This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.
Welcome to the worst week of two-start candidates in recent memory. It makes sense since the majority of clubs' fourth and fifth starters make their 2021 debut, thus line up for a second effort over the weekend.
For those new to these rankings, the latest Z Files describes the process used to generate the lists.
New this season is the inclusion of a typical reliever to gauge where it's better to forego deploying a starter. The proxy reliever is not a closer, just someone to use to protect ratios while adding a few punch outs.
As always, the rankings will be refreshed Sunday night based on the latest rotation information.
For the week of April 5-11
UPDATED MONDAY APRIL 5, 12:05 AM ET
|1||Max Scherzer||WAS||vs. ATL, at LAD||Challenging start to the season|
|2||Jacob deGrom||NYM||at PHI, vs. MIA||Double-dip worth the wait|
|3||Gerrit Cole||NYY||vs. BAL|
|4||German Marquez||COL||vs. ARI, at SF||Dbacks offense not intimidating|
|5||Trevor Bauer||LAD||at OAK||Survived Coors|
|6||Shane Bieber||CLE||vs. KC|
|7||Yu Darvish||SD||vs. SF|
|8||Dustin May||LAD||at OAK, vs. WAS|
|9||Stephen Strasburg||WAS||vs. ATL|
|10||Lucas Giolito||CWS||at SEA|
|11||Clayton Kershaw||LAD||at OAK|
|12||Aaron Nola||PHI||vs. NYM|
|13||Walker Buehler||LAD||vs. WAS|
|14||Jordan Montgomery||NYY||vs. BAL, at TB||Late spring|