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2015 Fantasy Baseball Rankings – Starting Pitchers

A list of the top starting pitchers to draft for 2015 fantasy baseball.

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1. Clayton Kershaw  Los Angeles Dodgers

Year G GS CG SH IP H ER HR BB K W L SV ERA WHIP
2015 Projections 33 33 5 2 218 159 50 12 47 229 22 6 0 2.06 .94

What could Kershaw possibly do to improve upon his three straight ERA and WHIP titles with a pair of Cy Youngs and a second-place finish in between? Surely, he canít get better, so even though you can expect greatness, itíll likely be regressed from 2013. Well, not exactly. Left with the seemingly impossible task of one-upping himself, Kershaw somehow did just that and then some, winning titles in the aforementioned categories, including career-bests in each, as well as his third Cy Young and his first NL MVP. And all of that despite missing April and failing to reach the 200-inning mark. At this point, it would be foolish to suggest he canít possibly best himself yet again. How about a 1.00 ERA? He is the unquestioned best pitcher in the game and a surefire first-rounder regardless of league size and format.

2. Felix Hernandez  Seattle Mariners

Year G GS CG SH IP H ER HR BB K W L SV ERA WHIP
2015 Projections 33 33 3 2 225 182 64 17 48 233 16 7 0 2.56 1.02

Hernandez posted the lowest ERA and WHIP in the American League last season since Pedro Martinez in 2000, and the third-lowest opponent OBP (.243) in the designated hitter era. He also led the AL in BAA (.200) and quality starts (27) and was the only pitcher to finish in the top five in IP (236), strikeouts (248), K/BB (5.39), K/9 (9.46), GB/FB (1.35) and FIP (2.62). In 13 no-decisions, he had a 1.88 ERA. He also set a major league record with 16 consecutive starts of at least seven innings and two or fewer runs allowed. And yet, it wasn't enough to win him his second AL Cy Young Award. Go figure. Hernandez might not be historically great again this year, but he should turn in another typical Felix season, dominating throughout the season as he did last year when he posted a 1.66 September ERA. A better offense should give more run support, too, resulting in more wins.

3. Chris Sale  Chicago White Sox

Year G GS CG SH IP H ER HR BB K W L SV ERA WHIP
2015 Projections 33 33 3 1 229 187 67 21 52 240 15 10 0 2.63 1.04

Sale led the AL with a 10.8 K/9 and 178 ERA+, but a month-long stay on the disabled list with a flexor strain curtailed his innings in such a way that he only finished third in the Cy Young race. Still, opposing left-handed batters managed just a meager .393 OPS against him, while hitters of all stripes only hit .137 against his slider. He allowed one run or fewer in 14 of his 26 starts, and struck out eight or more in 14 of his 26 starts. Sale looks to be the ace of the White Sox staff for the 2015 season, and should continue to be one of the top AL starters on the board.

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