The List 7/23: Ranking The Top 100 Starting Pitchers Every Monday

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

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:

  • While we’ve only had three days (and change) of games, a surprisingly large amount has happened since last week’s edition.
  • I’m struggling with injured players again. Blake Snell is on the DL with shoulder fatigue, but it looks like he’s missing just one start. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard is battling Hand Foot and Mouth Disease and it may be just one start or maybe a few more. Carlos Martinez was getting a demotion to around #30 before his oblique injury, and we don’t know how long he’ll be out for. Meanwhile, Yu Darvish, Michael Fulmerand Eduardo Rodriguez have been removed from The List completely as their timetables are questionable and they are not Top 20 assets.
  • I have to mention that from around #65 to the end is one giant sea of shrugs. Seriously, there was some movement here but there is not a wild difference between chasing Tyson Ross versus Frankie Montas and Tyler MahleIf you feel strongly about the small ranks here, go with your gut.
  • Madison Bumgarner and Lance McCullers each took decent drops this week. Bumgarner isn’t presenting the same strikeout upside as his vintage self, with a heavily lacking fastball. McCullers could be hitting a wall with 11 ER allowed in his last two starts – he’s at 20 starts now while never eclipsing 22 in an MLB season prior.
  • I’m wondering if Trevor Cahill and his fantastic changeup can be a difference maker in your 12-teamer, along with Dereck Rodriguez who has displayed a well-balanced repertoire.
  • Pablo Lopez is an intriguing upside play in Miami, granting him a spot on The List this week. I don’t buy that his fastball is consistent enough to demand a roster spot, but you could do worse on the wire.
  • Matt Harvey and Zack Godley each take a tumble as their floors are rearing their ugly heads.
  • The Cardinals rotation is wild right now, with Luke Weaver leaving The List given his demotion. It’s possible he returns soon, but in the meantime, the trio of John Gant, Daniel Poncedeleon, and Austin Gomber each present their own intriguing upside that makes me consider them. If Gomber sticks after being stretched out, there could be value come September. Poncedeleon makes his MLB debut tonight, and Gant’s split-change turns him into a possible streaming option.
  • Jordan Zimmermann was slotted at the end last week after not carrying the upside he displayed in his previous two starts and was the obvious arm to boot first.
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


Alex

Hey nick I’m in second place in a 14 team points league. Darvish was just dropped today and I quickly scooped him up in case he comes back soon and can be used in the playoffs. Dylan Bundy also got dropped earlier today. Would you rather have Bundy because he’s healthy and could possibly be pitching for a contender in the coming days or Darvish for the name and “ace” potential (maybe possibly hopefully lol)?

Nick Pollack

I’m slightly leaning Cahill, but the upside is obviously greater for Cueto.

Let’s revisit this at the end of the week to see if there is another option to drop first.

B R

Not enough love for Marco Gonzales! He’s got top prospect pedigree for a reason. Besides NYY, HOU, and BOS he hasn’t struggled very often. No signs of inning restrictions yet, either. Other than that the List is great as always, Nick.

TheKraken

Mikolas has become underrated. He has been pretty great all year long. I wonder if he could k more guys if he wanted to. He just generally cruises through lineups which is smart. Ill bet he could walk a bunch more guys and k a bunch more if he wanted. Kind of hard to strike guys out when he is around the plate so much… But it has worked brilliantly so far in terms of whip which is the gold standard imo. A lot of the guys in front of him are worse options imo… I guess it all depends on format though. I have concerns how that stl decision making process will work going forward but hopefully they can manage to let him pitch…

Airmigo

Bundy continues to be WAY overrated in my opinion, and I’m surprised more people don’t think so. I’d rather take often injured Eflin with his 3.69 FIP and improved stuff (and on a good team, 7-2 record) over 4.86 FIP Bundy. YES, you read that right, 4.86 FIP Bundy on a god awful team.

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