Weekly Pitcher Rankings: MadBum's Back

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: MadBum's Back

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

Especially with Madison Bumgarner losing his second start, this is relatively weak week for two-start pitchers. However, someone has to pick up the double dips, so there are some intriguing options to pick up or elevate from your reserves. Keep in mind ranks are driven by either ratios or wins and strikeouts, so when making lineup decisions, be sure to consider category needs.

UPDATED: Sunday August 13 10:45 PM ET

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1Chris SaleBOSvs. NYY
2Corey KluberCLEat KC
3Carlos CarrascoCLEat MINBounced back nicely last time after a couple of rough starts
4Danny SalazarCLEat MIN, at KC1.42 ERA, .95 WHIP, 36 K in 25.1 IP in 4 games since rejoining rotation
5Luis SeverinoNYYat NYM
6Chris ArcherTBvs. SEA
7Sonny GrayNYYvs. NYM, at BOSLow homers masking too many walks
8Marco EstradaTORvs. TB, at CHC
9Kevin GausmanBALat SEA, vs. LAAHiccup last time versus Halos, but pitching well after the break
10Marcus StromanTORvs. TB
11Danny DuffyKCat OAKIn a rut but good matchup
12Drew PomeranzBOSvs. NYYControl lapses continue to haunt, elevating pitch count
13Charlie MortonHOUvs. ARI
14Dallas KeuchelHOUvs. OAK10.05 ERA, 2.58 WHIP last three games, facing right opponent to rebound
15Collin McHughHOUat ARI, vs. OAKStill shaking off rust

Especially with Madison Bumgarner losing his second start, this is relatively weak week for two-start pitchers. However, someone has to pick up the double dips, so there are some intriguing options to pick up or elevate from your reserves. Keep in mind ranks are driven by either ratios or wins and strikeouts, so when making lineup decisions, be sure to consider category needs.

UPDATED: Sunday August 13 10:45 PM ET

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1Chris SaleBOSvs. NYY
2Corey KluberCLEat KC
3Carlos CarrascoCLEat MINBounced back nicely last time after a couple of rough starts
4Danny SalazarCLEat MIN, at KC1.42 ERA, .95 WHIP, 36 K in 25.1 IP in 4 games since rejoining rotation
5Luis SeverinoNYYat NYM
6Chris ArcherTBvs. SEA
7Sonny GrayNYYvs. NYM, at BOSLow homers masking too many walks
8Marco EstradaTORvs. TB, at CHC
9Kevin GausmanBALat SEA, vs. LAAHiccup last time versus Halos, but pitching well after the break
10Marcus StromanTORvs. TB
11Danny DuffyKCat OAKIn a rut but good matchup
12Drew PomeranzBOSvs. NYYControl lapses continue to haunt, elevating pitch count
13Charlie MortonHOUvs. ARI
14Dallas KeuchelHOUvs. OAK10.05 ERA, 2.58 WHIP last three games, facing right opponent to rebound
15Collin McHughHOUat ARI, vs. OAKStill shaking off rust
16Brad PeacockHOUat ARI, vs. OAK
17Justin VerlanderDETat TEX1.91 ERA, 1.02 WHIP last month with 50 K in 47 IP
18Michael FulmerDETat TEX, vs. LADOn target to come off DL for Monday's start
19Ervin SantanaMINvs. ARIStrikeouts up, walks down but homers up, hence ERA is up recently
20Jason HammelKCat OAK
21Jacob FariaTBat TOR
22Luis CessaNYYvs. NYM, at BOSReplacing Sabathia
23Jake OdorizziTBat TOR, vs. SEAFoot appears fine, now if he could regain control…
24Erasmo RamirezSEAat TB
25Ariel MirandaSEAat TB18 HR alowed in last 58 IP
26Eduardo RodriguezBOSvs. STL
27Cole HamelsTEXvs. DET
28A.J. GriffinTEXvs. DET, vs. CWS
29Alex CobbTBat TOR
30Dylan BundyBALvs. LAAPitching will this month after a poor July
31Mike FiersHOUvs. ARI
32Rick PorcelloBOSvs. STLHomers continue to be an issue
33Jake JunisKCat OAK, vs. CLE1 ER in 8 IP last time vs. Seattle, should replace injured Trevor Cahill
34Chris SmithOAKvs. KC
35Jose BerriosMINvs. CLE
36Jason VargasKCvs. CLE
37Jaime GarciaNYYat NYM
38Yovani GallardoSEAvs. BAL, at TB
39Jharel CottonOAKvs. KC
40Tyson RossTEXvs. CWS
41Trevor BauerCLEat BOS, at KC
42Ian KennedyKCvs. CLE
43Andrew CashnerTEXvs. CWS
44Austin PruittTBvs. SEA
45Chris RowleyTORvs. TB
46J.A. HappTORat CHC
47Carlos RodonCWSat LAD
48Jeremy HellicksonBALvs. LAA
49Ubaldo JimenezBALat SEA
50Mike ClevingerCLEat MIN
51Martin PerezTEXvs. DET, vs. CWS
52Daniel GossettOAKvs. KC
53Blake SnellTBat TOR
54Nick TepeschTORvs. TB, at CHC
55Marco GonzalesSEAvs. BAL
56Miguel GonzalezCWSat LAD, at TEX
57Jordan MontgomeryNYYat BOS
58Sean ManaeaOAKat HOU
59Andrew HeaneyLAAat BALCould make 2017 debut, not official yet
60Reynaldo LopezCWSat TEX
61Doug FisterBOSvs. CLE, vs. NYY
62Tyler SkaggsLAAat WASGood first start coming off DL, big test vs. Nationals
63Parker BridwellLAAat BAL
64Derek HollandCWSat TEX
65Dietrich EnnsMINvs. ARI
66Wade MileyBALat SEA
67Matt BoydDETvs. LAD
68Christian BergmanSEAvs. BAL
69Anibal SanchezDETat TEX
70Ricky NolascoLAAat WAS
71JC RamirezLAAat BAL
72James ShieldsCWSat TEX
73Jordan ZimmermannDETvs. LAD
74Kendall GravemanOAKat HOU
75Bartolo ColonMINvs. CLE, vs. ARI
76Kyle GibsonMINvs. CLE
77Paul BlackburnOAKat HOU

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Rank Pitcher TEAM Opponent(s) Comments
1Jacob deGromNYMat NYY, vs. MIAExpected to make starts after taking comebacker off pitching arm
2Gio GonzalezWASvs. LAA, at SDRegression on hold with cake matchups at home
3Zack GreinkeARIvs. HOU, at MIN
4Max ScherzerWASat SD
5Jose QuintanaCHCvs. CIN, vs. TORHomers high lately
6Alex WoodLADvs. CWS
7Madison BumgarnerSFat MIALost double dip with rainout last Friday
8Yu DarvishLADvs. CWS
9Stephen StrasburgWASat SD
10Aaron NolaPHIat SF2 ER in 7 IP should silence any obstinate doubters
11Ty BlachSFat MIA, vs. PHILesser lineups in pitcher's parks
12Jake ArrietaCHCvs. TORBack on track, five straight qualty starts
13Carlos MartinezSTLat PITHits and homers up last few outings
14Jon LesterCHCvs. CIN
15Kyle HendricksCHCvs. CIN, vs. TORGood numbers but not pitching deep into games
16Ivan NovaPITat MIL, vs. STLWhiffs up a little, but so are homers
17Adam ConleyMIAvs. SF, at NYMAided by favorable matchups
18Jimmy NelsonMILvs. PITCaught huge break, no longer facing Rockies in Coors
19Dinelson LametSDvs. PHI, vs. WASNats big test, but pair at home big plus
20Jeff SamardzijaSFvs. PHI
21Gerrit ColePITat MIL2.70 ERA, 1.10 WHIP last month
22Steven MatzNYMvs. NYYPitching better than numbers indicate
23Luis CastilloCINat CHC, at ATLStrikeouts down lately
24Michael WachaSTLat PIT
25Mike LeakeSTLat BOS, at PIT
26Kenta MaedaLADat DET
27Jerad EickhoffPHIat SD, at SFPitching well lately, draws two good matchups in good parks
28Dan StrailyMIAvs. SF
29Rich HillLADat DETHomers up in August after a splendid July
30Zack GodleyARIat MIN
31Tanner RoarkWASvs. LAA
32Jose UrenaMIAvs. SF
33Robbie RayARIat MIN
34German MarquezCOLvs. MIL
35Jameson TaillonPITvs. STL
36Matt MooreSFvs. PHI
37Scott FeldmanCINat CHC
38John LackeyCHCvs. CIN
39Travis WoodSDvs. PHI, vs. WAS
40Adam WainwrightSTLat PIT
41Nick PivettaPHIat SD
42Asher WojciechowskiCINat CHC, at ATLRisky for ratios but could help strikeouts
43Jon GrayCOLvs. ATL
44R.A. DickeyATLvs. CIN
45Trevor WilliamsPITvs. STL
46Jeff HoffmanCOLvs. ATL
47Zach DaviesMILvs. PIT, at COLLow homers keeping ERA in check, peripherals meh
48Chad KuhlPITvs. STL
49Vance WorleyMIAat NYM
50Chad BettisCOLvs. ATL, vs. MIL
51Sean NewcombATLat COL, vs. CIN
52Julio TeheranATLat COL, vs. CIN
53Zack WheelerNYMvs. MIA
54Seth LugoNYMvs. NYY
55Clayton RichardSDvs. PHI
56Homer BaileyCINat CHC
57Zach EflinPHIat SD, at SF
58Mark LeiterPHIat SF
59Chris StrattonSFvs. PHI
60Lance LynnSTLat BOS
61Jhoulys ChacinSDvs. WAS
62Justin NicolinoMIAat NYM
63Sal RomanoCINat ATL
64Rafael MonteroNYMat NYY, vs. MIA
65Taijuan WalkerARIat HOU
66Patrick CorbinARIat HOU
67Kyle FreelandCOLvs. ATL, vs. MIL
68Matt CainSFat MIA
69Hyun-Jin RyuLADat DET
70Anthony BandaARIvs. HOU
71Luis PerdomoSDvs. WAS
72Edwin JacksonWASat SD
73Brandon WoodruffMILat COL
74Mike FoltynewiczATLat COL
75Lucas SimsATLat COL
76Matt GarzaMILat COL

MLB

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1Jacob deGromNYMat NYY, vs. MIAExpected to make starts after taking comebacker off pitching arm
2Gio GonzalezWASvs. LAA, at SDRegression on hold with cake matchups at home
3Zack GreinkeARIvs. HOU, at MIN
4Chris SaleBOSvs. NYY
5Max ScherzerWASat SD
6Jose QuintanaCHCvs. CIN, vs. TORHomers high lately
7Corey KluberCLEat KC
8Alex WoodLADvs. CWS
9Carlos CarrascoCLEat MINBounced back nicely last time after a couple of rough starts
10Madison BumgarnerSFat MIALost double dip with rainout last Friday
11Yu DarvishLADvs. CWS
12Danny SalazarCLEat MIN, at KC1.42 ERA, .95 WHIP, 36 K in 25.1 IP in 4 games since rejoining rotation
13Stephen StrasburgWASat SD
14Aaron NolaPHIat SF2 ER in 7 IP should silence any obstinate doubters
15Ty BlachSFat MIA, vs. PHILesser lineups in pitcher's parks
16Luis SeverinoNYYat NYM
17Jake ArrietaCHCvs. TORBack on track, five straight qualty starts
18Chris ArcherTBvs. SEA
19Sonny GrayNYYvs. NYM, at BOSLow homers masking too many walks
20Marco EstradaTORvs. TB, at CHC
21Carlos MartinezSTLat PITHits and homers up last few outings
22Jon LesterCHCvs. CIN
23Kyle HendricksCHCvs. CIN, vs. TORGood numbers but not pitching deep into games
24Ivan NovaPITat MIL, vs. STLWhiffs up a little, but so are homers
25Kevin GausmanBALat SEA, vs. LAAHiccup last time versus Halos, but pitching well after the break
26Adam ConleyMIAvs. SF, at NYMAided by favorable matchups
27Jimmy NelsonMILvs. PITCaught huge break, no longer facing Rockies in Coors
28Marcus StromanTORvs. TB
29Danny DuffyKCat OAKIn a rut but good matchup
30Dinelson LametSDvs. PHI, vs. WASNats big test, but pair at home big plus
31Jeff SamardzijaSFvs. PHI
32Drew PomeranzBOSvs. NYYControl lapses continue to haunt, elevating pitch count
33Charlie MortonHOUvs. ARI
34Gerrit ColePITat MIL2.70 ERA, 1.10 WHIP last month
35Dallas KeuchelHOUvs. OAK10.05 ERA, 2.58 WHIP last three games, facing right opponent to rebound
36Collin McHughHOUat ARI, vs. OAKStill shaking off rust
37Brad PeacockHOUat ARI, vs. OAK
38Steven MatzNYMvs. NYYPitching better than numbers indicate
39Justin VerlanderDETat TEX1.91 ERA, 1.02 WHIP last month with 50 K in 47 IP
40Luis CastilloCINat CHC, at ATLStrikeouts down lately
41Michael WachaSTLat PIT
42Michael FulmerDETat TEX, vs. LADOn target to come off DL for Monday's start
43Mike LeakeSTLat BOS, at PIT
44Kenta MaedaLADat DET
45Jerad EickhoffPHIat SD, at SFPitching well lately, draws two good matchups in good parks
46Dan StrailyMIAvs. SF
47Ervin SantanaMINvs. ARIStrikeouts up, walks down but homers up, hence ERA is up recently
48Jason HammelKCat OAK
49Jacob FariaTBat TOR
50Luis CessaNYYvs. NYM, at BOSReplacing Sabathia
51Jake OdorizziTBat TOR, vs. SEAFoot appears fine, now if he could regain control…
52Rich HillLADat DETHomers up in August after a splendid July
53Erasmo RamirezSEAat TB
54Ariel MirandaSEAat TB18 HR alowed in last 58 IP
55Zack GodleyARIat MIN
56Eduardo RodriguezBOSvs. STL
57Tanner RoarkWASvs. LAA
58Cole HamelsTEXvs. DET
59A.J. GriffinTEXvs. DET, vs. CWS
60Jose UrenaMIAvs. SF
61Alex CobbTBat TOR
62Dylan BundyBALvs. LAAPitching will this month after a poor July
63Mike FiersHOUvs. ARI
64Robbie RayARIat MIN
65Rick PorcelloBOSvs. STLHomers continue to be an issue
66German MarquezCOLvs. MIL
67Jake JunisKCat OAK, vs. CLE1 ER in 8 IP last time vs. Seattle, should replace injured Trevor Cahill
68Chris SmithOAKvs. KC
69Jameson TaillonPITvs. STL
70Jose BerriosMINvs. CLE
71Jason VargasKCvs. CLE
72Jaime GarciaNYYat NYM
73Matt MooreSFvs. PHI
74Yovani GallardoSEAvs. BAL, at TB
75Scott FeldmanCINat CHC
76John LackeyCHCvs. CIN
77Travis WoodSDvs. PHI, vs. WAS
78Adam WainwrightSTLat PIT
79Jharel CottonOAKvs. KC
80Tyson RossTEXvs. CWS
81Nick PivettaPHIat SD
82Trevor BauerCLEat BOS, at KC
83Asher WojciechowskiCINat CHC, at ATLRisky for ratios but could help strikeouts
84Jon GrayCOLvs. ATL
85R.A. DickeyATLvs. CIN
86Ian KennedyKCvs. CLE
87Trevor WilliamsPITvs. STL
88Andrew CashnerTEXvs. CWS
89Austin PruittTBvs. SEA
90Jeff HoffmanCOLvs. ATL
91Zach DaviesMILvs. PIT, at COLLow homers keeping ERA in check, peripherals meh
92Chris RowleyTORvs. TB
93Chad KuhlPITvs. STL
94Vance WorleyMIAat NYM
95Chad BettisCOLvs. ATL, vs. MIL
96J.A. HappTORat CHC
97Sean NewcombATLat COL, vs. CIN
98Julio TeheranATLat COL, vs. CIN
99Carlos RodonCWSat LAD
100Jeremy HellicksonBALvs. LAA
101Zack WheelerNYMvs. MIA
102Seth LugoNYMvs. NYY
103Ubaldo JimenezBALat SEA
104Clayton RichardSDvs. PHI
105Mike ClevingerCLEat MIN
106Martin PerezTEXvs. DET, vs. CWS
107Daniel GossettOAKvs. KC
108Blake SnellTBat TOR
109Nick TepeschTORvs. TB, at CHC
110Homer BaileyCINat CHC
111Zach EflinPHIat SD, at SF
112Mark LeiterPHIat SF
113Chris StrattonSFvs. PHI
114Lance LynnSTLat BOS
115Marco GonzalesSEAvs. BAL
116Miguel GonzalezCWSat LAD, at TEX
117Jordan MontgomeryNYYat BOS
118Sean ManaeaOAKat HOU
119Andrew HeaneyLAAat BALCould make 2017 debut, not official yet
120Jhoulys ChacinSDvs. WAS
121Reynaldo LopezCWSat TEX
122Doug FisterBOSvs. CLE, vs. NYY
123Justin NicolinoMIAat NYM
124Sal RomanoCINat ATL
125Rafael MonteroNYMat NYY, vs. MIA
126Tyler SkaggsLAAat WASGood first start coming off DL, big test vs. Nationals
127Parker BridwellLAAat BAL
128Derek HollandCWSat TEX
129Taijuan WalkerARIat HOU
130Dietrich EnnsMINvs. ARI
131Wade MileyBALat SEA
132Matt BoydDETvs. LAD
133Christian BergmanSEAvs. BAL
134Patrick CorbinARIat HOU
135Kyle FreelandCOLvs. ATL, vs. MIL
136Matt CainSFat MIA
137Hyun-Jin RyuLADat DET
138Anthony BandaARIvs. HOU
139Anibal SanchezDETat TEX
140Ricky NolascoLAAat WAS
141JC RamirezLAAat BAL
142Luis PerdomoSDvs. WAS
143Edwin JacksonWASat SD
144James ShieldsCWSat TEX
145Jordan ZimmermannDETvs. LAD
146Brandon WoodruffMILat COL
147Mike FoltynewiczATLat COL
148Kendall GravemanOAKat HOU
149Bartolo ColonMINvs. CLE, vs. ARI
150Lucas SimsATLat COL
151Kyle GibsonMINvs. CLE
152Paul BlackburnOAKat HOU
153Matt GarzaMILat COL

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