It’s time, once again, to examine the Starting Pitcher rankings for the middle of June, 2015!
I have talked about various topics with regards to starting pitcher over the last two months.
I’ve consistently preached the practice of patience, so I hope everyone has been able to weather any storms.
We only have two months of data, but when doing the research, one should examine the indicators and investigate the performances versus April and May.
This week I would like to do a quick pitch examination on the dominance of Corey Kluber and some of the names I mentioned on SiriusXMFantasy Black Book show, Saturday May 30th. I did write up Danny Salazar and Jason Hammel in my May 28th article here at SoCalledFantasyExperts.com but other names of note that I discussed were Carlos Martinez, Drew Hutchison and Alex Wood.
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Any preseason skepticism was could he do it again? I think that questioned has been answered.
- April stats: 34 IP 4.24 ERA 2.54 FIP 2.77 xFIP 25.5 K% 20.6 K-BB%
- May stats: 42.2 IP 2.95 ERA 2.14 FIP 1.97 xFIP 35.3 K% 31.8 K-BB%
What is dominance?
- 2.23 FIP 2nd
- 2.37 xFIP 3rd
- 30.6 K% 4th
- 26.5 K-BB% 1st
I did believe the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner would have a pull back in his numbers from last seasons as mentioned in Starting Pitcher Index because 2014 was a season for the ages.
Also highlighted in the SPI Preview back in October of 2014 was this:
Since 1984 Corey is only 1 of 8 Starting Pitchers to post [ERA <=2.50, FIP <=2.50, WHIP <=1.10 and SO >=250] in a single season. Dating back to 1901, a total of 22 Starting Pitchers have qualified for this accomplishment.
Mister Kluber has now cemented himself as an Elite starting pitcher and someone who’s starts are now circled on my calendar.
Carlos Martinez, SP, St.Louis Cardinals
I for one am always willing to buy on talent and Martinez has not lacked in that area.
In certain instances opportunity is the key component needed and as important is seizing that opportunity when it arrives.
- April stats: 6 GS 35.0 IP 4.89 ERA 4.89 FIP 3.62 xFIP 23.3 K% 11.3 K-BB% 49.0 GB%
- May & June stats: 5 GS 32.1 IP 0.84 ERA 2.35 FIP 2.72 xFIP 31.0 K% 20.9 K-BB% 62.2 GB%
This talent is a Redbird rising and patient owners are reaping the rewards.
Even though the Cardinals would like to limit his innings is that plausible with Wainwright done for the season?
Another question would be can he hold up to the rigors of taking the ball every fifth day.
I’m betting on Martinez are you?
Drew Hutchison, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Disclaimer, I own Hutch in a couple of my high stakes leagues and yes I do have a rooting interest in his future performance. That said, I provide analysis based on certain factors and the talent of the subject being examined.
- April stats: 27.0 IP 6.67 ERA 5.04 FIP 4.73 xFIP 16.8 K% 8.0 K-BB% 42.0 GB%
- May & June stats: 42.2 IP 3.80 ERA 2.74 FIP 2.98 xFIP 22.4 K% 18.8 K-BB% 45.1 GB%
Also of note is his stark Home versus Road splits
- Home: 39.2 IP 2.72 ERA 2.59 FIP 2.92 xFIP 23.3 K% 18.9 K-BB% 50.5 GB%
- Road: 30.0 IP 7.80 ERA 5.02 FIP 4.63 xFIP 16.2 K% 88. K-BB% 36.6 GB%
I am all in and hoping his talent translates rest of the season.
Alex Wood, SP, Atlanta Braves
After stumbling in April this highly sought after preseason pitcher acknowledged and is making the appropriate corrections to his game.
- April stats: 29 IP 4.03 ERA 3.30 FIP 4.17 xFIP 16.3 K% 7.3 K-BB% 50.0 GB%
- May 4th thru June 1st stats: 33 IP 2.45 ERA 2.79 FIP 3.68 xFIP 15.9 K% 10.9 K-BB% 47.1 GB%
The ground ball rate has maintained circa 50% which is always encouraging but there is still work to done. Improvements are being made and I will continue to monitor his strikeout percentage and control going forward.
Alex is enthrenched in the Braves rotation and pitching in the National League East is benefical to any pitcher.
Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings
Here is this week’s top 50 Starting Pitchers and visit ctmbaseball.com for the “In-Season Starting Pitcher Index.”
June 7, 2015
- Clayton Kershaw
- Max Scherzer
- Felix Hernandez
- Corey Kluber
- Matt Harvey
- Chris Sale
- Madison Bumgarner
- Zack Greinke
- Gerrit Cole
- Johnny Cueto
- David Price
- Cole Hamels
- Chris Archer
- Sonny Gray
- Jacob deGrom
- Jake Arrieta
- Michael Pineda
- Carlos Carrasco
- James Shields
- Jordan Zimmermann
- Jon Lester
- Michael Wacha
- Francisco Liriano
- Danny Salazar
- Garrett Richards
- Jason Hammel
- Dallas Keuchel
- Masahiro Tanaka
- Stephen Strasburg
- Andrew Cashner
- Shelby Miller
- Lance Lynn
- Jeff Samardzija
- Tyson Ross
- Gio Gonzalez
- Jake Odorizzi*
- Carlos Martinez
- Noah Syndergaard
- Trevor Bauer
- Collin McHugh
- Alex Wood
- AJ Burnett
- Anibal Sanchez
- Julio Teheran
- Jose Fernandez*
- Drew Hutchison
- Mike Fiers
- Jose Quintana
- John Lackey
- Carlos Rodon
*Best of luck in the confidence game that is starting pitching.
Which players do you think we should move up — or down — in these Starting Pitcher Rankings?