The List 7/2: 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 +2 Luis Severino 6 4 6
5 - Jacob deGrom 5 5 9
6 +1 Clayton Kershaw 7 1 17
7 -3 Justin Verlander 4 4 12
8 - Trevor Bauer 8 8 35
9 - Gerrit Cole 9 6 31
10 - Aaron Nola 10 8 14
11 - James Paxton 11 9 18
12 +2 Blake Snell 14 12 56
13 -1 Noah Syndergaard 12 5 13
14 -1 Zack Greinke 13 9 14
15 - Jose Berrios 15 15 38
16 - Madison Bumgarner 16 7 46
17 - Carlos Carrasco 17 10 20
18 +1 Lance McCullers 19 18 37
19 +1 Charlie Morton 20 14 52
20 +12 Carlos Martinez 32 13 32
21 +21 Robbie Ray 42 16 98
22 -1 Miles Mikolas 21 21 63
23 -1 Dylan Bundy 22 18 50
24 +1 Mike Clevinger 25 24 48
25 +2 Patrick Corbin 27 16 55
26 -8 Stephen Strasburg 18 7 26
27 -4 David Price 23 15 41
28 +9 Mike Foltynewicz 37 28 92
29 -5 J. A. Happ 24 24 71
30 - Ross Stripling 30 30 85
31 -3 Nick Pivetta 28 24 69
32 -3 Jameson Taillon 29 27 53
33 - Jack Flaherty 33 33 85
34 -3 Eduardo Rodriguez 31 27 76
35 +3 Tyler Skaggs 38 35 93
36 +4 Alex Wood 40 23 44
37 +4 Garrett Richards 41 23 41
38 +11 Sean Newcomb 49 38 96
39 +12 Kenta Maeda 51 39 74
40 -6 Michael Fulmer 34 24 40
41 -6 Rick Porcello 35 25 UR
42 +1 Jon Lester 43 34 48
43 +16 Rich Hill 59 35 85
44 +UR Nick Kingham UR 44 82
45 +12 Shane Bieber 57 45 81
46 -20 Andrew Heaney 26 25 95
47 -2 Sean Manaea 45 18 53
48 +4 Chris Archer 52 17 52
49 -5 Dallas Keuchel 44 17 49
50 -2 Jake Arrieta 48 23 50
51 -1 Kyle Gibson 50 50 97
52 -13 Tyson Ross 39 32 73
53 +2 Masahiro Tanaka 55 21 55
54 +6 Johnny Cueto 60 34 99
55 +14 CC Sabathia 69 55 96
56 +9 Jonathan Loaisiga 65 56 66
57 +1 Kevin Gausman 58 54 72
58 -11 Kyle Hendricks 47 28 58
59 +UR Zach Eflin UR 59 94
60 +4 Domingo German 64 60 88
61 +6 Junior Guerra 67 61 93
62 +11 Marcus Stroman 73 41 100
63 -17 Gio Gonzalez 46 29 63
64 -8 Jose Quintana 56 22 64
65 +6 Joey Lucchesi 71 56 87
66 +6 Joe Musgrove 72 65 91
67 +8 Tanner Roark 75 54 94
68 +8 Marco Gonzales 76 68 84
69 +9 Cole Hamels 78 69 91
70 -2 Carlos Rodon 68 68 99
71 +15 Zach Wheeler 86 67 88
72 -6 Freddy Peralta 66 63 86
73 -11 Frankie Montas 62 62 89
74 +9 Seth Lugo 83 74 87
75 +15 Nathan Eovaldi 90 75 95
76 -23 Walker Buehler 53 40 UR
77 -16 Luis Castillo 61 18 77
78 -42 Zack Godley 36 16 78
79 -5 Jake Junis 74 50 95
80 +5 Jaime Barria 85 67 85
81 +UR Steven Matz UR 81 96
82 +5 Dereck Rodriguez 87 82 87
83 +UR Max Fried UR 83 83
84 +UR Mike Leake UR 80 87
85 -8 Reynaldo Lopez 77 49 85
86 +UR Matt Harvey UR 86 99
87 +UR Shelby Miller UR 86 87
88 +UR Felix Pena UR 88 88
89 +UR Sandy Alcantara UR 89 89
90 +1 Kyle Freeland 91 85 94
91 +UR Tyler Anderson UR 77 91
92 - Tyler Mahle 92 64 94
93 -12 Mike Montgomery 81 81 93
94 -10 Wade LeBlanc 84 76 94
95 +UR Chase Anderson UR 26 95
96 +UR Jhoulys Chacin UR 96 96
97 -15 Mike Minor 82 53 97
98 -28 Jon Gray 70 45 98
99 -19 Luke Weaver 80 28 99
100 -21 Sonny Gray 79 30 100

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:

  • Carlos Martinez is out of his funk and should be considered Top 20 again, while Robbie Ray returned and looked like the man we expected in April.
  • I’m in love with Mike Foltynewicz’s slider and I’ve turned 180 on him over the past month. Welcome to the Top 30 Folty.
  • Andrew Heaney takes an expected drop as his whiff rates have plummeted over the last month. I’m not giving up on him and we could easily see jump up in the next few weeks, but I need to see him elevate with heat and improve his changeup to do so.
  • I’ve been wrestling what to do with injured players and here’s my decision for now: If they are Top 50 arms (Noah Syndergaard, Stephen Strasburg, Yu Darvish, Johnny Cueto, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Archerthen I am slotting them within the rest of the crowd since their trade value is of consideration. If they are outside of it, I’m taking them off the List and naming them here.
  • Injured arms to consider as DL stashes: Jeff Samardzija, Jimmy Nelson, Trevor Cahill, Michael Wacha, Aaron Sanchez, Vince Velasquezand Mike Soroka.
  • I need to make clear that after the DL stashes of Tanaka and Cueto, there is a massive cliff in talent, leading to someone like CC Sabathia heading up to 55. That means Zach Eflin – who is carrying a ton of momentum after overcoming an incredibly tough schedule – is all the way at #59. You might as well chase his upside as from the late 50s to late 80s is much closer than it should be.
  • It’s been a wonderful week for young arms getting their chances, with both Nick Kingham and Shane Bieber getting secure roles in their respective rotations. I favor Kingham’s stuff a little more than Bieber’s, but they should both be owned everywhere.
  • I’m sick and tired of Zack Godley yet I can’t completely rid him from The List given the raw stuff of his repertoire. So I stuck him in the 70s with the other underperforming PEASLuis Castilloand behind Walker Buehlerwho is one of the better stashes around.
  • While I don’t trust it longterm, I have to acknowledge both Steven Matz and Mike Leakewho are each producing despite questionable arsenals.
  • By the 80s, you’re looking at a lot of upside plays including Max Fried, Matt Harvey (increased velocity!), Shelby Miller, Felix Pena, and Sandy Alcantara
  • It looked like Freddy Peralta would be the odd man out in Milwaukee, but with Zach Davies’ removal from rehab with back stiffness, Peralta could be an option for longer, keeping him in the Top 70.
  • The removal of plenty of injured arms has given room for many arms to be added at the end, including Jholuys Chacin, Chase Andersonand Tyler AndersonAll streamers, nothing more.
  • At the very end are Jon Gray, Luke Weaver and Sonny Grayeach clearly far away from their ceiling but are still noteworthy for holding it. It’s not out of the question that the second half spells productive days for these arms, despite their current status.
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


DodgerTom

Looking for your help again, Nick. Assume Carlos Carrasco is an automatic activation for his Friday start without a DLH. Right now, my staff in a 5×5 league (AL+NL West) is Severino, Clevinger, Corbin, Gausman, T. Ross, J. Loaisega and Marco Gonzales…..with Diaz and Chapman as my closers. Would guess that Gonzales is the first to go with Mariners talking about a six-man rotation in August to limit his innings. Also have J. Cueto, J. Samardzija and Cahill all sitting on the DL getting close to a comeback.

Grind Crunch

I wish there was a better way to quantify a pitcher’s mental strength. For example, Pivetta can dominate when everything is going his way, but if he gets into any trouble early it seems like he gets into his own head and turns in the ol 7 runs in 2 innings.

Brian

I’ve thought about this a lot too. So much of pitching is mental but if you tried to quantify what’s going on in someones head you’d never be able to make sense of the data. Sometimes you just gotta go with your intuition. That being said, I followed my intuition and dropped Nola last year when he was struggling and you all know how that turned out, so I tend to follow Nick’s advice.

Edwin

Are Hendricks and Quintana droppable at this point, with options like Pivetta, Taillion, Hill, Maeda, Eflin, Loaisega available in FA?

Chucky

Kingham at #44 huh? That’s not the same Kingham who was on the mound v the Dodgers last night, was it?

not

Why did Mike Minor drop 15 places despite only giving up a single hit in his last start.

Jim

Maybe schedule? Hou, @Bos, @Bal. Could be worse, Houston has been struggling lately.

Peter

I’m sorry but I don’t understand the list. It changes weekly and this week Severino is better than Verlander but that can change next week. So it’s here’s who best until next Monday? How as a fantasy player am I supposed to utililize this list? I mean that in the nicest way possible as I appreciate your work but the list is head scratching at times. If someone is better than another pitcher one start shouldn’t have shifted your opinion that much.

JP

Both injured, both coming back this week, you have Richards ranked 15 spots ahead of Cueto?

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