Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Strasburg's Still Healthy

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Strasburg's Still Healthy

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

It's a down week for two-week starters with fewer options, both in quantity and quality. The schedule features the return of Corey Kluber and (hopefully) Rich Hill from the disabled list along with Brian Johnson getting two starts as he looks hold the fifth spot in the Red Sox rotation, as least until David Price returns.

Hopefully, weather will cooperate but it already looks like Mother Nature will put a damper on Mother's Day weekend, so look for an update Sunday.

Happy Streaming!

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1 Carlos Carrasco CLE vs. TB, at HOU Picking up the slack for Corey Kluber
2 Yu Darvish TEX vs. PHI, at DET What Yu see is what Yu get
3 Marco Estrada TOR vs. ATL, at BAL Time to admit it, Estrada is really good
4 Chris Archer TB at CLE, vs. NYY See what limiting homers can do?
5 Chris Sale BOS at OAK Still think he's become a pitch to contact guy?
6 Masahiro Tanaka NYY at TB Surprised the whiffs are down
7 Corey Kluber CLE at HOU Returning from back injury
8 Rick Porcello BOS at OAK
9 Dallas Keuchel HOU at MIA Peripherals solid, but low BABIP leading to low ERA, correction on the way
10 Luis Severino NYY at TB Stud in the making
11 Drew Pomeranz BOS at OAK Maybe not an ace, but nowhere near this bad
12 Justin Verlander DET vs. TEX
13 Michael Fulmer DET vs. BAL ERA will
It's a down week for two-week starters with fewer options, both in quantity and quality. The schedule features the return of Corey Kluber and (hopefully) Rich Hill from the disabled list along with Brian Johnson getting two starts as he looks hold the fifth spot in the Red Sox rotation, as least until David Price returns.

Hopefully, weather will cooperate but it already looks like Mother Nature will put a damper on Mother's Day weekend, so look for an update Sunday.

Happy Streaming!

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1 Carlos Carrasco CLE vs. TB, at HOU Picking up the slack for Corey Kluber
2 Yu Darvish TEX vs. PHI, at DET What Yu see is what Yu get
3 Marco Estrada TOR vs. ATL, at BAL Time to admit it, Estrada is really good
4 Chris Archer TB at CLE, vs. NYY See what limiting homers can do?
5 Chris Sale BOS at OAK Still think he's become a pitch to contact guy?
6 Masahiro Tanaka NYY at TB Surprised the whiffs are down
7 Corey Kluber CLE at HOU Returning from back injury
8 Rick Porcello BOS at OAK
9 Dallas Keuchel HOU at MIA Peripherals solid, but low BABIP leading to low ERA, correction on the way
10 Luis Severino NYY at TB Stud in the making
11 Drew Pomeranz BOS at OAK Maybe not an ace, but nowhere near this bad
12 Justin Verlander DET vs. TEX
13 Michael Fulmer DET vs. BAL ERA will rise once he gives up some homers
14 Andrew Triggs OAK at SEA, vs. BOS
15 Danny Salazar CLE vs. TB Love the whiffs but needs to be more pitch efficient to go deeper
16 Sean Manaea OAK at SEA, vs. BOS Returning from DL, tough foes but favorable parks
17 Lance McCullers HOU at MIA
18 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS at STL
19 Jesse Chavez LAA vs. CWS, at NYM
20 Jose Quintana CWS at SEA
21 Joe Musgrove HOU at MIA, vs. CLE Improving, but still has work to do
22 Matt Boyd DET vs. BAL, vs. TEX
23 Josh Tomlin CLE vs. TB Five quality stats in six outings
24 Michael Pineda NYY at KC Had last start skipped to conserve innings
25 Danny Duffy KC vs. NYY Win potential boosts rankings
26 Brian Johnson BOS at STL, at OAK Coming off two straight solid efforts
27 Hisashi Iwakuma SEA vs. OAK
28 Marcus Stroman TOR at ATL
29 Charlie Morton HOU vs. CLE
30 Yovani Gallardo SEA vs. OAK, vs. CWS Might he as high as he's ranked all season with two at home
31 Dylan Bundy BAL at DET Low strikeouts tempering fantasy value
32 Matt Shoemaker LAA vs. CWS
33 Matt Andriese TB vs. NYY Control uncharacteristically off
34 Joe Biagini TOR at ATL Holding his own as a starter
35 Ervin Santana MIN vs. COL Given shot for 5th spot, like his chances to keep the job
36 Aaron Sanchez TOR at BAL
37 Jason Vargas KC vs. NYY One HR in 42.2 innings is silly, correction around the corner
38 Chase De Jong SEA vs. OAK, vs. CWS Aided by facing lesser offenses in Safeco Field
39 Derek Holland CWS at LAA, at SEA On the road, but park upgrades
40 Chris Tillman BAL vs. TOR
41 JC Ramirez LAA vs. CWS
42 Mike Fiers HOU vs. CLE Much better on the road
43 Trevor Bauer CLE at HOU
44 Jordan Zimmermann DET vs. BAL
45 CC Sabathia NYY at KC, at TB
46 Ricky Nolasco LAA at NYM
47 Miguel Gonzalez CWS at LAA
48 Jake Odorizzi TB at CLE
49 Hector Santiago MIN vs. KC
50 Jose Berrios MIN vs. COL
51 Daniel Norris DET vs. TEX
52 Jason Hammel KC vs. NYY, at MIN
53 Blake Snell TB vs. NYY
54 Jordan Montgomery NYY at KC
55 Ariel Miranda SEA vs. CWS
56 Kevin Gausman BAL vs. TOR
57 Martin Perez TEX vs. PHI
58 Phil Hughes MIN vs. COL, vs. KC
59 Mike Bolsinger TOR vs. ATL, at BAL
60 Christian Bergman SEA vs. CWS
61 Ubaldo Jimenez BAL at DET, vs. TOR
62 Nick Martinez TEX at DET
63 Nathan Karns KC at MIN
64 Sonny Gray OAK vs. BOS
65 Kendall Graveman OAK vs. BOS
66 Andrew Cashner TEX vs. PHI
67 Mike Pelfrey CWS at LAA, at SEA
68 Jesse Hahn OAK at SEA
69 Alex Cobb TB at CLE Cobb's better than this, draws tough matchup
70 A.J. Griffin TEX at DET
71 Wade Miley BAL at DET
72 Alex Meyer LAA at NYM
73 Dylan Covey CWS at SEA
74 Chris Young KC at MIN


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Rank Pitcher TEAM Opponent(s) Comments
1 Stephen Strasburg WAS at PIT, at ATL All the injuries and guess who's been healthy
2 John Lackey CHC vs. CIN, vs. MIL Homers an issue, hope the Wrigley wind is blowing in
3 Clayton Kershaw LAD vs. MIA The guy's down year is everyone else's career best.
4 Max Scherzer WAS at ATL
5 Wei-Yin Chen MIA vs. HOU, at LAD Ranking high due to lower number of two-start hurlers this week
6 Jake Arrieta CHC vs. MIL Getting crushed with homers, the Coliseum should help
7 Jon Lester CHC vs. MIL
8 Johnny Cueto SF vs. LAD
9 Jacob deGrom NYM vs. LAA
10 Zack Greinke ARI vs. NYM
11 Ivan Nova PIT vs. PHI I'll believe it when I see it
12 Rich Hill LAD at SF
13 Carlos Martinez STL vs. SF
14 Robbie Ray ARI at SD Those pesky walks ...
15 Kyle Hendricks CHC vs. CIN Back on track
16 Alex Wood LAD vs. MIA
17 Julio Urias LAD vs. MIA
18 Tanner Roark WAS at PIT
19 Taijuan Walker ARI at SD
20 Julio Teheran ATL vs. TOR
21 Ty Blach SF vs. LAD
22 Michael Wacha STL vs. SF
23 Joe Ross WAS at PIT Minor league stay predictably short
24 Zach Davies MIL at SD
25 Gerrit Cole PIT vs. WAS Increase in strikeouts welcome sight
26 Tyler Anderson COL at CIN
27 Aaron Nola PHI at PIT
28 Trevor Cahill SD vs. MIL Strikeouts higher, but supported by underlying metrics
29 Zack Godley ARI vs. NYM, at SD Bounced back last time after shellacking by Red Sox
30 Jeff Samardzija SF at STL The new Michael Pineda? Peripherals stellar, ERA will correct
31 Dan Straily MIA at LAD
32 Jeremy Hellickson PHI at PIT
33 Mike Foltynewicz ATL vs. TOR
34 Chase Anderson MIL at SD, at CHC
35 Vince Velasquez PHI at PIT
36 Chad Kuhl PIT vs. WAS, vs. PHI
37 Matt Cain SF vs. LAD, at STL Buying into Cain looking like less than stellar life decision
38 Tom Koehler MIA vs. HOU, at LAD
39 Tyler Chatwood COL at MIN
40 Adam Wainwright STL vs. SF
41 Edinson Volquez MIA at LAD Doing better job of keeping ball in the yard
42 Jimmy Nelson MIL at SD, at CHC
43 Trevor Williams PIT vs. PHI Disappointing those hoping he'd take the next step
44 Matt Moore SF at STL Coming off shoulder issue, not expecting to go deep into either game
45 Brandon McCarthy LAD at SF, vs. MIA
46 Gio Gonzalez WAS at ATL
47 Robert Gsellman NYM vs. LAA Neither team great versus lefties, so may be worth the risk
48 Luis Perdomo SD vs. MIL, vs. ARI Pair at home helps, but will inconsistent
49 Antonio Senzatela COL at CIN
50 German Marquez COL at MIN
51 Jerad Eickhoff PHI at TEX
52 Matt Garza MIL at SD Reverse jinx worse, I stacked Nationals against him last week
53 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD at SF
54 Zack Wheeler NYM at ARI, vs. LAA
55 Bartolo Colon ATL at TOR, vs. WAS
56 Mike Leake STL vs. BOS Wanted to say age finally showing, shocked to see he's just 30 years old
57 Jaime Garcia ATL at TOR, vs. WAS
58 Lance Lynn STL vs. BOS
59 Tim Adleman CIN vs. COL
60 Kyle Freeland COL at MIN, at CIN
61 Jose Urena MIA vs. HOU
62 Patrick Corbin ARI vs. NYM
63 Brett Anderson CHC vs. CIN
64 R.A. Dickey ATL vs. WAS
65 Scott Feldman CIN at CHC
66 Clayton Richard SD vs. MIL, vs. ARI
67 Matt Harvey NYM at ARI Strong opening to season wiped out by recent struggles
68 Bronson Arroyo CIN at CHC, vs. COL
69 Tyler Glasnow PIT vs. WAS
70 Jhoulys Chacin SD vs. MIL
71 Jered Weaver SD vs. ARI
72 Tommy Milone MIL at ARI
73 Zach Eflin PHI at TEX
74 Nick Pivetta PHI at TEX
75 Lisalverto Bonilla CIN vs. COL
76 Amir Garrett CIN at CHC
77 Adam Wilk NYM vs. KC
78 Wily Peralta MIL at CHC


MLB

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1 Carlos Carrasco CLE vs. TB, at HOU Picking up the slack for Corey Kluber
2 Stephen Strasburg WAS at PIT, at ATL All the injuries and guess who's been healthy
3 Yu Darvish TEX vs. PHI, at DET What Yu see is what Yu get
4 Marco Estrada TOR vs. ATL, at BAL Time to admit it, Estrada is really good
5 John Lackey CHC vs. CIN, vs. MIL Homers an issue, hope the Wrigley wind is blowing in
6 Chris Archer TB at CLE, vs. NYY See what limiting homers can do?
7 Chris Sale BOS at OAK Still think he's become a pitch to contact guy?
8 Clayton Kershaw LAD vs. MIA The guy's down year is everyone else's career best.
9 Max Scherzer WAS at ATL
10 Masahiro Tanaka NYY at TB Surprised the whiffs are down
11 Corey Kluber CLE at HOU Returning from back injury
12 Rick Porcello BOS at OAK
13 Wei-Yin Chen MIA vs. HOU, at LAD Ranking high due to lower number of two-start hurlers this week
14 Dallas Keuchel HOU at MIA Peripherals solid, but low BABIP leading to low ERA, correction on the way
15 Luis Severino NYY at TB Stud in the making
16 Drew Pomeranz BOS at OAK Maybe not an ace, but nowhere near this bad
17 Jake Arrieta CHC vs. MIL Getting crushed with homers, the Coliseum should help
18 Jon Lester CHC vs. MIL
19 Johnny Cueto SF vs. LAD
20 Jacob deGrom NYM vs. LAA
21 Zack Greinke ARI vs. NYM
22 Justin Verlander DET vs. TEX
23 Michael Fulmer DET vs. BAL ERA will rise once he gives up some homers
24 Andrew Triggs OAK at SEA, vs. BOS
25 Danny Salazar CLE vs. TB Love the whiffs but needs to be more pitch efficient to go deeper
26 Sean Manaea OAK at SEA, vs. BOS Returning from DL, tough foes but favorable parks
27 Ivan Nova PIT vs. PHI I'll believe it when I see it
28 Rich Hill LAD at SF
29 Carlos Martinez STL vs. SF
30 Robbie Ray ARI at SD Those pesky walks ...
31 Kyle Hendricks CHC vs. CIN Back on track
32 Lance McCullers HOU at MIA
33 Alex Wood LAD vs. MIA
34 Julio Urias LAD vs. MIA
35 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS at STL
36 Tanner Roark WAS at PIT
37 Jesse Chavez LAA vs. CWS, at NYM
38 Taijuan Walker ARI at SD
39 Jose Quintana CWS at SEA
40 Julio Teheran ATL vs. TOR
41 Joe Musgrove HOU at MIA, vs. CLE Improving, but still has work to do
42 Matt Boyd DET vs. BAL, vs. TEX
43 Josh Tomlin CLE vs. TB Five quality stats in six outings
44 Ty Blach SF vs. LAD
45 Michael Wacha STL vs. SF
46 Joe Ross WAS at PIT Minor league stay predictably short
47 Michael Pineda NYY at KC Had last start skipped to conserve innings
48 Zach Davies MIL at SD
49 Gerrit Cole PIT vs. WAS Increase in strikeouts welcome sight
50 Tyler Anderson COL at CIN
51 Danny Duffy KC vs. NYY Win potential boosts rankings
52 Brian Johnson BOS at STL, at OAK Coming off two straight solid efforts
53 Aaron Nola PHI at PIT
54 Hisashi Iwakuma SEA vs. OAK
55 Marcus Stroman TOR at ATL
56 Charlie Morton HOU vs. CLE
57 Yovani Gallardo SEA vs. OAK, vs. CWS Might he as high as he's ranked all season with two at home
58 Dylan Bundy BAL at DET Low strikeouts tempering fantasy value
59 Matt Shoemaker LAA vs. CWS
60 Matt Andriese TB vs. NYY Control uncharacteristically off
61 Joe Biagini TOR at ATL Holding his own as a starter
62 Trevor Cahill SD vs. MIL Strikeouts higher, but supported by underlying metrics
63 Zack Godley ARI vs. NYM, at SD Bounced back last time after shellacking by Red Sox
64 Ervin Santana MIN vs. COL Given shot for 5th spot, like his chances to keep the job
65 Jeff Samardzija SF at STL The new Michael Pineda? Peripherals stellar, ERA will correct
66 Dan Straily MIA at LAD
67 Jeremy Hellickson PHI at PIT
68 Mike Foltynewicz ATL vs. TOR
69 Aaron Sanchez TOR at BAL
70 Jason Vargas KC vs. NYY One HR in 42.2 innings is silly, correction around the corner
71 Chase De Jong SEA vs. OAK, vs. CWS Aided by facing lesser offenses in Safeco Field
72 Derek Holland CWS at LAA, at SEA On the road, but park upgrades
73 Chase Anderson MIL at SD, at CHC
74 Vince Velasquez PHI at PIT
75 Chad Kuhl PIT vs. WAS, vs. PHI
76 Matt Cain SF vs. LAD, at STL Buying into Cain looking like less than stellar life decision
77 Chris Tillman BAL vs. TOR
78 JC Ramirez LAA vs. CWS
79 Tom Koehler MIA vs. HOU, at LAD
80 Mike Fiers HOU vs. CLE Much better on the road
81 Trevor Bauer CLE at HOU
82 Tyler Chatwood COL at MIN
83 Adam Wainwright STL vs. SF
84 Edinson Volquez MIA at LAD Doing better job of keeping ball in the yard
85 Jimmy Nelson MIL at SD, at CHC
86 Trevor Williams PIT vs. PHI Disappointing those hoping he'd take the next step
87 Matt Moore SF at STL Coming off shoulder issue, not expecting to go deep into either game
88 Brandon McCarthy LAD at SF, vs. MIA
89 Gio Gonzalez WAS at ATL
90 Robert Gsellman NYM vs. LAA Neither team great versus lefties, so may be worth the risk
91 Luis Perdomo SD vs. MIL, vs. ARI Pair at home helps, but will inconsistent
92 Jordan Zimmermann DET vs. BAL
93 CC Sabathia NYY at KC, at TB
94 Ricky Nolasco LAA at NYM
95 Antonio Senzatela COL at CIN
96 Miguel Gonzalez CWS at LAA
97 Jake Odorizzi TB at CLE
98 Hector Santiago MIN vs. KC
99 Jose Berrios MIN vs. COL
100 Daniel Norris DET vs. TEX
101 Jason Hammel KC vs. NYY, at MIN
102 German Marquez COL at MIN
103 Blake Snell TB vs. NYY
104 Jordan Montgomery NYY at KC
105 Jerad Eickhoff PHI at TEX
106 Ariel Miranda SEA vs. CWS
107 Matt Garza MIL at SD Reverse jinx worse, I stacked Nationals against him last week
108 Kevin Gausman BAL vs. TOR
109 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD at SF
110 Zack Wheeler NYM at ARI, vs. LAA
111 Bartolo Colon ATL at TOR, vs. WAS
112 Mike Leake STL vs. BOS Wanted to say age finally showing, shocked to see he's just 30 years old
113 Jaime Garcia ATL at TOR, vs. WAS
114 Martin Perez TEX vs. PHI
115 Phil Hughes MIN vs. COL, vs. KC
116 Lance Lynn STL vs. BOS
117 Mike Bolsinger TOR vs. ATL, at BAL
118 Tim Adleman CIN vs. COL
119 Christian Bergman SEA vs. CWS
120 Kyle Freeland COL at MIN, at CIN
121 Jose Urena MIA vs. HOU
122 Ubaldo Jimenez BAL at DET, vs. TOR
123 Nick Martinez TEX at DET
124 Nathan Karns KC at MIN
125 Patrick Corbin ARI vs. NYM
126 Brett Anderson CHC vs. CIN
127 Sonny Gray OAK vs. BOS
128 R.A. Dickey ATL vs. WAS
129 Kendall Graveman OAK vs. BOS
130 Scott Feldman CIN at CHC
131 Clayton Richard SD vs. MIL, vs. ARI
132 Andrew Cashner TEX vs. PHI
133 Mike Pelfrey CWS at LAA, at SEA
134 Jesse Hahn OAK at SEA
135 Matt Harvey NYM at ARI Strong opening to season wiped out by recent struggles
136 Alex Cobb TB at CLE Cobb's better than this, draws tough matchup
137 Bronson Arroyo CIN at CHC, vs. COL
138 A.J. Griffin TEX at DET
139 Tyler Glasnow PIT vs. WAS
140 Jhoulys Chacin SD vs. MIL
141 Wade Miley BAL at DET
142 Jered Weaver SD vs. ARI
143 Tommy Milone MIL at ARI
144 Zach Eflin PHI at TEX
145 Nick Pivetta PHI at TEX
146 Lisalverto Bonilla CIN vs. COL
147 Amir Garrett CIN at CHC
148 Alex Meyer LAA at NYM
149 Dylan Covey CWS at SEA
150 Adam Wilk NYM vs. KC
151 Chris Young KC at MIN
152 Wily Peralta MIL at CHC
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