Fantasy Baseball: 2010 Top 25 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Jan 25, 2010

Here’s an early look at Starting Pitcher Rankings.

1.  Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
The most dominant pitcher in baseball.

2.  Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals
He’s basically 1-A. Imagine what he and Lincecum would do with more run support.

3.  C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees
Proved his worth in New York, and should challenge for most wins in 2010.

4.  Johan Santana, New York Mets
He usually starts off a little slow, but nobody pitches like he does down the stretch.

5.  Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
Hopefully his new contract won’t go to his head.

6.  Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
He wish to play for a contender was granted. His win total should increase. Not having to face designated hitters will likely offset any bump from pitching at Citizens Bank Park.

7.  Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks
His WHIP has been 1.130 and 1.003 in his two years in Arizona. Simply amazing.

8.  Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Verlander bounced back in 2009 and established himself as one of the game’s best pitchers.

9.  Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
Lester replaced Josh Beckett as the ace of the staff.

10.  Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
I don’t think he can live up to the standard he set last year, but he should still be a top ten pitcher.

11.  Cliff Lee, Seattle Mariners
When’s the last time the M’s had two arms like they have in King Felix and Lee? He should remain a top tier fantasy pitcher despite the move.

12.  Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox
Beckett struggled at times last year, but he should challenge for 20 wins in 2010.

13.  Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
With Matt Holliday back, the win total is fairly safe. He also sported a low ERA and a healthy K total.

14.  Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
Gallardo had a nice year, and seems locked and loaded to be even better in 2010. He oozes talent.

15.  Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox
He should be healthier in 2010 and resume his dominance over hitters. He pitched well in his brief debut with the Sox last year.

16.  Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies
Playing in Coors Field is OK by Jimenez. He’s one of the best young pitchers in the game.

17.  Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
He must have channeled Matt Cain to pitch as well as he did (2.79 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 185 Ks) and only win eight games. Look for that number to take off in 2010.

18.  Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
Speaking of Matt Cain, he pitched amazingly last season. He did only manage 14 wins, which is to be expected. Expect another stellar year from him.

19.  Cole  Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Everything that could go wrong did for Coles last year. He’s had plenty of time to clear his mind and should return as a high-end starting in 2010.

20.  Javier Vazquez, New York Yankees
Vazquez returns to the Bronx a much different pitcher than he was in his first stint. He’s going to strike out a ton and pick up a bunch of wins for the defending champs.

21.  Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins
He’s fully recovered from his Tommy John surgery and has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball.

22.  Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves
Pitched remarkably well for the Braves last year and should only continue to improve.

23.  James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays
Big Game James should continue to come up big for the Rays and his fantasy owners.

24.  John Lackey, Boston Red Sox
Lackey should continue to do what he does best. Win a bunch of games while posting a low ERA and WHIP. Stikeouts are where he’s lacking.

25.  Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles Dodgers
Billingsley took a step back last year, but should bounce back closer to his career 3.55 ERA with around 15 wins and 200 strikeouts.

Also check out:
2010 Top 15 First Basemen
2010 Top 15 Second Basemen

2010 Top 15 Third Basemen

2010 Top 15 Shortstops

2010 Top 15 Catchers

2010 Top 25 Outfielders
2010 Top 11 Designated Hitters
2010 Top 15 Closers

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Colt McCoy
    January 25th, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    I really wonder how well Lackey will do in fenway. He has always got rocked there in the past

  2. LestersLegends
    January 25th, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    It is different when you’re playing against others rather than facing the Sox’ lineup.

  3. Johnny
    January 25th, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    What about Wandy Rodriguez? He pitched fantastically last season.

  4. LestersLegends
    January 25th, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    I like Wandy, but I’m not sure how many wins he gets for them. I like him more as a #3 fantasy pitcher.

  5. Rotoprofessor
    January 25th, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    CC Sabathia at #3? I understand the idea of wins, but we all know its a flukey category. Outside of potential Ws, would you rather have him or Halladay (who, in Philly, should get a lot of Ws himself)?

  6. LestersLegends
    January 25th, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    Obviously I’d rather have CC, since I have him ranked #3. You have an idea of how he’s going to pitch in NY. You have no idea how Halladay is going to do in Philly.

    K’s should be close. ERA & WHIP too.

    CC is more durable to me.

  7. RJMUZ
    February 11th, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    I agree with you mostly, but Josh Johnson is a little low, Cole Hamels a little high, and I know he’s coming off injury, but so is 1ohan Santana, where is Brandon Webb?

  8. LestersLegends
    February 11th, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    I’ll probably adjust those when I do my second take. Josh Johnson is growing on me. I think Billingsley needs to move up too.

    Johan had a much less serious injury. I want to see Webb progress before I think about him as a #2 fantasy pitcher.

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