Weekly Pitcher Rankings: The Second Half Kicks Off

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: The Second Half Kicks Off

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

While we understand some leagues wrap the post-break series into next week, more keep the scoring periods separate, hence a ranking for this weekend then the normal posting Saturday morning for next week.

UPDATED FRIDAY, July 14 2:00 PM ET

AMERICAN LEAGUE
RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1Corey KluberCLEat OAKGave up three homers opening day, only five since
2Chris SaleBOSvs. NYYWalked more than two only twice all season, last on June 7
3Carlos CarrascoCLEat OAKComing off consecutive solid seven innings efforts against the Tigers
4Chris ArcherTBat LAAOnly recent blemish a couple of multiple homer games
5Michael FulmerDETvs. TORQuietly following up nicely on his rookie-of-the-year campaign
6Jacob FariaTBat LAASix career starts, six career quality starts
7Yu DarvishTEXat KCRoyals weak versus RHP
8Danny DuffyKCvs. TEXOdd outing vs. Dodgers before the break, 9 K, 0 BB but 3 HR
9David PriceBOSvs. NYYSettling into a groove, but now more a 6 IP guy than 7 IP stud
10Drew PomeranzBOSvs. NYYNot hearing many Anderson Espinosa lamentations anymore
11Trevor BauerCLEat OAKDefense has been letting him down, look for a strong second half for Bauer
12Alex CobbTBat LAAPitched into the 7th last five outings
13Justin VerlanderDETvs. TORSkills sliding, uncharacteristically inconsistent, but don't count him out

While we understand some leagues wrap the post-break series into next week, more keep the scoring periods separate, hence a ranking for this weekend then the normal posting Saturday morning for next week.

UPDATED FRIDAY, July 14 2:00 PM ET

AMERICAN LEAGUE
RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1Corey KluberCLEat OAKGave up three homers opening day, only five since
2Chris SaleBOSvs. NYYWalked more than two only twice all season, last on June 7
3Carlos CarrascoCLEat OAKComing off consecutive solid seven innings efforts against the Tigers
4Chris ArcherTBat LAAOnly recent blemish a couple of multiple homer games
5Michael FulmerDETvs. TORQuietly following up nicely on his rookie-of-the-year campaign
6Jacob FariaTBat LAASix career starts, six career quality starts
7Yu DarvishTEXat KCRoyals weak versus RHP
8Danny DuffyKCvs. TEXOdd outing vs. Dodgers before the break, 9 K, 0 BB but 3 HR
9David PriceBOSvs. NYYSettling into a groove, but now more a 6 IP guy than 7 IP stud
10Drew PomeranzBOSvs. NYYNot hearing many Anderson Espinosa lamentations anymore
11Trevor BauerCLEat OAKDefense has been letting him down, look for a strong second half for Bauer
12Alex CobbTBat LAAPitched into the 7th last five outings
13Justin VerlanderDETvs. TORSkills sliding, uncharacteristically inconsistent, but don't count him out yet
14Cole HamelsTEXat KCStrikeouts on the rise, Royals weak vs. LHP
15Charlie MortonHOUvs. MINLooking to get back in first half groove
16James PaxtonSEAat CWSWhite Sox of of best teams versus southpaws
17Sean ManaeaOAKvs. CLEWalks high but still fine sophomore campaign
18Sonny GrayOAKvs. CLEThe rebound is real, but tough draw
19Mike FiersHOUvs. MINHomers WAY down, but walks up a bit lately
20JC RamirezLAAvs. TB
21Aaron SanchezTORat DETComing off shellacking from the Astros
22Carlos RodonCWSvs. SEA
23Rick PorcelloBOSvs. NYY
24Felix HernandezSEAat CWS
25Anibal SanchezDETvs. TOR
26Joe MusgroveHOUvs. MIN
27Kevin GausmanBALvs. CHC
28Masahiro TanakaNYYat BOS
29Jason HammelKCvs. TEX
30Luis SeverinoNYYat BOS
31Paul BlackburnOAKvs. CLE
32Ricky NolascoLAAvs. TB
33Andrew MooreSEAat CWS
34Marco EstradaTORat DET
35Ervin SantanaMINat HOU
36Jose BerriosMINat HOU
37Ubaldo JimenezBALvs. CHC
38Derek HollandCWSvs. SEA
39Martin PerezTEXat KC
40James ShieldsCWSvs. SEA
41Parker BridwellLAAvs. TB
42Francisco LirianoTORat DET
43Jordan MontgomeryNYYat BOS
44Ian KennedyKCvs. TEX
45Bryan MitchellNYYat BOS
46Wade MileyBALvs. CHC
47Kyle GibsonMINat HOU
NATIONAL LEA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Rank Pitcher TEAM Opponent(s) Comments
1Max ScherzerWASat CINShould rebound from only his second non-quality start last time out
2Jeff SamardzijaSFat SDCan't imagine the Padres figured out how to hit over the break
3Madison BumgarnerSFat SDExpected to come off the DL over the weekend to face weak foe
4Jimmy NelsonMILvs. PHIGreat chance to open post-break on a high note
5Alex WoodLADat MIAInnings may eventually be a concern
6Jacob deGromNYMvs. COLGreat season getting lost in the Mets struggles
7Carlos MartinezSTLat PITSputtering heading into break, hasn't lasted more than 6 IP since June 10
8Johnny CuetoSFat SDConcerned long-term, but this is a prime matchup
9Trevor CahillSDvs. SFExpecting big second half
10Jeff HoffmanCOLat NYMMuch better on the road
11Steven MatzNYMvs. COLRockies have trouble with LHP away from Coors
12Jon GrayCOLat NYMStill working out the kinks, but control has been excellent
13Zach DaviesMILvs. PHIDisappointing first half, chance to start post-break off strong
14Mike LeakeSTLat PITSoft matchup but look for a post-break ERA correction
15Jameson TaillonPITvs. STL
16Rich HillLADat MIAApproaching ace status, but still a risk
17Dan StrailyMIAvs. LADBetter at home, but Dodgers crush RHP
18Zack GodleyARIat ATLExpect ERA correction in 2H, but landing point still solid
19Aaron NolaPHIat MILOn a roll entering break, 34 K in last 4 games, spanning 29 1/3 IP
20Lance LynnSTLat PITHomers an issue but Bucs not built to take advantage
21Gerrit ColePITvs. STLLast 7 outings, three with 7 ER allowed, four with two ER of fewer
22Jake ArrietaCHCat BALBattle of disappointments
23Jose QuintanaCHCat BAL
24Jaime GarciaATLvs. ARIDiamondbacks surprisingly weak versus LHP
25Matt GarzaMILvs. PHIPhillies third lowest wOBA vs. RHP
26Brandon McCarthyLADat MIA
27Mike FoltynewiczATLvs. ARI
28Gio GonzalezWASat CIN
29Jhoulys ChacinSDvs. SF3.57 ERA/1.25 WHIP over last two months
30Seth LugoNYMvs. COL
31Trevor WilliamsPITvs. STL
32Tyler ChatwoodCOLat NYM
33Taijuan WalkerARIat ATL
34Jose UrenaMIAvs. LAD
35Nick PivettaPHIat MIL
36Tanner RoarkWASat CIN
37R.A. DickeyATLvs. ARI
38Mike MontgomeryCHCat BAL
39Edinson VolquezMIAvs. LAD
40Clayton RichardSDvs. SF
41Jeremy HellicksonPHIat MIL
42Luis CastilloCINvs. WAS
43Tim AdlemanCINvs. WAS
44Homer BaileyCINvs. WAS
45Patrick CorbinARIat ATL
MLB MLB
RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1Corey KluberCLEat OAKGave up three homers opening day, only five since
2Max ScherzerWASat CINShould rebound from only his second non-quality start last time out
3Chris SaleBOSvs. NYYWalked more than two only twice all season, last on June 7
4Jeff SamardzijaSFat SDCan't imagine the Padres figured out how to hit over the break
5Carlos CarrascoCLEat OAKComing off consecutive solid seven innings efforts against the Tigers
6Madison BumgarnerSFat SDExpected to come off the DL over the weekend to face weak foe
7Chris ArcherTBat LAAOnly recent blemish a couple of multiple homer games
8Jimmy NelsonMILvs. PHIGreat chance to open post-break on a high note
9Alex WoodLADat MIAInnings may eventually be a concern
10Michael FulmerDETvs. TORQuietly following up nicely on his rookie-of-the-year campaign
11Jacob deGromNYMvs. COLGreat season getting lost in the Mets struggles
12Carlos MartinezSTLat PITSputtering heading into break, hasn't lasted more than 6 IP since June 10
13Johnny CuetoSFat SDConcerned long-term, but this is a prime matchup
14Jacob FariaTBat LAASix career starts, six career quality starts
15Yu DarvishTEXat KCRoyals weak versus RHP
16Danny DuffyKCvs. TEXOdd outing vs. Dodgers before the break, 9 K, 0 BB but 3 HR
17David PriceBOSvs. NYYSettling into a groove, but now more a 6 IP guy than 7 IP stud
18Drew PomeranzBOSvs. NYYNot hearing many Anderson Espinosa lamentations anymore
19Trevor CahillSDvs. SFExpecting big second half
20Trevor BauerCLEat OAKDefense has been letting him down, look for a strong second half for Bauer
21Jeff HoffmanCOLat NYMMuch better on the road
22Alex CobbTBat LAAPitched into the 7th last five outings
23Justin VerlanderDETvs. TORSkills sliding, uncharacteristically inconsistent, but don't count him out yet
24Steven MatzNYMvs. COLRockies have trouble with LHP away from Coors
25Jon GrayCOLat NYMStill working out the kinks, but control has been excellent
26Zach DaviesMILvs. PHIDisappointing first half, chance to start post-break off strong
27Mike LeakeSTLat PITSoft matchup but look for a post-break ERA correction
28Jameson TaillonPITvs. STL
29Rich HillLADat MIAApproaching ace status, but still a risk
30Cole HamelsTEXat KCStrikeouts on the rise, Royals weak vs. LHP
31Dan StrailyMIAvs. LADBetter at home, but Dodgers crush RHP
32Zack GodleyARIat ATLExpect ERA correction in 2H, but landing point still solid
33Charlie MortonHOUvs. MINLooking to get back in first half groove
34Aaron NolaPHIat MILOn a roll entering break, 34 K in last 4 games, spanning 29 1/3 IP
35Lance LynnSTLat PITHomers an issue but Bucs not built to take advantage
36Gerrit ColePITvs. STLLast 7 outings, three with 7 ER allowed, four with two ER of fewer
37James PaxtonSEAat CWSWhite Sox of of best teams versus southpaws
38Sean ManaeaOAKvs. CLEWalks high but still fine sophomore campaign
39Jake ArrietaCHCat BALBattle of disappointments
40Sonny GrayOAKvs. CLEThe rebound is real, but tough draw
41Jose QuintanaCHCat BAL
42Mike FiersHOUvs. MINHomers WAY down, but walks up a bit lately
43Jaime GarciaATLvs. ARIDiamondbacks surprisingly weak versus LHP
44JC RamirezLAAvs. TB
45Aaron SanchezTORat DETComing off shellacking from the Astros
46Matt GarzaMILvs. PHIPhillies third lowest wOBA vs. RHP
47Carlos RodonCWSvs. SEA
48Brandon McCarthyLADat MIA
49Mike FoltynewiczATLvs. ARI
50Rick PorcelloBOSvs. NYY
51Gio GonzalezWASat CIN
52Felix HernandezSEAat CWS
53Anibal SanchezDETvs. TOR
54Joe MusgroveHOUvs. MIN
55Jhoulys ChacinSDvs. SF3.57 ERA/1.25 WHIP over last two months
56Kevin GausmanBALvs. CHC
57Seth LugoNYMvs. COL
58Masahiro TanakaNYYat BOS
59Jason HammelKCvs. TEX
60Luis SeverinoNYYat BOS
61Trevor WilliamsPITvs. STL
62Tyler ChatwoodCOLat NYM
63Taijuan WalkerARIat ATL
64Paul BlackburnOAKvs. CLE
65Ricky NolascoLAAvs. TB
66Andrew MooreSEAat CWS
67Jose UrenaMIAvs. LAD
68Nick PivettaPHIat MIL
69Tanner RoarkWASat CIN
70R.A. DickeyATLvs. ARI
71Mike MontgomeryCHCat BAL
72Edinson VolquezMIAvs. LAD
73Marco EstradaTORat DET
74Ervin SantanaMINat HOU
75Jose BerriosMINat HOU
76Clayton RichardSDvs. SF
77Jeremy HellicksonPHIat MIL
78Ubaldo JimenezBALvs. CHC
79Derek HollandCWSvs. SEA
80Luis CastilloCINvs. WAS
81Martin PerezTEXat KC
82Tim AdlemanCINvs. WAS
83James ShieldsCWSvs. SEA
84Homer BaileyCINvs. WAS
85Parker BridwellLAAvs. TB
86Francisco LirianoTORat DET
87Jordan MontgomeryNYYat BOS
88Patrick CorbinARIat ATL
89Ian KennedyKCvs. TEX
90Bryan MitchellNYYat BOS
91Wade MileyBALvs. CHC
92Kyle GibsonMINat HOU

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