May Starter Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
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D.J. Short recaps a historic night for Enrique Hernandez as the Dodgers advance to the World Series

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D.J. Short recaps a historic night for Enrique Hernandez as the Dodgers advance to the World Series

Welcome to the May starter rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll soon find a fully updated top 300 list.

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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH



Starting pitcher Rankings


Dropping off: Gavin Floyd (No. 70), Matt Harrison (No. 79), Chad Billingsley (No. 90), Clayton Richard (No. 109), Mike Fiers (No. 110), Henderson Alvarez (No. 112), Ubaldo Jimenez (No. 123), Jacob Turner (No. 135), Joe Saunders (No. 136), Zach Britton (No. 140), Brett Myers (No. 142), Jake Arrieta (No. 143), Jeff Niemann (No. 144)

  • I would have ranked Buchholz higher before the cheating allegations, not because I see much evidence of him benefitting from any sort of ball doctoring going on, but because it's just the kind of thing that could get into his head. Buchholz has always had some quirks and question marks about his mental toughness -- he had some particularly odd issues when it came to throwing to first base in his first couple of years in the league -- and I just wonder how he'll deal with this new-found spotlight.

  • Having Anibal Sanchez so high makes a little nervous, especially given that he's already topped 110 pitches four times. His two high pitch counts last year were 119 and 112. This year, he's already reached 121, 115, 114 and 113. Of course, the 121 -- his 17-strikeout game against the Braves -- might have been the most dominant outing anyone has had this season. Since Sanchez has gone three straight seasons without any arm issues, maybe I shouldn't worry. The Marlins let him rack up a whole bunch of 110+ pitch counts in 2011 without incident. It's just that his history of shoulder problems is hard to forget.

  • Yes, their ERAs are over 6.00, but I'm still quite confident in Brett Anderson and Edwin Jackson. Anderson, serving what figures to be a brief DL stint because of a ankle injury, has struck out 29 and allowed three homers in 29 innings. Jackson has 39 strikeouts and two homers allowed in 38 innings.

  • While I have Teheran tumbling here, I'd give him a few more starts before I'd consider dropping him in a mixed league. If not for the likelihood that Beachy (Tommy John surgery) will come back and take his rotation spot in late June or early July, I'd still have Teheran in the 60s.

  • I'd have Jose Fernandez ranked around No. 50 for May alone, but since he'll be worthless in September, if not earlier, because of his innings limit, he comes in at No. 75. He'll drop each month from here.

  • Oddly enough, Brandon McCarthy's velocity is better than ever, though he has a 7.22 ERA to show for it. There's surely some bad luck tied up in that mark, but it's imperative that he find his curveball if he's going to be successful for the Diamondbacks.

Rank

Starting Pitcher

Team

2013

1

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

1

2

Justin Verlander

Tigers

2

3

Felix Hernandez

Mariners

8

4

Cole Hamels

Phillies

4

5

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals

10

6

Madison Bumgarner

Giants

13

7

Yu Darvish

Rangers

16

8

Stephen Strasburg

Nationals

3

9

Cliff Lee

Phillies

6

10

Gio Gonzalez

Nationals

9

11

David Price

Rays

5

12

Matt Cain

Giants

7

13

Matt Moore

Rays

22

14

James Shields

Royals

12

15

Max Scherzer

Tigers

23

16

Jon Lester

Red Sox

20

17

Matt Harvey

Mets

44

18

Mat Latos

Reds

25

19

Jordan Zimmermann

Nationals

24

20

Anibal Sanchez

Tigers

53

21

CC Sabathia

Yankees

17

22

Jeff Samardzija

Cubs

29

23

Kris Medlen

Braves

18

24

Chris Sale

White Sox

19

25

R.A. Dickey

Blue Jays

15

26

Clay Buchholz

Red Sox

52

27

Hiroki Kuroda

Yankees

32

28

Alex Cobb

Rays

38

29

Zack Greinke

Dodgers

14

30

Yovani Gallardo

Brewers

30

31

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Dodgers

31

32

Mike Minor

Braves

42

33

Jered Weaver

Angels

11

34

Lance Lynn

Cardinals

41

35

Jake Peavy

White Sox

37

36

Tommy Milone

Athletics

33

37

Johnny Cueto

Reds

21

38

Dan Haren

Nationals

35

39

Jeremy Hellickson

Rays

34

40

Brett Anderson

Athletics

28

41

Matt Garza

Cubs

45

42

A.J. Burnett

Pirates

50

43

Shelby Miller

Cardinals

78

44

Homer Bailey

Reds

48

45

Tony Cingrani

Reds

105 RP

46

Doug Fister

Tigers

63

47

C.J. Wilson

Angels

27

48

Alexi Ogando

Rangers

49

49

Jaime Garcia

Cardinals

54

50

Trevor Cahill

Diamondbacks

58

51

Ian Kennedy

Diamondbacks

39

52

Derek Holland

Rangers

72

53

Hisashi Iwakuma

Mariners

74

54

Edwin Jackson

Cubs

46

55

Ervin Santana

Royals

97

56

Tim Lincecum

Giants

47

57

Kyle Lohse

Brewers

60

58

Brandon Morrow

Blue Jays

40

59

Josh Johnson

Blue Jays

36

60

Paul Maholm

Braves

94

61

Tim Hudson

Braves

62

62

Patrick Corbin

Diamondbacks

129

63

Ryan Dempster

Red Sox

82

64

Jason Vargas

Angels

55

65

Andy Pettitte

Yankees

57

66

Jose Quintana

White Sox

69

67

Phil Hughes

Yankees

73

68

Wandy Rodriguez

Pirates

71

69

Wade Miley

Diamondbacks

66

70

Jon Niese

Mets

59

71

Andrew Cashner

Padres

75

72

Ross Detwiler

Nationals

77

73

Jhoulys Chacin

Rockies

93

74

Julio Teheran

Braves

51

75

Jose Fernandez

Marlins

86

76

Jason Hammel

Orioles

65

77

A.J. Griffin

Athletics

83

78

Jarrod Parker

Athletics

43

79

Chris Capuano

Dodgers

76

80

Ryan Vogelsong

Giants

67

81

Josh Beckett

Dodgers

56

82

Francisco Liriano

Pirates

91

83

Carlos Villanueva

Cubs

103

84

Justin Masterson

Indians

89

85

Jeremy Guthrie

Royals

95

86

Roy Halladay

Phillies

26

87

Brandon McCarthy

Diamondbacks

61

88

Wei-Yin Chen

Orioles

80

89

Chris Tillman

Orioles

99

90

Erasmo Ramirez

Mariners

64

91

Drew Smyly

Tigers

151

92

Kyle Kendrick

Phillies

108

93

Jake Westbrook

Cardinals

126

94

Scott Feldman

Cubs

100

95

Bartolo Colon

Athletics

124

96

Bronson Arroyo

Reds

119

97

Wade Davis

Royals

87

98

Travis Wood

Cubs

158

99

James McDonald

Pirates

85

100

Kevin Slowey

Marlins

154

101

Marco Estrada

Brewers

81

102

Ted Lilly

Dodgers

98

103

John Danks

White Sox

114

104

Mike Leake

Reds

88

105

Colby Lewis

Rangers

122

106

Rick Porcello

Tigers

68

107

Brandon Beachy

Braves

133

108

Dan Straily

Athletics

139

109

Ricky Nolasco

Marlins

116

110

Felix Doubront

Red Sox

115

111

Chris Archer

Rays

127

112

Justin Grimm

Rangers

234

113

Roy Oswalt

Rockies

102

114

Miguel Gonzalez

Orioles

117

115

Scott Diamond

Twins

105

116

Gerrit Cole

Pirates

120

117

Barry Zito

Giants

155

118

Jorge De La Rosa

Rockies

131

119

J.A. Happ

Blue Jays

130

120

Trevor Bauer

Indians

150

121

Tommy Hanson

Angels

101

122

Kevin Gausman

Orioles

152

123

Cory Luebke

Padres

132

124

John Lackey

Red Sox

145

125

Nick Tepesch

Rangers

232

126

David Phelps

Yankees

146

127

Hector Santiago

White Sox

121

128

Shaun Marcum

Mets

92

129

Michael Pineda

Yankees

149

130

Michael Wacha

Cardinals

148

131

Scott Baker

Cubs

137

132

Zach McAllister

Indians

159

133

Zack Wheeler

Mets

160

134

Joe Blanton

Angels

84

135

Anthony Bass

Padres

147

136

Tyson Ross

Padres

104

137

Juan Nicasio

Rockies

118

138

Roberto Hernandez

Rays

141

139

Mark Buehrle

Blue Jays

111

140

Dylan Bundy

Orioles

107

141

Ricky Romero

Blue Jays

138

142

Jeff Karstens

Pirates

113

143

Wily Peralta

Brewers

134

144

Dillon Gee

Mets

96

145

Vance Worley

Twins

106

146

Jeremy Hefner

Mets

153

147

Brandon Maurer

Mariners

128

148

Edinson Volquez

Padres

125

149

Bud Norris

Astros

171

150

Jeff Locke

Pirates

164

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