The Z Files: My Top 250 Rest-of-Season Pitchers

The Z Files: My Top 250 Rest-of-Season Pitchers

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

Last week, I shared My Top 350 Rest-of-Season Hitters. Why stop there? Today I am happy to reveal my top 250 pitchers from now until the rest of the season.

Before you dive in and tell me I have someone on your team ranked way too low, I need to explain a few things. The rankings are set through the games of Sunday, August 15. In March, there isn't too much of a difference between 180 and 186 innings pitched. Fast forward to mid-August and the difference between 50 and 56 innings is huge. As such, if you are checking this out after someone made a start this weekend, they could be ranked significantly higher.

The other factor influencing rankings is round-off. Counting stats are conventionally presented as whole numbers, even though they are projected in decimal form. For example, a pitcher projected to win 3.4 games is credited with three projected wins while a projection of 3.51 rounds to four victories. One win can equate to 25-30 rankings spots for hurlers in the middle of the pack.

Similarly, ERA and WHIP are affected by round-off, though the change isn't nearly as steep. For example, every run with 40 innings pitched accounts for .225 units in ERA (4.00 compared to 4.225, etc.). The change in ranking is between five and 10 spots.

With that as a backdrop, here are my top 250 rest-of-season pitchers.

1Brandon Woodruff
2Max Scherzer
3Corbin Burnes
4Walker Buehler
5Kevin Gausman
6Lance
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Todd Zola
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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