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2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings: Starting Pitchers Revamped

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings
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In order to start off this week’s edition of the 2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings, I want to clear up the title of this article. It is never good to have an unclear title.

No, the title is not referring to starting pitchers revamping themselves in the actually MLB. As I am sure all of you (not all?) realized, I missed last week’s article. To make up for that, I started my project of fully tearing down and starting over again with these rankings, starting with the starting pitchers.

So while I did base the rest of the positions off of the previous version of these rankings (with changes to reflect the last two weeks, obviously, just no revamp), I will end up revamping the entirety of these rankings within the coming weeks to get these to where I want them to be.

For this week though, we focused on starting pitchers. Before I reveal the rankings, let’s go over the stock changes over the past two weeks in my rankings, but as you might have guessed, only go over the starting pitchers.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

Note: the following two sections do not include every single player with large jumps and falls in the rankings. Since I totally revamped the rankings, there were a lot of big changes, so I couldn’t document all of them. I tried to include the most notable ones below.

Stock Up

All of the players in this Stock Up section have a similarity. They all are pitchers who haven’t been elite in the past but are performing that way this season. In past editions, we have failed to represent their successes this season because we expected them to bottom out. That never happened.

Alex Wood, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

The first, and most extreme of these players, is Alex Wood. Clayton Kershaw may be the man for the Dodgers, but Alex Wood sure has done his best impression this season. His ridiculous 11-1 record and 2.17 ERA have had a large contribution towards the Dodgers’ MLB best rotation. Wood is only 26, and actually, has a 3.17 ERA, so this season may not even be a fluke. That is a scary thought considering the Dodgers’ success this year when Wood is on the top of his game.

Ivan Nova, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Ivan Nova had been a solid innings eater for the Yankees for a long time. He enjoyed great success after a midseason move that found him on the Pirates, and he finished out the season strong. That success has carried over into this season, as he carries a 10-6 record with a 3.27 ERA. Although he doesn’t provide many strikeouts (73 on the season), he has been a great contributor in the wins, ERA and WHIP categories so far this year and shows no signs of slowing down.

Jimmy Nelson, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

Jimmy Nelson has been a big part of the Brewers’ surprise success this season. His 8-5 record, 3.43 ERA, 1.2 WHIP and 132 strikeouts also have made him a big part of Fantasy teams this year in all categories. There isn’t anything else to say other than he should be a solid rock in anyone’s rotation down the stretch.

Gio Gonzalez, SP, Washington Nationals

The most accomplished player on this list, Gio Gonzalez is enjoying the success that he hasn’t seen since the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He has a solid 8-5 record, but his 2.83 ERA would be a career best, and his 119 strikeouts and 1.2 WHIP aren’t shabby either.


Stock Down

Similar to the players in the Stock Up section, all of the Stock Down players have a glaring similarity. All of the following pitchers have a track history of success but haven’t played like their usual selves this season. We failed to represent these players correctly in these rankings because we expected a turnaround. After all, these are Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings, not Knee-Jerk Reaction Rankings.

Masahiro Tanaka, SP, New York Yankees

With that said, the first player that meets that criteria is Masahiro Tanaka. Despite the Yankees’ success, Tanaka hasn’t been able to take advantage of that and apply it to his own numbers. His 7-9 record is below what is expected but isn’t terrible, but his 5.37 ERA is almost two points among his previous career high. A 1.3 WHIP isn’t awful, and neither are his 118 strikeouts, but his numbers definitely don’t support the price that his owners paid for him this season. Luckily, as with all of the players on the Stock Down list, it isn’t a totally lost cause, and there is definitely a chance that they could improve down the rest of the way. We just haven’t seen it yet, so that results in a drop

A 1.3 WHIP isn’t awful, and neither are his 118 strikeouts, but his numbers definitely don’t support the price that his owners paid for him this season. Luckily, as with all of the players on the Stock Down list, it isn’t a totally lost cause, and there is definitely a chance that they could improve down the rest of the way. We just haven’t seen it yet, so that results in a drop in the rankings.

Kyle Hendricks, SP, Chicago Cubs

Hendicks has followed up a Greg Maddux-esque, Cy-Young winning breakout year (don’t forget the ring, either) with health issues and only a 4.09 ERA when healthy. I believe that the Cubs will get hot late and Hendricks could very well be one of the beneficiaries of that, but at this point, I need to see it first.

Johnny Cueto, SP, San Francisco Giants

Johnny Cueto has definitely been one of the biggest pitching busts this season. He has followed a great year last year in which he sported a 2.79 ERA, an 18-5 record, and an All-Star Game start with a 6-7 record and a 4.59 ERA. His 103 strikeouts have been decent, but his 1.4 WHIP isn’t great and to top it all off, he now finds himself on the disabled list. I think when he comes back, the Giants could go on a little run with everyone finally healthy, and that could help spark Cueto, but like Hendricks, we will have to see it first.

Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers

Justin Verlander is another one of the biggest pitching busts this year. He has followed an amazing season last year that reminded us of his old MVP-winning 2011 self with a 5-7 record, a close to career-high 4.54 ERA, and close to a 1.5 WHIP. The strikeouts will always be there (111 on the year so far), but the rest has definitely been rough. Luckily, there is a possibility of Verlander getting traded, and that may be what he needs to get back on track. Even if he doesn’t end up on the move, he is so talented that he could just figure it out

Luckily, there is a possibility of Verlander getting traded, and that may be what he needs to get back on track. Even if he doesn’t end up on the move, he is so talented that he could just figure it out anyway.

2017 Rest-Of-The-Season Rankings

1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHRF
3Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
4Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
5Jose AltuveHOU2B
6Mookie BettsBOSRF
7Charlie BlackmonCOLCF
8Clayton KershawLADSP
9Joey VottoCIN1B
10Max ScherzerWSHSP
11Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B
12Aaron JudgeNYYRF,DH
13Chris SaleBOSSP
14Kris BryantCHC1B,3B,LF,RF
15Anthony RizzoCHC1B,2B
16Corey SeagerLADSS
17Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
18George SpringerHOUCF,RF
19Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
20Corey KluberCLESP
21Zack GreinkeARISP
22Buster PoseySFC,1B
23Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
24Jean SeguraSEA2B,SS
25Dee GordonMIA2B
26Robinson CanoSEA2B
27Ryan BraunMILLF
28Jacob deGromNYMSP
29Miguel CabreraDET1B
30Josh DonaldsonTOR3B
31Miguel SanoMIN1B,3B,RF,DH
32Xander BogaertsBOSSS
33Freddie FreemanATL1B
34Giancarlo StantonMIARF
35Cody BellingerLAD1B,LF
36Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
37Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
38Brian DozierMIN2B
39Trea TurnerWSH2B,SS,CF
40Kenley JansenLADRP
41Yu DarvishTEXSP
42Carlos CarrascoCLESP
43Carlos MartinezSTLSP
44Michael FulmerDETSP
45Elvis AndrusTEXSS
46Marcell OzunaMIALF,CF,RF
47Jose RamirezCLE2B,3B,LF
48Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
49Billy HamiltonCINCF
50Edwin EncarnacionCLE1B,DH
51Christian YelichMIALF,CF
52Chris ArcherTBSP
53Robbie RayARISP
54Alex WoodLADSP,RP
55Salvador PerezKCC,DH
56Jon LesterCHCSP
57David PriceBOSSP
58Gerrit ColePITSP
59Jay BruceNYM1B,RF
60Craig KimbrelBOSRP
61Lance McCullersHOUSP
62Marcus StromanTORSP
63James PaxtonSEASP
64Wil MyersSD1B,RF
65A.J. PollockARICF
66Francisco LindorCLESS
67J.T. RealmutoMIAC
68Greg HollandCOLRP
69Jake ArrietaCHCSP
70Justin VerlanderDETSP
71Jason VargasKCSP
72Ervin SantanaMINSP
73Jose QuintanaCHCSP
74Madison BumgarnerSFSP
75Justin TurnerLAD3B
76Travis ShawMIL1B,3B
77Justin SmoakTOR1B
78Zach BrittonBALRP
79Jake LambARI3B
80Eduardo NunezSF3B,SS,LF
81Zack CozartCINSS
82Jonathan VillarMIL2B,3B,SS
83Eric ThamesMIL1B,LF,RF
84Jose PerazaCIN2B,SS,LF,CF
85Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
86Matt CarpenterSTL1B,2B,3B
87Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
88Justin UptonDETLF,CF
89J.D. MartinezARIRF
90Mark ReynoldsCOL1B
91Yasmani GrandalLADC
92Luis SeverinoNYYSP,RP
93Gio GonzalezWSHSP
94Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
95Ivan NovaPITSP
96Zack GodleyARISP,RP
97Johnny CuetoSFSP
98Cole HamelsTEXSP
99Drew PomeranzBOSSP
100Eric HosmerKC1B
101Yonder AlonsoOAK1B
102Chris DavisBAL1B
103Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
104Kyle SeagerSEA3B
105Wade DavisCHCRP
106Anthony RendonWSH3B
107Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
108Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
109DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
110Adrian BeltreTEX3B,DH
111Adam DuvallCINLF,RF
112Gary SanchezNYYC,DH
113Michael BrantleyCLELF
114Matt KempATLLF,RF,DH
115Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF,CF
116Lorenzo CainKCCF,RF
117Alexander ColomeTBRP
118Kenneth GilesHOURP
119Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
120Avisail GarciaCWSLF,RF,DH
121Cody AllenCLERP
122Ender InciarteATLLF,CF
123Scott ScheblerCINLF,CF,RF
124Edwin DiazSEARP
125Mark MelanconSFRP
126Cesar HernandezPHI2B
127Michael ConfortoNYMLF,CF,RF
128Eugenio SuarezCIN3B
129Adam JonesBALCF
130Ian DesmondCOL1B,LF,CF
131Mark TrumboBALRF,DH
132Jose BerriosMINSP
133Lance LynnSTLSP
134Jimmy NelsonMILSP
135Danny DuffyKCSP,RP
136Dylan BundyBALSP,RP
137Evan LongoriaTB3B,DH
138Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
139Chris OwingsARI2B,SS,CF,RF
140Kendrys MoralesTOR1B,RF,DH
141Andrew BenintendiBOSLF,CF
142Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
143Felipe RiveroPITRP
144Chris TaylorLAD2B,3B,SS,LF,CF
145Yasiel PuigLADRF
146Trey ManciniBAL1B,LF,DH
147Starling MartePITLF,CF
148Carlos CorreaHOUSS
149Didi GregoriusNYYSS
150Yasmany TomasARILF,RF
151Willson ContrerasCHCC,LF
152Andrew McCutchenPITCF,RF
153Mike MoustakasKC3B,DH
154Seung-Hwan OhSTLRP
155Kelvin HerreraKCRP
156Rick PorcelloBOSSP
157Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
158Julio TeheranATLSP
159Kyle HendricksCHCSP
160Sean ManaeaOAKSP
161Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
162Carlos SantanaCLE1B,RF,DH
163Starlin CastroNYY2B
164Kevin PillarTORCF
165Ian KinslerDET2B
166David PeraltaARIRF
167Rougned OdorTEX2B
168Jonathan LucroyTEXC,1B,DH
169Brandon PhillipsATL2B
170Matt AdamsATL1B,LF
171Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF,DH
172Nomar MazaraTEXLF,RF,DH
173Andrew MillerCLERP
174Joey GalloTEX1B,3B
175Yangervis SolarteSD2B,3B,1B
176Odubel HerreraPHICF
177Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF,RF,1B
178Roberto OsunaTORRP
179Brian McCannHOUC,DH
180Aaron SanchezTORSP
181Marwin GonzalezHOU1B,2B,3B,SS,LF
182Brett GardnerNYYLF
183Matt WietersWSHC
184Hanley RamirezBOS1B,DH
185David RobertsonCWSRP
186Brandon CrawfordSFSS
187Cameron MaybinLAALF,CF,RF
188Trevor StoryCOLSS
189Addison RussellCHCSS
190A.J. RamosMIARP
191Yadier MolinaSTLC
192Kole CalhounLAARF
193Melky CabreraCWSLF,DH
194Stephen PiscottySTLCF,RF
195Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
196Todd FrazierCWS1B,3B,DH
197Tanner RoarkWSHSP
198Felix HernandezSEASP
199Sonny GrayOAKSP
200Brandon BeltSF1B,LF



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