made with 5×5 H2H standard 12-team leagues in mind.

Let’s talk about how the SP landscape has changed since last week:

  • There were a lot of injuries this week, from Shohei Ohtani to Stephen Strasburg and Mashiro Tanaka, paired with bad news to Yu Darvish and a big shrug to Walker Buehler’s situation. Please note this when looking at the plenty of positive changes this week as nearly everyone got some bump due to this.
  • Regarding Buehler specifically, you may be surprised to see little change to his rank. Simply put, he was going to be capped innings wise anyway, which means that the overall season outlook doesn’t change a whole lot – in fact, in some ways it could be better for those that are in H2H leagues, as Buehler could now theoretically be around for your playoffs depending on how much time he misses.
  • There was a bit of shuffling in the 20-45 range, primarily with ratio-types like Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricksand Dallas Keuchel seeing movement down as upside arms like Dylan Bundy, Eduardo Rodriguez, Andrew Heaneyand Jameson Taillon all showing many signs of being legit #2/3 arms through the year.
  • Ross Stripling continues his hot season and even with a questionable outing yesterday, it was time to slot him at #40.
  • I’m surprised how much I like Mike Foltynewicz’s slider, but his jump to Top 50 was more influenced by my distrust in Sean Manaea and Kenta Maedawhile the injured stars of Darvish/Buehler/Tanaka/Ohtani also fell behind.
  • Joining The List this week are Clay Buchholz (new cutter could be legit), Domingo German (high risk/reward arm), Seth Lugo (may get time in the rotation), Dylan Covey (groundball fiend), and Marco Estrada (plenty better with changeup last two starts).
  • Making room for these pitchers and leaving The List are Shelby Miller (not worth the stash), Julio Teheran (five straight games with 3 walks, always a headache, even against the Padres!), Jordan Lyles (rare upside expression with a terrible floor), Anthony DeSclafani (could turn into a Toby, just wasn’t enough room for him and haven’t seen the stability yet), and Nick Kingham (demoted to the minors, will rejoin the list the moment he returns, but we don’t know when that will be).
  • I sat and stared at this List trying to find room for Ivan Novabut ultimately he’ll get slotted as #101 for those that have a gripe. Mike Fiers (shocking, I know), Zach Eflinand Steven Wright were also heavily considered but there simply isn’t enough room to feature everyone.
Nick Pollack

Founder of PitcherList.com. Rotographs and Washington Post contributor and has worked with CBS Sports, Grantland, and SB Nation. Former pitching coach and Brandeis alum.

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Comments


Mr. G

General question on application of your rankings. What’s the cut off for SP1, SP2, etc?

More specific question: if you owned 5 SPs in your top 20-30, and a total of 7 on your top 40, would you still be trying to swing a trade to add a name in the top 10-12, or just stand pat with solid, if not elite plays at SP?

For reference, I own McCullers, CMart, Mikolas, Pivetta, G Richards, Taillon, Godley, Castillo, J Gray, and Tanaka on DL.

Nick Pollack

I generally believe that quality depth is more important the a few top end guys and fodder at the end.

I think you should be fine with that staff.

Ricky

Is Keuchel droppable at this point in a 12-teams league? I see Bundy is still available (he was dropped after his rough patch) and so is Hector Rondon if I choose the save route.

Nick Pollack

Because there were a ton of moves down the list.

Also, if you watched that game, Pivetta actually pitched pretty well against the Cubs. That fifth inning was as frustrating as they get.

Qbe

10 team, 10 keeper points h2h league would you move Castillo & Seranthony for Taillon?

Rest of my staff is solid, so I can take a few bumps as Castillo keeps figuring this out if that makes a difference.

ESB

Hey Nick, need a little roster help if you’d be so kind. I have Britton coming off the DL and 4 closers are needed in my league as the top teams utilize 4. My roster is constructed as follows 5×5 OBP/QS HTH 10 team league:

C Gary Sanchez
1B Rizzo
2B/SS Javier Baez,
3B Manny Machado
SS Jean Segura
OF OF Eaton
OF Soto
OF Haniger
UTIL Travis Shaw 3B
UTIL Ozzie Albies 2B
UTIL 1B/2B/3B Carpenter
Bench OF DeSheilds
Bench OF Kemp

These are my SP’s
SP Carlos Martinez
SP Mike Clevinger
RP Brad Boxberger
SP Carlos Carrasco
SP E-Rod
RP Kenley Jansen
RP Craig Kimbrel
SP SP Flaherty
Bench SP L.Castillo
Bench SP Sean Manaea
Bench SP Milokas
DL RP Britton
DL SP YU Darvish

So I have two questions, 1st would you drop Kemp(whos hot now but who knows for how long) or another bat to activate Britton? DeShields also seems somewhat obvious but I dont have a ton of speed without him.
2nd Pivetta was just dropped, I see you still have him as a top 25 SP, assuming he clears waivers(i have the 10th slot) which arm would you drop to add Pivetta? Thanks in advance, look forward to your column every week.

Nino

16 team league – weekly H2H – Points via 1b,2b, 3b, HR, SB, Runs and Pitchers: Inn. pitched, K’s, QS, Wins, gidp, and you lose points via a K’s as a hitter and ER and a loss as a pitcher….
We currently have Barnhart as our catcher, and are being offered Gary Sanchez for our Trevor Bauer….our other pitchers are Max Scherzer, Aaron Nola, Andrew Heaney, Luis Castillo, Nick Pivetta and Trevor Cahill.
Appreciate any feedback.

JJ

Hey nick,
Noticed that Soroka is back this week. Would love to pick him up. Who is the drop out of Cahill, Castillo, Bundy?

Kent S.

Hey Nick,
Can you explain your rationale for dropping Caleb Smith down? He blew up against the Diamondbacks but I think that was a bad start anyways as the Dbacks lineup is not as bad as we thought now. I don’t think getting pulled a bit early against the Padres was that much of a red flag either

Nick Pollack

Yeah, I totally understand that. I did a deep dive on Smith for both the roundup Sunday and on the Fireside chat podcast with Sporer Sunday night, and I left feeling a bit concerned about Smith’s future, especially with three tough starts ahead (Giants twice + Coors). Had me drop him a bit.

Buck

Ross Stripling is now so good that an outing where he goes 6.2 innings, gives up 2 runs on 4 hits, and strikes out 6 with no walks is considered “questionable.” Wish all my fantasy starters were that questionable!

Nick Pollack

I suggest taking a look at this morning’s roundup for a more thorough explanation, but in short, Stripling didn’t dominate like he normally does. The result was good, but how he got there was a bit shaky.

Hank Chen

I am always intrigued by how much people’s valuation of players can differ. For instance, Bundy is #27 here, yet Eno has him at 80. I am assuming this is because the list here doesn’t take projection system(s) into account as much?

Nick Pollack

I suggest taking a look at this morning’s roundup for a more thorough explanation, but in short, Stripling didn’t dominate like he normally does. The result was good, but how he got there was a bit shaky.

Chuckie

Interesting to see Skaggs at #56. There’s several injured pitchers in Darvish, Maeda, Tanaka and Ray, two who haven’t pitched since Hector was a pup along with the well chronicled efforts of Godley, Castillo who are ahead of Skaggs.+7 is a substantial jump no doubt. For an amateur like me, I have Skaggs inside my top 50

Perfect Game

In a season-long roto using QS, K, ERA and WHIP who do I want IN ORDER that can provide decent counting stats without blowing up ratios – Heaney, ERod, Mikolas, Happ?

Manley Ramirez

Agree with lowering Smith. Sure he was getting decent results, but mostly because he played the Mets and Padres 3 of the last 4 games.

Looks like Heaney will need to get an adjustment well. He’s struggled against lineups that hit lefties well (Detroit and Seattle).

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