Category Power Rankings: Week 15

Colin Ward gives his power rankings for each fantasy-relevant category.

Another week of baseball in the books, which means another fresh edition of CPR!

 

Batting Average (AVG)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Michael Brantley HOU OF
2 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B
4 Nick Castellanos CIN OF
5 Trea Turner WSH SS
6 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF +2
7 Tim Anderson CWS SS -1
8 J.D. Martinez BOS OF -1
9 Jesse Winker CIN OF
10 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF +1
11 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B +2
12 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B/2B/3B -2
13 Juan Soto WSH OF -1
14 Nelson Cruz MIN UT
15 Cedric Mullins BAL OF +3
16 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
17 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +5
18 Justin Turner LAD 3B +5
19 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
20 Nolan Arenado STL 3B -3
21 Carlos Correa HOU SS +3
22 Alex Verdugo BOS OF -2
23 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +2
24 Bo Bichette TOR SS Unranked
25 David Fletcher LAA 2B/3B/SS/OF Unranked

 

Off the list: Ronald Acuña Jr. (injury), Mookie Betts

Nobody has hit for a higher AVG over the past month than David Fletcher, who produced a sizzling .402 BA. After a dreadful start to the year, it was only a matter of time before Fletcher turned it around. He is the definition of an empty batting average, as evidenced by his .366 SLG.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Luis Arraez MIN 2B/3B/OF +7
2 J.P. Crawford SEA SS
3 Yonathan Daza COL OF
4 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B
5 Steven Duggar SF OF
6 Garrett Cooper MIA 1B/OF Unranked
7 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B
8 Pavin Smith ARZ 1B/OF -2
9 Starlin Castro WSH 2B/3B Unranked
10 Akil Baddoo DET OF -1

 

Off the list: David Fletcher (ownership), Myles Straw

Starlin Castro has a .356 AVG and .910 OPS over the past 30 days and a .417/.473/.563 line over his last two weeks. The veteran infielder is currently in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak and has raised his season-long batting average from .248 to .277 during that span.

 

Runs (R)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS +1
2 Bo Bichette TOR SS +1
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B +1
4 Jose Altuve HOU 2B +2
5 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
6 José Ramírez CLE 3B +1
7 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
8 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF +3
9 Jesse Winker CIN OF
10 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS +5
11 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +1
12 Nick Castellanos CIN OF -2
13 Trea Turner WSH SS
14 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP +2
15 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS +3
16 Mookie Betts LAD OF +1
17 Carlos Correa HOU SS +2
18 Kris Bryant CHC 1B/3B/OF -4
19 Tim Anderson CWS SS +1
20 Starling Marte MIA OF +1
21 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
22 Jake Cronenworth SD 1B/2B/SS Unranked
23 Matt Olson OAK 1B
24 Mitch Haniger SEA OF
25 Juan Soto WSH OF

 

Off the list: Ronald Acuña Jr. (injury)

Jake Cronenworth has been the unsung hero for the Padres this season. The former pitcher turned position player has done it all for San Diego and fantasy owners. “Crone” has scored 24 runs across his last 26 games and currently sits eighth in the majors in the category with 63. As long as he continues to hit second or third in the Padres lineup, he should continue to produce solid fantasy value across the board.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B
2 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B
3 Luis Urías MIL 2B/3B/SS +1
4 J.P. Crawford SEA SS +3
5 Willy Adames MIL SS Unranked
6 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF +3
7 Bobby Bradley CLE 1B Unranked
8 Wilmer Flores SF 1B/2B/3B Unranked
9 Dominic Smith NYM 1B/OF Unranked
10 Amed Rosario CLE SS/OF

 

Off the list: David Fletcher (ownership), Odúbel Herrera (injury), Myles StrawSteven Duggar

Dominic Smith is finally starting to turn his season around. It took a little longer than anticipated but Smith has a .943 OPS over the last two weeks, along with 12 runs scored.

 

Home Runs (HR)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP +2
2 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B -2
4 Matt Olson OAK 1B +1
5 Aaron Judge NYY OF +1
6 Joey Gallo TEX OF +5
7 Nelson Cruz MIN UT
8 José Ramírez CLE 3B
9 Adolis García TEX OF
10 Jesse Winker CIN OF
11 Rafael Devers BOS 3B +2
12 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
13 J.D. Martinez BOS OF +1
14 Javier Báez CHC SS +1
15 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +1
16 Jared Walsh LAA 1B/OF +4
17 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
18 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF +1
19 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS +3
20 Nolan Arenado STL 3B +1
21 Pete Alonso NYM 1B +4
22 Giancarlo Stanton NYY OF -4
23 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B Unranked
24 Austin Meadows TB OF -1
25 Tyler O’Neill STL OF -1

 

Off the list: Ronald Acuña Jr. (injury)

Former home run king Pete Alonso has not had the greatest first half, but he is starting to heat up. With six HRs over the past two weeks, Alonso now has 17 on the year and looks to defend his Home Run Derby crown during this week’s All-Star break. Alonso is a prime second-half breakout candidate.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adam Duvall MIA OF
2 Bobby Bradley CLE 1B
3 AJ Pollock LAD OF Unranked
4 Miguel Sanó MIN 1B/3B
5 Willy Adames MIL SS +3
6 Avisaíl García MIL PF +1
7 Josh Bell WSH 1B -1
8 Mike Zunino TB C +1
9 Wilmer Flores ARZ 1B/2B/3B Unranked
10 Nate Lowe TEX 1B -5

 

Off the list: Joc PedersonC.J. Cron

With seven homers over his last 13 games, AJ Pollock is back on mixed league radars. Considering Pollock’s health, if you are willing to roll the dice, especially for those who may have lost Ronald Acuña Jr., the veteran outfielder is worth a look.

 

Runs Batted In (RBI)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B +1
2 Rafael Devers BOS 3B -1
3 José Abreu CWS 1B
4 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP +1
5 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS -1
6 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
7 Nolan Arenado STL 3B
8 Jared Walsh LAA 1B/OF +2
9 Adolis García TEX OF +2
10 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +3
11 Matt Olson OAK 1B -3
12 Yordan Alvarez HOU OF +3
13 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B -1
14 José Ramírez CLE 3B +2
15 Trey Mancini BAL 1B/OF -6
16 Manny Machado SD 3B/SS +4
17 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
18 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
19 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B
20 Adam Duvall MIA OF +3
21 Eduardo Escobar ARZ 2B/3B +1
22 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B +2
23 Nick Castellanos CIN OF Unranked
24 Austin Meadows TB OF -3
25 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Ronald Acuña Jr. (injury), Salvador Perez

Manny Machado has gotten red hot over the past month. He is slashing .348/.431/.652 since the middle of June, including 23 RBI over his last 27 games. Machado is far too talented to be performing the way he was, so this was fully expected to happen.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Adam Duvall MIA OF
2 Avisaíl García MIL OF
3 Willy Adames MIL SS +1
4 Bobby Bradley CLE 1B +2
5 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF
6 Josh Bell WSH 1B +4
7 Cesar Hernandez CLE 2B Unranked
8 Dominic Smith NYM 1B/OF Unranked
9 Jake Fraley SEA OF -2
10 Luis Urías MIL 2B/3B/SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Manuel Margot (injury), Miguel SanóC.J. Cron

Josh Bell has been delivering friendly reminders of just how good he can be and how good he was in Pittsburgh before coming to Washington. Bell has driven in 18 runs over his last 23 games and looks to be making up for lost time. The Nationals are talking about playing Bell in left field in the second half, so they are looking for any way to keep him in the lineup, which is good news for fantasy owners.

 

Stolen Bases (SB)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF
2 Trea Turner WSH SS
3 Fernando Tatis Jr. SD SS
4 Starling Marte MIA OF
5 Cedric Mullins BAL OF +3
6 Tim Anderson CWS SS
7 Trevor Story COL SS +5
8 Tommy Edman STL 2B/3B/OF -1
9 Bo Bichette TOR SS
10 Garrett Hampson
COL 2B/SS/OF
11 Randy Arozarena TB OF
12 Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX C/3B/SS +1
13 Marcus Semien TOR 2B/SS +2
14 Jazz Chisholm
MIA 2B/SS
15 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B +1
16 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/3B/SS/OF +2
17 Tommy Pham SD OF
18 Shohei Ohtani LAA UT/SP +1
19 Javier Báez CHC SS +1
20 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF +1
21 José Ramírez CLE 3B +1
22 Raimel Tapia COL OF +3
23 Akil Baddoo DET OF
24 Robbie Grossman DET OF
25 Francisco Lindor NYM SS Unranked

 

Off the list: Ronald Acuña Jr. (injury)

Going a perfect 10-for-10 in swipes for the past month, Raimel Tapia now has 15 SBs on the year, which is already a career-high. Tapia has been one of the very few bright spots for the Rockies in 2021 and looks to be well on his way to a 10/20 year while also serving as a solid source of batting average.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF
2 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/3B/SS/OF
3 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF
4 Akil Baddoo DET OF
5 Robbie Grossman DET OF
6 Elvis Andrus OAK SS Unranked
7 Jake Fraley SEA OF
8 Steven Duggar SF OF -2
9 Victor Robles WSH OF
10 Amed Rosario CLE SS/OF

 

Off the list: Manuel Margot (injury)

Akil Baddoo has swiped five bags over the past two weeks, which leads the majors over that stretch. He is batting leadoff consistently for the Tigers, so he should be given more opportunities to run.

 

On-Base Percentage (OBP)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Juan Soto WSH OF
2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B/3B
3 Max Muncy LAD 1B/2B/3B
4 Bryce Harper PHI OF +1
5 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B +1
6 Mookie Betts LAD OF -2
7 Aaron Judge NYY OF
8 J.D. Martinez BOS OF
9 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
10 Jesse Winker CIN OF
11 Nick Castellanos CIN OF +1
12 Joey Gallo TEX OF +5
13 Yoán Moncada CWS 3B +3
14 Kris Bryant CHC 1B/3B/OF -3
15 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF +1
16 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B -2
17 Adam Frazier PIT 2B/OF +1
18 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B/3B +1
19 Nelson Cruz MIN UT +2
20 Carlos Correa HOU SS +3
21 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF +4
22 Justin Turner LAD 3B Unranked
23 Christian Yelich MIL OF +1
24 Carlos Santana KC 1B -4
25 Tommy Pham SD OF -3

 

Off the list: Ronald Acuña Jr. (injury)

Justin Turner has been red hot (no pun intended) over his last 23 games. Turner has a 1.011 OPS over that span, including a .462 OBP. The veteran third baseman has always had a natural knack for getting on base during his time with the Dodgers, and this year is no different.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jonathan India CIN 2B/3B
2 Yandy Díaz TB 1B/3B
3 C.J. Cron COL 1B +2
4 Jake Fraley SEA OF
5 Nate Lowe TEX 1B +1
6 Robbie Grossman DET OF Unranked
7 Steven Duggar SF OF +2
8 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF
9 Ty France SEA 1B/2B/3B -6
10 Jace Peterson MIL 1B/2B/3B/OF Unranked

 

Off the list: J.P. CrawfordYonathan Daza

Over the last two weeks, Jace Peterson has a .349/.473/.628 slash line, as well as 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. He is a pretty solid real-life hitter but is not the most intriguing for fantasy purposes. Though, for the time being, he looks to be a decent pick-up in deeper leagues.

 

 

Wins (W)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP +1
2 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP +2
3 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
4 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -3
5 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP +1
6 Max Scherzer WSH SP +2
7 Yu Darvish SD SP -2
8 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
9 Kevin Gausman SF SP +1
10 José Berríos MIN SP -2
11 Lance Lynn CWS SP +1
12 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +1
13 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -2
14 Carlos Rodón CWS SP +1
15 Zack Greinke HOU SP +1
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP -2
17 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP
18 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
19 Nathan Eovaldi BOS SP/RP +1
20 Joe Musgrove SD SP -1
21 Anthony DeSclafani SF SP +3
22 Germán Márquez COL SP +3
23 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
24 Framber Valdez HOU SP/RP -3
25 Tyler Mahle CIN SP -3

 

Off the list: None

Since May 16th, Kyle Hendricks is 9-2 with a 2.56 ERA over the course of 11 starts. All he does is win.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Drew Smyly ATL SP +1
2 Chris Flexen SEA SP/RP +3
3 Tarik Skubal DET SP -2
4 Johnny Cueto SF SP -1
5 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +4
6 Adrian Houser MIL SP/RP +1
7 Jordan Lyles TEX SP Unranked
8 David Price LAD SP/RP Unranked
9 Jake Odorizzi HOU SP +1
10 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP -6

 

Off the list: Zach DaviesJames Kaprielian

Drew Smyly is 5-0 across his last five outings. The lefty owns a 1.98 ERA over the course of those starts and is looking like a decent option in mixed leagues for the second half.

 

Earned Run Average (ERA)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
3 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
4 Kevin Gausman SF SP +2
5 Walker Buehler LAD SP
6 Yu Darvish SD SP -2
7 Max Scherzer WSH SP
8 Lance Lynn CWS SP
9 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +1
10 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -1
11 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
12 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP
13 Trevor Rogers MIA SP +1
14 Joe Musgrove SD SP -1
15 Kyle Gibson TEX SP/RP +2
16 Hyun Jin Ryu TOR SP
17 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -2
18 Taijuan Walker
NYM SP +3
19 Marcus Stroman NYM SP
20 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP
21 Carlos Rodón CWS SP +1
22 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +2
23 José Berríos MIN SP
24 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP +1
25 Pablo López MIA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Aaron Nola

Pitching to the tune of a 1.67 ERA since May 6th, Zack Wheeler currently holds a 2.26 mark on the year, which is good for fifth in the majors. The Phillies got a lot of flack for the contract they gave to Wheeler but he is proving he is worth every penny.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 James Kaprielian OAK SP/RP
2 Chris Flexen SEA SP/RP +5
3 Logan Gilbert SEA SP +7
4 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP +1
5 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP -3
6 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP
7 Tarik Skubal DET SP -3
8 Drew Smyly ATL SP Unranked
9 Kwang Hyun Kim STL SP Unranked
10 Kolby Allard TEX SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Joe Ross (injury), Caleb SmithJT Brubaker

Kwang Hyun Kim has allowed a measly one earned run over his last 18 innings (3 starts), lowering his ERA to 3.11. He may not rack up punchouts but he has been sensational limiting damage all year long.

 

Strikeouts (K)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
3 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP +2
5 Lucas Giolito CWS SP -1
6 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP +1
7 Yu Darvish SD SP -3
8 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP
9 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
10 Aaron Nola PHI SP
11 Carlos Rodón CWS SP
12 Kevin Gausman SF SP
13 Robbie Ray TOR SP
14 Joe Musgrove SD SP +1
15 Lance Lynn CWS SP +1
16 Trevor Rogers MIA SP +2
17 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -3
18 Tyler Mahle CIN SP +1
19 Blake Snell SD SP -2
20 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP
21 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
22 José Berríos MIN SP
23 Charlie Morton ATL SP
24 Walker Buehler LAD SP
25 Germán Márquez COL SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Sean Manaea

Nobody has struck out more batters over the past 30 days than Robbie Ray. The veteran lefty has bounced back in spectacular form this year, posting a 3.13 ERA and striking out 11.62 batters per nine innings.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Tarik Skubal DET SP
2 Andrew Heaney LAA SP
3 Logan Gilbert SEA SP +4
4 James Kaprielian OAK SP/RP
5 Dane Dunning TEX SP
6 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP
7 Shane McClanahan TB SP/RP +1
8 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP +1
9 Caleb Smith ARZ SP -6
10 Nick Pivetta BOS SP/RP Unranked

 

Off the list: Mike Minor

Eduardo Rodriguez is making baby steps in the right direction. He continues to string a couple of good starts together and then takes two steps back. However, one thing he has done consistently is strike guys out. Rodriguez is punching out over 10 batters per nine on the year.

 

Saves (SV)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Liam Hendriks CWS RP
2 Mark Melancon SD RP +1
3 Kenley Jansen LAD RP -1
4 Josh Hader MIL RP
5 Craig Kimbrel CHC RP +1
6 Alex Reyes STL RP +1
7 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP -2
8 Brad Hand WSH RP
9 Edwin Díaz NYM RP
10 Matt Barnes BOS RP
11 Ryan Pressly HOU RP
12 Will Smith ATL RP
13 Raisel Iglesias LAA RP
14 Ian Kennedy TEX RP
15 Jake McGee SF SP
16 Diego Castillo TB SP/RP
17 Lou Trivino OAK RP +3
18 James Karinchak CLE RP
19 Yimi García MIA RP -3
20 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP -1
21 Kendall Graveman SEA RP +2
22 Richard Rodríguez PIT RP -1
23 Daniel Bard COL RP +1
24 Heath Hembree CIN RP Unranked
25 Taylor Rogers MIN RP

 

Off the list: Tyler Rogers

Heath Hembree is the newest entrant in the Cincinnati revolving door of closers. He has converted five of six save chances across his last eight outings. Take that how you will.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-Team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Kendall Graveman SEA RP +1
2 Daniel Bard COL RP +1
3 Heath Hembree CIN RP Unranked
4 Taylor Rogers MIN RP
5 Jordan Romano TOR RP Unranked
6 Joakim Soria ARZ RP Unranked
7 Gregory Soto DET RP Unranked
8 Ranger Suárez PHI RP -3
9 Tyler Rogers SF RP -8
10 José Cisnero DET RP -2

 

Off the list: Cole Sulser, J.P. Feyereisen, José Alvarado, Amir Garrett

Jordan Romano has converted the last four saves for the Blue Jays. Toronto has not had the best closing situation for fantasy owners but it appears it is Romano’s job to lose, at least for now.

 

WHIP (Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
2 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
3 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
4 Max Scherzer WSH SP +2
5 Walker Buehler LAD SP +2
6 Kevin Gausman SF SP +2
7 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP -2
8 Yu Darvish SD SP -4
9 Zack Wheeler PHI SP +1
10 Joe Musgrove SD SP -1
11 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
12 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP +1
13 Lance Lynn CWS SP -1
14 Carlos Rodón CWS SP
15 Julio Urías LAD SP/RP
16 Chris Bassitt OAK SP
17 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
18 Trevor Rogers MIA SP +1
19 Taijuan Walker NYM SP +4
20 José Berríos MIN SP
21 Aaron Nola PHI SP -3
22 Zack Greinke HOU SP
23 Marcus Stroman NYM SP -2
24 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
25 Pablo López MIA SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Hyun Jin Ryu

If the season ended today, José Berríos would finish with the lowest WHIP of his career at 1.10. His walks are down and his peripherals support his success to this point.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Logan Gilbert SEA SP +2
2 James Kaprielian OAK SP
3 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP -2
4 Jake Odorizzi HOU SP +1
5 Chris Flexen SEA SP/RP Unranked
6 JT Brubaker PIT SP
7 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP
8 Kolby Allard TEX SP +1
9 Ross Stripling TOR SP/RP Unranked
10 Patrick Sandoval LAA SP -2

 

Off the list: Joe Ross (injury), Mike Minor

After posting a 0.96 WHIP over the last five turns in the rotation, Ross Stripling now holds a 1.23 WHIP on the year, which is right at his career mark. Stripling has not had the easiest transition to the American League but recently has strung together seven strong outings over his last nine starts.

 

Quality Starts (QS)

 

Top 25

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Gerrit Cole NYY SP
2 Jacob deGrom NYM SP
3 Brandon Woodruff MIL SP
4 Walker Buehler LAD SP +1
5 Max Scherzer WSH SP +2
6 Claton Kershaw LAD SP -2
7 Kevin Gausman SF SP +1
8 Yu Darvish SD SP -2
9 Zack Wheeler PHI SP
10 Lance Lynn CWS SP
11 Zack Greinke HOU SP
12 Corbin Burnes MIL SP/RP
13 Sandy Alcantara MIA SP +1
14 Chris Bassitt OAK SP +2
15 Lucas Giolito CWS SP
16 Aaron Nola PHI SP -3
17 Kyle Gibson TEX SP/RP
18 Kyle Hendricks CHC SP
19 Yusei Kikuchi SEA SP +1
20 Germán Márquez COL SP +1
21 Freddy Peralta MIL SP/RP +2
22 Trevor Rogers MIA SP -2
23 Marcus Stroman NYM SP -1
24 Pablo López MIA SP Unranked
25 Framber Valdez HOU SP/RP

 

Off the list: Hyun Jin Ryu

Germán Márquez has reeled off nine quality starts across his last ten outings. The right-hander is on an incredible roll and has rightfully earned a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

 

Deep League Top 10 (>12-team leagues/65% owned or less)

 

Rank Name Team Position Change
1 Chris Flexen SEA SP/RP +1
2 James Kaprielian OAK SP/RP +4
3 Cole Irvin OAK SP/RP -1
4 Drew Smyly ATL SP Unranked
5 Vladimir Gutierrez CIN SP Unranked
6 Patrick Corbin WSH SP +4
7 Tarik Skubal DET SP -3
8 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
9 Ryan Yarbrough TB SP/RP -6
10 Jameson Taillon NYY SP Unranked

 

Off the list: Joe Ross (injury), JT Brubaker, Johnny Cueto

Jameson Taillon wrapped up his first half with three quality starts in his last four outings, including one against Houston. We all know what Taillon is capable of when healthy and he has shown flashes of his brilliance this year. Here’s to hoping the right-hander can put it all together and has a big second half.

 

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Colin Ward

Colin currently resides in the Buffalo, NY area and studied at SUNY Fredonia earning a degree in Sport Management. He is a former Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at the collegiate level. Baseball is his passion and he bleeds Pinstripes.

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