Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Lester Gets Two at Home

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Lester Gets Two at Home

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

Welcome to Week 2 of the regular season where we already have injury concerns for Rich Hill and Garrett Richards. Several rainouts in Week 1 forced clubs to shuffle their rotations. We'll update the ranks if anything further develops this weekend. Please feel free to hit me up in the comments with a specific question not answered via the weekly rankings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1 Chris Sale BOS at DET, vs TB Looked filthy in debut, on road for a pair
2 Carlos Carrasco CLE vs CWS, vs DET Still not completely stretched out but looked sharp
3 James Paxton SEA vs HOU, vs TEX A sleeper no more
4 Cole Hamels TEX at LAA, at SEA On the road but in favorable venues
5 Justin Verlander DET vs BOS, at CLE Faces two of top lineups in the game
6 J.A. Happ TOR vs MIL, vs BAL 7 IP with only 1 K in opener, but 65 of 89 pitches were strikes
7 Michael Pineda NYY vs TB, vs STL Typical start, 6 K, 0 BB but 4 ER in 3.2 IP
8 Drew Pomeranz BOS vs BAL, vs TB Red Sox could use a lift with David Price out
9 Corey Kluber CLE vs DET
10 Masahiro Tanaka NYY vs TB Facing team that lit him up in opener
11 Yu Darvish TEX at LAA
12 Jharel Cotton OAK at KC, vs HOU One of best change-ups in the league
13 Michael Fulmer
Welcome to Week 2 of the regular season where we already have injury concerns for Rich Hill and Garrett Richards. Several rainouts in Week 1 forced clubs to shuffle their rotations. We'll update the ranks if anything further develops this weekend. Please feel free to hit me up in the comments with a specific question not answered via the weekly rankings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1 Chris Sale BOS at DET, vs TB Looked filthy in debut, on road for a pair
2 Carlos Carrasco CLE vs CWS, vs DET Still not completely stretched out but looked sharp
3 James Paxton SEA vs HOU, vs TEX A sleeper no more
4 Cole Hamels TEX at LAA, at SEA On the road but in favorable venues
5 Justin Verlander DET vs BOS, at CLE Faces two of top lineups in the game
6 J.A. Happ TOR vs MIL, vs BAL 7 IP with only 1 K in opener, but 65 of 89 pitches were strikes
7 Michael Pineda NYY vs TB, vs STL Typical start, 6 K, 0 BB but 4 ER in 3.2 IP
8 Drew Pomeranz BOS vs BAL, vs TB Red Sox could use a lift with David Price out
9 Corey Kluber CLE vs DET
10 Masahiro Tanaka NYY vs TB Facing team that lit him up in opener
11 Yu Darvish TEX at LAA
12 Jharel Cotton OAK at KC, vs HOU One of best change-ups in the league
13 Michael Fulmer DET vs MIN Picking up where he left off last season
14 Marcus Stroman TOR vs MIL
15 Ian Kennedy KC vs OAK, vs LAA
16 Felix Hernandez SEA vs TEX Should be recovered from groin issue, velocity up a tick from last season
17 Danny Salazar CLE vs CWS
18 Danny Duffy KC vs OAK
19 Lance McCullers HOU at OAK Nasty curve doing it's thing
20 Rick Porcello BOS vs TB
21 Hisashi Iwakuma SEA vs TEX
22 Marco Estrada TOR vs BAL
23 Dallas Keuchel HOU at OAK
24 Charlie Morton HOU at SEA, at OAK Couple of great parks to show off new found velocity
25 Hector Santiago MIN at DET, vs CWS
26 Jesse Chavez LAA vs TEX
27 Jordan Zimmermann DET vs MIN
28 Joe Musgrove HOU at SEA Rematch with Mariners, needs to improve control
29 Steven Wright BOS vs BAL
30 Jose Quintana CWS at MIN
31 Dylan Bundy BAL at BOS, at TOR High risk, high reward double dip. Tough parks, tough teams.
32 Ervin Santana MIN vs CWS
33 Josh Tomlin CLE vs CWS
34 Kevin Gausman BAL at TOR
35 Luis Severino NYY vs TB
36 Alex Cobb TB at NYY, at BOS
37 Matt Boyd DET vs MIN, at CLE Disappointing opener, look for a rebound
38 James Shields CWS at CLE, at MIN
39 Tyler Skaggs LAA vs TEX Needs to improve control and keep the ball on the ground
40 Sean Manaea OAK vs HOU
41 Adalberto Mejia MIN vs CWS
42 Trevor Bauer CLE vs DET
43 Chris Archer TB at BOS
44 Francisco Liriano TOR vs BAL
45 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS vs PIT
46 Garrett Richards LAA at KC Tentative, on 10-day DL with biceps irritation
47 Matt Shoemaker LAA at KC
48 Chad Green NYY vs STL
49 Andrew Triggs OAK at KC Such a different guy in PNC Park
50 Ricky Nolasco LAA vs TEX
51 Mike Fiers HOU at SEA Electric stuff but still raw
52 Jason Hammel KC vs OAK
53 Blake Snell TB at NYY Couple of great parks to show off new found velocity
54 Anibal Sanchez DET vs BAL
55 Kendall Graveman OAK vs HOU
56 CC Sabathia NYY vs STL
57 Nathan Karns KC vs LAA
58 Jake Odorizzi TB at BOS
59 Yovani Gallardo SEA vs HOU
60 Matt Andriese TB at NYY
61 Yusmeiro Petit LAA at KC
62 Martin Perez TEX at SEA
63 Ariel Miranda SEA vs HOU
64 Phil Hughes MIN at DET
65 A.J. Griffin TEX at LAA
66 Dylan Covey CWS at MIN
67 Kyle Gibson MIN at DET
68 Jason Vargas KC vs LAA
69 Wade Miley BAL at TOR
70 Dillon Gee TEX at SEA
71 Daniel Norris DET at CLE
72 Miguel Gonzalez CWS at CLE
73 Raul Alcantara OAK at KC
73 Jayson Aquino BAL at TOR
74 Ubaldo Jimenez BAL at BOS
74 Derek Holland CWS at CLE


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Rank Pitcher TEAM Opponent(s) Comments
1 Jon Lester CHC vs LAD, vs PIT Historically, Wrigley favors pitching at home in April
2 Jacob deGrom NYM at PHI, at MIA Off to a great start, just needs to stay healthy
3 Tanner Roark WAS vs STL, vs PHI Epitome of solid
4 Jeff Samardzija SF vs ARI, vs COL Huge home park boost
5 Matt Moore SF vs ARI, vs COL Pitching at AT&T is a wonderful thing
6 Jameson Taillon PIT vs CIN, at CHC Poised to take the next step
7 Clayton Kershaw LAD at CHC No surprise, top ranked one-start arm
8 Madison Bumgarner SF vs COL Being No. 2 to Kershaw nothing to be ashamed about
9 Max Scherzer WAS vs STL No sign of knuckle issue
10 Rich Hill LAD vs ARI Tentantive, on DL with blister
11 Matt Harvey NYM at PHI, at MIA Velocity back but still not of the woods yet
12 Jake Arrieta CHC vs PIT Promising first start, 6 IP, 6 K, 2BB
13 Johnny Cueto SF vs COL So steady, so good
14 Jerad Eickhoff PHI vs NYM, at WAS Better than innings eater but not an ace
15 Noah Syndergaard NYM at MIA
16 Stephen Strasburg WAS vs PHI
17 Dan Straily MIA vs ATL, vs NYM Good chance to see if Marlins Park helps Straily
18 Julio Teheran ATL vs SD Unfairly punished from last season's low win total
19 Brandon Finnegan CIN at PIT, vs MIL If Finnegan can keep the walks down, look out
20 Tyler Chatwood COL vs SD, at SF
21 Kenta Maeda LAD vs ARI
22 John Lackey CHC vs LAD
23 Taijuan Walker ARI at SF, at LAD Rare case where road starts are better than home starts
24 Gio Gonzalez WAS vs STL, vs PHI
25 Kyle Hendricks CHC vs PIT
26 Carlos Martinez STL at NYY Good enough to challenge for the NL Cy Young
27 Tyler Glasnow PIT vs CIN, at CHC
28 Ivan Nova PIT vs CIN Such a different guy in PNC Park
29 Vince Velasquez PHI vs NYM Electric stuff but still raw
30 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD vs ARI
31 R.A. Dickey ATL vs SD
32 Wei-Yin Chen MIA vs NYM
33 Mike Foltynewicz ATL vs SD Rough start to season but better days lie ahead
34 Antonio Senzatela COL vs SD, at SF Impressive debut, worth starting even with one on Coors
35 Adam Wainwright STL at WAS, at NYY Not as optimistic as some the old Waino returns
36 Clay Buchholz PHI vs NYM
37 Rookie Davis CIN at PIT, vs MIL Allowed two HR to Nava in opener, all it rookie jitters
38 Zack Greinke ARI at LAD
39 Gerrit Cole PIT at CHC
40 Robert Gsellman NYM at MIA
41 Trevor Cahill SD at COL, at ATL
42 Wily Peralta MIL at TOR, at CIN
43 Jon Gray COL at SF
44 Zach Davies MIL at CIN
45 Jaime Garcia ATL at MIA
46 Michael Wacha STL at NYY
47 Tyler Anderson COL at SF
48 Edinson Volquez MIA vs NYM
49 Bartolo Colon ATL at MIA
50 Tom Koehler MIA vs ATL
51 Lance Lynn STL at WAS
52 Robbie Ray ARI at SF
53 Zack Wheeler NYM at PHI
54 Tommy Milone MIL at CIN
55 Bronson Arroyo CIN vs MIL
56 Scott Feldman CIN vs MIL
57 Adam Conley MIA vs NYM
58 Jimmy Nelson MIL at CIN
59 Patrick Corbin ARI at LAD
60 Alex Wood LAD at CHC
61 Aaron Nola PHI at WAS
62 Shelby Miller ARI at SF
63 Jeremy Hellickson PHI at WAS
64 Clayton Richard SD at ATL
65 Matt Cain SF vs ARI
66 Brandon McCarthy LAD at CHC
67 Kyle Freeland COL vs SD
68 Chad Kuhl PIT at BOS
69 Luis Perdomo SD at COL
70 Jhoulys Chacin SD at ATL
71 Amir Garrett CIN at PIT
72 Mike Leake STL at WAS
73 Brett Anderson CHC vs LAD
74 Chase Anderson MIL at TOR
75 Jered Weaver SD at COL

MLB

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1 Jon Lester CHC vs LAD, vs PIT Historically, Wrigley favors pitching at home in April
2 Chris Sale BOS at DET, vs TB Looked filthy in debut, on road for a pair
3 Carlos Carrasco CLE vs CWS, vs DET Still not completely stretched out but looked sharp
4 Jacob deGrom NYM at PHI, at MIA Off to a great start, just needs to stay healthy
5 Tanner Roark WAS vs STL, vs PHI Epitome of solid
6 Jeff Samardzija SF vs ARI, vs COL Huge home park boost
7 James Paxton SEA vs HOU, vs TEX A sleeper no more
8 Cole Hamels TEX at LAA, at SEA On the road but in favorable venues
9 Justin Verlander DET vs BOS, at CLE Faces two of top lineups in the game
10 J.A. Happ TOR vs MIL, vs BAL 7 IP with only 1 K in opener, but 65 of 89 pitches were strikes
11 Matt Moore SF vs ARI, vs COL Pitching at AT&T is a wonderful thing
12 Jameson Taillon PIT vs CIN, at CHC Poised to take the next step
13 Clayton Kershaw LAD at CHC No surprise, top ranked one-start arm
14 Madison Bumgarner SF vs COL Being No. 2 to Kershaw nothing to be ashamed about
15 Michael Pineda NYY vs TB, vs STL Typical start, 6 K, 0 BB but 4 ER in 3.2 IP
16 Max Scherzer WAS vs STL No sign of knuckle issue
17 Rich Hill LAD vs ARI Tentantive, on DL with blister
18 Matt Harvey NYM at PHI, at MIA Velocity back but still not of the woods yet
19 Drew Pomeranz BOS vs BAL, vs TB Red Sox could use a lift with David Price out
20 Jake Arrieta CHC vs PIT Promising first start, 6 IP, 6 K, 2BB
21 Johnny Cueto SF vs COL So steady, so good
22 Jerad Eickhoff PHI vs NYM, at WAS Better than innings eater but not an ace
23 Corey Kluber CLE vs DET
24 Noah Syndergaard NYM at MIA
25 Stephen Strasburg WAS vs PHI
26 Dan Straily MIA vs ATL, vs NYM Good chance to see if Marlins Park helps Straily
27 Julio Teheran ATL vs SD Unfairly punished from last season's low win total
28 Masahiro Tanaka NYY vs TB Facing team that lit him up in opener
29 Yu Darvish TEX at LAA
30 Brandon Finnegan CIN at PIT, vs MIL If Finnegan can keep the walks down, look out
31 Jharel Cotton OAK at KC, vs HOU One of best change-ups in the league
32 Michael Fulmer DET vs MIN Picking up where he left off last season
33 Marcus Stroman TOR vs MIL
34 Tyler Chatwood COL vs SD, at SF
35 Kenta Maeda LAD vs ARI
36 John Lackey CHC vs LAD
37 Ian Kennedy KC vs OAK, vs LAA
38 Felix Hernandez SEA vs TEX Should be recovered from groin issue, velocity up a tick from last season
39 Taijuan Walker ARI at SF, at LAD Rare case where road starts are better than home starts
40 Danny Salazar CLE vs CWS
41 Danny Duffy KC vs OAK
42 Gio Gonzalez WAS vs STL, vs PHI
43 Kyle Hendricks CHC vs PIT
44 Carlos Martinez STL at NYY Good enough to challenge for the NL Cy Young
45 Lance McCullers HOU at OAK Nasty curve doing it's thing
46 Rick Porcello BOS vs TB
47 Hisashi Iwakuma SEA vs TEX
48 Tyler Glasnow PIT vs CIN, at CHC
49 Ivan Nova PIT vs CIN Such a different guy in PNC Park
50 Marco Estrada TOR vs BAL
51 Vince Velasquez PHI vs NYM Electric stuff but still raw
52 Dallas Keuchel HOU at OAK
53 Charlie Morton HOU at SEA, at OAK Couple of great parks to show off new found velocity
54 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD vs ARI
55 Hector Santiago MIN at DET, vs CWS
56 R.A. Dickey ATL vs SD
57 Wei-Yin Chen MIA vs NYM
58 Mike Foltynewicz ATL vs SD Rough start to season but better days lie ahead
59 Jesse Chavez LAA vs TEX
60 Antonio Senzatela COL vs SD, at SF Impressive debut, worth starting even with one on Coors
61 Adam Wainwright STL at WAS, at NYY Not as optimistic as some the old Waino returns
62 Jordan Zimmermann DET vs MIN
63 Joe Musgrove HOU at SEA Rematch with Mariners, needs to improve control
64 Steven Wright BOS vs BAL
65 Clay Buchholz PHI vs NYM
66 Jose Quintana CWS at MIN
67 Rookie Davis CIN at PIT, vs MIL Allowed two HR to Nava in opener, all it rookie jitters
68 Dylan Bundy BAL at BOS, at TOR High risk, high reward double dip. Tough parks, tough teams.
69 Ervin Santana MIN vs CWS
70 Josh Tomlin CLE vs CWS
71 Zack Greinke ARI at LAD
72 Kevin Gausman BAL at TOR
73 Luis Severino NYY vs TB
74 Gerrit Cole PIT at CHC
75 Alex Cobb TB at NYY, at BOS
76 Matt Boyd DET vs MIN, at CLE Disappointing opener, look for a rebound
77 Robert Gsellman NYM at MIA
78 James Shields CWS at CLE, at MIN
79 Tyler Skaggs LAA vs TEX Needs to improve control and keep the ball on the ground
80 Sean Manaea OAK vs HOU
81 Trevor Cahill SD at COL, at ATL
82 Wily Peralta MIL at TOR, at CIN
83 Adalberto Mejia MIN vs CWS
84 Jon Gray COL at SF
85 Trevor Bauer CLE vs DET
86 Zach Davies MIL at CIN
87 Jaime Garcia ATL at MIA
88 Michael Wacha STL at NYY
89 Chris Archer TB at BOS
90 Francisco Liriano TOR vs BAL
91 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS vs PIT
92 Garrett Richards LAA at KC Tentative, on 10-day DL with biceps irritation
93 Tyler Anderson COL at SF
94 Edinson Volquez MIA vs NYM
95 Bartolo Colon ATL at MIA
96 Matt Shoemaker LAA at KC
97 Chad Green NYY vs STL
98 Andrew Triggs OAK at KC
99 Ricky Nolasco LAA vs TEX
100 Mike Fiers HOU at SEA
101 Jason Hammel KC vs OAK
102 Blake Snell TB at NYY
103 Tom Koehler MIA vs ATL
104 Lance Lynn STL at WAS
105 Anibal Sanchez DET vs BAL
106 Robbie Ray ARI at SF
107 Zack Wheeler NYM at PHI
108 Tommy Milone MIL at CIN
109 Bronson Arroyo CIN vs MIL
110 Scott Feldman CIN vs MIL
111 Kendall Graveman OAK vs HOU
112 Adam Conley MIA vs NYM
113 CC Sabathia NYY vs STL
114 Jimmy Nelson MIL at CIN
115 Patrick Corbin ARI at LAD
116 Nathan Karns KC vs LAA
117 Jake Odorizzi TB at BOS
118 Yovani Gallardo SEA vs HOU
119 Matt Andriese TB at NYY
120 Alex Wood LAD at CHC
121 Yusmeiro Petit LAA at KC
122 Aaron Nola PHI at WAS
123 Shelby Miller ARI at SF
124 Jeremy Hellickson PHI at WAS
125 Martin Perez TEX at SEA
126 Ariel Miranda SEA vs HOU
127 Phil Hughes MIN at DET
128 Clayton Richard SD at ATL
129 A.J. Griffin TEX at LAA
130 Dylan Covey CWS at MIN
131 Kyle Gibson MIN at DET
132 Matt Cain SF vs ARI
133 Brandon McCarthy LAD at CHC
134 Jason Vargas KC vs LAA
135 Kyle Freeland COL vs SD
136 Chad Kuhl PIT at BOS
137 Luis Perdomo SD at COL
138 Jhoulys Chacin SD at ATL
139 Amir Garrett CIN at PIT
140 Mike Leake STL at WAS
141 Wade Miley BAL at TOR
142 Brett Anderson CHC vs LAD
143 Dillon Gee TEX at SEA
144 Chase Anderson MIL at TOR
145 Daniel Norris DET at CLE
146 Miguel Gonzalez CWS at CLE
147 Raul Alcantara OAK at KC
148 Jayson Aquino BAL at TOR
149 Ubaldo Jimenez BAL at BOS
150 Derek Holland CWS at CLE
151 Jered Weaver SD at COL

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