This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.
I finally wised up and didn't wait for someone to ask. Included below are rankings for the short weekend period and the extended period encompassing the opening series plus next week. The usual Monday-Sunday rankings will be posted Saturday, as always.
Apologies for the lack of comments, but between the away park shenanigans with the Blue Jays and having to update the rankings four times with the latest news, I ran out of time. As always, I'm happy to discuss specific rankings in the comments.
Good luck everyone. It looks like this is finally happening.
UPDATED: Thursday, July 23 11:30 PM ET
For the period July 23-27
|1||Justin Verlander||HOU||vs. SEA||Perfect lineup to test the new arm slot|
|2||Mike Clevinger||CLE||vs. KC||Top-five potential|
|3||Gerrit Cole||NYY||at WAS||You really think he's coming out after five?|
|4||Max Scherzer||WAS||vs. NYY||Ditto|
|5||Luis Castillo||CIN||vs. DET||Nice spot to open the season|
|6||Corey Kluber||TEX||vs. COL||Assuming health, we'll see|
|7||Shane Bieber||CLE||vs. KC|
|8||Zack Greinke||HOU||vs. SEA|
|9||Jacob deGrom||NYM||vs. ATL||All systems appear to be go|
|10||Stephen Strasburg||WAS||vs. NYY|
|11||Kenta Maeda||MIN||at CWS|
|12||Carlos Carrasco||CLE||vs. KC|
|13||Mike Minor||TEX||vs. COL|
|14||Charlie Morton||TB||vs. TOR|
|15||Aaron Nola||PHI||vs. MIA|