Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Down the Stretch They Come

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Down the Stretch They Come

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

Well, friends, barring some extenuation circumstances, we made it. This final week comes with the usual caveats. Teams could shorten or skip the final outing if they're gearing up for the playoffs. Clubs playing out the string might shut their guys down early. With wins so tight this season, the category could decide many leagues the final week.

There's a good chance the Cardinals and Tigers will play Games 59 and 60 on Monday, Sept. 28. St. Louis is in a three-way tie at .500 for the last two NL playoff berths. The games will be played only if the postseason is on the line. 

For the week of Sept. 21-27

UPDATED: Monday, September 21, 12:15 AM ET

MLB

RankPitcherTMOPP 
1Gerrit ColeNYY@TOR, MIAWith playoffs starting Tues, 9/29, start on Sat, 9/26 likely will be short
2Jacob deGromNYMTB, @WASNo playoff concerns, pitching for 3rd straight Cy
3Shane BieberCLECWS, PITSunday start could be skipped
4Dylan BundyLAATEX, @LADTwo more chances to pitch for 2021 pay day
5Luis CastilloCINMIL, @MIN 
6German MarquezCOL@SF, @ARIBeatable offense on the road
7Max ScherzerWASNYM 
8Framber ValdezHOU@SEA, @TEXIn a rut, 6.04 ERA, 1.26 ERA over last 25.1 IP
9Aaron CivaleCLECWS, PITControl off lately, but overall solid campaign
10Brandon WoodruffMIL@CIN, @STLFacing two teams in a battle for
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