Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Nationals, Astros Dominate Top-5

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Nationals, Astros Dominate Top-5

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

Twenty four down, two to go. There's a certain symmetry to the baseball season being 26 weeks long while a marathon is 26 miles. It makes the analogy that much more meaningful.

Unfortunately, the number of quality two-start pitchers will continue to dwindle, with only 34 earmarked for a two-step. Keep in mind, as playoff teams clinch, their rotations could shuffle, as early as this week.

Please direct all questions germane to the schedule to the Projected Starters grid. Inquiries regarding the rankings can be posted in the comments.

Please return Sunday night for the final rankings after next week's rotation are clarified.

For the week Sep. 16-22.

UPDATED: Sunday, September 15 11:00 PM ET


1Justin VerlanderHOUvs. TEX, vs. LAA   
2Stephen StrasburgWASat STL, at MIANext start will be a new career high, already thrown second most IP for his career
3Jose BerriosMINvs. CWS, vs. KC   
4Patrick CorbinWASat STL, at MIA   
5Yu DarvishCHCvs. CIN, vs. STL4 BB last 19 IP, clearly needs to improve his control
6Dallas KeuchelATLvs. PHI, vs. SFGiving the Braves just what they wanted
7Gerrit ColeHOUvs. TEX   
8Sonny GrayCINat CHC, vs. NYM   
9Clayton KershawLADvs. COL   
10Jacob deGromNYMat CIN   
11Mike ClevingerCLEvs. PHIHasn't
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