Weekly Pitcher Rankings: AL Cy Young Contenders Lead Pack
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: AL Cy Young Contenders Lead Pack

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

It's the second full week of the season so many of the Opening-Day starters line up for a double dip, including the top three in last season's Cy Young voting. The week also features the 2019 debut of Clayton Kershaw, as well as the struggling Red Sox staff seeing Fenway Park for the first time this season.

This also marks the third start for most of the rotation staples. This is relevant since it takes three outings before the initial baseline expectation is influenced by the season-to-date performance.

As always, the pitchers are pulled from the probable pitching grid, so please direct all questions regarding scheduled there. All questions concerning the actual rankings will gladly be addressed in the comments.

These rankings are preliminary. Check back Sunday evening for the final version after teams have announced their plans for the week.

For the week of April 8-13.

UPDATED: Sunday, April 7, 9:00 PM ET

MLB

RANKPitcherTMOPPCOMMENT
1Jacob deGromNYMvs. MIN, at ATLNot definite, but could pick up second start
2Justin VerlanderHOUvs. NYY, at SEA 
3Blake SnellTBat CWS, at TORVelo up in second start, on par with April 2018
4Corey KluberCLEat DET, at KCNice pair to get things in gear
5Zack GreinkeARIvs. TEX, vs. SDOdd early line: 13 K, 1 BB in 9.2 IP, but 6 HR allowed
6Luis CastilloCINvs. MIA, vs. STL
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