Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Cole on Top
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Cole on Top

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

It's a pretty balanced week with respect to two-start pitchers, though there is a preponderance of those just below the ace tier enjoying a double-dip. That said, sometimes we focus too much on the those with a pair of starts, ignoring decent pickups with just a single matchup. There's several names of that ilk in the mid-range possible available in 10- and 12-team mixers.

For the week, Aug. 20-26

UPDATED: Sunday August 19, 11:00 PM ET


1 Gerrit Cole HOU at SEA, at LAA Snapped three-game losing streak last time out
2 Corey Kluber CLE at BOS, at KC Strikeouts still down but displaying usual impeccable command and control
3 Blake Snell TB vs. KC, vs. BOS Opponent-proof, legit SP1 for next season
4 Jose Berrios MIN at CWS, vs. OAK Walks high, expecting better control and a strong finish
5 Rick Porcello BOS vs. CLE, at TB
6 Justin Verlander HOU at LAA Rebounded nicely from whooping by Seattle
7 Nathan Eovaldi BOS vs. CLE, at TB Excelling after unleashing his cutter
8 Masahiro Tanaka NYY at MIA
9 Luis Severino NYY at BAL If he struggles again here, it's time to worry
10 Mike Clevinger CLE at KC
11 Dallas Keuchel HOU at LAA
12 Charlie Morton HOU at SEA
13 J.A. Happ NYY at BAL
14 Matthew Boyd DET vs. CWS
15 Kyle Gibson MIN at CWS Punch outs down a little lately
16 CC Sabathia NYY at BAL
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