The List 6/4: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

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

  • So Clayton Kershaw is hurt again and I’ve decided to change the “at the end” injury block a bit. For now, there are a collection of names to consider stashing, but guys like Kershaw, Robbie Ray, Carlos Rodon and Shelby Miller are getting mixed among the group instead of simply slotted at the end.
  • I’ve already given the AGA term to Blake Snell and he’s comfortably in the Top 15 now, with Carlos Carrasco taking a bit of a dive with Charlie Morton.
  • Jumps inside the Top 50 include Eduardo Rodriguez, Jameson Taillon, Michael Wachaand Jack FlahertyErod’s getting comfortable with consistent strikeouts and without the bad luck holding back his ratios, Taillon’s new slider is everything he needs and could continue climbing, Wacha is on a roll as hot as anyone (even if I don’t think it’ll last that long), and Flaherty has job security with Alex Reyes out for an extended period of time.
  • Ross Stripling and Mike Foltynewicz have continued their hot streaks as well, granting spots well inside the Top 60.
  • The uncertainty of teammates Mike Soroka and Luiz Gohara have forced me to lower their ranks, though that can change quickly in the coming weeks.
  • Marco Gonzales should have been here last week around 75-80. Sorry about that.
  • Joining The List this week are Jaime Barria (Possible Toby?), Julio Teheran (hot/cold), Nathan Eovaldi (back from DL and could be a Toby), and Steven Matz (maybe turning it around whiff rate wise).
  • Leaving The List this are Chase Anderson, Jeremy Hellickson, Dan Straily, Zach Eflin, Ervin Santana, and Mike MinorIt’s always tough figuring out who to knock off, with each of these options just outside the Top 100. Anderson and Minor could find themselves back in the near future if they showcase their upside, Straily and Eflin are desperate streaming options, while Hellickson is hurt and Santana had a setback in his rehab.
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


Derek

Luis Castillo crashed and burned this week on the list. What did you see in his last outing that made you think he’s not a top 40 starter? I just traded Quintana and Reynaldo for him so I’m trying to be optimistic

Los Bravitos

With Rodon and Miller making your mention of potential stashes, which would you prefer ROS? And would their ceilings warrant dropping Castillo for them from a long-term (second half and fantasy playoffs) point of view

Paul

Would you drop Reynaldo Lopez for Rodon? Maybe Rodon puts it together finally with his control? Lopez is my last pitcher easily could drop him for someone with more upside

Paul

What’s Junis gotta do to get above the Castillo’s and Manaea’s of the world? Was expecting a bigger jump after his last start and the positive write up.

Kyle

My top 3 SP are Sale, Severino and Bumgarner with a bunch of top 75 guys rounding out my staff. Proposed Mikolas for Gennett earlier today and it was accepted within minutes. Did I give up too much or is that a fair price? Thoughts on Hoskins for Buehler?

Chucky

While you have your shovel out….to bury Castillo….might as well take the other guy, who you put your neck out on the line for….Godley. You need to turn this around quickly Nick. Not looking very good here…#40 and #55 respectively. Ouch…they’re both drops not even streamers any longer.

Chris

Hard to know if this is sustainable with Wacha. While we could point to xFIP, SIERA…ect, his changeup and cutter are arguably performing at their best so far in his career. He is really starting to lay off the fastball, and if he maintains the feel of his off-speed pitches, I could see a ‘good’ Gio year out of him in 2018.

NH

I was just offered this trade. Would you do it

I would get Bauer & Hader and I would give up Mikolas & Quintana

Eric

5×5 Roto with QS instead of wins. I realize I could just look at your list but given this slight change in category, who would be your bottom two out of this list? Porcello, Bundy, Godley, Manaea, Newcomb, Ross, Soroka and Kingham. I have Rhys and Acuna coming off DL and 2 SPs have to go.

Kevin Archer

Hi Nick. I’d like some advice on updating my SP in a 10 T, 5×5. I currently have Sale, Kluber, Nola, Ray (DL), Cueto (DL), Heaney, Flaherty. These are the SP’s that recently became available via frustrated owners Darvish, Keuchel, Archer, Taillon, Nelson, Fulmer, Godley. Any of these guys worth a swap out? Thx! Love your site.

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