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Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Fightin' Phillie

Paul Sporer

Sporer covers pitching for RotoWire. He also writes for Baseball Prospectus and publishes an annual guide on starting pitcher. In his spare time, he roots for the Tigers.

As always, remember that rotations are subject to change, so if you see something that isn't correct, assume that it was a change that has occurred since this was written and feel free to politely bring it up in the comments, and I'll let you know where the new arm slots.

For the week Sept. 1-7

AMERICAN LEAGUE

START

1. Corey Kluber - DET, CWS
Note: Has 8-plus Ks in 10 of his last 12 (99 in 89 IP)
2. David Price - at CLE, SF
Note: I'm not really panicking about the NYY start
3. Chris Sale - at CLE
4. Felix Hernandez - at OAK
Note: Allowed homers in four straight culminating with career-high four against WAS
5. Jon Lester - SEA
6. Hisashi Iwakuma - at TEX
7. Max Scherzer - at CLE
Note: CLE notably tough on righties all year and Scherzer has felt the brunt (4.81 ERA in three starts)
8. Alex Cobb - BAL
9. Drew Smyly - BOS, BAL
Note: He's been fantastic since joining TB (1.50 ERA in 36 IP)
10. Yordano Ventura - TEX, at NYY
11. Shane Greene - BOS, KC
Note: This waiver wire find is helping decide leagues after a huge August (2.93 ERA, 35 Ks in 30.7 IP)
12. James Paxton - at OAK, at TEX
Note: Has picked up where his two April starts left off (1.65 ERA in 27.3 Aug IP)
13. Michael Pineda - KC
Note: Also showing his April was real (2.08 ERA in 17.3 Aug IP)
14. James Shields - at NYY
15. Matt Shoemaker - at MIN
Note: Another in-season pickup playing a major role down the stretch (2.22 ERA in 56.7 IP since July 3)
16. Sonny Gray - SEA
17. Jeff Samardzija - HOU
Note: Bounced back brilliantly from his disaster vs. NYM with an 8 IP/2 ER gem against the same Astros he'll face this week
18. Jose Quintana - at CLE
19. Brandon McCarthy - KC
20. Dallas Keuchel - at OAK
21. Collin McHugh - LAA
Note: Ks have been real all year; these division foes haven't been a problem (2.25 ERA in 16 IP with 15 Ks vs. LAA)
22. Chris Archer - TOR
23. Jake Odorizzi - TOR
24. Hiroki Kuroda - BOS
Note: He's really been "himself" since that rough April (3.59 ERA, 3.2 K:BB ratio in 138 IP)
25. Scott Kazmir - HOU
Note: Perhaps fatiguing a bit? He's now matched his 2013 IP total (158)
26. Phil Hughes - at BAL, LAA
Note: He's been excellent of late, but these are two very tough matchups for someone who hits the zone that often
27. Justin Verlander - at CLE
28. Rick Porcello - SF
29. Marcus Stroman - at TB
Note: Seems to rebound well from his disasters as he's obviously learning on the fly
30. Chris Tillman - CIN (2.15 ERA in his last 15 starts)
31. Jered Weaver - at MIN
Note: Beast at home (2.69 ERA in 103.7 IP); marginal on the road (4.75 ERA in 77.7 IP)
32. Danny Duffy - at NYY
33. Wei-Yin Chen - at TB
Note: TB has handled him better than normal (4.71 ERA in four starts; 3.04 in eight before that)
34. Hector Santiago - at HOU, at MIN
Note: He seems to have a 6 IP cap, but he's maximized his impact in those given constraints (1.47 ERA in his last 43 IP)
35. Jeremy Hellickson - TOR, BAL
36. Carlos Carrasco - DET, CWS
Note: I was kind of expecting this kind of production from himů 2-3 years ago
37. Chris Young - at OAK, at TEX
Note: He was pushed back as he threw just 37 IP (all in the minors) last year and he's up over 150 this year
38. Jason Hammel - SEA, HOU
39. R.A. Dickey - at TB, at BOS
40. Miguel Gonzalez - CIN
41. Drew Hutchison - at BOS
Note: A frighteningly volatile August - 1, 6, 7, 1 ER during his four starts (though all made it into the sixth inning)
42. Chris Capuano - BOS
43. Trevor Bauer - DET
Note: We are watching the maturation of these two CLE arms and both will be popular sleeper picks in 2015
44. Danny Salazar - DET
45. Rubby De La Rosa - at TB, TOR
46. Roenis Elias - at TEX
47. Jason Vargas - TEX
Note: A bit too hittable in his last two (22 H in 12 IP) incl. 11 vs. these Rangers
48. C.J. Wilson - at HOU
Note: He's allowed at least five hits in each of his last 10 (67 H in 47.7 IP)

CONSIDER


49. Kevin Gausman - MIN, at TB
Note: You might only get 10 IP, but they could be solid; also if you're desperate for some K potential
50. Joe Kelly - at NYY, TOR
51. Bud Norris - CIN, at TB
52. Brett Oberholtzer - at OAK
Note: The problem of these guys is that their downside can often erase a nice stretch of outings
53. Anthony Ranaudo - at NYY
54. Derek Holland - at KC, SEA
Note: Making his season debut

SIT


55. Kyle Gibson - LAA
56. Jeremy Guthrie - TEX
57. Scott Feldman - at OAK
58. J.A. Happ - at BOS
59. John Danks - at MIN
60. Tommy Milone - CWS, LAA
61. Mark Buehrle - at TB
62. Nick Tepesch - at KC
63. Nick Martinez - SEA
64. Brad Peacock - LAA
65. Ricky Nolasco - LAA
66. Allen Webster - at NYY
67. Colby Lewis - at KC, SEA
68. Hector Noesi -at MIN
69. Clay Buchholz - TOR
70. T.J. House - CWS
71. Scott Carroll - at CLE
72. Wade LeBlanc - at MIN
73. Trevor May - CWS
74. Robbie Ray - at CLE, SF
75. Miles Mikolas Replacement - SEA
Note: Scratched Saturday with shoulder fatigue; no word if he'll make this start (perhaps Robbie Ross)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

START

1. Cole Hamels - at ATL, at WAS
Note: Has allowed more than 3 ER just once since May 11 (2.09 ERA in 146.7 IP)
2. Clayton Kershaw - WAS
Note: Yes, he's so good he could outdo some two-start studs with just one
3. Julio Teheran - PHI, at MIA
Note: Back on track results-wise in his last three, but just 8 Ks in 18.3 IP
4. Lance Lynn - PIT, at MIL
Note: He's been the ace the last two months (1.85 ERA in 10 starts with 56 Ks in 63 IP)
5. Adam Wainwright - PIT, at MIL
Note: Not that Waino has *struggled* (3.52 ERA in 11 starts with 45 Ks in 71.7 IP)
6. Tyson Ross - ARI, at COL
7. Gerrit Cole - at STL, at CHC
Note: He certainly appears to be back, albeit in just two starts (2.77 ERA, 15 Ks, and 3.0 K:BB ratio in 13 IP)
8. Zack Wheeler - at MIA, at CIN
9. Johnny Cueto - NYM
10. Madison Bumgarner - at DET
11. Jordan Zimmermann - at LAD
Note: Has quietly bumped his K/9 rate from 6.8 last year to 8.0 this year; he's a fantasy ace
12. Stephen Strasburg - PHI
Note: Bit of a fantasy annoyance because of the massive expectations, but he dominates PHI (1.40 ERA and 35 Ks in 25.7 IP this year)
13. Zack Greinke - ARI
14. Gio Gonzalez - at LAD, PHI
Note: Great matchups and massive strikeout potential
15. Mat Latos - at BAL, NYM
Note: This month has been more Latosian (2.95 ERA, 7.9 K/9 in 39.7 IP)
16. Yovani Gallardo - at CHC, STL
17. John Lackey - at MIL
18. Doug Fister - at LAD
19. Jake Arrieta - MIL
Note: I certainly didn't expect that against an anemic CIN offense, but he's entitled to a dud here and there
20. Ian Kennedy - ARI
21. Ervin Santana - PHI
Note: Had an ERA north of 4.00 as late as July 22nd, but since then he's had a 2.41 ERA in 52.3 IP with 58 Ks and a 3.2 K:BB ratio
22. Tanner Roark - PHI
23. Andrew Cashner - ARI
Note: Brilliant in his second start back and needed only 89 pitches; should be allowed 90+ next time out
24. Jacob deGrom - at MIA
25. Mike Minor - PHI
Note: What an up-and-down season, but I've been impressed with his turnaround (2.22 ERA with 24 Ks in his last 28.3 IP)
26. Mike Fiers - STL
Note: We've seen him go off before (1.80 ERA with 80 Ks in 80 IP to start his 2012)
27. Alex Wood - at MIA
28. Bartolo Colon - at CIN
29. Hyun-Jin Ryu - ARI
Note: Keep an eye to make sure everything goes well on Sunday
30. Wily Peralta - at CHC
Note: If you just set it and forget it with Peralta and Lohse, you're going to be pleased with the end result
31. Kyle Lohse - STL
32. Tsuyoshi Wada - PIT
Note: The two Cubs newcomers have both impressed, though they're on opposite ends of the age spectrum (Wada 33, Hendricks 24)
33. Kyle Hendricks - MIL
34. Jon Niese - at MIA
35. Aaron Harang - at MIA
36. Wade Miley - at SD, at LAD
Note: Not sure what's up with 10 BB in his last two, but he somehow managed to allow just 3 ER
37. Jimmy Nelson - at CHC, STL
Note: Could see himself pushed into the pen when Garza returns, but pitching well as a starter in the interim
38. Trevor Cahill - at SD, at LAD
39. Henderson Alvarez - NYM, ATL
Note: Kinda what you expect from someone of his caliber going to LAA and COL, but he'll be fine
40. Jeff Locke - at STL
41. Tom Koehler - NYM
42. Chase Anderson - at LAD
43. Edinson Volquez - at STL
Note: Y'all weren't surprised by Volquez's 7.7 IP/1 ER gem vs. CIN, the PVM has been on his emergence for a bit
44. Francisco Liriano - at CHC
45. Nathan Eovaldi - ATL
46. David Buchanan - at ATL
Note: Now 11 straight of 3 or fewer ER (3.29 ERA in 65.7 IP)
47. Roberto Hernandez - WAS, ARI
48. Alfredo Simon - NYM
Note: Nice rebound start vs. ATL and another easy opponent keeps him in the lineup.
49. Jorge De La Rosa - SD
50. Dillon Gee - at CIN
Note: He doesn't really wow you, but he's a solid back of the rotation piece

CONSIDER


51. Jarred Cosart - ATL
Note: He's found periods of success despite thoroughly unimpressive component numbers
52. Vance Worley - at CHC
Note: He's been frighteningly hittable of late (30 H in 17.7 IP), but it is a juicy matchup
53. Dan Haren - WAS
Note: He's a roll of the dice each time, but there is some upside
54. Jake Peavy - at DET
Note: How desperate are you? Because this could go horribly
55. Josh Collmenter - at SD
Note: Collmenter, Nuno, and Matzek are obviously matchup-based considerations
56. Vidal Nuno - at SD
57. Tyler Matzek - SD
58. Mike Leake - at BAL
Note: I don't love this matchup for him
59. Dylan Axelrod - at BAL
Note: He could be bumped if Homer Bailey comes back

SIT


60. Tim Hudson - at COL, at DET
Note: That is a rough slate of games
61. Shelby Miller - PIT
62. Ryan Vogelsong - at COL
Note: Vogey and Petit are the kinds of guys you sit at Coors no matter what, the risk is just too high
63. Yusmeiro Petit - at COL
64. Jordan Lyles - SF
65. A.J. Burnett - at WAS
66. Jerome Williams - at WAS
67. Kyle Kendrick - at ATL
68. Justin Masterson - at MIL
69. Travis Wood - PIT
70. Franklin Morales - SF, SD
71. Jacob Turner - MIL, PIT
72. Odrisamer Despaigne - ARI, at COL
73. Eric Stults - at COL
74. Brad Hand - NYM
75. Christian Bergman - SF

MLB TOP 100

1. Corey Kluber - DET, CWS
Note: Has 8-plus Ks in 10 of his last 12 (99 in 89 IP)
2. Cole Hamels - at ATL, at WAS
Note: Has allowed more than 3 ER just once since May 11 (2.09 ERA in 146.7 IP)
3. Clayton Kershaw - WAS
Note: Yes, he's so good he could outdo some two-start studs with just one
4. David Price - at CLE, SF
Note: I'm not really panicking about the NYY start
5. Julio Teheran - PHI, at MIA
Note: Back on track results-wise in his last three, but just 8 Ks in 18.3 IP
6. Lance Lynn - PIT, at MIL
Note: He's been the ace the last two months (1.85 ERA in 10 starts with 56 Ks in 63 IP)
7. Chris Sale - at CLE
8. Adam Wainwright - PIT, at MIL
Note: Not that Waino has *struggled* (3.52 ERA in 11 starts with 45 Ks in 71.7 IP)
9. Tyson Ross - ARI, at COL
10. Gerrit Cole - at STL, at CHC
Note: He certainly appears to be back, albeit in just two starts (2.77 ERA, 15 Ks, and 3.0 K:BB ratio in 13 IP)
11. Zack Wheeler - at MIA, at CIN
12. Felix Hernandez - at OAK
Note: Allowed homers in four straight culminating with career-high four against WAS
13. Johnny Cueto - NYM
14. Jon Lester - SEA
15. Madison Bumgarner - at DET
16. Jordan Zimmermann - at LAD
Note: Has quietly bumped his K/9 rate from 6.8 last year to 8.0 this year; he's a fantasy ace
17. Hisashi Iwakuma - at TEX
18. Max Scherzer - at CLE
Note: CLE notably tough on righties all year and Scherzer has felt the brunt (4.81 ERA in three starts)
19. Stephen Strasburg - PHI
Note: Bit of a fantasy annoyance because of the massive expectations, but he dominates PHI (1.40 ERA and 35 Ks in 25.7 IP this year)
20. Zack Greinke - ARI
21. Alex Cobb - BAL
22. Drew Smyly - BOS, BAL
Note: He's been fantastic since joining TB (1.50 ERA in 36 IP)
23. Yordano Ventura - TEX, at NYY
24. Shane Greene - BOS, KC
Note: This waiver wire find is helping decide leagues after a huge August (2.93 ERA, 35 Ks in 30.7 IP)
25. James Paxton - at OAK, at TEX
Note: Has picked up where his two April starts left off (1.65 ERA in 27.3 Aug IP)
26. Gio Gonzalez - at LAD, PHI
Note: Great matchups and massive strikeout potential
27. Mat Latos - at BAL, NYM
Note: This month has been more Latosian (2.95 ERA, 7.9 K/9 in 39.7 IP)
28. Yovani Gallardo - at CHC, STL
29. Michael Pineda - KC
Note: Also showing his April was real (2.08 ERA in 17.3 Aug IP)
30. James Shields - at NYY
31. Matt Shoemaker - at MIN
Note: Another in-season pickup playing a major role down the stretch (2.22 ERA in 56.7 IP since July 3)
32. John Lackey - at MIL
33. Doug Fister - at LAD
34. Jake Arrieta - MIL
Note: I certainly didn't expect that against an anemic CIN offense, but he's entitled to a dud here and there
35. Ian Kennedy - ARI
36. Ervin Santana - PHI
Note: Had an ERA north of 4.00 as late as July 22nd, but since then he's had a 2.41 ERA in 52.3 IP with 58 Ks and a 3.2 K:BB ratio
37. Sonny Gray - SEA
38. Jeff Samardzija - HOU
Note: Bounced back brilliantly from his disaster vs. NYM with an 8 IP/2 ER gem against the same Astros he'll face this week
39. Jose Quintana - at CLE
40. Brandon McCarthy - KC
41. Dallas Keuchel - at OAK
42. Collin McHugh - LAA
Note: Ks have been real all year; these division foes haven't been a problem (2.25 ERA in 16 IP with 15 Ks vs. LAA)
43. Tanner Roark - PHI
44. Andrew Cashner - ARI
Note: Brilliant in his second start back and needed only 89 pitches; should be allowed 90+ next time out
45. Jacob deGrom - at MIA
46. Mike Minor - PHI
Note: What an up-and-down season, but I've been impressed with his turnaround (2.22 ERA with 24 Ks in his last 28.3 IP)
47. Mike Fiers - STL
Note: We've seen him go off before (1.80 ERA with 80 Ks in 80 IP to start his 2012)
48. Alex Wood - at MIA
49. Chris Archer - TOR
50. Jake Odorizzi - TOR
51. Hiroki Kuroda - BOS
Note: He's really been "himself" since that rough April (3.59 ERA, 3.2 K:BB ratio in 138 IP)
52. Scott Kazmir - HOU
Note: Perhaps fatiguing a bit? He's now matched his 2013 IP total (158)
53. Phil Hughes - at BAL, LAA
Note: He's been excellent of late, but these are two very tough matchups for someone who hits the zone that often
54. Justin Verlander - at CLE
55. Rick Porcello - SF
56. Marcus Stroman - at TB
Note: Seems to rebound well from his disasters as he's obviously learning on the fly
57. Chris Tillman - CIN (2.15 ERA in his last 15 starts)
58. Bartolo Colon - at CIN
59. Hyun-Jin Ryu - ARI
Note: Keep an eye to make sure everything goes well on Sunday
60. Wily Peralta - at CHC
Note: If you just set it and forget it with Peralta and Lohse, you're going to be pleased with the end result
61. Kyle Lohse - STL
62. Tsuyoshi Wada - PIT
Note: The two Cubs newcomers have both impressed, though they're on opposite ends of the age spectrum (Wada 33, Hendricks 24)
63. Jered Weaver - at MIN
Note: Beast at home (2.69 ERA in 103.7 IP); marginal on the road (4.75 ERA in 77.7 IP)
64. Danny Duffy - at NYY
65. Kyle Hendricks - MIL
66. Jon Niese - at MIA
67. Aaron Harang - at MIA
68. Wade Miley - at SD, at LAD
Note: Not sure what's up with 10 BB in his last two, but he somehow managed to allow just 3 ER
69. Jimmy Nelson - at CHC, STL
Note: Could see himself pushed into the pen when Garza returns, but pitching well as a starter in the interim
70. Trevor Cahill - at SD, at LAD
71. Wei-Yin Chen - at TB
Note: TB has handled him better than normal (4.71 ERA in four starts; 3.04 in eight before that)
72. Hector Santiago - at HOU, at MIN
Note: He seems to have a 6 IP cap, but he's maximized his impact in those given constraints (1.47 ERA in his last 43 IP)
73. Jeremy Hellickson - TOR, BAL
74. Carlos Carrasco - DET, CWS
Note: I was kind of expecting this kind of production from himů 2-3 years ago
75. Henderson Alvarez - NYM, ATL
Note: Kinda what you expect from someone of his caliber going to LAA and COL, but he'll be fine
76. Jeff Locke - at STL
77. Tom Koehler - NYM
78. Chase Anderson - at LAD
79. Edinson Volquez - at STL
Note: Y'all weren't surprised by Volquez's 7.7 IP/1 ER gem vs. CIN, the PVM has been on his emergence for a bit
80. Francisco Liriano - at CHC
81. Chris Young - at OAK, at TEX
Note: He was pushed back as he threw just 37 IP (all in the minors) last year and he's up over 150 this year
82. Jason Hammel - SEA, HOU
83. R.A. Dickey - at TB, at BOS
84. Miguel Gonzalez - CIN
85. Drew Hutchison - at BOS
Note: A frighteningly volatile August - 1, 6, 7, 1 ER during his four starts (though all made it into the sixth inning)
86. Chris Capuano - BOS
87. Trevor Bauer - DET
Note: We are watching the maturation of these two CLE arms and both will be popular sleeper picks in 2015
88. Danny Salazar - DET
89. Rubby De La Rosa - at TB, TOR
90. Nathan Eovaldi - ATL
91. David Buchanan - at ATL
Note: Now 11 straight of 3 or fewer ER (3.29 ERA in 65.7 IP)
92. Roberto Hernandez - WAS, ARI
93. Alfredo Simon - NYM
Note: Nice rebound start vs. ATL and another easy opponent keeps him in the lineup.
94. Jorge De La Rosa - SD
95. Dillon Gee - at CIN
Note: He doesn't really wow you, but he's a solid back of the rotation piece
96. Roenis Elias - at TEX
97. Jason Vargas - TEX
Note: A bit too hittable in his last two (22 H in 12 IP) incl. 11 vs. these Rangers
98. C.J. Wilson - at HOU
Note: He's allowed at least five hits in each of his last 10 (67 H in 47.7 IP)
99. Jarred Cosart - ATL
Note: He's found periods of success despite thoroughly unimpressive component numbers
100. Vance Worley - at CHC
Note: He's been frighteningly hittable of late (30 H in 17.7 IP), but it is a juicy matchup