Fantasy Baseball

The Rubber: Top 75 SP Rest-of-Season Rankings

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I present to you my top 75 starting pitcher rankings for the remainder of 2013. I’d trade anyone for any player listed above them.  I present them without comment as we go along because I’m balls deep in football material trying to get our Football Draft Guide ready to launch. Check that out; it’s coming very, very soon. But next week I’ll follow up on the piece and discuss some specific names.

If you have any comment on the rankings or if you disagree, I’d love to be distracted from work today and discuss things with you in the comment section below. Enjoy!

Tier 1

1              Clayton Kershaw              100% owned

2              Adam Wainwright            100% owned

3              Yu Darvish                           100% owned

4              Stephen Strasburg          100% owned

5              Felix Hernandez               100% owned

6              Matt Harvey                       100% owned

7              Max Scherzer                    100% owned

8              Chris Sale                             100% owned

9              Cliff Lee                                100% owned

10           Madison Bumgarner       100% owned

Tier 2

11           Justin Verlander               100% owned

12           Cole Hamels                       100% owned

13           Hisashi Iwakuma              99.6% owned

14           CC Sabathia                        100% owned

15           David Price                          100% owned

16           Anibal Sanchez                  100% owned

17           Jordan Zimmermann      100% owned

18           Mat Latos                            100% owned

19           Doug Fister                         96.2% owned

20           Mike Minor                        100% owned

Tier 3

21           Homer Bailey                     100% owned

22           Shelby Miller                      100% owned

23           James Shields                    100% owned

24           Zack Greinke                      100% owned

25           Matt Garza                         100% owned

26           Jeff Samardzija                 93.7% owned

27           Bartolo Colon                     100% owned

28           A.J. Burnett                        100% owned

29           Matt Cain                            99.5% owned

30           Derek Holland                   100% owned

31           Patrick Corbin                    100% owned

Tier 4

32           Hiroki Kuroda                     100% owned

33           Gio Gonzalez                     100% owned

34           Lance Lynn                          100% owned

35           John Lackey                        100% owned

36           Jake Peavy                          64.8% owned

37           Jered Weaver                    100% owned

38           Kris Medlen                        95.5% owned

39           Jose Fernandez                  100% owned

40           Justin Masterson             100% owned

41           Julio Teheran                     100% owned

42           Francisco Liriano               100% owned

Tier 5

43           Ervin Santana                     74.9% owned

44           Hyun-Jin Ryu                      100% owned

45           Matt Moore                       100% owned

46           R.A. Dickey                         94.9% owned

47           Corey Kluber                      16.3% owned

48           Dillon Gee                           6.3% owned

49           Ricky Nolasco                     63.1% owned

50           Edwin Jackson                   19.2% owned

51           Tim Lincecum                     93.6% owned

52           Jeremy Hellickson            93.9% owned

53           A.J. Griffin                           44.2% owned

Tier 6

54           Brandon Beachy               29.7% owned

55           Jarrod Parker                     65.1% owned

56           Tim Hudson                        70.4% owned

57           Mike Leake                         98.2% owned

58           C.J. Wilson                          100% owned

59           Kyle Kendrick                     24.2% owned

60           Rick Porcello                       6.6% owned

61           Roberto Hernandez        1.1% owned

62           Ubaldo Jimenez                16.9% owned

63           Yovani Gallardo                 60.8% owned

64           Jeremy Hefner                  60.3% owned

65           Jeff Locke                            100% owned

Tier 7

66           Kyle Lohse                          62.7% owned

67           Wade Miley                        44.5% owned

68           Andy Pettitte                     15% owned

69           Tommy Milone                 53.7% owned

70           Andrew Cashner              9.6% owned

71           Phil Hughes                        20% owned

72           Bud Norris                           5.3% owned

73           Ryan Dempster                 44.7% owned

74           Jon Lester                           93.1% owned

75           Travis Wood                       97% owned

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10 Comments

  1. Michael Berman
    July 18, 2013 at 10:00 am — Reply

    What are your thoughts on Iwakuma ROW?

  2. Brett Talley
    July 18, 2013 at 10:06 am — Reply

    Still like him quite a bit. Think his struggles lately have just been the result mainly of a run of bad homer luck. His control has remained excellent, and though his K% has dipped as we’ve gone along this year, his velocity is actually up recently. So I think he’ll be just fine.

  3. Jeremy
    July 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    I’m curious why Parker dropped 10 spots from your rankings in early June considering he’s pitched so much better over the past couple of months. Concerns? Thanks!

  4. Brett Talley
    July 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    I was a big Parker fan in the preseason, and I liked what he showed in May, so that’s why I had him higher in my early June ranks. But I don’t like what he’s done since then. I know the surface numbers look good, but his strikeout rate has been well below average, and he’s had all the recent success because of a .175 BABIP since June. That won’t keep up. And if his skills don’t rebound before the luck runs out, he’s got some rough starts ahead of him.

  5. M Hudson
    July 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    Travis Woods keeps being ranked fairly low by every expert. He has a 2.79 ERA and 1.04 WHIP half way through the season, What am I missing? Should I try and make a trade for the likes of Kluber or Gee?

    • Brett Talley
      July 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm — Reply

      Wood has the highest xFIP and highest SIERA out of that trio. He has the worst strikeout rate, he has the worst walk rate. In other words, he’s shown the lowest level of skill but has produced the best results. The reason is that he’s been very lucky. He has a .227 BABIP, which is the lowest mark in the league and completely unsustainable. He also has a 5.8% HR/FB ratio which is very low for any pitcher, but especially low for one who has bad strikeout and walk skills and who plays in a homer friendly home park. He’s also an extreme fly ball pitcher. He has the 5th highest fly ball rate among pitchers. so when that home run luck turns, it’s going to hit him especially hard.

      • M Hudson
        July 19, 2013 at 11:24 am — Reply

        Thanks~!! He is currently has an ESPN PR of #18 and I will get him on the trading block immediately for some batting. I appreciate it~!!

  6. steves
    July 19, 2013 at 5:15 am — Reply

    Where would a healthy Alex Cobb fall in your rankings….

    • Brett Talley
      July 19, 2013 at 9:31 am — Reply

      Back end of tier 3 or top end of tier 4

  7. July 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm — Reply

    Surprised to see that Clay Buchholz was done for the year, since 13-1 apparently wasn’t good enough to make the top 75 for the second half

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