RotoWire Partners

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Chance for Redemption

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 looks incorrect, assume that it was a change that occurred since this was written and feel free to politely bring it up in the comments, I'll let you know where the new arm slots.

For the week Sept. 14-20

AMERICAN LEAGUE

START

RANKPITCHEROPPCOMMENTS
1David Priceat ATLThis might be the best pitching of his career
2Chris Saleat CLE
3Chris ArcherBALHe has 32 Ks in only six more IP at home this year
4Dallas Keuchelat TEX
5Cole HamelsHOU, SEA
6Sonny Grayat CWS, at HOUHas been markedly better on the road: 1.72 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 92 Ks in 94.3 IP
7Danny SalazarKC, CWS
8Collin McHughat TEX, OAK
9Corey KluberKC, CWSKluber slated to return w/a 2-start week
10Jake OdorizziNYY, BALExcellent at home: 2.61 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 63 Ks in 62 IP
11Felix HernandezLAA
12Justin VerlanderKC
13Derek HollandHOUBad start and bad finish sunk him in SEA, allowed 3 H and had 5 Ks in middle 5 IP
14Lance McCullersat TEX
15Johnny Cuetoat DET
16Garrett Richardsat SEA, at MINCould be poised for a big finish w/6 QS in L7 w/the L3 being especially good: 3.05 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 21 Ks in 20.7 IP
17Hisashi IwakumaLAA
18Carlos CarrascoCWSNot going to overreact to the rough return, he's still a must-start
19Masahiro Tanakaat NYM
20Michael Pinedaat NYM
21Jose Quintanaat CLEA career-high .341 BABIP has kept him from a career year, but some of that is on the defense behind him
22Marco Estradaat ATL11 of his 18 HRs have been solo shots and that .225 BABIP is a big reason behind his season
23Andrew Heaneyat MIN
24R.A. DickeyBOS
25Drew SmylyBAL
26Mike FiersOAKEven w/that 6 ER relief appearance, he still has a 2.92 ERA in 37 IP w/HOU (plus 35 Ks)
27Scott Kazmirat TEX, OAK
28Taijuan WalkerLAA, at TEXToo much inconsistency to feel great trusting him in tight ERA/WHIP battles
29Erasmo RamirezNYY, BAL
30Eduardo Rodriguezat BAL, at TB
31Kevin GausmanBOS, at TBHe can be really good, but he's like Walker in that you can't really trust him in tight ratio races
32Yovani GallardoSEA
33Yordano Venturaat CLEHe's either excellent or awful since his recall: 6, 1, 5, 6, 0, 2, 1, 0, 1, and 4 ER
34Ervin SantanaDETThree straight gems suggest he's back: 1.23 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 27 Ks in 22 IP
35Luis Severinoat TBCan't be too surprised that TOR steamrolled him; still starting him
36Chris Tillmanat TB
37Marcus StromanBOSMakes his 2015 debut this weekend!
38Kyle GibsonLAA
39Carlos RodonOAK
40Edinson Volquezat CLE, at DETHas 8 QS in 11 starts since the break, the other three are 5-6 ER each, though, so just a 3.76 ERA
41Martin PerezHOU, SEA
42Kris Medlenat CLE, at DET
43Joe Kellyat BAL
44Colby LewisHOUAnother boom-or-bust guy: 7 starts of 5+ ER incl. a 9 and 10; 8 starts of 0-1 ER incl. a two-hitter
45Erik JohnsonOAKRebounded from his 2014 disaster w/a 2.37 ERA and 136 Ks in 132.7 IP at AAA; has 2 MLB starts - 3 HRs in one, 5 BB in the other
46Tommy MiloneLAAHas a 2.93 ERA in his last 30.7 IP and a 3.20 in his last 84.3
47Hector Santiagoat MINFirst solid outing in a while with six scoreless on just one hit, but he did walk six; still nervous
48Roenis Eliasat TEX
49John DanksOAK, at CLEWho'd have thought we'd be at a point where Danks is a better option than Samardzija?

SIT

RANKPITCHEROPPCOMMENTS
50Jeff SamardzijaOAK
51Rick Porcelloat TORHe's been pitching great of late, but I can't really get behind on him in TOR
52Trevor BauerCWSHe has 13 QS in his L22, all 0-2 ER, good for a 1.72 ERA in 94.3 IP; other 9 were 36.3 IP of an 11.90 ERA, though
53Wei-Yin Chenat TBTB has been tough on lefties all year, including Chen: 4.94 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in five starts
54James Paxtonat TEX
55Drew Hutchisonat ATLFeeling lucky? The opposition is worthy of streaming, but the downside is ever-present w/Hutch this year
56Josh TomlinKCCody Anderson looks like the odd man out w/Kluber's return unless they go to a 6-man; not at all sold on Tomlin, btw
57Danny Duffyat CLE
58Aaron Brooksat CWS, at HOU
59Sean Nolinat CWS
60Matt MooreNYYDid some things in the minors, but I'm still just passing until 2016
61Mark BuehrleBOSYou almost can't use him in leagues w/IP caps if you're nearing said cap as the 4 K/9 is just too painful to take
62Wade Mileyat TORYeah, right.
63Nick Tropeanoat SEA, at MIN
64Randy WolfKC
65Henry Owensat BAL
66Jesse Chavezat CWS
67CC Sabathiaat TB
68Mike WrightBOS
69Ubaldo JimenezBOS, at TB
70Ivan Novaat NYM
71Jered Weaverat SEA
72Chris Capuanoat TB
73Felix Doubrontat HOU
74Tyler DuffeyDET, LAA
75Mike PelfreyDET, LAA
76Kyle Lobsteinat MIN, KC
77Alfredo Simonat MIN
78Matt BoydKC

NATIONAL LEAGUE

START

RANKPITCHEROPPCOMMENTS
1Clayton KershawCOL, PITHow great does it feel to get a two-start week from your ace this late in the season?
2Stephen Strasburgat PHI, MIAHe's been an overall disappointment, but he can close strong and lessen the pain of his underwhelming campaign
3Zack GreinkePIT
4Jacob deGromMIA
5Jake Arrietaat PITHas a 1.00 ERA in his last 117 IP with 115 Ks
6Gerrit ColeCHC, at LAD
7Jon Lesterat PIT, STLHas allowed just 6 ER in 32.3 IP vs. PIT and STL this year
8Michael Wachaat CHC
9Madison BumgarnerARI
10Max ScherzerMIAHas gone more than 6 IP just once in his last seven starts; he isn't himself and thus has to be dropped some
11Matt HarveyNYY
12Lance Lynnat CHC
13Jose Fernandezat WASWe can get a better read on him after his start on Saturday, but I'm starting him regardless (short of injury, obv)
14Jordan Zimmermannat PHI, MIA
15Jaime Garciaat MIL
16Noah SyndergaardNYYThe young Mets might not be the best fantasy assets down the stretch as the team has an incentive to pull them ASAP…
17Steven MatzNYY…meaning they could be stuck w/5 IP at a time if the offense can build some early leads; still must-starts for the upside, though
18Raisel Iglesiasat MIL
19Francisco Lirianoat LAD
20Julio TeheranTOR, PHII'd roll the dice on this two-start even w/TOR coming in
21Jimmy NelsonSTL
22John Lackeyat MILHas a legitimate shot at a full season of sub-3.00 ERA and seemingly no one wants him on their fantasy team
23Tyson Rossat ARI
24Carlos Martinezat MIL, at CHC
25Patrick Corbinat SFQuality start in five of his last six: 2.73 ERA with 31 Ks in 33 IP
26Mike LeakeARI
27Aaron NolaWASBounced back from his nightmare in Citi w/7 scoreless vs. punchless ATL; WAS isn't easy, but not a huge threat either
28Gio Gonzalezat PHI
29J.A. HappCHCHas a 1.00 ERA in his last 6 starts (36 Ks and 5 BBs in 36 IP)
30Taylor JungmannCIN
31A.J. BurnettCHCLooked solid enough in his return to send back out there in most formats
32Shelby MillerTOR
33Andrew Cashnerat ARI
34Jason Hammelat PITHe's been alright lately, but it's been one bad inning sinking him; still has 25% K, 7% BB in his last 31 Ips
35John Lambat SFThis could be a good time to use Lamb and Rubby as SF has been in a prolonged hitting funk
36Rubby De La Rosaat SF
37Charlie MortonCHCHe's settled in over his L9 starts: 3.33 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 49 Ks in 54 IP
38Brett AndersonCOLLogging 158 IP has been a huge win for Anderson; that he's done it with a 3.36 ERA is icing on the cake
39Kyle Hendricksat PIT
40Anthony DeSclafaniat MILHas a 3.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 29 Ks in his last 33 IP (19% K-BB% rate, too)
41Bartolo ColonMIA
42James Shieldsat ARI, at COLThis is a terrible two-start setup for the HR-prone Shields (1.4 HR/9); the HR/FB rate hasn't really waned (18% 1H, 17% 2H)
43Ian Kennedyat COL
44Mike BolsingerPITProbably never should've been taken out of the rotation, but it seemed like Wood & Latos would be upgrades
45Jon Grayat LAD, SDAllowed 7 ER (39% of his season total) in 1.7 IP (5%), but otherwise has a 3.33 ERA in 29.7 IP w/27 Ks
46Jeremy HellicksonSD
47Robbie Rayat SF
48Logan VerrettMIACould be a sneaky spot-start, but are we making too much of the 8 IP/1 ER and 8 Ks at COL back in late-Aug?
49Jake PeavyCIN
50Jerad Eickhoffat ATLPerfect remedy after a rough trip to Boston is a trip to ATL
51Chris HestonCINThe grind of a full season seems to be catching up to him w/fewer than 6 IP in six of his last seven
52Jhoulys ChacinSDTwo solid starts since returning to the bigs w/ARI
53Jorge De La Rosaat LADHas a 2.90 ERA in his L8 starts and while six have been on the road, he's allowed 1 ER in 13 IP at home
54Wily PeraltaSTLHe's fanned more than 3 in just one of his last 10 starts (23 Ks in 50 IP)

SIT

RANKPITCHEROPPCOMMENTS
55Tom Koehlerat NYM, at WAS
56Dan HarenSTLI have a hard time seeing him double up w/gems vs. STL and he went 7 scoreless vs. them last time (Sept 7)
57Tanner RoarkMIA
58Chase AndersonSD
59Ariel PenaSTL, CIN
60Zach DaviesCIN
61Jarred Cosartat WAS
62Aaron Harangat ATLHad allowed 2 ER in 19 IP vs. ATL before Sept 7th's 5 IP/5 ER; could be a nice Hail Mary stream option
63Chris Rusinat LADHas 5 starts of 3 or fewer ER in his L7, but he allowed 15 ER in 5 IP over the other two
64Jeff Lockeat LAD
65Adam MorganWAS
66Tim HudsonCIN, ARIThe NL's (and a right-handed) Mark Buehrle… (not a compliment)
67Alex WoodCOL
68Michael Lorenzenat SF
69Justin Nicolinoat NYM, at WASHis next 5 K game will be his first
70Colin Reaat COL
71Yohan FlandeSD
72Keyvius Sampsonat SF, at MIL
73Brad Handat NYM
74Alec Asherat ATL
75Chad BettisSD
76Kyle KendrickSD
77Williams PerezPHI
78Matt WislerTOR
79Ryan WeberPHI
80David BuchananWAS

MLB TOP 100

RANKPITCHEROPPCOMMENTS
1Clayton KershawCOL, PITHow great does it feel to get a two-start week from your ace this late in the season?
2Stephen Strasburgat PHI, MIAHe's been an overall disappointment, but he can close strong and lessen the pain of his underwhelming campaign
3Zack GreinkePIT
4Jacob deGromMIA
5Jake Arrietaat PITHas a 1.00 ERA in his last 117 IP with 115 Ks
6David Priceat ATLThis might be the best pitching of his career
7Chris Saleat CLE
8Gerrit ColeCHC, at LAD
9Jon Lesterat PIT, STLHas allowed just 6 ER in 32.3 IP vs. PIT and STL this year
10Chris ArcherBALHe has 32 Ks in only six more IP at home this year
11Dallas Keuchelat TEX
12Cole HamelsHOU, SEA
13Michael Wachaat CHC
14Madison BumgarnerARI
15Max ScherzerMIAHas gone more than 6 IP just once in his last seven starts; he isn't himself and thus has to be dropped some
16Matt HarveyNYY
17Lance Lynnat CHC
18Jose Fernandezat WASWe can get a better read on him after his start on Saturday, but I'm starting him regardless (short of injury, obv)
19Jordan Zimmermannat PHI, MIA
20Sonny Grayat CWS, at HOUHas been markedly better on the road: 1.72 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 92 Ks in 94.3 IP
21Danny SalazarKC, CWS
22Collin McHughat TEX, OAK
23Corey KluberKC, CWSKluber slated to return w/a 2-start week
24Jake OdorizziNYY, BALExcellent at home: 2.61 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 63 Ks in 62 IP
25Felix HernandezLAA
26Justin VerlanderKC
27Derek HollandHOUBad start and bad finish sunk him in SEA, allowed 3 H and had 5 Ks in middle 5 IP
28Jaime Garciaat MIL
29Noah SyndergaardNYYThe young Mets might not be the best fantasy assets down the stretch as the team has an incentive to pull them ASAP…
30Steven MatzNYY…meaning they could be stuck w/5 IP at a time if the offense can build some early leads; still must-starts for the upside, though
31Raisel Iglesiasat MIL
32Francisco Lirianoat LAD
33Lance McCullersat TEX
34Johnny Cuetoat DET
35Garrett Richardsat SEA, at MINCould be poised for a big finish w/6 QS in L7 w/the L3 being especially good: 3.05 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 21 Ks in 20.7 IP
36Julio TeheranTOR, PHII'd roll the dice on this two-start even w/TOR coming in
37Hisashi IwakumaLAA
38Carlos CarrascoCWSNot going to overreact to the rough return, he's still a must-start
39Masahiro Tanakaat NYM
40Michael Pinedaat NYM
41Jimmy NelsonSTL
42John Lackeyat MILHas a legitimate shot at a full season of sub-3.00 ERA and seemingly no one wants him on their fantasy team
43Tyson Rossat ARI
44Carlos Martinezat MIL, at CHC
45Patrick Corbinat SFQuality start in five of his last six: 2.73 ERA with 31 Ks in 33 IP
46Mike LeakeARI
47Aaron NolaWASBounced back from his nightmare in Citi w/7 scoreless vs. punchless ATL; WAS isn't easy, but not a huge threat either
48Gio Gonzalezat PHI
49J.A. HappCHCHas a 1.00 ERA in his last 6 starts (36 Ks and 5 BBs in 36 IP)
50Taylor JungmannCIN
51A.J. BurnettCHCLooked solid enough in his return to send back out there in most formats
52Shelby MillerTOR
53Andrew Cashnerat ARI
54Jason Hammelat PITHe's been alright lately, but it's been one bad inning sinking him; still has 25% K, 7% BB in his last 31 Ips
55John Lambat SFThis could be a good time to use Lamb and Rubby as SF has been in a prolonged hitting funk
56Jose Quintanaat CLEA career-high .341 BABIP has kept him from a career year, but some of that is on the defense behind him
57Marco Estradaat ATL11 of his 18 HRs have been solo shots and that .225 BABIP is a big reason behind his season
58Andrew Heaneyat MIN
59R.A. DickeyBOS
60Drew SmylyBAL
61Mike FiersOAKEven w/that 6 ER relief appearance, he still has a 2.92 ERA in 37 IP w/HOU (plus 35 Ks)
62Scott Kazmirat TEX, OAK
63Taijuan WalkerLAA, at TEXToo much inconsistency to feel great trusting him in tight ERA/WHIP battles
64Erasmo RamirezNYY, BAL
65Eduardo Rodriguezat BAL, at TB
66Kevin GausmanBOS, at TBHe can be really good, but he's like Walker in that you can't really trust him in tight ratio races
67Yovani GallardoSEA
68Yordano Venturaat CLEHe's either excellent or awful since his recall: 6, 1, 5, 6, 0, 2, 1, 0, 1, and 4 ER
69Ervin SantanaDETThree straight gems suggest he's back: 1.23 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 27 Ks in 22 IP
70Luis Severinoat TBCan't be too surprised that TOR steamrolled him; still starting him
71Chris Tillmanat TB
72Marcus StromanBOSMakes his 2015 debut this weekend!
73Rubby De La Rosaat SF
74Charlie MortonCHCHe's settled in over his L9 starts: 3.33 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 49 Ks in 54 IP
75Brett AndersonCOLLogging 158 IP has been a huge win for Anderson; that he's done it with a 3.36 ERA is icing on the cake
76Kyle Hendricksat PIT
77Anthony DeSclafaniat MILHas a 3.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 29 Ks in his last 33 IP (19% K-BB% rate, too)
78Bartolo ColonMIA
79James Shieldsat ARI, at COLThis is a terrible two-start setup for the HR-prone Shields (1.4 HR/9); the HR/FB rate hasn't really waned (18% 1H, 17% 2H)
80Ian Kennedyat COL
81Mike BolsingerPITProbably never should've been taken out of the rotation, but it seemed like Wood & Latos would be upgrades
82Kyle GibsonLAA
83Carlos RodonOAK
84Edinson Volquezat CLE, at DETHas 8 QS in 11 starts since the break, the other three are 5-6 ER each, though, so just a 3.76 ERA
85Martin PerezHOU, SEA
86Kris Medlenat CLE, at DET
87Jon Grayat LAD, SDAllowed 7 ER (39% of his season total) in 1.7 IP (5%), but otherwise has a 3.33 ERA in 29.7 IP w/27 Ks
88Jeremy HellicksonSD
89Robbie Rayat SF
90Logan VerrettMIACould be a sneaky spot-start, but are we making too much of the 8 IP/1 ER and 8 Ks at COL back in late-Aug?
91Jake PeavyCIN
92Jerad Eickhoffat ATLPerfect remedy after a rough trip to Boston is a trip to ATL
93Chris HestonCINThe grind of a full season seems to be catching up to him w/fewer than 6 IP in six of his last seven
94Jhoulys ChacinSDTwo solid starts since returning to the bigs w/ARI
95Jorge De La Rosaat LADHas a 2.90 ERA in his L8 starts and while six have been on the road, he's allowed 1 ER in 13 IP at home
96Joe Kellyat BAL
97Colby LewisHOUAnother boom-or-bust guy: 7 starts of 5+ ER incl. a 9 and 10; 8 starts of 0-1 ER incl. a two-hitter
98Erik JohnsonOAKRebounded from his 2014 disaster w/a 2.37 ERA and 136 Ks in 132.7 IP at AAA; has 2 MLB starts - 3 HRs in one, 5 BB in the other
99Tommy MiloneLAAHas a 2.93 ERA in his last 30.7 IP and a 3.20 in his last 84.3
100Hector Santiagoat MINFirst solid outing in a while with six scoreless on just one hit, but he did walk six; still nervous