Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Cole Is King
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Cole Is King

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 ET

AMERICAN LEAGUE
RANK PITCHER TEAM OPP COMMENT
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
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