2012 Fantasy Baseball AL-Only Starting Pitcher Rankings

Mar 22, 2012


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Here’s the 2012 LestersLegends Starting Pitcher Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: Coming off one of the finest seasons a pitcher has ever thrown. 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and 250 Ks. He was unhittable.
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2. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: Unfortunately the wins could be hard to come by, but expect his ERA (3.47) and WHIP (1.22) to come down and his strikeouts (222) to go up.
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3. C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees: Turned in a typically solid 19-8, 3.00 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 230 Ks season.
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4. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels: Could see his wins increase, which would be impressive considering the 18-8, 2.41 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 198 Ks he produced last year.
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5. Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox: I expect the Red Sox to be a much more disciplined team. Lester should be better than the 15-9, 3.47 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 182 Ks he produced last year.
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6. Dan Haren, Los Angeles Angels: Haren and Weaver form a nasty 1-2 punch. His 16-10, 3.17 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 192 Ks can be bettered.
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7. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays: Anchors perhaps the deepest rotation in the league. He was only 12-13, but he still posted solid peripherals (3.49 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 218 Ks) so a bounce back should be in order.
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8. James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays: Returned to form with a 16-12, 2.82 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 225 Ks season.
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9. Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays: He could see his innings monitored down the stretch, but he has no fear and very few peers at his age.
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10. C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels: Escapes Texas where he put up a 16-7, 2.94 ERA, 1.19 ERA, 206 Ks season. His road ERA last year was 2.31.
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11. Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox: Health is a concern, but he made 30 starts last year and was highly effective (13-7, 2.89 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 175 Ks).
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12.  Ricky Romero, Toronto Blue Jays:  He continues to improve. Last year he set career highs in wins (15), ERA (2.92), WHIP (1.14), and strikeouts (178). I’m not sure he can post another sub-3.00 ERA, but he’s definitely a solid third fantasy starting pitcher.
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13.  Micael Pineda, New York Yankees:  I don’t love his move to the Yankees, at least for his peripherals (3.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP), but his win total (nine) should increase.
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14.  Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers:  He comes in with a ton of anticipation and excitement. He was nearly unhittable in Japan. There is little reason to believe he won’t be sensational over here.
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15.  Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays:  It’s easy to overlook Hellickson considering he’s in the same staff with David Price, James Shields, and Matt Moore. Try not to overlook the 13-10, 2.95, 1.15, 117 season he posted.
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16.  Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers:  Verlander was insane, but Scherzer (15-9, 4.43, 1.35, 174) also turned in a solid year for the Tigers.
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17.  Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland Indians:  He actually pitched worse when he was dealt by Colorado. He’s too good not to bounce back.
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18.  Ervin Santana, Los Angeles Angels:  He easily (11-12, 3.38, 1.22, 178) is one of the game’s best number four starters
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19.  Doug Fister, Detroit Tigers:  He won’t be as good as he was after coming over to Detroit (8-1, 1.79, 0.84), but he should be a decent option.
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20.  Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays:  He can rack up the strikeouts (207 Ks), but he is an ERA threat.
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