Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Harvey Invisible in Late Innings

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Harvey Invisible in Late Innings

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

As always, remember that rotations are subject to change, so if you see something that looks incorrect, assume that it was a change that occurred since this was written and feel free to politely bring it up in the comments, and I'll let you know where the new arm slots.

For the week April 20-26

AMERICAN LEAGUE

START

1. David Price - NYY
Note: He is dialed in
2. Corey Kluber - at CWS
Note: Cy Young winner is proving '14 was no fluke; snakebitten at 0-1 in 3 starts
3. Felix Hernandez - MIN
4. Chris Sale - KC
5. Chris Archer - BOS, TOR
Note: This could be his big breakout effort if he can avoid implosion starts (5-plus ER); had five last year, accounting for 42 percent of ER
6. Carlos Carrasco - at CWS, at DET
Note: Thankfully all right after scary comebacker
7. Michael Pineda - NYM
8. Anibal Sanchez - NYY
Note: Actually brilliant in PIT outside of the three HR; rare that all three of your mistakes will go for bombs
9. Collin McHugh - at SEA
Note: Knew he was holding out on us with Ks in season debut (4) after dropping 11 on OAK; 34 in 31 IP vs. SEA last year
10. Jeff Samardzija - CLE
11. Scott Kazmir - at LAA, HOU
Note: Wasn't really a bad second half last year so much as bad finish: 7.13 ERA in 35.3 IP in final 7 starts
12. Matt Shoemaker -
As always, remember that rotations are subject to change, so if you see something that looks incorrect, assume that it was a change that occurred since this was written and feel free to politely bring it up in the comments, and I'll let you know where the new arm slots.

For the week April 20-26

AMERICAN LEAGUE

START

1. David Price - NYY
Note: He is dialed in
2. Corey Kluber - at CWS
Note: Cy Young winner is proving '14 was no fluke; snakebitten at 0-1 in 3 starts
3. Felix Hernandez - MIN
4. Chris Sale - KC
5. Chris Archer - BOS, TOR
Note: This could be his big breakout effort if he can avoid implosion starts (5-plus ER); had five last year, accounting for 42 percent of ER
6. Carlos Carrasco - at CWS, at DET
Note: Thankfully all right after scary comebacker
7. Michael Pineda - NYM
8. Anibal Sanchez - NYY
Note: Actually brilliant in PIT outside of the three HR; rare that all three of your mistakes will go for bombs
9. Collin McHugh - at SEA
Note: Knew he was holding out on us with Ks in season debut (4) after dropping 11 on OAK; 34 in 31 IP vs. SEA last year
10. Jeff Samardzija - CLE
11. Scott Kazmir - at LAA, HOU
Note: Wasn't really a bad second half last year so much as bad finish: 7.13 ERA in 35.3 IP in final 7 starts
12. Matt Shoemaker - OAK, TEX
13. Shane Greene - CLE
Note: Still big strikeout rate upside here (12 percent SwStr rate; 10th in AL)
14. Dallas Keuchel - at OAK
15. Garrett Richards - TEX
Note: Debuting Sunday against Houston
16. Yordano Ventura - at CWS
17. Phil Hughes - at SEA
Note: Started '14 with three 5-IP/3-ER outings; good venue to ge HR rate in check
18. Drew Pomeranz - at LAA, HOU
19. Sonny Gray - at LAA
20. Trevor Bauer - at CWS
Note: A team will punish him for walks sooner than later, but Ks are too good pass up
21. Hisashi Iwakuma - HOU
Note: If no improvement with this start, then real panic sets in
22. James Paxton - MIN
23. Jake Odorizzi - TOR
Note: Impressed with two ways he's won his games; on the rise (43rd in AL last wk)
24. R.A. Dickey - at TB
25. Nathan Eovaldi - at DET, NYM
Note: We're seeing flashes, but still struggling to have results match the stuff
26. Wade Miley - at TB, at BAL
27. Jason Vargas - MIN, at CWS
Note: Expect him to exact some revenge on MIN after 10-hit barrage last week
28. Miguel Gonzalez - at BOS, BOS
29. Hector Santiago - OAK, TEX
Note: Always has a good run or two in him; maybe this is his first of '15
30. Edinson Volquez - MIN, at CWS
31. Kendall Graveman - at LAA, HOU
Note: Bounced back a bit at HOU, but 4 BB was odd for his profile
32. Alfredo Simon - NYY, CLE
33. Rick Porcello - at BAL
34. Jesse Hahn - at LAA
Note: We haven't seen Ks, but a lot still going right for him
35. Masahiro Tanaka - at DET
Note: Jeez, he's opening with TOR, BOS and DET
36. Drew Hutchison - BAL
Note: Hasn't suffered same lefty issue of '14 with .510 OPS and 8:1 K:BB; 1.750 OPS vs. RHB
37. Jered Weaver - OAK
38. Wei-Yin Chen - BOS
39. J.A. Happ - HOU
40. Jose Quintana - KC
Note: KC buzzsaw already ripped through Q once and has always done well against him (4.66 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)
41. Joe Kelly - at TB
Note: Has the stuff to be legit
42. Danny Duffy - at CWS
43. Yovani Gallardo - at ARI
44. Taijuan Walker - HOU
Note: Really has to show something here
45. Kyle Lobstein - NYY, CLE
Note: Could steal 2 Ws even with a 12 IP, 6 ER

SIT

46. CC Sabathia - at DET, NYM
Note: K:BB ratio continues to entice, but maybe he's in the zone too often
47. Clay Buchholz - at TB
Note: Shown good and bad of what he offers; feeling lucky?
48. Chris Tillman - at TOR
Note: Biggest issue (HR) shines through in Rogers Centre -- 13 in 48 IP (2.4 HR/9)
49. Ubaldo Jimenez - at TOR
50. Danny Salazar - at DET
Note: Here to stay, but I'm still not starting in this matchup
51. Daniel Norris - at TB
Note: Young lefty still figuring it out makes him a fantasy time-bomb; he'll have some gems soon, but who knows when
52. Mark Buehrle - BAL, at TB
53. Adam Warren - at DET
54. C.J. Wilson - OAK
55. Bud Norris - at TOR, BOS
Note: Not this bad, but not as good as '14, either
56. Justin Masterson - BAL, at BAL
Note: BAL owns Masterson (5.33 career ERA; 10.20 ERA last 2 years)
57. Aaron Sanchez - BAL
58. Nate Karns - BOS
59. Trevor May - at SEA
60. Matt Andriese - TOR
61. T.J. House - at DET
62. Kyle Gibson - at KC, at SEA
Note: Let's see a little something before getting back on board
63. Tommy Milone - at KC
64. John Danks - CLE, KC
65. Hector Noesi - CLE, KC
66. Scott Feldman - at OAK
67. Nick Martinez - at ARI
Note: Take this as me not believing in his 0.00 ERA thru 14 IP
68. Ross Detwiler - at LAA
69. Jeremy Guthrie - MIN
70. Roberto Hernandez - at SEA
71. Mike Pelfrey - at KC
72. Colby Lewis - at LAA
73. Asher Wojciechowski - at SEA, at OAK
74. Texas Fifth Starter - at LAA

NATIONAL LEAGUE

START

1. Max Scherzer - at ATL
Note: Best thing going in NL right now
2. Clayton Kershaw - at SF
Note: Kershaw didn't allow 2 HR in a start until Aug. 16 last year (that was the only time)
3. Matt Harvey - at NYY
Note: Only thing holding him back is he's been stuck on 6 IP so far
4. Jake Arrieta - at PIT, at CIN
Note: Would be even higher if both weren't on the road
5. Johnny Cueto - at MIL
6. Zack Greinke - at SF
7. Lance Lynn - at WAS, at MIL
Note: WAS lineup is coming together and making team dangerous
8. Gio Gonzalez - STL, at MIA
9. Gerrit Cole - at ARI
Note: Stood up nicely to DET with 8 Ks, 3 hits allowed in 6 IP
10. Alex Wood - at PHI
11. Michael Wacha - at WAS
Note: We haven't seen Ks yet, but everything else looks great
12. Julio Teheran - at NYM
Note: It's a year where you don't lose your mind when your stud gets blasted in TOR
13. Stephen Strasburg - at MIA
Note: Remember when MIA jumped these two studs in April last year? I think they avoid that this time
14. Jordan Zimmermann - at MIA
15. Jacob deGrom - at NYY
16. A.J. Burnett - CHC, at ARI
Note: Looking a lot like the 2012-13 version of himself
17. Cole Hamels - MIA
Note: What's with the homers, Cole?
18. Madison Bumgarner - LAD
Note: Missing spots with the slider regularly (.826 OPS; .699 last year)
19. Francisco Liriano - CHC, at ARI
20. Anthony DeSclafani - at MIL, CHC
21. Brett Anderson - at SF, at SD
Note: Hard to get better 2-start road slate, even with SD's improved O
22. Adam Wainwright - at MIL
23. Bartolo Colon - ATL
Note: This guys is ridic
24. Shelby Miller - at PHI
25. John Lackey - at WAS
26. Andrew Cashner - LAD
Note: Just pitch around Adrian Gonzalez this time!
27. Homer Bailey - at MIL
28. Jason Hammel - at PIT
29. Jon Lester - at CIN
Note: Imagine the jumps Billy Hamilton will get; should bunt his way on, too
30. Mike Fiers - CIN, STL
Note: See if 5.91 ERA is scaring off leaguemate and buy now
31. Jon Niese - ATL, at NYY
32. Brandon Morrow - at COL, LAD
Note: These three Padres have skills to succeed in Coors, but lowered because of risk
33. James Shields - at COL
34. Tyson Ross - at COL
35. Brandon McCarthy - at SD
Note: Maybe can keep ball in yard in this park (6 HR in 12 IP)
36. Archie Bradley - TEX
Note: Rookie has stood tall against Kershaw and Bumgarner to start career
37. Ian Kennedy - LAD
38. Doug Fister - STL
Note: OK, we accept fewer Ks, but not a 9 percent rate
39. Wily Peralta - CIN, STL
40. Dillon Gee - ATL
Note: 5 ER vs. ATL in his opener surprised; allowed 3 ER in 13 IP vs. ATL last year
41. Jimmy Nelson - CIN
42. Carlos Martinez - at MIL
43. Aaron Harang - ATL
44. Dan Haren - at PHI, WAS
Note: Bland, but pretty useful on a regular basis
45. Travis Wood - at PIT, at CIN
Note: 4.2-IP/3-ER opener then 7-IP/0-ER follow-up; expect more in the middle: 6 IP/2-3 ER
46. Chase Anderson - TEX
Note: Still getting Ks, but a little too hittable
47. Vance Worley - CHC
Note: Solid bounce back after rough debut
48. Mat Latos - WAS
Note: Rain delay slowed him in start two, but much better than that opening disaster
49. Kyle Lohse - CIN
50. Jorge De La Rosa - SD, SF
Note: 3.08 ERA in Coors the last two seasons
51. Tom Koehler - WAS
52. Jarred Cosart - at PHI
Note: Doesn't look like he'll ever be even an average strikeout guy
53. Mike Leake - CHC
54. Josh Collmenter - PIT
Note: If you have him, have to start him; trying to spot him usually ends in disaster
55. Matt Garza - STL

SIT

56. Odrisamer Despaigne - at COL
Note: Could get a 2-start effort if Kennedy doesn't return as planned
57. Jeff Locke - CHC
58. Jake Peavy - LAD
59. Trevor Cahill - at NYM, at PHI
60. Chris Heston - at COL
61. Tim Hudson - at COL
62. Josh Collmenter - PIT
63. Rubby De La Rosa - PIT
64. Jeremy Hellickson - PIT
65. David Buchanan - ATL
66. Kyle Hendricks - at PIT
67. Tim Lincecum - LAD, at COL
68. David Phelps - at PHI
69. TBD Dodgers Fifth Starter - at SD
70. Jerome Williams - MIA, ATL
71. Sean O'Sullivan - MIA
72. Eric Stults - at NYM
73. Tyler Matzek - SD, SF
74. Eddie Butler - SF
75. Jordan Lyles - SD
76. Kyle Kendrick - SD
77. Jason Marquis - at MIL, CHC

MLB TOP 100

1. Max Scherzer - at ATL
2. Clayton Kershaw - at SF
3. David Price - NYY
4. Corey Kluber - at CWS
5. Matt Harvey - at NYY
6. Jake Arrieta - at PIT, at CIN
7. Felix Hernandez - MIN
8. Chris Sale - KC
9. Chris Archer - BOS, TOR
10. Carlos Carrasco - at CWS, at DET
11. Johnny Cueto - at MIL
12. Zack Greinke - at SF
13. Lance Lynn - at WAS, at MIL
14. Gio Gonzalez - STL, at MIA
15. Gerrit Cole - at ARI
16. Alex Wood - at PHI
17. Michael Wacha - at WAS
18. Michael Pineda - NYM
19. Anibal Sanchez - NYY
20. Collin McHugh - at SEA
21. Julio Teheran - at NYM
22. Stephen Strasburg - at MIA
23. Jordan Zimmermann - at MIA
24. Jacob deGrom - at NYY
25. A.J. Burnett - CHC, at ARI
26. Cole Hamels - MIA
27. Madison Bumgarner - LAD
28. Jeff Samardzija - CLE
29. Scott Kazmir - at LAA, HOU
30. Matt Shoemaker - OAK, TEX
31. Francisco Liriano - CHC, at ARI
32. Anthony DeSclafani - at MIL, CHC
33. Brett Anderson - at SF, at SD
34. Adam Wainwright - at MIL
35. Shane Greene - CLE
36. Dallas Keuchel - at OAK
37. Garrett Richards - TEX
38. Yordano Ventura - at CWS
39. Phil Hughes - at SEA
40. Drew Pomeranz - at LAA, HOU
41. Sonny Gray - at LAA
42. Bartolo Colon - ATL
43. Trevor Bauer - at CWS
44. Shelby Miller - at PHI
45. John Lackey - at WAS
46. Andrew Cashner - LAD
47. Hisashi Iwakuma - HOU
48. James Paxton - MIN
49. Jake Odorizzi - TOR
50. R.A. Dickey - at TB
51. Homer Bailey - at MIL
52. Jason Hammel - at PIT
53. Jon Lester - at CIN
54. Mike Fiers - CIN, STL
55. Jon Niese - ATL, at NYY
56. Nathan Eovaldi - at DET, NYM
57. Wade Miley - at TB, at BAL
58. Jason Vargas - MIN, at CWS
59. Miguel Gonzalez - at BOS, BOS
60. Brandon Morrow - at COL, LAD
61. James Shields - at COL
62. Tyson Ross - at COL
63. Brandon McCarthy - at SD
64. Archie Bradley - TEX
65. Ian Kennedy - LAD
66. Doug Fister - STL
67. Wily Peralta - CIN, STL
68. Dillon Gee - ATL
69. Jimmy Nelson - CIN
70. Carlos Martinez - at MIL
71. Aaron Harang - ATL
72. Dan Haren - at PHI, WAS
73. Hector Santiago - OAK, TEX
74. Edinson Volquez - MIN, at CWS
75. Kendall Graveman - at LAA, HOU
76. Alfredo Simon - NYY, CLE
77. Rick Porcello - at BAL
78. Jesse Hahn - at LAA
79. Masahiro Tanaka - at DET
80. Drew Hutchison - BAL
81. Jered Weaver - OAK
82. Wei-Yin Chen - BOS
83. J.A. Happ - HOU
84. Chase Anderson - TEX
85. Vance Worley - CHC
86. Jose Quintana - KC
87. Kyle Lohse - CIN
88. Mat Latos - WAS
89. Travis Wood - at PIT, at CIN
90. Jorge De La Rosa - SD, SF
91. Joe Kelly - at TB
92. Danny Duffy - at CWS
93. Yovani Gallardo - at ARI
94. Taijuan Walker - HOU
95. Kyle Lobstein - NYY, CLE
96. Tom Koehler - WAS
97. Jarred Cosart - at PHI
98. Mike Leake - CHC
99. Josh Collmenter - PIT
100. Matt Garza - STL
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