August Starter Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
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Here are the August Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

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Starting pitcher Rankings

Aug

SP

Team

2014

May

June

July

1

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

1

1

1

1

2

Felix Hernandez

Mariners

5

4

3

3

3

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals

7

3

2

2

4

Cole Hamels

Phillies

21

23

18

11

5

Max Scherzer

Tigers

8

8

7

8

6

Zack Greinke

Dodgers

17

11

8

9

7

Madison Bumgarner

Giants

6

5

4

4

8

Stephen Strasburg

Nationals

3

9

5

6

9

Yu Darvish

Rangers

10

10

6

5

10

Johnny Cueto

Reds

30

18

16

10

11

Chris Sale

White Sox

13

28

20

15

12

David Price

Tigers

9

13

15

12

13

Doug Fister

Nationals

22

20

14

13

14

Alex Cobb

Rays

12

21

13

19

15

Jon Lester

Athletics

34

25

25

21

16

Corey Kluber

Indians

60

51

26

24

17

Julio Teheran

Braves

26

27

21

18

18

Sonny Gray

Athletics

32

17

17

25

19

Jeff Samardzija

Athletics

37

32

32

31

20

Homer Bailey

Reds

19

22

24

17

21

Garrett Richards

Angels

113

45

49

26

22

James Shields

Royals

16

15

19

30

23

Jordan Zimmermann

Nationals

18

16

23

14

24

Justin Verlander

Tigers

4

6

10

20

25

John Lackey

Cardinals

45

34

35

34

26

Hisashi Iwakuma

Mariners

52

38

28

32

27

Gio Gonzalez

Nationals

23

19

33

23

28

Scott Kazmir

Athletics

81

64

50

44

29

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Dodgers

28

41

27

27

30

Ervin Santana

Braves

47

30

40

38

31

Anibal Sanchez

Tigers

42

36

31

29

32

Tyson Ross

Padres

57

48

43

43

33

R.A. Dickey

Blue Jays

29

44

42

42

34

Alex Wood

Braves

48

43

60

35

35

Lance Lynn

Cardinals

46

47

47

46

36

Tim Hudson

Giants

61

33

37

37

37

Ian Kennedy

Padres

40

37

39

45

38

Chris Archer

Rays

36

42

41

39

39

Rick Porcello

Tigers

55

59

45

48

40

Jose Quintana

White Sox

58

63

61

57

41

Francisco Liriano

Pirates

41

53

52

60

42

Jered Weaver

Angels

44

65

54

49

43

Kyle Lohse

Brewers

85

52

46

51

44

C.J. Wilson

Angels

39

35

34

36

45

Gerrit Cole

Pirates

24

31

29

41

46

Mat Latos

Reds

25

49

38

33

47

Jake Arrieta

Cubs

151

132

108

67

48

Trevor Bauer

Indians

205

71

48

59

49

Dallas Keuchel

Astros

126

94

55

54

50

Marcus Stroman

Blue Jays

158

100

70

65

51

Tanner Roark

Nationals

135

90

92

77

52

Masahiro Tanaka

Yankees

20

12

9

7

53

Jake Peavy

Giants

63

58

72

108

54

Kevin Gausman

Orioles

115

109

127

84

55

Andrew Cashner

Padres

31

24

36

47

56

Yovani Gallardo

Brewers

79

73

74

63

57

Mike Leake

Reds

66

72

62

62

58

Danny Salazar

Indians

38

55

107

135

59

Jake Odorizzi

Rays

140

NR

118

92

60

Wily Peralta

Brewers

117

61

51

53

61

Yordano Ventura

Royals

71

40

53

50

62

Jason Hammel

Athletics

141

105

58

52

63

Justin Masterson

Cardinals

56

60

79

82

64

Drew Smyly

Rays

62

68

65

58

65

Charlie Morton

Pirates

76

80

80

70

66

Zack Wheeler

Mets

65

76

76

78

67

Brandon McCarthy

Yankees

90

78

71

90

68

Danny Duffy

Royals

127

101

98

73

69

Bartolo Colon

Mets

74

88

96

81

70

Shelby Miller

Cardinals

51

70

75

94

71

Mike Minor

Braves

27

29

22

22

72

Jacob deGrom

Mets

341

NR

NR

NR

73

Alfredo Simon

Reds

135 RP

118

117

76

74

Hiroki Kuroda

Yankees

50

69

73

71

75

Matt Garza

Brewers

72

67

66

68

76

Josh Beckett

Dodgers

123

98

68

55

77

Tim Lincecum

Giants

70

86

78

80

78

Jeremy Hellickson

Rays

84

97

93

102

79

Jimmy Nelson

Brewers

185

NR

131

122

80

James Paxton

Mariners

118

127

147

144

81

Jon Niese

Mets

109

83

84

69

82

Phil Hughes

Twins

94

119

85

75

83

Nathan Eovaldi

Marlins

83

46

59

66

84

Jesse Hahn

Padres

NR

NR

NR

74

85

Wade Miley

Diamondbacks

67

92

82

87

86

Michael Wacha

Cardinals

15

14

12

40

87

Dan Haren

Dodgers

53

39

44

64

88

Odrisamer Despaigne

Padres

NR

NR

NR

89

89

Jarred Cosart

Marlins

167

NR

146

99

90

Ryan Vogelsong

Giants

198

NR

104

110

91

Roenis Elias

Mariners

280

112

90

91

92

Aaron Harang

Braves

171

87

86

100

93

Wei-Yin Chen

Orioles

99

102

109

106

94

Derek Holland

Rangers

86

79

63

72

95

Chris Tillman

Orioles

100

91

97

105

96

Mark Buehrle

Blue Jays

104

103

87

85

97

Henderson Alvarez

Marlins

88

89

83

79

98

Dillon Gee

Mets

82

82

103

98

99

A.J. Burnett

Phillies

69

66

77

93

100

Collin McHugh

Astros

298

NR

138

104

101

Miguel Gonzalez

Orioles

73

106

100

141

102

Vance Worley

Pirates

265

NR

NR

NR

103

Travis Wood

Cubs

93

77

91

95

104

Chase Anderson

Diamondbacks

NR

NR

NR

NR

105

Jason Vargas

Royals

112

95

94

101

106

Rubby De La Rosa

Red Sox

279

NR

119

116

107

Matt Shoemaker

Angels

248

NR

NR

132

108

Taijuan Walker

Mariners

96

128

114

88

109

Kyle Hendricks

Cubs

NR

NR

NR

NR

110

Robbie Erlin

Padres

101

84

106

148

111

Vidal Nuno

Diamondbacks

122 RP

137

NR

NR

112

Edinson Volquez

Pirates

193

136

141

131

113

Brandon Workman

Red Sox

77 RP

NR

122

127

114

Josh Tomlin

Indians

216

NR

134

107

115

Chris Young

Mariners

225

NR

NR

123

116

Joe Kelly

Red Sox

132

122

124

118

117

Tom Koehler

Marlins

156

134

112

115

118

Ubaldo Jimenez

Orioles

106

115

105

121

119

Bud Norris

Orioles

163

149

135

134

120

Kyle Gibson

Twins

134

124

143

114

121

Drew Hutchison

Blue Jays

108

81

101

113

122

Dan Straily

Cubs

43

75

123

139

123

Trevor Cahill

Diamondbacks

103

126

132

NR

124

Alex Meyer

Twins

240

NR

NR

147

125

Jorge De La Rosa

Rockies

142

138

121

149

126

Michael Pineda

Yankees

119

116

144

NR

127

J.A. Happ

Blue Jays

186

NR

NR

120

128

Carlos Martinez

Cardinals

95

104

111

83

129

Roberto Hernandez

Phillies

146

130

125

142

130

Tommy Milone

Twins

80

125

81

96

131

Scott Feldman

Astros

149

145

145

133

132

Jeff Locke

Pirates

121

NR

NR

NR

133

Clay Buchholz

Red Sox

35

56

88

103

134

Erasmo Ramirez

Mariners

68

114

129

143

135

Andrew Heaney

Marlins

165

146

102

61

136

Jesse Chavez

Athletics

137

50

56

56

137

John Danks

White Sox

87

96

113

119

138

Tyler Skaggs

Angels

125

111

110

111

139

Drew Pomeranz

Athletics

157

107

69

112

140

Edwin Jackson

Cubs

91

110

95

117

141

Archie Bradley

Diamondbacks

89

93

115

109

142

Cliff Lee

Phillies

2

2

11

16

143

Trevor May

Twins

259

NR

NR

137

144

Allen Webster

Red Sox

192

NR

NR

NR

145

Brett Anderson

Rockies

111

141

NR

NR

146

Jeremy Guthrie

Royals

147

144

NR

124

147

Marco Estrada

Brewers

64

57

57

97

148

Tsuyoshi Wada

Cubs

220

NR

NR

NR

149

Jacob Turner

Marlins

131

147

NR

NR

150

Eric Stults

Padres

98

135

148

NR

Dropping off: Matt Cain (No. 28), CC Sabathia (No. 86), Tony Cingrani (No. 125), Jaime Garcia (No. 126), Brandon Cumpton (No. 128), Ricky Nolasco (No. 129), Bronson Arroyo (No. 130)

  • I’m starting to try to account for pitchers who might get shut down early. Tyson Ross would have been a least a half-dozen spots higher on merit, but I don’t think he’ll be allowed to keep pitching through the end of September. We already know teammate Jesse Hahn won’t be; he’s probably getting shut down the first week or two of next month.

I imagine the Jays will want to shut down Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchinson, though it will be tough if they remain in the AL East race.

The Royals probably won’t be in contention, so I’d expect to see both Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy shut down, which is something I factored into their rankings.

Drew Smyly’s chances of being shut down seem a lot greater now in Tampa Bay than they did in Detroit.

As for the Mets and Zack Wheeler, I expect he’ll be pushed back some in September, with the team perhaps going to a six-man rotation, but I don’t know that he’ll need to be shut down.

  • I dropped Matt Garza 10 spots while waiting for additional news about his oblique injury.

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