Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Kluber Climbing Back

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Kluber Climbing Back

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

It's an interesting week for double-dips as there are several middle-of-the-road starters in tough spots, dropping their rank. The baseline for some homer-prone hurlers was adjusted, as discussed in this week's Z Files.

As usual, there are several spots in flux, with some quality arms potentially returning. To that end, I'm happy to announce from here on out, we'll be updating the rankings Sunday evenings, after each team has firmed up their plans for the upcoming week.

UPDATED: Monday June 19 12:05 AM ET

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1Corey KluberCLEat BAL, vs. MINERA will drop, fanned 28 with just 4 walks in last 19 innings
2Michael PinedaNYYvs. LAA, vs. TEXHomers remain a concern
3Chris SaleBOSat KCCould pick up Sunday start, bumping him to second spot
4Dylan BundyBALvs. CLE, at TB 
5Jake OdorizziTBvs. CIN, vs. BALHelped by a pair in The Trop
6Chris ArcherTBvs. BAL 
7Ervin SantanaMINvs. CWS, at CLERegression slowly kicking in, still a very good pitcher
8Carlos CarrascoCLEat BAL 
9Marco EstradaTORat TEX, at KC 
10Michael FulmerDETat SDDealing with shoulder inflammation
11Lance McCullersHOUat SEA 
12Justin VerlanderDETat SEA 
13Aaron SanchezTORat SD 
14James PaxtonSEAvs. DETRoughed up last time, tough draw for a rebound

It's an interesting week for double-dips as there are several middle-of-the-road starters in tough spots, dropping their rank. The baseline for some homer-prone hurlers was adjusted, as discussed in this week's Z Files.

As usual, there are several spots in flux, with some quality arms potentially returning. To that end, I'm happy to announce from here on out, we'll be updating the rankings Sunday evenings, after each team has firmed up their plans for the upcoming week.

UPDATED: Monday June 19 12:05 AM ET

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1Corey KluberCLEat BAL, vs. MINERA will drop, fanned 28 with just 4 walks in last 19 innings
2Michael PinedaNYYvs. LAA, vs. TEXHomers remain a concern
3Chris SaleBOSat KCCould pick up Sunday start, bumping him to second spot
4Dylan BundyBALvs. CLE, at TB 
5Jake OdorizziTBvs. CIN, vs. BALHelped by a pair in The Trop
6Chris ArcherTBvs. BAL 
7Ervin SantanaMINvs. CWS, at CLERegression slowly kicking in, still a very good pitcher
8Carlos CarrascoCLEat BAL 
9Marco EstradaTORat TEX, at KC 
10Michael FulmerDETat SDDealing with shoulder inflammation
11Lance McCullersHOUat SEA 
12Justin VerlanderDETat SEA 
13Aaron SanchezTORat SD 
14James PaxtonSEAvs. DETRoughed up last time, tough draw for a rebound
15Luis SeverinoNYYvs. LAA 
16Jason VargasKCvs. TOR 
17Jose BerriosMINvs. CWS 
18Yu DarvishTEXat NYY 
19Sonny GrayOAKvs. HOU, at CWSBack to being useful, not the best scenarios
20Mike FiersHOUat OAK 
21Tyson RossTEXvs. TOR 
22Sean ManaeaOAKvs. HOU 
23David PaulinoHOUat OAK 
24Jacob FariaTBvs. BALHome field advantage and no Chris Davis
25Francis MartesHOUat OAK 
26Drew PomeranzBOSat KCRoyals have been pummeling LHP the past month
27Marcus StromanTORat TEX 
28Josh TomlinCLEat BAL, vs. MIN 
29Jason HammelKCvs. BOS, vs. TORNeither offense clicking, but still risky
30Jose QuintanaCWSat MIN 
31David PriceBOSvs. LAA 
32Masahiro TanakaNYYvs. TEX 
33Jordan MontgomeryNYYvs. LAA 
34Alex CobbTBvs. CIN 
35Brad PeacockHOUat OAK, at SEA 
36Felix HernandezSEAvs. HOU 
37Rick PorcelloBOSvs. LAATapping out, finally adjusted for high homers
38Ian KennedyKCvs. BOS 
39Erasmo RamirezTBvs. CIN 
40Luis CessaNYYvs. TEX 
41Ariel MirandaSEAvs. DET 
42Hector VelazquezBOSat KC, vs. LAAMay get skipped for second start
43Jordan ZimmermannDETat SEA 
44Jharel CottonOAKat CWS 
45Trevor BauerCLEvs. MIN 
46Joe MusgroveHOUat SEA 
47James ShieldsCWSvs. OAK 
48Buck FarmerDETat SD 
49Joe BiaginiTORat TEX 
50Francisco LirianoTORat TEX, at KC 
51Daniel NorrisDETat SEA 
52Matt StrahmKCvs. BOS 
53Jake JunisKCvs. TOR 
54Alex MeyerLAAat BOS 
55J.A. HappTORat KC 
56Mike ClevingerCLEat BAL 
57Derek HollandCWSat MIN, vs. OAK 
58Yovani GallardoSEAvs. DET 
59Hisashi IwakumaSEAvs. HOU 
60Daniel GossettOAKvs. HOU, at CWS 
61Sam GaviglioSEAvs. DET 
62Chris TillmanBALvs. CLE, at TB 
63Mike PelfreyCWSvs. OAK 
64Anibal SanchezDETat SEA 
65Nick MartinezTEXvs. TOR, at NYY 
66Martin PerezTEXvs. TOR 
67Ubaldo JimenezBALat TB 
68JC RamirezLAAat BOS 
69Austin Bibens-DirkxTEXvs. TOR, at NYY 
70Jesse HahnOAKvs. HOU 
71Adalberto MejiaMINat CLE 
72Parker BridwellLAAat NYY, at BOS 
73Wade MileyBALvs. CLE 
74Jesse ChavezLAAat NYY 
75Ricky NolascoLAAat NYY 
76Nik TurleyMINvs. CWS 
77Christian BergmanSEAvs. HOU 
78Kevin GausmanBALvs. CLE 
79David HolmbergCWSat MIN 
80Kyle GibsonMINat CLE 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

RankPitcherTEAMOpponent(s)Comments
1Clayton KershawLADvs. NYM, vs. COL 
2Jon LesterCHCvs. SD, at MIAMore inconsistent than usual, but favorable matchups
3Johnny CuetoSFat ATL, vs. NYMOne of many pitchers with bloated a home run rate
4Julio TeheranATLvs. SF, vs. MILNot many LHB to worry about in either opponent
5Max ScherzerWASat MIA 
6Mike LeakeSTLat PHI, vs. PITDraws a pair of bottom-ten offenses versus RHP
7Zack GreinkeARIat COL, vs. PHIHope for minimal damage in Coors
8Carlos MartinezSTLat PHI 
9Stephen StrasburgWASvs. CIN 
10Robbie RayARIvs. PHI 
11Gerrit ColePITat MIL, at STLHR/9 tripled from last two seasons
12Tanner RoarkWASat MIA, vs. CINReasonable matchup in good pitching venues
13Steven MatzNYMat LAD 
14Alex WoodLADvs. NYM 
15Michael WachaSTLat PHI 
16Ivan NovaPITat MIL 
17Aaron NolaPHIvs. STL 
18Jake ArrietaCHCat MIA 
19Mike MontgomeryCHCvs. SD, at MIANice matchups, but not completely stretched out
20Jameson TaillonPITat STL 
21Lance LynnSTLvs. PIT 
22Mike FoltynewiczATLvs. MIL 
23Brandon McCarthyLADvs. NYM, vs. COLThrowing well between DL stints
24John LackeyCHCat MIAWhiffs and walks fine, homers through the roof
25Junior GuerraMILvs. PIT 
26Jeff SamardzijaSFat ATLGlad to be out or Coors Field
27Edinson VolquezMIAvs. WAS, vs. CHCHome park helps, but a couple of dangerous lineups
28Rich HillLADvs. NYMSo much for getting a part-time ace at a discount
29Chad KuhlPITat MIL, at STL 
30Jaime GarciaATLvs. SF 
31Chase AndersonMILvs. PIT 
32Jacob deGromNYMat SFCG last time, but only 6 K and 4 BB
33Kyle FreelandCOLat LAD 
34Joe RossWASvs. CIN 
35R.A. DickeyATLvs. SF, vs. MILOn paper, beatable lineups, but never know with knuckler
36Gio GonzalezWASat MIA 
37Vance WorleyMIAvs. WAS, vs. CHCHome field boost
38Jose UrenaMIAvs. CHC 
39Jeff HoffmanCOLvs. ARICould be wrong, but need to see more success at Coors
40Dan StrailyMIAvs. WAS 
41Trevor WilliamsPITat MIL 
42Seth LugoNYMat SF 
43Amir GarrettCINat TBPark upgrade and Rays struggle vs. southpaws
44Zach DaviesMILvs. PIT, at ATLFirst half disappointment, stop back in skills across the board
45Adam WainwrightSTLvs. PIT 
46Nick PivettaPHIvs. STLImpressive vs. Red Sox last week, keep an eye on him
47Dinelson LametSDvs. DET 
48Tyler ChatwoodCOLat LAD 
49Jeremy HellicksonPHIvs. STL, at ARI 
50Eddie ButlerCHCvs. SD 
51Miguel DiazSDat CHCCubs below average vs. RHP
52Jimmy NelsonMILat ATL 
53Tim AdlemanCINat TB 
54German MarquezCOLvs. ARI, at LAD 
55Patrick CorbinARIvs. PHI 
56Ty BlachSFvs. NYM 
57Scott FeldmanCINat TB, at WAS 
58Bartolo ColonATLvs. SF 
59Hyun-Jin RyuLADvs. COL 
60Zack WheelerNYMat LAD, at SF 
61Jhoulys ChacinSDat CHC 
62Matt MooreSFat ATL, vs. NYM 
63Luis PerdomoSDvs. DET 
64Zack GodleyARIat COL 
65Matt GarzaMILvs. PIT, at ATL 
66Robert GsellmanNYMat LAD 
67Clayton RichardSDat CHC, vs. DET 
68Cody ReedCINat WAS 
69Jeff LockeMIAvs. CHC 
70Jerad EickhoffPHIat ARI 
71Antonio SenzatelaCOLvs. ARI 
72Ben LivelyPHIat ARI 
73Matt CainSFat ATL 
74Taijuan WalkerARIat COL 
75Bronson ArroyoCINat WAS 
76Tyler PillNYMat LAD 

MLB

RANKPITCHERTEAMOPPONENTCOMMENT
1Clayton KershawLADvs. NYM, vs. COL 
2Corey KluberCLEat BAL, vs. MINERA will drop, fanned 28 with just 4 walks in last 19 innings
3Jon LesterCHCvs. SD, at MIAMore inconsistent than usual, but favorable matchups
4Michael PinedaNYYvs. LAA, vs. TEXHomers remain a concern
5Chris SaleBOSat KCCould pick up Sunday start, bumping him to second spot
6Johnny CuetoSFat ATL, vs. NYMOne of many pitchers with bloated a home run rate
7Julio TeheranATLvs. SF, vs. MILNot many LHB to worry about in either opponent
8Max ScherzerWASat MIA 
9Mike LeakeSTLat PHI, vs. PITDraws a pair of bottom-ten offenses versus RHP
10Zack GreinkeARIat COL, vs. PHIHope for minimal damage in Coors
11Carlos MartinezSTLat PHI 
12Dylan BundyBALvs. CLE, at TB 
13Stephen StrasburgWASvs. CIN 
14Jake OdorizziTBvs. CIN, vs. BALHelped by a pair in The Trop
15Chris ArcherTBvs. BAL 
16Robbie RayARIvs. PHI 
17Ervin SantanaMINvs. CWS, at CLERegression slowly kicking in, still a very good pitcher
18Carlos CarrascoCLEat BAL 
19Gerrit ColePITat MIL, at STLHR/9 tripled from last two seasons
20Marco EstradaTORat TEX, at KC 
21Tanner RoarkWASat MIA, vs. CINReasonable matchup in good pitching venues
22Steven MatzNYMat LAD 
23Alex WoodLADvs. NYM 
24Michael WachaSTLat PHI 
25Michael FulmerDETat SDDealing with shoulder inflammation
26Ivan NovaPITat MIL 
27Lance McCullersHOUat SEA 
28Justin VerlanderDETat SEA 
29Aaron SanchezTORat SD 
30James PaxtonSEAvs. DETRoughed up last time, tough draw for a rebound
31Aaron NolaPHIvs. STL 
32Jake ArrietaCHCat MIA 
33Luis SeverinoNYYvs. LAA 
34Jason VargasKCvs. TOR 
35Mike MontgomeryCHCvs. SD, at MIANice matchups, but not completely stretched out
36Jameson TaillonPITat STL 
37Lance LynnSTLvs. PIT 
38Mike FoltynewiczATLvs. MIL 
39Brandon McCarthyLADvs. NYM, vs. COLThrowing well between DL stints
40John LackeyCHCat MIAWhiffs and walks fine, homers through the roof
41Jose BerriosMINvs. CWS 
42Yu DarvishTEXat NYY 
43Junior GuerraMILvs. PIT 
44Jeff SamardzijaSFat ATLGlad to be out or Coors Field
45Edinson VolquezMIAvs. WAS, vs. CHCHome park helps, but a couple of dangerous lineups
46Sonny GrayOAKvs. HOU, at CWSBack to being useful, not the best scenarios
47Mike FiersHOUat OAK 
48Rich HillLADvs. NYMSo much for getting a part-time ace at a discount
49Chad KuhlPITat MIL, at STL 
50Jaime GarciaATLvs. SF 
51Tyson RossTEXvs. TOR 
52Chase AndersonMILvs. PIT 
53Sean ManaeaOAKvs. HOU 
54David PaulinoHOUat OAK 
55Jacob FariaTBvs. BALHome field advantage and no Chris Davis
56Francis MartesHOUat OAK 
57Drew PomeranzBOSat KCRoyals have been pummeling LHP the past month
58Jacob deGromNYMat SFCG last time, but only 6 K and 4 BB
59Kyle FreelandCOLat LAD 
60Joe RossWASvs. CIN 
61Marcus StromanTORat TEX 
62Josh TomlinCLEat BAL, vs. MIN 
63Jason HammelKCvs. BOS, vs. TORNeither offense clicking, but still risky
64Jose QuintanaCWSat MIN 
65David PriceBOSvs. LAA 
66R.A. DickeyATLvs. SF, vs. MILOn paper, beatable lineups, but never know with knuckler
67Gio GonzalezWASat MIA 
68Vance WorleyMIAvs. WAS, vs. CHCHome field boost
69Masahiro TanakaNYYvs. TEX 
70Jose UrenaMIAvs. CHC 
71Jeff HoffmanCOLvs. ARICould be wrong, but need to see more success at Coors
72Dan StrailyMIAvs. WAS 
73Trevor WilliamsPITat MIL 
74Seth LugoNYMat SF 
75Jordan MontgomeryNYYvs. LAA 
76Amir GarrettCINat TBPark upgrade and Rays struggle vs. southpaws
77Alex CobbTBvs. CIN 
78Zach DaviesMILvs. PIT, at ATLFirst half disappointment, stop back in skills across the board
79Brad PeacockHOUat OAK, at SEA 
80Felix HernandezSEAvs. HOU 
81Rick PorcelloBOSvs. LAATapping out, finally adjusted for high homers
82Ian KennedyKCvs. BOS 
83Erasmo RamirezTBvs. CIN 
84Luis CessaNYYvs. TEX 
85Ariel MirandaSEAvs. DET 
86Adam WainwrightSTLvs. PIT 
87Hector VelazquezBOSat KC, vs. LAAMay get skipped for second start
88Nick PivettaPHIvs. STLImpressive vs. Red Sox last week, keep an eye on him
89Dinelson LametSDvs. DET 
90Jordan ZimmermannDETat SEA 
91Tyler ChatwoodCOLat LAD 
92Jeremy HellicksonPHIvs. STL, at ARI 
93Eddie ButlerCHCvs. SD 
94Jharel CottonOAKat CWS 
95Miguel DiazSDat CHCCubs below average vs. RHP
96Jimmy NelsonMILat ATL 
97Tim AdlemanCINat TB 
98Trevor BauerCLEvs. MIN 
99German MarquezCOLvs. ARI, at LAD 
100Joe MusgroveHOUat SEA 
101James ShieldsCWSvs. OAK 
102Buck FarmerDETat SD 
103Joe BiaginiTORat TEX 
104Francisco LirianoTORat TEX, at KC 
105Daniel NorrisDETat SEA 
106Matt StrahmKCvs. BOS 
107Patrick CorbinARIvs. PHI 
108Jake JunisKCvs. TOR 
109Ty BlachSFvs. NYM 
110Alex MeyerLAAat BOS 
111Scott FeldmanCINat TB, at WAS 
112J.A. HappTORat KC 
113Mike ClevingerCLEat BAL 
114Bartolo ColonATLvs. SF 
115Hyun-Jin RyuLADvs. COL 
116Derek HollandCWSat MIN, vs. OAK 
117Yovani GallardoSEAvs. DET 
118Zack WheelerNYMat LAD, at SF 
119Hisashi IwakumaSEAvs. HOU 
120Daniel GossettOAKvs. HOU, at CWS 
121Jhoulys ChacinSDat CHC 
122Matt MooreSFat ATL, vs. NYM 
123Sam GaviglioSEAvs. DET 
124Luis PerdomoSDvs. DET 
125Chris TillmanBALvs. CLE, at TB 
126Zack GodleyARIat COL 
127Matt GarzaMILvs. PIT, at ATL 
128Mike PelfreyCWSvs. OAK 
129Anibal SanchezDETat SEA 
130Robert GsellmanNYMat LAD 
131Clayton RichardSDat CHC, vs. DET 
132Nick MartinezTEXvs. TOR, at NYY 
133Cody ReedCINat WAS 
134Martin PerezTEXvs. TOR 
135Ubaldo JimenezBALat TB 
136Jeff LockeMIAvs. CHC 
137Jerad EickhoffPHIat ARI 
138JC RamirezLAAat BOS 
139Antonio SenzatelaCOLvs. ARI 
140Austin Bibens-DirkxTEXvs. TOR, at NYY 
141Jesse HahnOAKvs. HOU 
142Adalberto MejiaMINat CLE 
143Parker BridwellLAAat NYY, at BOS 
144Ben LivelyPHIat ARI 
145Wade MileyBALvs. CLE 
146Jesse ChavezLAAat NYY 
147Ricky NolascoLAAat NYY 
148Nik TurleyMINvs. CWS 
149Matt CainSFat ATL 
150Taijuan WalkerARIat COL 
151Christian BergmanSEAvs. HOU 
152Bronson ArroyoCINat WAS 
153Kevin GausmanBALvs. CLE 
154David HolmbergCWSat MIN 
155Tyler PillNYMat LAD 
156Kyle GibsonMINat CLE 

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