Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Two Jakes are Better than One

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Two Jakes are Better than One

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

As always, remember that rotations are subject to change, so if you see something that looks incorrect, assume that it was a change that occurred since this was written and feel free to politely bring it up in the comments. I'll let you know where the new arm slots.

For the week May 30 - June 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE

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RANKPITCHEROPPONENTCOMMENT
1Chris Saleat DET
2David PriceTOR
3Corey KluberTEX, KCHad 6.16 ERA through 3 starts; since: 2.83 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 48 Ks in 47.7 IP
4Justin Verlanderat LAA, CWSLast four: 1.19 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 37 Ks in 30.3 IP
5Jose Quintanaat NYM, at DET
6Drew Smylyat KC, at MIN
7Rich Hillat HOUSince his shaky debut: 1.96 ERA, 62 Ks in 55 IP
8Danny SalazarKC
9Cole Hamelsat CLE
10Lance McCullersat ARI, OAKA few too many BBs, but 21 Ks in first 15.7 IP of his season
11Kevin GausmanBOS, NYY
12Jake Odorizziat MIN
13Jordan Zimmermannat LAAThis is very much TBD as his grade 1 groin strain could put him on the DL
14Masahiro Tanakaat TOR
15Felix Hernandezat SD
16Taijuan Walkerat TEX
17Marco EstradaNYY, at BOSWe all said Estrada couldn't keep up his .216 BABIP from last year… we were right, it's .213
18Chris TillmanNYY
19Chris Archerat
As always, remember that rotations are subject to change, so if you see something that looks incorrect, assume that it was a change that occurred since this was written and feel free to politely bring it up in the comments. I'll let you know where the new arm slots.

For the week May 30 - June 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE

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RANKPITCHEROPPONENTCOMMENT
1Chris Saleat DET
2David PriceTOR
3Corey KluberTEX, KCHad 6.16 ERA through 3 starts; since: 2.83 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 48 Ks in 47.7 IP
4Justin Verlanderat LAA, CWSLast four: 1.19 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 37 Ks in 30.3 IP
5Jose Quintanaat NYM, at DET
6Drew Smylyat KC, at MIN
7Rich Hillat HOUSince his shaky debut: 1.96 ERA, 62 Ks in 55 IP
8Danny SalazarKC
9Cole Hamelsat CLE
10Lance McCullersat ARI, OAKA few too many BBs, but 21 Ks in first 15.7 IP of his season
11Kevin GausmanBOS, NYY
12Jake Odorizziat MIN
13Jordan Zimmermannat LAAThis is very much TBD as his grade 1 groin strain could put him on the DL
14Masahiro Tanakaat TOR
15Felix Hernandezat SD
16Taijuan Walkerat TEX
17Marco EstradaNYY, at BOSWe all said Estrada couldn't keep up his .216 BABIP from last year… we were right, it's .213
18Chris TillmanNYY
19Chris Archerat KC
20Ian KennedyTB, at CLE60% of his ER have come in two ugly starts; still too many HRs, but pitching well w/KC
21Ervin Santanaat OAK, TB
22Yu DarvishSEADebuts on Saturday! I think there will be hiccups, but really eager to see him back in the majors
23Steven Wrightat BAL, TOR
24J.A. HappNYYNYY has 4th-worst wRC+ v. lefties this year at 79; Happ has allowed 2 ER in 13 IP v. them
25Aaron SanchezNYY
26Hisashi IwakumaSD, at TEX
27Nate KarnsSD, at TEX
28Rick Porcelloat BALHas 5+ Ks in all but one start this year and in 15 of his last 18 dating back to last year
29Nathan Eovaldiat BAL
30Wade Mileyat SDGets a jump in the ranks with a trip to SD
31Carlos Rodonat DET
32CC Sabathiaat TOR, at BALI'll admit, I'm still nervous, but the AL thins out in a hurry and he's been pitching well
33Dallas KeuchelARI
34R.A. Dickeyat BOS
35Josh TomlinTEX, KC
36Marcus Stromanat BOSHas already allowed 12 ER in 10.7 IP v. BOS this year
37Collin McHughat ARI, OAK
38Trevor BauerTEX
39Mike FiersARIFiers & McHugh show the periless margin for error that high-80s fastballs live on; require such good command to succeed
40Michael Pinedaat DET
41Michael FulmerNYYMaking a case to stick in the rotation as Greene & Norris get healthy w/back-to-back gems
42Jesse Hahnat HOU
43Matt ShoemakerDET
44Sean ManaeaMIN
45Matt Mooreat MIN
46Ivan Novaat TOR, at BAL
47Edinson Volquezat CLE
48Tyler Duffeyat OAK, TB
49Eduardo Rodriguezat BAL, TORNot the softest landing to return from the DL with, but the talented lefty could be a big boost for BOS
50Mike ClevingerKC
51Jhoulys ChacinDET, at PITSo much for those early Ks: had 5+ in first three starts; 4 or fewer in last four
52Nicholas Tropeanoat PIT
53Martin PerezSEA
53Doug FisterOAK
54Miguel Gonzalezat NYM
55Matt Andrieseat KC, at MIN
56Pat Deanat OAKHas only allowed 2 ER in each outing so far with 20 Ks in 21 IP; might be worth an AL-only gamble

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57Ricky NolascoTB
58Anibal Sanchezat LAA, CWS
59Hector SantiagoDETJust can't be trusted in shallow formats; not even sure I'd want him in AL-only
60Mike WrightBOS
61Mat Latosat NYM
62Danny DuffyTB
63Yordano Venturaat CLE
64Phil HughesTB
65Joe Kellyat BAL
66Kendall GravemanMIN, at HOU
67Derek Hollandat CLE
68Ubaldo JimenezBOS
69Zach NealMIN
70Colby Lewisat CLE, SEA
71Tyler WilsonBOS, NYY
72Dillon GeeTB, at CLE
73Jered Weaverat PIT
74Mike PelfreyCWS

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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RankPitcherOpponent(s)Comments
1Jake ArrietaLAD, ARIGetting knocked around at STL sent his ERA through the roof to 1.72
2Jose FernandezPIT, NYMBack-to-back 1 BB games after walking 22 in his previous 7 starts
3Clayton KershawATL
4Stephen Strasburgat CIN
5Noah Syndergaardat MIA
6Johnny Cuetoat STL
7Jeff Samardzijaat ATL, at STLSince allowing 5 v. SD (of all teams!): 1.41 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 36 Ks in 38.3 IP w/7+ Ks in 4 of the 5 starts
8Max Scherzerat PHIIt was one bad inning v. StL (3 H, 2 BB, 5 ER in 3rd)
9Madison Bumgarnerat ATL
10Gerrit Coleat MIA, LAAEscaping jams lately w/1.04 ERA, but a 1.15 WHIP in his last four
11Jacob deGromCWS
12Steven MatzCWS
13Jon LesterLAD
14Zack Greinkeat HOUSince those 7 ER v. StL: 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 34 Ks in 34 IP; low-3.00s is about what I figured for him this year
15Drew PomeranzCOLWalks (4.2 BB/9) hurt a lot less when you're allowing an MLB-best 5.1 H/9
16Jason HammelLAD, ARI
17Aaron NolaWAS, MIL
18Vince VelasquezMIL
19Tanner Roarkat PHI, at CINCarrying a mid-2.00s ERA both home and away so a double up on the road against 2 anemic offenses should go well
20John LackeyARI
21Julio Teheranat LADLast 7: 1.17 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 45 Ks in 47 IP
22Jaime Garciaat MIL
23Gio Gonzalezat CIN
24Carlos Martinezat MIL, SF
25Jimmy Nelsonat PHI
26Joe Rossat PHI
27Matt HarveyCWS, at MIAThe way he's going, I'm not sure I can stomach two starts… but I'm still starting him
28James Shieldsat SEA, COL
29Kenta Maedaat CHC
30Kyle HendricksLAD
31Wei-Yin ChenPITPIT is MLB's 2nd-best team v. LHP w/a 128 wRC+
32Francisco LirianoLAA
33Scott Kazmirat CHC, ATL
34Adam ConleyPITA missed opportunity against a terrible ATL team (2nd-worst v. LHP); gonna have hiccups, but an intriguing arm
35Michael WachaSFThree straight 4 IP Shellackings looks a lot like an injury unfortunately
36Jerad EickhoffMIL
37Jeremy HellicksonWAS, MIL
38Matt WislerSF, at LAD
39Adam WainwrightSFFinding some success, but it's still pretty bland with a bunch of baseline QS
40Junior GuerraSTL, at PHIHas an 11% SwStr rate in each of his five starts so far
41Bartolo Colonat MIA
42Brandon FinneganWAS
43Dan Strailyat COL, WASLast 6: 2.72 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 35 Ks in 36.3 IP going 6+ in five of the six starts
44Mike Leakeat MIL
45Juan Nicasioat MIA
46Julio Uriasat CHCRoughed up in his first inning, but showed some impressive poise; visibly tipped his changeup & will need to curb that to find regular success
47Patrick CorbinHOU, at CHCThe changeup hasn't progressed at all and further widened his platoon split
48Jon GrayCIN, at SD
49Chad BettisCIN, at SD
50Andrew Cashnerat SEA, COL

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51Alex Woodat CHC, ATLJust not sure if he's going to make the starts w/his triceps tightness right now
52Tyler ChatwoodCIN
53Eddie ButlerCIN
54Christian FriedrichSEATwo good starts out of three for the former top prospect… he's on my watchlist for NL-only right now
55Cesar VargasSEA
56Chase Andersonat PHI
57Robbie Rayat HOU
58Jon Nieseat MIA
59Tom KoehlerNYM
60Jake Peavyat ATL, at STL
61Adam MorganWAS
62Matt Cain replacementat ATLHe was DL'd… it'll probably be Chris Heston, but he's fringy for even NL-only
63Wily PeraltaSTL, at PHI
64Jon Moscotat COL, WAS
65Mike FoltynewiczSF, at LAD
66Archie Bradleyat CHCTrips to SF, COL, and now CHC open up his season
67Williams PerezSF
68Zach DaviesSTL
69Aaron BlairSF
70Chris Rusinat SD
71Jeff Lockeat MIA, LAA
72Justin NicolinoPIT, NYM
73John Lambat COLHasn't looked anything like the interesting arm he was for 10 starts last year
74Rubby De La Rosa replacementHOU, at CHC
75Alfredo Simonat COLThe DFS prices for the Rockies could set records!

MLB TOP 100

RANKPITCHEROPPONENTCOMMENT
1Jake ArrietaLAD, ARIGetting knocked around at STL sent his ERA through the roof to 1.72
2Jose FernandezPIT, NYMBack-to-back 1 BB games after walking 22 in his previous 7 starts
3Clayton KershawATL
4Stephen Strasburgat CIN
5Chris Saleat DET
6Noah Syndergaardat MIA
7Johnny Cuetoat STL
8Jeff Samardzijaat ATL, at STLSince allowing 5 v. SD (of all teams!): 1.41 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 36 Ks in 38.3 IP w/7+ Ks in 4 of the 5 starts
9Max Scherzerat PHIIt was one bad inning v. StL (3 H, 2 BB, 5 ER in 3rd)
10Madison Bumgarnerat ATL
11David PriceTOR
12Corey KluberTEX, KCHad 6.16 ERA through 3 starts; since: 2.83 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 48 Ks in 47.7 IP
13Justin Verlanderat LAA, CWSLast four: 1.19 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 37 Ks in 30.3 IP
14Gerrit Coleat MIA, LAAEscaping jams lately w/1.04 ERA, but a 1.15 WHIP in his last four
15Jacob deGromCWS
16Steven MatzCWS
17Jose Quintanaat NYM, at DET
18Drew Smylyat KC, at MIN
19Rich Hillat HOUSince his shaky debut: 1.96 ERA, 62 Ks in 55 IP
20Jon LesterLAD
21Zack Greinkeat HOUSince those 7 ER v. StL: 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 34 Ks in 34 IP; low-3.00s is about what I figured for him this year
22Danny SalazarKC
23Drew PomeranzCOLWalks (4.2 BB/9) hurt a lot less when you're allowing an MLB-best 5.1 H/9
24Cole Hamelsat CLE
25Jason HammelLAD, ARI
26Aaron NolaWAS, MIL
27Lance McCullersat ARI, OAKA few too many BBs, but 21 Ks in first 15.7 IP of his season
28Kevin GausmanBOS, NYY
29Vince VelasquezMIL
30Jake Odorizziat MIN
31Tanner Roarkat PHI, at CINCarrying a mid-2.00s ERA both home and away so a double up on the road against 2 anemic offenses should go well
32Jordan Zimmermannat LAAThis is very much TBD as his grade 1 groin strain could put him on the DL
33John LackeyARI
34Julio Teheranat LADLast 7: 1.17 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 45 Ks in 47 IP
35Masahiro Tanakaat TOR
36Felix Hernandezat SD
37Jaime Garciaat MIL
38Gio Gonzalezat CIN
39Taijuan Walkerat TEX
40Marco EstradaNYY, at BOSWe all said Estrada couldn't keep up his .216 BABIP from last year… we were right, it's .213
41Chris TillmanNYY
42Chris Archerat KC
43Carlos Martinezat MIL, SF
44Jimmy Nelsonat PHI
45Ian KennedyTB, at CLE60% of his ER have come in two ugly starts; still too many HRs, but pitching well w/KC
46Ervin Santanaat OAK, TB
47Yu DarvishSEADebuts on Saturday! I think there will be hiccups, but really eager to see him back in the majors
48Steven Wrightat BAL, TOR
49Joe Rossat PHI
50Matt HarveyCWS, at MIAThe way he's going, I'm not sure I can stomach two starts… but I'm still starting him
51James Shieldsat SEA, COL
52J.A. HappNYYNYY has 4th-worst wRC+ v. lefties this year at 79; Happ has allowed 2 ER in 13 IP v. them
53Aaron SanchezNYY
54Hisashi IwakumaSD, at TEX
55Nate KarnsSD, at TEX
56Kenta Maedaat CHC
57Kyle HendricksLAD
58Wei-Yin ChenPITPIT is MLB's 2nd-best team v. LHP w/a 128 wRC+
59Rick Porcelloat BALHas 5+ Ks in all but one start this year and in 15 of his last 18 dating back to last year
60Nathan Eovaldiat BAL
61Wade Mileyat SDGets a jump in the ranks with a trip to SD
62Francisco LirianoLAA
63Scott Kazmirat CHC, ATL
64Carlos Rodonat DET
65Adam ConleyPITA missed opportunity against a terrible ATL team (2nd-worst v. LHP); gonna have hiccups, but an intriguing arm
66CC Sabathiaat TOR, at BALI'll admit, I'm still nervous, but the AL thins out in a hurry and he's been pitching well
67Dallas KeuchelARI
68R.A. Dickeyat BOS
69Josh TomlinTEX, KC
70Michael WachaSFThree straight 4 IP Shellackings looks a lot like an injury unfortunately
71Marcus Stromanat BOSHas already allowed 12 ER in 10.7 IP v. BOS this year
72Collin McHughat ARI, OAK
73Jerad EickhoffMIL
74Jeremy HellicksonWAS, MIL
75Matt WislerSF, at LAD
76Trevor BauerTEX
77Mike FiersARIFiers & McHugh show the periless margin for error that high-80s fastballs live on; require such good command to succeed
78Adam WainwrightSFFinding some success, but it's still pretty bland with a bunch of baseline QS
79Junior GuerraSTL, at PHIHas an 11% SwStr rate in each of his five starts so far
80Michael Pinedaat DET
81Bartolo Colonat MIA
82Brandon FinneganWAS
83Dan Strailyat COL, WASLast 6: 2.72 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 35 Ks in 36.3 IP going 6+ in five of the six starts
84Mike Leakeat MIL
85Michael FulmerNYYMaking a case to stick in the rotation as Greene & Norris get healthy w/back-to-back gems
85Jesse Hahnat HOU
86Matt ShoemakerDET
87Sean ManaeaMIN
88Juan Nicasioat MIA
89Julio Uriasat CHCRoughed up in his first inning, but showed some impressive poise; visibly tipped his changeup & will need to curb that to find regular success
90Patrick CorbinHOU, at CHCThe changeup hasn't progressed at all and further widened his platoon split
91Matt Mooreat MIN
92Ivan Novaat TOR, at BAL
93Jon GrayCIN, at SD
94Chad BettisCIN, at SD
96Edinson Volquezat CLE
97Tyler Duffeyat OAK, TB
98Eduardo Rodriguezat BAL, TORNot the softest landing to return from the DL with, but the talented lefty could be a big boost for BOS
99Andrew Cashnerat SEA, COL
100Alex Woodat CHC, ATLJust not sure if he's going to make the starts w/his triceps tightness right now

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