The List 8/13: 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
Jacob deGrom
3 3 9
4
Clayton Kershaw
4 1 17
5
Justin Verlander
5 4 12
6
Trevor Bauer
6 6 35
7
Corey Kluber
7 2 7
8
Gerrit Cole
8 6 31
9
Luis Severino
9 4 9
10
Aaron Nola
10 8 14
11
Zack Greinke
11 9 15
12
James Paxton
12 9 18
13
Noah Syndergaard
13 5 19
14
Carlos Carrasco
14 10 20
15
Blake Snell
15 12 56
16
Patrick Corbin
16 16 55
17 +1
Charlie Morton
18 14 52
18 +2
Mike Clevinger
20 18 48
19 +4
Madison Bumgarner
23 7 46
20 -3
Jose Berrios
17 14 38
21
Jameson Taillon
21 21 53
22
Jack Flaherty
22 22 85
23 +2
J. A. Happ
25 23 71
24 +2
David Price
26 15 41
25 +2
Mike Foltynewicz
27 24 92
26 +2
Miles Mikolas
28 21 63
27 +2
Rich Hill
29 27 85
28 +2
Masahiro Tanaka
30 21 55
29 +2
Stephen Strasburg
31 7 31
30 +4
Dallas Keuchel
34 17 49
31 +5
Walker Buehler
36 31 UR
32 +7
Zach Wheeler
39 32 88
33 +4
Nick Pivetta
37 24 69
34 -2
Robbie Ray
32 16 98
35 -11
Andrew Heaney
24 24 95
36 -1
Kyle Gibson
35 35 97
37 +1
Rick Porcello
38 25 UR
38 +3
Chris Archer
41 17 52
39 +4
Jake Arrieta
43 23 51
40 +4
Sean Manaea
44 18 53
41 +4
Jon Gray
45 41 100
42 +7
Nathan Eovaldi
49 42 95
43 +7
Vince Velasquez
50 43 97
44 +7
Kyle Hendricks
51 28 58
45 +7
Trevor Cahill
52 45 100
46 +8
Shane Bieber
54 45 81
47 +8
Zach Eflin
55 47 94
48 +8
Zack Godley
56 16 78
49 +10
Anibal Sanchez
59 49 92
50 +14
Cole Hamels
64 50 91
51 +22
Alex Wood
73 23 73
52 -10
Dylan Bundy
42 18 52
53
Derek Holland
53 53 72
54 +3
Luis Castillo
57 18 80
55 -36
Tyler Skaggs
19 19 93
56 +5
Carlos Rodon
61 56 99
57 +6
Dereck Rodriguez
63 57 87
58 -11
Sean Newcomb
47 38 96
59 +8
Junior Guerra
67 59 93
60 +6
Tyler Anderson
66 52 91
61 +9
Tanner Roark
70 54 94
62 +16
Joey Lucchesi
78 56 91
63 -5
Jon Lester
58 34 63
64 +17
German Marquez
81 64 90
65 +6
Kyle Freeland
71 65 96
66 +UR
Tyler Glasnow
UR 66 66
67 -19
Marco Gonzales
48 48 84
68 -8
CC Sabathia
60 53 96
69 +3
Kevin Gausman
72 54 79
70 +5
Joe Musgrove
75 65 91
71 +5
Mike Fiers
76 71 94
72 +5
Clay Buchholz
77 72 91
73 -11
Jose Quintana
62 22 75
74 +16
Lance Lynn
90 62 90
75 +9
Marcus Stroman
84 41 100
76 -8
Freddy Peralta
68 59 86
77 +2
Matt Harvey
79 61 99
78 +2
Gio Gonzalez
80 29 80
79 -39
Ross Stripling
40 18 85
80 -47
Kenta Maeda
33 28 80
81 -12
Jhoulys Chacin
69 69 98
82
Luke Weaver
82 28 99
83 +6
Matt Boyd
89 83 91
84 +7
Mike Minor
91 53 99
85 +3
Trevor Richards
88 85 88
86 +UR
Sean Reid-Foley
UR 86 86
87 +UR
Sam Gaviglio
UR 87 87
88 +UR
Edwin Jackson
UR 88 88
89 -24
Chase Anderson
65 26 95
90 -4
Wade LeBlanc
86 76 97
91 +UR
Pablo Lopez
UR 91 92
92 +UR
Jacob Nix
UR 92 92
93 -1
Mike Leake
92 80 97
94 +UR
Ryan Borucki
UR 94 94
95 -2
Jaime Barria
93 67 95
96 -2
Jeremy Hellickson
94 87 96
97 -10
Jake Odorizzi
87 61 98
98 +UR
Reynaldo Lopez
UR 49 99
99 +UR
Anthony DeSclafani
UR 66 UR
100 +UR
Touki Toussaint
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:

  • Here are this week’s relevant injuries: Stephen Strasburg’s timetable is still super confusing and take his spot with a grain of salt, Lance McCullers is out until September, while Carlos Martinez may not start again this season and return out of the pen. Then there’s CC Sabathia out for possibly just one start, Tyler Skaggs’ DL situation well up in the air, and the trio of Yu Darvish, Michael Fulmerand Eduardo Rodriguez are still off The List completely as their timetables are questionable and they are not Top 20 assets.
  • I want to note that after Rick Porcellothere is a noticeable tier drop starting with Chris Archer and it gets real hazy real fast. It’s why someone like Marco Gonzales can drop 19 spots so quickly. It’s not that he’s actually all too different, it’s that his previous spot wasn’t so good in actuality given how close everything was.
  • I’m sure all of you are sick and tired of #Dodgeritis like I am with Ross Stripling and Kenta Maeda demoted to the bullpen. I have to think Stripling and/or Maeda return to the rotation in two-three weeks – when have you ever heard of a Dodgers rotation being stable – so I left them on as stashes as they are both Top 40 starters with locked rotation spots.
  • I’m not liking how Andrew Heaney has suddenly stopped inducing whiffs once again. I’m hoping he can return to it, but this has been an over-arching problem for a little bit. Focus on his changeup during this two-start week.
  • Lance Lynn has impressed mightily as a member of the Yankee rotation with a decent schedule ahead as well. I don’t expect his glistening K/BB to continue, but he’s definitely worth the roster spot these days.
  • I’m amazed to find myself adding Tyler Glasnowbut with his current hot streak as a starter for the Rays – and very few exciting options out there – he returns with a relatively high rank.
  • Plenty of starters joined The List this week. Edwin Jackson and Ryan Borucki get an add despite their current runs looking plenty unsustainable. Jacob Nix gets a spot after a solid debut, while Touki Toussaint gets an add, though he will probably be sent down to the minors after today’s spot start. Sean Rein-Foley makes his debut tonight against the Royals and could stick around after, Anthony DeSclafani returns as his slider has recently been much improved, Sam Gaviligo changed his mix in his last start to feature more breaking balls and it could stick, Reynaldo Lopez returns after a promising outing against the Yankees, and Pablo Lopez is showing a repertoire that could return form into a successful approach.
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


Dave

He could have just been missed. Did you ever think of that? I wonder how someone would confirm something like that? Maybe ask a question on this post? Weird. You seem smart bro.

VottomanEmpire

Ryu was still on DL at time of List and Nick only ranks DL guys if they’re firmly top-20 when healthy. Ryu will be back on list next week when he’s off DL.

Jose

I watched Ryu last night and thought he looked really good. He gave up a 2 run homer to Goldy but other than that he had no trouble . A no decision.

Scott

How did eovaldi go up after his implosion vs the O’s? I’d expect him to fall due to his risk of those kind of starts. This is his 3rd hard to recover from the damage done kind of start since end of june.

WillzyBaby

I’m so sick of seeing Scherzer ahead of Sale… It’s a joke. Sale has a better ERA, WHIP, I haven’t checked in a couple days, but I believe Sale still has more K/9… Sale just struck out 12 in 5 innings giving up one hit on 68 pitches no walks all while coming off an injury.. a minor one, but still an injury that caused missed starts.. Sale pitches in the AL and let’s be honest when looking at his 12-4 record in his 23 appearances and not forget that he got absolutely no love from his offense the first couple months and took no decisions and loses that he didn’t deserve in terms of his quality of pitching.. but just forget that for now and as it stands, he is the best pitcher in baseball and I’m tired of seeing him getting fucked.. Hands down he should be given the CY young, no question.. but knowing baseball like I do, he will not lose a game the rest of the year, strike out an average of 10/start, go undefeated in the playoffs, and pitch a complete game to win the World Series, and they will give the CY Young to Verlander or someone who didn’t even make the ALCS.. I have a feeling he’s going to impress even more from here on out.. and if he does all that, he should get MVP too, but that’s a tough argument with Mookie and JD. So, Nick, I want to hear a intelligent, well thought out thesis as to why Scherzer is #1…

Derek

Scherzer has more innings, Ks, QS, wins, CG, and the ERA and WHIP are about the same. Scherzer also has the longer track record and has done nothing to lose his hold on number 1, even though it is virtually a tie. At any rate, they’re both going to win the Cy Young and being ranked the number 2 pitcher instead of 1 is far from getting “fucked.”

theKraken

Easy there champ… this isn’t really a piss and moan crowd and I don’t think you are going to get too far with this type of post here.. except from my dumb ass. May I suggest fangraphs or reddit? You sound angry – Twitter might be up your alley. There are a bunch of people in those communities that just like to argue. This really is a civil group but maybe you can start a war in some other corner of the internet.

Frankie

Mike Leake has been a QS machine, yet his ranking is among those that barely deserve top 100 status; R Lopez, Tony Disco, et al. Honestly, Leake has been one of the most useful SPs in QS leagues since the break — even before then. 8 QS in his last 10 starts! (1 Win in those same 10 GS.) What?! I know. Kill the Win.

Nick Pollack

Wins are dumb, I’m with you. Hopwever, The List is written for Win leagues not QS, and Leake’s ~4.00 with a 15% K rate is pretty blegh.

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