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Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Kluber Climbing Back

Todd Zola

Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year.

It's an interesting week for double-dips as there are several middle-of-the-road starters in tough spots, dropping their rank. The baseline for some homer-prone hurlers was adjusted, as discussed in this week's Z Files.

As usual, there are several spots in flux, with some quality arms potentially returning. To that end, I'm happy to announce from here on out, we'll be updating the rankings Sunday evenings, after each team has firmed up their plans for the upcoming week.

UPDATED: Monday June 19 12:05 AM ET

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1 Corey Kluber CLE at BAL, vs. MIN ERA will drop, fanned 28 with just 4 walks in last 19 innings
2 Michael Pineda NYY vs. LAA, vs. TEX Homers remain a concern
3 Chris Sale BOS at KC Could pick up Sunday start, bumping him to second spot
4 Dylan Bundy BAL vs. CLE, at TB  
5 Jake Odorizzi TB vs. CIN, vs. BAL Helped by a pair in The Trop
6 Chris Archer TB vs. BAL  
7 Ervin Santana MIN vs. CWS, at CLE Regression slowly kicking in, still a very good pitcher
8 Carlos Carrasco CLE at BAL  
9 Marco Estrada TOR at TEX, at KC  
10 Michael Fulmer DET at SD Dealing with shoulder inflammation
11 Lance McCullers HOU at SEA  
12 Justin Verlander DET at SEA  
13 Aaron Sanchez TOR at SD  
14 James Paxton SEA vs. DET Roughed up last time, tough draw for a rebound
15 Luis Severino NYY vs. LAA  
16 Jason Vargas KC vs. TOR  
17 Jose Berrios MIN vs. CWS  
18 Yu Darvish TEX at NYY  
19 Sonny Gray OAK vs. HOU, at CWS Back to being useful, not the best scenarios
20 Mike Fiers HOU at OAK  
21 Tyson Ross TEX vs. TOR  
22 Sean Manaea OAK vs. HOU  
23 David Paulino HOU at OAK  
24 Jacob Faria TB vs. BAL Home field advantage and no Chris Davis
25 Francis Martes HOU at OAK  
26 Drew Pomeranz BOS at KC Royals have been pummeling LHP the past month
27 Marcus Stroman TOR at TEX  
28 Josh Tomlin CLE at BAL, vs. MIN  
29 Jason Hammel KC vs. BOS, vs. TOR Neither offense clicking, but still risky
30 Jose Quintana CWS at MIN  
31 David Price BOS vs. LAA  
32 Masahiro Tanaka NYY vs. TEX  
33 Jordan Montgomery NYY vs. LAA  
34 Alex Cobb TB vs. CIN  
35 Brad Peacock HOU at OAK, at SEA  
36 Felix Hernandez SEA vs. HOU  
37 Rick Porcello BOS vs. LAA Tapping out, finally adjusted for high homers
38 Ian Kennedy KC vs. BOS  
39 Erasmo Ramirez TB vs. CIN  
40 Luis Cessa NYY vs. TEX  
41 Ariel Miranda SEA vs. DET  
42 Hector Velazquez BOS at KC, vs. LAA May get skipped for second start
43 Jordan Zimmermann DET at SEA  
44 Jharel Cotton OAK at CWS  
45 Trevor Bauer CLE vs. MIN  
46 Joe Musgrove HOU at SEA  
47 James Shields CWS vs. OAK  
48 Buck Farmer DET at SD  
49 Joe Biagini TOR at TEX  
50 Francisco Liriano TOR at TEX, at KC  
51 Daniel Norris DET at SEA  
52 Matt Strahm KC vs. BOS  
53 Jake Junis KC vs. TOR  
54 Alex Meyer LAA at BOS  
55 J.A. Happ TOR at KC  
56 Mike Clevinger CLE at BAL  
57 Derek Holland CWS at MIN, vs. OAK  
58 Yovani Gallardo SEA vs. DET  
59 Hisashi Iwakuma SEA vs. HOU  
60 Daniel Gossett OAK vs. HOU, at CWS  
61 Sam Gaviglio SEA vs. DET  
62 Chris Tillman BAL vs. CLE, at TB  
63 Mike Pelfrey CWS vs. OAK  
64 Anibal Sanchez DET at SEA  
65 Nick Martinez TEX vs. TOR, at NYY  
66 Martin Perez TEX vs. TOR  
67 Ubaldo Jimenez BAL at TB  
68 JC Ramirez LAA at BOS  
69 Austin Bibens-Dirkx TEX vs. TOR, at NYY  
70 Jesse Hahn OAK vs. HOU  
71 Adalberto Mejia MIN at CLE  
72 Parker Bridwell LAA at NYY, at BOS  
73 Wade Miley BAL vs. CLE  
74 Jesse Chavez LAA at NYY  
75 Ricky Nolasco LAA at NYY  
76 Nik Turley MIN vs. CWS  
77 Christian Bergman SEA vs. HOU  
78 Kevin Gausman BAL vs. CLE  
79 David Holmberg CWS at MIN  
80 Kyle Gibson MIN at CLE  

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Rank Pitcher TEAM Opponent(s) Comments
1 Clayton Kershaw LAD vs. NYM, vs. COL  
2 Jon Lester CHC vs. SD, at MIA More inconsistent than usual, but favorable matchups
3 Johnny Cueto SF at ATL, vs. NYM One of many pitchers with bloated a home run rate
4 Julio Teheran ATL vs. SF, vs. MIL Not many LHB to worry about in either opponent
5 Max Scherzer WAS at MIA  
6 Mike Leake STL at PHI, vs. PIT Draws a pair of bottom-ten offenses versus RHP
7 Zack Greinke ARI at COL, vs. PHI Hope for minimal damage in Coors
8 Carlos Martinez STL at PHI  
9 Stephen Strasburg WAS vs. CIN  
10 Robbie Ray ARI vs. PHI  
11 Gerrit Cole PIT at MIL, at STL HR/9 tripled from last two seasons
12 Tanner Roark WAS at MIA, vs. CIN Reasonable matchup in good pitching venues
13 Steven Matz NYM at LAD  
14 Alex Wood LAD vs. NYM  
15 Michael Wacha STL at PHI  
16 Ivan Nova PIT at MIL  
17 Aaron Nola PHI vs. STL  
18 Jake Arrieta CHC at MIA  
19 Mike Montgomery CHC vs. SD, at MIA Nice matchups, but not completely stretched out
20 Jameson Taillon PIT at STL  
21 Lance Lynn STL vs. PIT  
22 Mike Foltynewicz ATL vs. MIL  
23 Brandon McCarthy LAD vs. NYM, vs. COL Throwing well between DL stints
24 John Lackey CHC at MIA Whiffs and walks fine, homers through the roof
25 Junior Guerra MIL vs. PIT  
26 Jeff Samardzija SF at ATL Glad to be out or Coors Field
27 Edinson Volquez MIA vs. WAS, vs. CHC Home park helps, but a couple of dangerous lineups
28 Rich Hill LAD vs. NYM So much for getting a part-time ace at a discount
29 Chad Kuhl PIT at MIL, at STL  
30 Jaime Garcia ATL vs. SF  
31 Chase Anderson MIL vs. PIT  
32 Jacob deGrom NYM at SF CG last time, but only 6 K and 4 BB
33 Kyle Freeland COL at LAD  
34 Joe Ross WAS vs. CIN  
35 R.A. Dickey ATL vs. SF, vs. MIL On paper, beatable lineups, but never know with knuckler
36 Gio Gonzalez WAS at MIA  
37 Vance Worley MIA vs. WAS, vs. CHC Home field boost
38 Jose Urena MIA vs. CHC  
39 Jeff Hoffman COL vs. ARI Could be wrong, but need to see more success at Coors
40 Dan Straily MIA vs. WAS  
41 Trevor Williams PIT at MIL  
42 Seth Lugo NYM at SF  
43 Amir Garrett CIN at TB Park upgrade and Rays struggle vs. southpaws
44 Zach Davies MIL vs. PIT, at ATL First half disappointment, stop back in skills across the board
45 Adam Wainwright STL vs. PIT  
46 Nick Pivetta PHI vs. STL Impressive vs. Red Sox last week, keep an eye on him
47 Dinelson Lamet SD vs. DET  
48 Tyler Chatwood COL at LAD  
49 Jeremy Hellickson PHI vs. STL, at ARI  
50 Eddie Butler CHC vs. SD  
51 Miguel Diaz SD at CHC Cubs below average vs. RHP
52 Jimmy Nelson MIL at ATL  
53 Tim Adleman CIN at TB  
54 German Marquez COL vs. ARI, at LAD  
55 Patrick Corbin ARI vs. PHI  
56 Ty Blach SF vs. NYM  
57 Scott Feldman CIN at TB, at WAS  
58 Bartolo Colon ATL vs. SF  
59 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD vs. COL  
60 Zack Wheeler NYM at LAD, at SF  
61 Jhoulys Chacin SD at CHC  
62 Matt Moore SF at ATL, vs. NYM  
63 Luis Perdomo SD vs. DET  
64 Zack Godley ARI at COL  
65 Matt Garza MIL vs. PIT, at ATL  
66 Robert Gsellman NYM at LAD  
67 Clayton Richard SD at CHC, vs. DET  
68 Cody Reed CIN at WAS  
69 Jeff Locke MIA vs. CHC  
70 Jerad Eickhoff PHI at ARI  
71 Antonio Senzatela COL vs. ARI  
72 Ben Lively PHI at ARI  
73 Matt Cain SF at ATL  
74 Taijuan Walker ARI at COL  
75 Bronson Arroyo CIN at WAS  
76 Tyler Pill NYM at LAD  

MLB

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPPONENT COMMENT
1 Clayton Kershaw LAD vs. NYM, vs. COL  
2 Corey Kluber CLE at BAL, vs. MIN ERA will drop, fanned 28 with just 4 walks in last 19 innings
3 Jon Lester CHC vs. SD, at MIA More inconsistent than usual, but favorable matchups
4 Michael Pineda NYY vs. LAA, vs. TEX Homers remain a concern
5 Chris Sale BOS at KC Could pick up Sunday start, bumping him to second spot
6 Johnny Cueto SF at ATL, vs. NYM One of many pitchers with bloated a home run rate
7 Julio Teheran ATL vs. SF, vs. MIL Not many LHB to worry about in either opponent
8 Max Scherzer WAS at MIA  
9 Mike Leake STL at PHI, vs. PIT Draws a pair of bottom-ten offenses versus RHP
10 Zack Greinke ARI at COL, vs. PHI Hope for minimal damage in Coors
11 Carlos Martinez STL at PHI  
12 Dylan Bundy BAL vs. CLE, at TB  
13 Stephen Strasburg WAS vs. CIN  
14 Jake Odorizzi TB vs. CIN, vs. BAL Helped by a pair in The Trop
15 Chris Archer TB vs. BAL  
16 Robbie Ray ARI vs. PHI  
17 Ervin Santana MIN vs. CWS, at CLE Regression slowly kicking in, still a very good pitcher
18 Carlos Carrasco CLE at BAL  
19 Gerrit Cole PIT at MIL, at STL HR/9 tripled from last two seasons
20 Marco Estrada TOR at TEX, at KC  
21 Tanner Roark WAS at MIA, vs. CIN Reasonable matchup in good pitching venues
22 Steven Matz NYM at LAD  
23 Alex Wood LAD vs. NYM  
24 Michael Wacha STL at PHI  
25 Michael Fulmer DET at SD Dealing with shoulder inflammation
26 Ivan Nova PIT at MIL  
27 Lance McCullers HOU at SEA  
28 Justin Verlander DET at SEA  
29 Aaron Sanchez TOR at SD  
30 James Paxton SEA vs. DET Roughed up last time, tough draw for a rebound
31 Aaron Nola PHI vs. STL  
32 Jake Arrieta CHC at MIA  
33 Luis Severino NYY vs. LAA  
34 Jason Vargas KC vs. TOR  
35 Mike Montgomery CHC vs. SD, at MIA Nice matchups, but not completely stretched out
36 Jameson Taillon PIT at STL  
37 Lance Lynn STL vs. PIT  
38 Mike Foltynewicz ATL vs. MIL  
39 Brandon McCarthy LAD vs. NYM, vs. COL Throwing well between DL stints
40 John Lackey CHC at MIA Whiffs and walks fine, homers through the roof
41 Jose Berrios MIN vs. CWS  
42 Yu Darvish TEX at NYY  
43 Junior Guerra MIL vs. PIT  
44 Jeff Samardzija SF at ATL Glad to be out or Coors Field
45 Edinson Volquez MIA vs. WAS, vs. CHC Home park helps, but a couple of dangerous lineups
46 Sonny Gray OAK vs. HOU, at CWS Back to being useful, not the best scenarios
47 Mike Fiers HOU at OAK  
48 Rich Hill LAD vs. NYM So much for getting a part-time ace at a discount
49 Chad Kuhl PIT at MIL, at STL  
50 Jaime Garcia ATL vs. SF  
51 Tyson Ross TEX vs. TOR  
52 Chase Anderson MIL vs. PIT  
53 Sean Manaea OAK vs. HOU  
54 David Paulino HOU at OAK  
55 Jacob Faria TB vs. BAL Home field advantage and no Chris Davis
56 Francis Martes HOU at OAK  
57 Drew Pomeranz BOS at KC Royals have been pummeling LHP the past month
58 Jacob deGrom NYM at SF CG last time, but only 6 K and 4 BB
59 Kyle Freeland COL at LAD  
60 Joe Ross WAS vs. CIN  
61 Marcus Stroman TOR at TEX  
62 Josh Tomlin CLE at BAL, vs. MIN  
63 Jason Hammel KC vs. BOS, vs. TOR Neither offense clicking, but still risky
64 Jose Quintana CWS at MIN  
65 David Price BOS vs. LAA  
66 R.A. Dickey ATL vs. SF, vs. MIL On paper, beatable lineups, but never know with knuckler
67 Gio Gonzalez WAS at MIA  
68 Vance Worley MIA vs. WAS, vs. CHC Home field boost
69 Masahiro Tanaka NYY vs. TEX  
70 Jose Urena MIA vs. CHC  
71 Jeff Hoffman COL vs. ARI Could be wrong, but need to see more success at Coors
72 Dan Straily MIA vs. WAS  
73 Trevor Williams PIT at MIL  
74 Seth Lugo NYM at SF  
75 Jordan Montgomery NYY vs. LAA  
76 Amir Garrett CIN at TB Park upgrade and Rays struggle vs. southpaws
77 Alex Cobb TB vs. CIN  
78 Zach Davies MIL vs. PIT, at ATL First half disappointment, stop back in skills across the board
79 Brad Peacock HOU at OAK, at SEA  
80 Felix Hernandez SEA vs. HOU  
81 Rick Porcello BOS vs. LAA Tapping out, finally adjusted for high homers
82 Ian Kennedy KC vs. BOS  
83 Erasmo Ramirez TB vs. CIN  
84 Luis Cessa NYY vs. TEX  
85 Ariel Miranda SEA vs. DET  
86 Adam Wainwright STL vs. PIT  
87 Hector Velazquez BOS at KC, vs. LAA May get skipped for second start
88 Nick Pivetta PHI vs. STL Impressive vs. Red Sox last week, keep an eye on him
89 Dinelson Lamet SD vs. DET  
90 Jordan Zimmermann DET at SEA  
91 Tyler Chatwood COL at LAD  
92 Jeremy Hellickson PHI vs. STL, at ARI  
93 Eddie Butler CHC vs. SD  
94 Jharel Cotton OAK at CWS  
95 Miguel Diaz SD at CHC Cubs below average vs. RHP
96 Jimmy Nelson MIL at ATL  
97 Tim Adleman CIN at TB  
98 Trevor Bauer CLE vs. MIN  
99 German Marquez COL vs. ARI, at LAD  
100 Joe Musgrove HOU at SEA  
101 James Shields CWS vs. OAK  
102 Buck Farmer DET at SD  
103 Joe Biagini TOR at TEX  
104 Francisco Liriano TOR at TEX, at KC  
105 Daniel Norris DET at SEA  
106 Matt Strahm KC vs. BOS  
107 Patrick Corbin ARI vs. PHI  
108 Jake Junis KC vs. TOR  
109 Ty Blach SF vs. NYM  
110 Alex Meyer LAA at BOS  
111 Scott Feldman CIN at TB, at WAS  
112 J.A. Happ TOR at KC  
113 Mike Clevinger CLE at BAL  
114 Bartolo Colon ATL vs. SF  
115 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD vs. COL  
116 Derek Holland CWS at MIN, vs. OAK  
117 Yovani Gallardo SEA vs. DET  
118 Zack Wheeler NYM at LAD, at SF  
119 Hisashi Iwakuma SEA vs. HOU  
120 Daniel Gossett OAK vs. HOU, at CWS  
121 Jhoulys Chacin SD at CHC  
122 Matt Moore SF at ATL, vs. NYM  
123 Sam Gaviglio SEA vs. DET  
124 Luis Perdomo SD vs. DET  
125 Chris Tillman BAL vs. CLE, at TB  
126 Zack Godley ARI at COL  
127 Matt Garza MIL vs. PIT, at ATL  
128 Mike Pelfrey CWS vs. OAK  
129 Anibal Sanchez DET at SEA  
130 Robert Gsellman NYM at LAD  
131 Clayton Richard SD at CHC, vs. DET  
132 Nick Martinez TEX vs. TOR, at NYY  
133 Cody Reed CIN at WAS  
134 Martin Perez TEX vs. TOR  
135 Ubaldo Jimenez BAL at TB  
136 Jeff Locke MIA vs. CHC  
137 Jerad Eickhoff PHI at ARI  
138 JC Ramirez LAA at BOS  
139 Antonio Senzatela COL vs. ARI  
140 Austin Bibens-Dirkx TEX vs. TOR, at NYY  
141 Jesse Hahn OAK vs. HOU  
142 Adalberto Mejia MIN at CLE  
143 Parker Bridwell LAA at NYY, at BOS  
144 Ben Lively PHI at ARI  
145 Wade Miley BAL vs. CLE  
146 Jesse Chavez LAA at NYY  
147 Ricky Nolasco LAA at NYY  
148 Nik Turley MIN vs. CWS  
149 Matt Cain SF at ATL  
150 Taijuan Walker ARI at COL  
151 Christian Bergman SEA vs. HOU  
152 Bronson Arroyo CIN at WAS  
153 Kevin Gausman BAL vs. CLE  
154 David Holmberg CWS at MIN  
155 Tyler Pill NYM at LAD  
156 Kyle Gibson MIN at CLE