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Another week has passed and many of the same questions still exist.

Clayton Kershaw owners are staring at a 4.26 ERA but his peripherals point to him being dominant. Corey Kluber stands winless on the year after seven game starts but his below the surface numbers indicate better days ahead.

The reigning Cy Young Award winners respectively aren’t the only starting pitchers who have stumbled out of the gate.

Last season’s National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom continues to be inconsistent early on, but his 2015 numbers mirror his 2014 stats after seven game starts. The question is can deGrom replicate last season where in his next 100 innings he eliminated the long ball almost completely, not likely. That said, deGrom is someone to investigate in acquiring if his current owner has soured.

Is Michael Wacha smoke and mirrors? Statistically speaking there are warning signs, especially the none existent strikeout rate. The Cardinals newly deemed ace has outperformed the numbers but is it sustainable? The situation with Wacha needs to be monitored but I would not discard this talented pitcher based on one month of data.

The monster that is Michael Pineda has been outstanding since last season. Here are The Big Nasty’s numbers over his last twenty game starts dating back to April 5th 2014:

  • 10-5  record
  • 122.2 IP
  • 100 HA
  • 30 ER
  • 8 HR
  • 10 BB
  • 113 K
  • 2.20 ERA
  • 2.41 FIP
  • 2.92 xFIP
  • 0.90 WHIP

The health factor has been the constant roadblock for Pineda, and even factoring that in, plus some pull back, I’d be buying if the possibility exists.

Last chance on Carlos Carrasco? The other Indians breakout pitcher from 2014 is currently posting 4.71 ERA 3.01 FIP and 2.62 xFIP but also owns a 29.2 K% combined with 22.5 K-BB%. The window is closing and possible slammed shut after his next start.

Before we proceed, if you scooped up Danny Salazar on waivers or acquired him through FAAB then good job by you.

Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Here’s this week’s top 50 Starting Pitchers and for the full list of pitchers visit ctmbaseball.com and checkout the “In-Season Starting Pitcher Index.”

May 12, 2015

  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Felix Hernandez
  3. Max Scherzer
  4. Matt Harvey
  5. Johnny Cueto
  6. Stephen Strasburg
  7. Chris Sale
  8. Madison Bumgarner
  9. Zack Greinke
  10. David PriceChris
  11. Corey Kluber
  12. Cole Hamels
  13. Gerritt Cole
  14. Jake Arrieta
  15. Sonny Gray
  16. Jon Lester
  17. Jordan Zimmermann
  18. Michael Pineada
  19. Garrett Richards
  20. Chris Archer
  21. Carlos Carrasco
  22. Jacob deGrom
  23. Michael Wacha
  24. Andrew Cashner
  25. James Shields
  26. Gio Gonzalez
  27. Francisco Liriano
  28. Lance Lynn
  29. Julio Teheran
  30. Jeff Samardzija
  31. Jake Odorizzi
  32. Danny Salazar
  33. Collin McHugh
  34. Dallas Keuchel
  35. Tyson Ross
  36. Alex Wood
  37. Anibal Sanchez
  38. Shelby Miller
  39. Ian Kennedy
  40. AJ Burnett
  41. Scott Kazmir
  42. Doug Fister
  43. Jason Hammel
  44. Jose Fernandez
  45. Masahiro Tanaka
  46. Hisashi Iwakuma
  47. Drew Hutchison
  48. James Paxton
  49. Jimmy Nelson
  50. Yordano Ventura

*Best of luck in the confidence game that is starting pitching.

Which players do you think should move up — or down — these Starting Pitcher Rankings?

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Matthew Modica

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Matt Modica enjoyed a decade-long career on Wall St. and then embarked on a second career in film production, while living in Los Angeles and Hawaii. Matt is currently the author of the 2015 Starting Pitching Index at CTMbaseball.com and he's a high stakes Fantasy enthusiast.
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