This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.
This could be the widest top-to-bottom disparity for probable pitchers in recent memory. The preponderance of injuries forced many clubs to send inferior arms to the mound, not to mention deploy bullpen games with sub-par relievers. There's plenty to like at the top, so hopefully you don't have to rely on the free-agent pool this week to find two-start options. If you do, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, I'm just the messenger.
Overall, the busy Memorial Day schedule helps boost the double-dippers to a generous 44 options, at least that's the preliminary count.
There's more speculative starters than normal. Hopefully, the clubs will clarify their plans over the weekend. As such, it behooves you to take a few minutes out of your Memorial Day weekend and check the updated rankings, posted Sunday night.
For the week May 27 - June 2.
UPDATED: Sunday May 26, 11:30 PM ET
|1||Max Scherzer||WAS||vs. MIA, at CIN||Best two win pitcher in baseball|
|2||Gerrit Cole||HOU||vs. CHC, at OAK||Homers continue to haunt|
|3||Rich Hill||LAD||vs. NYM, vs. PHI|
|4||Luis Castillo||CIN||vs. PIT, vs. WAS||Walks up lately|
|5||Jacob deGrom||NYM||at LAD, at ARI|
|6||Clayton Kershaw||LAD||vs. NYM, vs. PHI||Not the old Kershaw, but still pretty good|
|7||Matthew Boyd||DET||at BAL, at ATL||Braves good road test|
|8||Masahiro Tanaka||NYY||vs. SD, vs. BOS|