This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.
On our Friday podcast, Derek VanRiper termed this week, "A Parade of Ones," referring to our 1-to-5 rating system for two-start pitchers and the dearth of options. It's an odd week without many choices in the middle. There mostly obvious or head-scratchers, with the choice revolving around your team position and needs. As such, keep in mind how these rankings favor more strikeouts and added win potential with two outings as my research has shown that's more important than potential damage to ratios. So, if your team situation calls for being more prudent with ERA and WHIP, adjust the rankings accordingly.
For the week, May 21-27.
UPDATED: Sunday, March 20, 11:00 PM ETAMERICAN LEAGUE
|1||Gerrit Cole||HOU||vs. SF, at CLE||And it's not even close|
|2||Chris Sale||BOS||at TB, vs. ATL||36 K last three starts spanning 21 IP|
|3||Justin Verlander||HOU||vs. SF||Hasn't received run support lately|
|4||Jose Berrios||MIN||vs. DET, at SEA||Back on track after typical young pitcher hiccup or two|
|5||Masahiro Tanaka||NYY||at TEX, vs. LAA||Homers still high, but low walks minimizing damage|
|6||Trevor Bauer||CLE||at CHC, vs. HOU||Nice matchups, nice pitching venues|
|7||Corey Kluber||CLE||vs. HOU||Strikeouts down but Kluber usually rises to occasion versus good teams|
|8||J.A. Happ||TOR||vs. LAA, at PHI||actual 4.15 ERA high compared to 3.78 FIP and 2.99 xFIP|
|9||Luis Severino||NYY||vs. LAA|