Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Let's Play Two

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Let's Play Two

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

In what's going to be the norm the rest of the season, there are seven doubleheaders on the docket, five on Friday with the other pair on Saturday. It's conjecture, but it can be argued pitchers scheduled to work in a twin bill have a better chance for a win since they'll only need one or two relievers to seal the deal, avoiding the usual soft underbelly of many bullpens.

Complicating matters this period is the impending trade deadline. We're already seen one deal as the Blue Jays fortified their rotation with Taijuan Walker, there will likely be more deals, shuffling things up mid-week.

Despite a record number of pitchers being ranked, the two-start selection isn't great, though there are a handful possibly available, obviously dependent on the depth of your league.

As always, these are preliminary rankings. The final set will be updated Sunday night, after we have a better feel for how rotations will flesh out. That said, with so many late-week doubleheaders, the plans for the involved teams are in flux, especially over the weekend.

For the week Aug. 31 - Sept. 6

UPDATED: Monday August 31, 1 AM ET

Mixed

RankPitcherTMOPP 
1Gerrit ColeNYYTB, @BAL 
2Shane BieberCLE@KC, MILYes, hard hit rate is high, but only 4 HR allowed in 46.2 IP
3Jacob deGromNYMMIA, PHICould double his win total in one week
4Sonny GrayCINSTL, @PITGreat matchups
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