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

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:

  • It’s the last iteration of The List as you know it for 2018 as next week will be shifting to a stupidly large table anticipating ROS schedules and ranking based on expected opponents. It’s gonna get messy real fast and the sad truth is we’re nearing the end of the year. GOOD LUCK!
  • Here are this week’s relevant injuries: Stephen Strasburg’s is returning on Wednesday, Trevor Bauer is most likely out for the rest of the year, Lance McCullers is out until September, while Carlos Martinez will return out of the pen, Tyler Skaggs’ DL situation well up in the air, and Yu Darvish, Ross Stripling, Michael Fulmerand Eduardo Rodriguez are still off The List completely as their timetables are questionable and they are not Top 20 assets.
  • David Price has been stellar over his last 17 starts and deserved a large jump in the ranks. Conversely, Jose Berrios has been far from the stable asset we wanted him to be and last week’s short start was the final straw for me to lower him significantly.
  • I’ve talked plenty about how little ubiquity there is once we get past Rick Porcelloand I elected to re-arrange the order once again as this week reaffirmed some fears on players (Andrew Heaney, Dallas Keuchel, Sean Manaea, Chris Archer, Robbie Ray, Dylan Bundy, Sean Newcomb, Tyler Anderson), while other hot players (Jon Gray, Joe Musgrove, German Marquez, Kyle Freeland, Clay Buchholz, Cole Hamels and Luis Castillo) continued to excel. Sorry for the quick way of touching on a lot of guys, but it really is that simple.
  • Austin Gomber and Lucas Gioltio join The List this week. Gomber has a solid rotation spot on the Cardinals once again, while Giolito has taken strides forward including better curveball command and increase fastball velocity.
  • These are terrible days for Gio Gonzalez owners as the southpaw has fanned more than five just once in his last 17 starts. Ouch.
  • There are a lot of prospect arms here. Michael Kopech is making his MLB debut on Tuesday and should be scooped up everywhere. Stephen Gonsalves and Bryse Wilson are making their debuts tonight, Touki Toussaint may return to the bigs next week, and Jonathan Loaisiga could be starting for the Yanks again soon. Meanwhile, Sean Rein-Foley isn’t as bad as his lines have been thus far and when he gets easier outings, he may provide some value. I threw them all at the end since there is a ton of *shrug* at the moment, but consider them stash arms if there is nothing else to chase.
  • Now that Hyun-Jin Ryu is off the DL and proved his health, he’s re-entered The List at a decent spot. Essentially, if he’s starting, go ahead and own him at the backend of your 12-teamer. However, he’ll most likely get hurt again before the season ends, in which case you drop him, and forcing me to not rank him favorably.
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


Ryan

I hope Chaz is around and you guys can let him know how valuable I found the plate discipline articles, I do enjoy this site for all, but….c’mon Chaz, I loved that sh!t. Still like you too Nick, thank you for all you do. I check it multiple times a day. More love for Trevor Williams. Pivetta, I get the peripherals, but seriously 33?, dude can kill a head to head.

Tim

Where did Dereck Rodriguez go? He just went on the DL but I saw a note that he’ll be starting against the Rangers on Friday.

E

Will you be making an updated ranking for pitcher matchups going into the fantasy playoffs?

Deki

Man.. I feel exactly the same as Nick in that middle area.
Godley, Keuchel, Castillo, Pivetta, Jon Gray…
It’s literally impossible to tell which of those guys will be solid/good and which will explode…
I literally can’t decide who I should bet on to do the best in the remaining weeks for my h2h playoffs…

theKraken

2017 Berrios compares pretty reasonably to 2018 Clevinger in terms of K, BB and GB%, WHIP which is all I have much interest in… 2018 Berrios is just better even with his recent bad stretch. Not that Berrios deserves top 10 or anything, but Clevinger isn’t top 20 IMO.

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