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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Closer Rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves
Craig Kimbrel had 50 saves last year while posting a 1.21 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 67 innings. He has a 1.48 ERA, a 0.57 WHIP, 138 saves and 341 strikeouts in 206.2 innings over the past three seasons. He’s as dominant as they come.
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2. Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds
Aroldis Chapman can throw heat like nobody else. He had 38 saves, a 2.54 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 112 strikeouts in 63.2 innings lasts year.
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3. Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kenley Jansen had 28 saves, a 1.88 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and 111 strikeouts in 76.2 innings. He throws gas and has a great rotation to give him leads to protect.
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4. Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals
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Trevor Rosenthal had a 2.63 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, 108 strikeouts and three saves in 75.1 innings. He did not allow a run in 11.2 innings during the playoffs while racking up 18 strikeouts and four saves.
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5. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants
Sergio Romo had 38 saves, a 2.54 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 58 strikeouts. He also has a quality rotation in front of him.
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6. Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates
Jason Grilli saved 33 games with a 2.70 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 74 strikeouts in 50 innings. He has 164 Ks in 108.2 innings over the past two seasons.
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7. Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies
Jonathan Papelbon collected 29 saves with a 2.92 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 57 strikeouts. He has averaged 35.8 saves over the past eight seasons.
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8. Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals
Rafael Soriano saved 43 games last year with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Soriano has 85 saves over the past two seasons.
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9. Addison Reed, Arizona Diamondbacks
Addison Reed saved 40 games last year with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He has 69 saves over the past two seasons. He should do well in his first season in the National League.
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10. Huston Street, San Diego Padres
Huston Street saved 33 games last year while posting a 2.70 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He has 234 career saves, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Street is an injury risk, but he’s rock solid when healthy.
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Closer Rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox
Koji Uehara was nearly flawless during the Red Sox’s World Series run. He racked up 21 saves, a 1.09 ERA, a 0.57 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 74.1 innings.
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2. Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals
Greg Holland had 47 saves, a 1.21 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 67 innings. He had a ridiculous 0.56 ERA after the All-Star break.
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3. Joe Nathan, Detroit Tigers
Joe Nathan had 43 saves, a 1.39 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. He has 341 saves and a 2.76 ERA throughout his career.
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4. Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins
Glen Perkins had 36 saves, a 2.30 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. An improved rotation should work in his favor.
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5. David Robertson, New York Yankees
David Robertson has huge shoes to fill, but he’s got the goods. Robertson had a 2.04 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 66.1 innings last year.
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6. Jim Johnson, Oakland A’s
Jim Johnson combined for 101 saves over the past two seasons with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP while pitching his home games in Camden Yards. Moving to Oakland should be a positive.
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7. Ernesto Frieri, Los Angeles Angels
Ernesto Frieri collected 37 saves last year while posting a 3.80 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 68.2 innings. He should provide a solid saves total and a tremendous K/9 ratio.
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8. Casey Janssen, Toronto Blue Jays
Casey Janssen saved 34 games last year while posting a 2.56 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. In 2012 he saved 22 with a 2.54 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 63.2 innings.
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9. Grant Balfour, Tampa Bay Rays
Grant Balfour has averaged 31 saves and 72 strikeouts the past two years while posting a 2.56 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He should do well in his return to Tampa.
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10. Fernando Rodney, Seattle Mariners
Fernando Rodney has averaged 42.5 saves and 79 strikeouts the past two years while posting a 1.91 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. His move to Seattle should be favorable.
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Clayton Kershaw pitching
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Starting Pitcher Rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw is 51-23 over the past three years with a 2.21 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He has averaged 236.3 strikeouts per season over that stretch. He’s the best pitcher in the game. Period.
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2. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright went 19-9 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 219 strikeouts. Yep, he’s all the way back after his Tommy John surgery.
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3. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
Stephen Strasburg went 8-9 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 191 strikeouts in 183 innings. He’s still a bit of an injury risk, but he certainly has the goods if he can stay healthy.
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4. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner has gone 42-33 over the past three years with a 3.12 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 193.7 strikeouts per season. I expect him to take the next step this year in the elite class.
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5. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff Lee is just 37-25 over the past three years with Philadelphia, but he has a 2.80 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 222.3 strikeouts per year.
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6. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
Jose Fernandez went 12-6 as a rookie with a 2.19 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and 187 strikeouts in 172.2 innings. He has worked hard on conditioning to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump.
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7. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels had a rough season going 8-14 but still managed to post a 3.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 202 strikeouts. Over the past four seasons, he’s 51-40 with a 3.13 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 205.8 strikeouts per season.
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8. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
Zack Greinke went 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 148 strikeouts in 177.2 innings. Over the past three years, he’s 46-15 with a 3.32 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 183 strikeouts per season.
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9. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
Gio Gonzalez shook off the Biogenesis allegation, avoided suspension and posted a 11-8 record with a 3.36 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 192 strikeouts in 195.2 innings. Over the past three years he’s 48-28 with a 3.12 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 198.7 strikeouts per season.
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10. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann has averaged just 146 strikeouts over the past three seasons, but he’s 39-28 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
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11. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
A down year (8-10, 4.00 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 158 strikeouts) for Cain is still a solid season, aside from the win total. Cain has a lifetime ERA of 3.35 and WHIP of 1.17. He should rebound.
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12. Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey went 11-12 with a 3.49 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 199 strikeouts. He went 6-4 in his final 13 starts with a 3.02 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 86.1 innings.
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13. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds
Mat Latos went 14-7 with a 3.16 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 187 strikeouts. Over the past four seasons he’s 51-35 with a3.27 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
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14. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
Gerrit Cole went 10-7 with a 3.22 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 117.1 innings. Impressive numbers for a rookie.
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15. Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves
Mike Minor went 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and 181 strikeouts. At just 26 he should continue to improve.
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Yu Darvish
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Starting Pitcher Rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
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1. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Yu Darvish went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a league-leading 277 strikeouts. He’s the real deal.
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2. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
King Felix went 12-10 with a 3.04 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 216 strikeouts. Over the past five seasons, he’s 71-50 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP while averaging 222 strikeouts. The Mariners’ offense should be more potent with Robinson Cano, which could lead to a few more victories for Hernandez.
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3. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
After going 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and 217 strikeouts, which was easily his worst performance since 2008, Justin Verlander could actually come at a discount this year. Look for Detroit’s true ace to reclaim his title.
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4. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Max Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and 240 strikeouts. Look for a regression because he set the bar so high, but he should still be one of the game’s top pitchers.
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5. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
Chris Sale is 28-22 over the past two seasons with a 3.06 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 418 strikeouts in 406.1 innings.
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6. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays
David Price went 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 151 strikeouts in 186.2 innings. Over the past four years, he’s 61-32 with a 3.02 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 190.5 strikeouts per season.
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7. Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers
Anibal Sanchez went 14-8 with a 2.57 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 182 innings. He has also had the stuff, but this is the first time he put it all together. He’s a bit of a regression risk based on how much better he did than his career averages (3.55 ERA, 1.31 WHIP).
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8. James Shields, Kansas City Royals
James Shields went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 196 strikeouts. Over the past three years he’s 44-31 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 214.7 strikeouts per season.
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9. Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma went 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 185 strikeouts. In 345 career innings he’s 23-11 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
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10. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver went 11-8 with a 3.27 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 117 strikeouts. For his career he has .653 winning percentage, a 3.24 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
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11. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
Masahiro Tanaka is a wildcard as we can’t predict how he will perform in the big leagues. He went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
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12. Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays
Alex Cobb went 11-3 with a 2.76 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 143.1 innings. He was 6-0 combined against the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays with a 1.26 ERA.
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13. Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Moore backed up the hype with a 17-4 season. He posted a 3.29 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 150.1 innings. His WHIP (1.30 last year, 1.32 career) keeps him from being elite.
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14. Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester rebounded to go 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 177 strikeouts. He won’t wow you in any categories, but he’ll provide solid numbers across the board.
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15. C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees
C.C. Sabathia had a down year going 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP and 177 strikeouts. Given his track record, a rebound is in order.
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Clayton Kershaw pitching
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Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Starting Pitcher Rankings.
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Pitchers, perhaps even more than hitters, can be a bit of a gamble due to potential arm injuries and innings caps. Do your research so you’re not going blind into the MLB Futures betting.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw is 51-23 over the past three years with a 2.21 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He has averaged 236.3 strikeouts per season over that stretch. He’s the best pitcher in the game. Period.
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2. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Yu Darvish went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a league-leading 277 strikeouts. He’s the real deal.
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3. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
King Felix went 12-10 with a 3.04 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 216 strikeouts. Over the past five seasons he’s 71-50 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP while averaging 222 strikeouts. The Mariners’ offense should be more potent with Robinson Cano, which could lead to a few more victories for Hernandez.
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4. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright went 19-9 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 219 strikeouts. Yep, he’s all the way back after his Tommy John surgery.
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5. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
Stephen Strasburg went 8-9 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 191 strikeouts in 183 innings. He’s still a bit of an injury risk, but he certainly has the goods if he can stay healthy.
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6. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
After going 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and 217 strikeouts, which was easily his worst performance since 2008, Justin Verlander could actually come at a discount this year. Look for Detroit’s true ace to reclaim his title.
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7. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Max Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and 240 strikeouts. Look for a regression because he set the bar so high, but he should still be one of the game’s top pitchers.
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8. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner has gone 42-33 over the past three years with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP and 193.7 strikeouts per season. I expect him to take the next step this year in the elite class.
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9. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff Lee is just 37-25 over the past three years with Philadelphia, but he has a 2.80 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 222.3 strikeouts per year.
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10. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
Jose Fernandez went 12-6 as a rookie with a 2.19 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and 187 strikeouts in 172.2 innings. He has worked hard on conditioning to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump.
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11. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels had a rough season going 8-14, but still managed to post a 3.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 202 strikeouts. Over the past four seasons he’s 51-40 with a 3.13 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 205.8 strikeouts per season.
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12. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
Chris Sale is 28-22 over the past two seasons with a 3.06 ERA and 1.10 WHIP and 418 strikeouts in 406.1 innings.
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13. David Price, Tampa Bay Ray
David Price went 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 151 strikeouts in 186.2 innings. Over the past four years he’s 61-32 with a 3.02 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 190.5 strikeouts per season.
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14. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
Zack Greinke went 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 148 strikeouts in 177.2 innings. Over the past three years he’s 46-15 with a 3.32 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 183 strikeouts per season.
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15. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
Gio Gonzalez shook off the Biogenesis allegation, avoided suspension, and posted a 11-8 record with a 3.36 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 192 strikeouts in 195.2 innings. Over the past three years he’s 48-28 with a 3.12 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 198.7 strikeouts per season.
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16. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann has averaged just 146 strikeouts over the past three seasons, but he’s 39-28 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
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17. Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers
Anibal Sanchez went 14-8 with a 2.57 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 182 innings. He has also had the stuff, but this is the first time he put it all together. He’s a bit of a regression risk based on how much better he did than his career averages (3.55 ERA, 1.31 WHIP).
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18. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
A down year (8-10, 4.00 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 158 strikeouts) for Cain is still a solid season, aside from the win total. Cain has a lifetime ERA of 3.35 and WHIP of 1.17. He should rebound.
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19. James Shields, Kansas City Royals
James Shields went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 196 strikeouts. Over the past three years he’s 44-31 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 214.7 strikeouts per season.
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20. Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey went 11-12 with a 3.49 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 199 strikeouts. He went 6-4 in his final 13 starts with a 3.02 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 86.1 innings.
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Starting Pitcher Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kershaw was 14-9 with a 2.53 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and 229 strikeouts. He’s one of the most dominating pitchers in all of baseball.
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 2. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
Strasburg was forced to shut down last year, but he still managed to go 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 197 strikeouts. The sky is the limit.
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3. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
The lefty turned in another strong performance going 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and 216 strikeouts. His ERA has been below 3.40 in five of the past six seasons.
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4. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies
Lee was a hard luck case last year, winning just six games despite a 3.16 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 207 strikeouts. Luck should be more on his side.
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5. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
Speaking of hard luck, Cain was the poster boy prior to last year. Cain has a 3.27 lifetime ERA, but reached 15 wins for the first time. Cain went 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 193 strikeouts.
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6. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
Wainwright was a solid 7-5 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in the second half last year. He recorded 184 strikeouts on the year. He’s two year removed from his Tommy John surgery. It should be all systems go.
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7. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
Halladay was off his game (11-8, 4.49 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) and will turn 36 this year. He’s a slight risk given those factors, but his ERA was south of 2.80 in his previous four years.
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8. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Bumgarner was 16-11 with a 3.37 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 191 strikeouts. His season basically mirrored his 2011 campaign. Look for another step forward for the youngster.
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9. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
Greinke went 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 200 strikeouts. Dodger Stadium should serve him well.
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10. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
Cueto was 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 170 strikeouts. He’s been great the past couple of years. He just doesn’t deliver the strikeouts to be a top tier guy.
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11. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
Gonzalez was an impressive 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and 207 strikeouts last year. He has a cloud of PED suspicion, which makes me a little nervous. Still he should remain at least a number one NL-Only fantasy starter.
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12. Kris Medlen, Atlanta Braves
Medlen was nearly untouchable last year going 10-1 with a 1.50 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 120 strikeouts in 138 innings.
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13. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds
Latos went 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and 185 strikeouts. He was 7-2 with a 2.84 ERA after the All-Star Break.
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14. Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
His WHIP (1.29 lifetime) keeps him out of the elite company, but he’s near the top of the next tier. Gallardo went 16-9 with a 3.66 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 204 strikeouts. It was his fourth straight year with 200 strikeouts. Plus, his ERA has always been below 3.90.
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15. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals
Zimmerman went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 153 strikeouts. He’s a second NL-Only fantasy starter.
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16. Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks
Kennedy took a major step back last year, but still posted a solid 15-12 record with 187 strikeouts, a 4.02 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
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17. Mike Minor, Atlanta Braves
Minor figured things out and posted a 2.16 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP after the All-Star Break.
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18. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants
The wheels fell off for Lincecum, who went 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He got his form back during the postseason, posting a 2.55 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in 17-2/3 innings. He’s a slight risk, but there is a strong chance that last year was a fluke.
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19. Daren Haren, Washington Nationals
Haren struggled last year going 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He’s much better than that and should bounce back in Washington
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20. Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs
He’ll likely miss the first month of the season, but could be a nice boost when he returns. Garza should give you a solid amount of strikeouts to go with a decent ERA and WHIP. His win total will struggle being on the Cubs, but if he’s traded things could improve.
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Starting Pitcher Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Verlander wasn’t quite as dominant as he was in 2011, but it’s hard to be upset about a 17-8, 2.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 239 strikeout season.
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2. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays
Price went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 205 strikeouts.
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3. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
King Felix got paid, but I don’t expect him to rest on his laurels. He had a 3.06 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 223 strikeouts. He’s been brilliant over the past three seasons, but only has 40 wins to show for it.
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4. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels
Weaver was 20-5 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He only recorded 142 strikeouts, but had averaged 215.5 the previous two seasons.
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5. R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays
Dickey was amazing last year for the Mets going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 230 strikeouts. I’m a little afraid of what the move to Toronto will do to his numbers.
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6. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Darvish went 16-9 and recorded 221 strikeouts, but his 3.90 ERA and 1.28 WHIP weren’t elite. He started and ended the season on fire. In his second season in the Majors, Darvish should have more consistency.
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7. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
Sale was 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 192 strikeouts. He had a 2.30 ERA at home last year. I’m afraid he’ll regress there, but he should still be a quality number two fantasy starter.
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8. C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees
The Yankees don’t appear to be quite the powerhouse that they’ve been in the past as age seems to be catching up with them. Sabathia is trying to come back from an elbow injury, but he’s a workhorse.
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9. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Scherzer went 16-7 with a 3.74 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 231 strikeouts. He could easily finish among the top 15-20 fantasy pitchers.
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10.Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays
Moore took a little time to adjust to big league bats, but judging by his second half, which saw him post a 3.01 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP, he should be in good shape in his second year.
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11. James Shields, Kansas City Royals
Shields went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 223 strikeouts. Moving to Kansas City could hinder his win total, but he should continue to produce in the other categories.
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12. Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have been in a bad place the past two years, and Lester has struggled with it. Particularly last year, when he went 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He should return to form.
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13. Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays
Morrow sported a 2.96 ERA and 1.11 WHIP last year, but was only able to throw 124-2/3 innings thanks to a oblique injury. He is an injury risk, but is a quality option when healthy.
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14. Josh Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays
Johnson has the ability, but he is oft-injured. Plus his move to Toronto isn’t good for his value. He’s a high risk option that doesn’t quite have the reward we’re used to.
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15. Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox
Peavy went 11-12 last year, but managed a 3.37 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 194 strikeouts. He has been able to stay healthy for over a year, but that risk is always there.
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16. C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels
Wilson was a solid 13-10 last year with a 3.83 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and 173 strikeouts. A rough August featuring a 7.99 ERA threw his numbers out of whack. He should be better in 2013.
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17. Doug Fister, Detroit Tigers
Fister was 10-10, but managed a solid 3.45 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He’s not going to rack up the strikeouts, but he’s solid in the other three starting pitcher 5×5 categories.
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18. Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees
Kuroda went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 167 strikeouts. He’s been extremely consistent throughout his big-league career. The only knock is his age (38), but he hasn’t shown signs of a decline.
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19. Jarrod Parker, Oakland A’s
Parker went 13-8 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He was 6-5 at home with a 2.61 ERA.
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20. Brett Anderson, Oakland A’s
Anderson has the goods, 2.57 ERA and 1.03 in six starts last year, but his health is always an issue. The reward potential is there if you can stomach the risk.
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