August Starting Pitcher Rankings

Posted: August 3, 2011 in Rankings

By David Kerr

August Top 50 Starting Pitching Rankings

1. Roy Halladay, Phillies
2. Justin Verlander, Tigers
3. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
4. Jered Weaver, Angels
5. Tim Lincecum, Giants
6. Cliff Lee, Phillies
7. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
8. C.C. Sabathia, Yankees
9. Cole Hamels, Phillies
10. Josh Beckett, Red Sox
11. Jon Lester, Red Sox
12. James Shields, Rays
13. David Price, Rays
14. Matt Cain, Giants
15. Dan Haren, Angels
16. Tommy Hanson, Braves
17. Zack Greinke, Brewers
18. Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks
19. Scott Baker, Twins
20. Ricky Romero, Blue Jays
21. Johnny Cueto, Reds
22. Ervin Santana, Angels
23. Gio Gonzalez, A’s
24. C.J. Wilson, Rangers
25. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
26. Jhoulys Chacin, Rockies
27. Shaun Marcum, Brewers
28. Tim Hudson, Braves
29. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers
30. Brandon Beachy, Braves
31. Mat Latos, Padres
32. Ryan Vogelsong, Giants
33. Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks
34. Jeremy Hellickson, Rays
35. Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians
36. Michael Pineda, Mariners
37. Alexei Ogando, Rangers
38. Jaime Garcia, Cardinals
39. Madison Bumgarner, Giants
40. Jair Jurrjens, Braves
41. Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers
42. Anibal Sanchez, Marlins
43. Ricky Nolasco, Marlins
44. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
45. Ryan Dempster, Cubs
46. Vance Worley, Phillies
47. Matt Garza, Cubs
48. Jordan Zimmerman, Nationals
49. Colby Lewis, Rangers
50. Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays

Justin Verlander jumps all the way up to number two. His statistics back it up. He’s my pick for the AL Cy Young Award. Ian Kennedy and Scott Baker both made huge jumps, but for good reason. I see no reason either will regress except for injury (in Baker’s case). Ervin Santana has been phenomenal the past month and has dropped his ERA from 4.34 on May 30 to his current number of 3.32. Brandon Beachy made a nice jump, he has been excellent so far. I guess we can’t deny Ryan Vogelsong any longer. He clocks in at number 32. I had to include Vance Worley in my top 50. He’s pitching over his head, but right now he’s useful. Ride him until the wheels fall off. If nothing else, he’ll win games.

David Price dropped a few spots, but there’s nothing to worry about. Start him every time he takes the mound. As I predicted, Jair Jurrjens has regressed some over the past few weeks and it is due to continue. He just doesn’t strike enough guys out. One player that dropped a considerable amount was Jordan Zimmerman. He has about four starts left and then he will be shut down. He is definitely worth using until then, but if you can find an owner that isn’t “plugged in”, try and move him.

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Comments
  1. Josh says:

    I am a huge Giants homer, and don’t really care for the Dodgers, but you don’t think Kershaw has it over the Freak? I was looking at his numbers the other day on TV and they were very comparable to Halladay’s.

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