Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Double Trouble

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Double Trouble

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


Mixed League

1Max ScherzerWASvs. ATL, at LADChallenging start to the season
2Jacob deGromNYMat PHI, vs. MIADouble-dip worth the wait
3Gerrit ColeNYYvs. BAL 
4German MarquezCOLvs. ARI, at SFDbacks offense not intimidating
5Trevor BauerLADat OAKSurvived Coors
6Shane BieberCLEvs. KC 
7Yu DarvishSDvs. SF 
8Dustin MayLADat OAK, vs. WAS 
9Stephen StrasburgWASvs. ATL 
10Lucas GiolitoCWSat SEA 
11Clayton KershawLADat OAK 
12Aaron NolaPHIvs. NYM 
13Walker BuehlerLADvs. WAS 
14Jordan MontgomeryNYYvs. BAL, at TBLate spring
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Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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