Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Knock on Woodruff

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Knock on Woodruff

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

I guess if you squint, offense is improving. The league's April ERA was 3.72. Through Friday, it's all the way up to 3.96 in May, or about half a run a game. Even so, the landscape is still ripe for streaming two-start pitchers. Unfortunately, the schedule isn't cooperating. Even with three extra games added, there aren't many hurlers scheduled to take the mound twice.

As always, please feel free to ask questions about rankings below, but please direct scheduling questions to the Probable Pitchers page.

UPDATED: Monday May 9 1:00 AM ET

Week of May 9-15

MIXED

RankPitcherTMOPPComments
1Brandon WoodruffMIL@CIN, @MIA3.05 ERA, 0.97 WHIP with 29 K in 20.2 IP since rough opener
2Carlos RodonSFCOL, @STL 
3Aaron NolaPHI@SEA, @LAD 
4Max ScherzerNYMSEA 
5Lucas GiolitoCWSCLE, NYY 
6Corbin BurnesMIL@MIA 
7Frankie MontasOAKDET, LAA 
8Walker BuehlerLADPHI 
9Gerrit ColeNYY@CWSAre you still worried?
10Chris BassittNYMSEA 
11Pablo LopezMIAMIL 
12Kevin GausmanTOR@TBNo walks or homers allowed over first five starts
13Clayton KershawLADPHI 
14Alek ManoahTOR@TB 
15Max FriedATLSD 
16Julio UriasLAD@PIT, PHIStrikeouts low, but should recover
17Eric LauerMIL@MIA 
18Miles MikolasSTLBAL 
19Shohei OhtaniLAATB 
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I guess if you squint, offense is improving. The league's April ERA was 3.72. Through Friday, it's all the way up to 3.96 in May, or about half a run a game. Even so, the landscape is still ripe for streaming two-start pitchers. Unfortunately, the schedule isn't cooperating. Even with three extra games added, there aren't many hurlers scheduled to take the mound twice.

As always, please feel free to ask questions about rankings below, but please direct scheduling questions to the Probable Pitchers page.

UPDATED: Monday May 9 1:00 AM ET

Week of May 9-15

MIXED

RankPitcherTMOPPComments
1Brandon WoodruffMIL@CIN, @MIA3.05 ERA, 0.97 WHIP with 29 K in 20.2 IP since rough opener
2Carlos RodonSFCOL, @STL 
3Aaron NolaPHI@SEA, @LAD 
4Max ScherzerNYMSEA 
5Lucas GiolitoCWSCLE, NYY 
6Corbin BurnesMIL@MIA 
7Frankie MontasOAKDET, LAA 
8Walker BuehlerLADPHI 
9Gerrit ColeNYY@CWSAre you still worried?
10Chris BassittNYMSEA 
11Pablo LopezMIAMIL 
12Kevin GausmanTOR@TBNo walks or homers allowed over first five starts
13Clayton KershawLADPHI 
14Alek ManoahTOR@TB 
15Max FriedATLSD 
16Julio UriasLAD@PIT, PHIStrikeouts low, but should recover
17Eric LauerMIL@MIA 
18Miles MikolasSTLBAL 
19Shohei OhtaniLAATB 
20Patrick SandovalLAA@OAK 
21Logan GilbertSEAPHI10 BB over last 16.1 IP
22Tarik SkubalDET@OAK, BALJust 2 HR allowed in 26 IP
23Luis CastilloCINMIL, @PITNice pair for his 2022 debut
24Dylan CeaseCWSNYYRewarding those saying he'll take the next step
25Shane McClanahanTB@LAA 
26Noah SyndergaardLAATB, @OAKNot as dominant as before, but exhibiting good command and control
27Justin VerlanderHOU@MIN 
28Logan WebbSF@STL 
29Joe RyanMINHOU 
30Robbie RaySEAPHIWalks creeping back up
31Freddy PeraltaMIL@CIN 
32Chad KuhlCOL@SF 
33Garrett WhitlockBOS@ATL 
34Joe MusgroveSD@ATL 
35Zac GallenARICHC 
36Merrill KellyARIMIAOne out from a CG last time out
37Carlos CarrascoNYM@WAS, SEA 
38Drew RasmussenTBTOR 
39Alex WoodSFCOL 
40Chris FlexenSEAPHI, @NYM 
41Nathan EovaldiBOS@ATL 
42Shane BieberCLE@MIN 
43Madison BumgarnerARIMIAStaring creepily at the monitor as I type this
44Michael KopechCWSCLE, NYYWhen will he be allowed to throw more than five innings?
45Kyle WrightATLBOSLooks like we'll be looking for "this year's Kyle Wright" next winter
46Michael LorenzenLAA@OAK1.88 ERA over last 14.1 IP looks shiny, but beware only 5 K with 6 BB over that span
47Luis SeverinoNYYTOR, @CWS 
48Josh WinderMINHOU17 K, 1 BB over last 16 IP, could be cementing a spot in the rotation
49Jordan MontgomeryNYY@CWS 
50Tyler WellsBALKC, @DET 
51Nestor Cortes Jr.NYYTEX 
52Adam WainwrightSTLSF 
53Yu DarvishSD@ATL 
54Sonny GrayMINCLESlated to return
55Sandy AlcantaraMIA@ARI 
56Brad KellerKC@TEX 
57Ranger SuarezPHI@SEA, @LAD 
58MacKenzie GoreSDCHC 
59George KirbySEA@NYM 
60Mike ClevingerSDCHC 
61Jesus LuzardoMIA@ARI 
62Tylor MegillNYM@WAS 
63Paul BlackburnOAK@DET, LAA 
64Nick MartinezSDCHC 
65Corey KluberTB@LAA, TOR 
66Alex CobbSFCOL 
67Chris PaddackMINCLE 
68Dakota HudsonSTLSF 
69Sean ManaeaSD@ATL 
70Trevor RogersMIAMIL 
71Bailey FalterPHI@SEA 
72Cal QuantrillCLE@CWS 
73Austin GomberCOL@SF, KCA road start in SF… what could possibly go wrong?
74Tony GonsolinLAD@PIT 
75Michael PinedaDETOAK, BAL 
76Hyun Jin RyuTOR@TB 
77Eduardo RodriguezDETBAL 
78Mix 12 Reliever   
79Ian AndersonATLBOS 
80Jordan HicksSTLBAL 
81Ryan YarbroughTBTOR 
82Jhonathan DiazLAA@OAK 
83Dane DunningTEXBOS 
84Kyle HendricksCHC@SD, @ARI 
85Kyle GibsonPHI@LAD 
86Elieser HernandezMIA@ARI, MILGood time to get back on track
87Mix 15 Reliever   
88Charlie MortonATLSD 
89Jakob JunisSF@STL 
90Rich HillBOS@TEX 
91Tanner HouckBOS@TEX 
92Steven MatzSTLSF 
93Cristian JavierHOU@WAS 
94Connor OvertonCIN@PIT 
95Luis GarciaHOU@MIN 
96Jameson TaillonNYYTOR 
97Tyler MahleCIN@PIT 
98Tyler AndersonLADPHI 
99Beau BrieskeDETOAK 
100Jon GrayTEX@NYY, BOS 
101Antonio SenzatelaCOL@SF 
102Marco GonzalesSEA@NYM 
103Jeffrey SpringsTB@LAA 
104Adrian MartinezOAKLAA 
105Adrian HouserMIL@CIN 
106Nick PivettaBOS@TEX 
107Triston McKenzieCLE@MIN 
108Keegan ThompsonCHC@SD 
109Jose BerriosTOR@NYY 
110JT BrubakerPITCIN 
111Reid DetmersLAATB 
112Zach PlesacCLE@CWS, @MIN 
113Spencer StriderATLSD 
114Glenn OttoTEXBOS 
115Kyle BradishBAL@STL 
116Martin PerezTEXKC 
117Angel RondonSTLBAL 
118Vince VelasquezCWSCLE 
119Brady SingerKC@TEX 
120Dylan BundyMINCLE 
121A.J. AlexyTEXKC 
122Jose QuintanaPITLAD, CIN 
123Alex FaedoDETOAK 
124Josiah GrayWASHOU 
125Yusei KikuchiTOR@NYY 
126Aaron CivaleCLE@CWS 
127Daulton JefferiesOAKLAA 
128Humberto CastellanosARIMIA, CHC 
129Patrick CorbinWASNYM, HOU 
130Clarke SchmidtNYY@CWS 
131Keegan AkinBAL@STL 
132Joey WentzDETOAK 
133Jon HeasleyKC@TEX 
134Jose UrquidyHOU@MIN 
135Chris ArcherMINHOU 
136Carlos HernandezKC@BAL, @COL 
137Drew SmylyCHC@ARI 
138Jake OdorizziHOU@WAS 
139Zach ThompsonPITCIN 
140Hunter GreeneCINMIL, @PIT 
141Mitch KellerPITCIN 
142Zach DaviesARICHC 
143Bruce ZimmermannBAL@DET 
144Erick FeddeWASHOU 
145Bryse WilsonPITLAD 
146Zach LogueOAK@DET 
147Adrian SampsonCHC@SD 
148Dallas KeuchelCWSNYY 
149James KaprielianOAK@DET 
150Framber ValdezHOU@WAS 
151Zack GreinkeKC@COL 
152Jordan LylesBAL@DET 
153German MarquezCOLKC 
154Daniel LynchKC@COL 
155Justin SteeleCHC@ARI 
156Spenser WatkinsBAL@STL 
157Kyle FreelandCOLKC 
158Chase De JongPITLAD 
159Taylor HearnTEXKC 
160Mark AppelPHI@LAD 
161Taijuan WalkerNYM@WAS 
162Robbie ErlinLAD@PIT 
163Joan AdonWASNYM 
164Vladimir GutierrezCINMIL 
165Adam OllerOAK@DET 
166Aaron SanchezWASNYM 

American League

RankPitcherTMOPPComment
1Lucas GiolitoCWSCLE, NYY 
2Frankie MontasOAKDET, LAA 
3Gerrit ColeNYY@CWSAre you still worried?
4Kevin GausmanTOR@TBNo walks or homers allowed over first five starts
5Alek ManoahTOR@TB 
6Shohei OhtaniLAATB 
7Patrick SandovalLAA@OAK 
8Logan GilbertSEAPHI10 BB over last 16.1 IP
9Tarik SkubalDET@OAK, BALJust 2 HR allowed in 26 IP
10Dylan CeaseCWSNYYRewarding those saying he'll take the next step
11Shane McClanahanTB@LAA 
12Noah SyndergaardLAATB, @OAKNot as dominant as before, but exhibiting good command and control
13Justin VerlanderHOU@MIN 
14Joe RyanMINHOU 
15Robbie RaySEAPHIWalks creeping back up
16Garrett WhitlockBOS@ATL 
17Drew RasmussenTBTOR 
18Chris FlexenSEAPHI, @NYM 
19Nathan EovaldiBOS@ATL 
20Shane BieberCLE@MIN 
21Michael KopechCWSCLE, NYYWhen will he be allowed to throw more than five innings?
22Michael LorenzenLAA@OAK1.88 ERA over last 14.1 IP looks shiny, but beware only 5 K with 6 BB over that span
23Luis SeverinoNYYTOR, @CWS 
24Josh WinderMINHOU17 K, 1 BB over last 16 IP, could be cementing a spot in the rotation
25Jordan MontgomeryNYY@CWS 
26Tyler WellsBALKC, @DET 
27Nestor Cortes Jr.NYYTEX 
28Sonny GrayMINCLESlated to return
29Brad KellerKC@TEX 
30George KirbySEA@NYM 
31Paul BlackburnOAK@DET, LAA 
32Corey KluberTB@LAA, TOR 
33Chris PaddackMINCLE 
34Cal QuantrillCLE@CWS 
35Michael PinedaDETOAK, BAL 
36Hyun Jin RyuTOR@TB 
37Eduardo RodriguezDETBAL 
38Ryan YarbroughTBTOR 
39Jhonathan DiazLAA@OAK 
40Dane DunningTEXBOS 
41Rich HillBOS@TEX 
42Tanner HouckBOS@TEX 
43Cristian JavierHOU@WAS 
44Luis GarciaHOU@MIN 
45Jameson TaillonNYYTOR 
46Beau BrieskeDETOAK 
47Jon GrayTEX@NYY, BOS 
48Marco GonzalesSEA@NYM 
49Jeffrey SpringsTB@LAA 
50Adrian MartinezOAKLAA 
51AL Reliever   
52Nick PivettaBOS@TEX 
53Triston McKenzieCLE@MIN 
54Jose BerriosTOR@NYY 
55Reid DetmersLAATB 
56Zach PlesacCLE@CWS, @MIN 
57Glenn OttoTEXBOS 
58Kyle BradishBAL@STL 
59Martin PerezTEXKC 
60Vince VelasquezCWSCLE 
61Brady SingerKC@TEX 
62Dylan BundyMINCLE 
63A.J. AlexyTEXKC 
64Alex FaedoDETOAK 
65Yusei KikuchiTOR@NYY 
66Aaron CivaleCLE@CWS 
67Daulton JefferiesOAKLAA 
68Clarke SchmidtNYY@CWS 
69Keegan AkinBAL@STL 
70Joey WentzDETOAK 
71Jon HeasleyKC@TEX 
72Jose UrquidyHOU@MIN 
73Chris ArcherMINHOU 
74Carlos HernandezKC@BAL, @COL 
75Jake OdorizziHOU@WAS 
76Bruce ZimmermannBAL@DET 
77Zach LogueOAK@DET 
78Dallas KeuchelCWSNYY 
79James KaprielianOAK@DET 
80Framber ValdezHOU@WAS 
81Zack GreinkeKC@COL 
82Jordan LylesBAL@DET 
83Daniel LynchKC@COL 
84Spenser WatkinsBAL@STL 
85Taylor HearnTEXKC 
86Adam OllerOAK@DET 

National League

RankPitcherTMOPPComment
1Brandon WoodruffMIL@CIN, @MIA3.05 ERA, 0.97 WHIP with 29 K in 20.2 IP since rough opener
2Carlos RodonSFCOL, @STL 
3Aaron NolaPHI@SEA, @LAD 
4Max ScherzerNYMSEA 
5Corbin BurnesMIL@MIA 
6Walker BuehlerLADPHI 
7Chris BassittNYMSEA 
8Pablo LopezMIAMIL 
9Clayton KershawLADPHI 
10Max FriedATLSD 
11Julio UriasLAD@PIT, PHIStrikeouts low, but should recover
12Eric LauerMIL@MIA 
13Miles MikolasSTLBAL 
14Luis CastilloCINMIL, @PITNice pair for his 2022 debut
15Logan WebbSF@STL 
16Freddy PeraltaMIL@CIN 
17Chad KuhlCOL@SF 
18Joe MusgroveSD@ATL 
19Zac GallenARICHC 
20Merrill KellyARIMIAOne out from a CG last time out
21Carlos CarrascoNYM@WAS, SEA 
22Alex WoodSFCOL 
23Madison BumgarnerARIMIAStaring creepily at the monitor as I type this
24Kyle WrightATLBOSLooks like we'll be looking for "this year's Kyle Wright" next winter
25Adam WainwrightSTLSF 
26Yu DarvishSD@ATL 
27Sandy AlcantaraMIA@ARI 
28Ranger SuarezPHI@SEA, @LAD 
29MacKenzie GoreSDCHC 
30Mike ClevingerSDCHC 
31Jesus LuzardoMIA@ARI 
32Tylor MegillNYM@WAS 
33Nick MartinezSDCHC 
34Alex CobbSFCOL 
35Dakota HudsonSTLSF 
36Sean ManaeaSD@ATL 
37Trevor RogersMIAMIL 
38Bailey FalterPHI@SEA 
39Austin GomberCOL@SF, KCA road start in SF… what could possibly go wrong?
40Tony GonsolinLAD@PIT 
41Ian AndersonATLBOS 
42Jordan HicksSTLBAL 
43Kyle HendricksCHC@SD, @ARI 
44Kyle GibsonPHI@LAD 
45Elieser HernandezMIA@ARI, MILGood time to get back on track
46Charlie MortonATLSD 
47Jakob JunisSF@STL 
48Steven MatzSTLSF 
49Connor OvertonCIN@PIT 
50Tyler MahleCIN@PIT 
51Tyler AndersonLADPHI 
52Antonio SenzatelaCOL@SF 
53Adrian HouserMIL@CIN 
54NL Reliever   
55Keegan ThompsonCHC@SD 
56JT BrubakerPITCIN 
57Spencer StriderATLSD 
58Angel RondonSTLBAL 
59Jose QuintanaPITLAD, CIN 
60Josiah GrayWASHOU 
61Humberto CastellanosARIMIA, CHC 
62Patrick CorbinWASNYM, HOU 
63Drew SmylyCHC@ARI 
64Zach ThompsonPITCIN 
65Hunter GreeneCINMIL, @PIT 
66Mitch KellerPITCIN 
67Zach DaviesARICHC 
68Erick FeddeWASHOU 
69Bryse WilsonPITLAD 
70Adrian SampsonCHC@SD 
71German MarquezCOLKC 
72Justin SteeleCHC@ARI 
73Kyle FreelandCOLKC 
74Chase De JongPITLAD 
75Mark AppelPHI@LAD 
76Taijuan WalkerNYM@WAS 
77Robbie ErlinLAD@PIT 
78Joan AdonWASNYM 
79Vladimir GutierrezCINMIL 
80Aaron SanchezWASNYM 

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