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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
4. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
5. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
6. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
7. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
9. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
10. Luis Severino. New York Yankees
11. Justin Verlander, Houston Astros
12. Yu Darivsh, Chicago Cubs
13. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
14. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
15. Jose Quintana, Chicago Cubs
16. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
17. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
18. Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros
19. David Price, Boston Red Sox
20. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
21. Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
22. Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
23. James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
24. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
25. Jake Arrieta, Free Agent
26. Rich Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers
27. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
28. Alex Wood, Los Angeles Dodgers
29. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
30. Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
31. Jeff Samardzija, San Francisco Giants
32. Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
33. Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins
34. Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds
35. Zack Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
4. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
5. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
6. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
7. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
8. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
9. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
10. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
11. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
13. Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
14. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
15. Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers
16. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
17. Rich Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers
18. Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates
19. Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
20. Steven Matz, New York Mets
21. Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals
22. John Lackey, Chicago Cubs
23. Jeff Samardzija, San Francisco Giants
24. Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers
25. Jonathan Gray, Colorado Rockies
26. Matt Moore, San Francisco Giants
27. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
28. Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds
29. Taijuan Walker, Arizona Cardinals
30. Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
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1. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
2. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
3. David Price, Boston Red Sox
4. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
5. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
6. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
7. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
8. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
9. Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
10. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
11. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
12. Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox
13. Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals
14. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
15. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
16. Aaron Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays
17. Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
18. Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
19. Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles
20. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
21. James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
22. Sean Manaea, Oakland A’s
23. Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox
24. Sonny Gray, Oakland A’s
25. J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays
26. Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays
27. Matt Shoemaker, Los Angeles Angels
28. Drew Pomeranz, Boston Red Sox
29. Michael Pineda, New York Yankees
30. Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
4. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
5. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
6. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
7. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
8. David Price, Boston Red Sox
9. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
10. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
11. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
12. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
13. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
14. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
15. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
16. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
17. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
18. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
19. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
20. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
21. Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
22. Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
23. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
24. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
25. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
26. Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers
27. Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox
28. Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals
29. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
30. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
31. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
32. Aaron Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays
33. Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
34. Rich Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers
35. Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball NL Only starting pitcher rankings.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
4. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
5. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
6. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
7. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
8. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
9. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
10. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
11. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
12. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
13. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
14. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
15. Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres
16. Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals
17. Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates
18. Jeff Samardzija, San Francisco Giants
19. James Shields, San Diego Padres
20. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
21. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
22. Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds
23. Shelby Miller, Arizona Diamondbacks
24. Steven Matz, New York Mets
25. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
26. Scott Kazmir, Los Angeles Dodgers
27. John Lackey, Chicago Cubs
28. Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks
29. Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals
30. Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball AL Only starting pitcher rankings.
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1. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
2. David Price, Boston Red Sox
3. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
4. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
5. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
6. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
7. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
8. Sonny Gray, Oakland A’s
9. Jordan Zimmermann, Detroit Tigers
10. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
11. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
12. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
13. Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
14. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
15. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
16. Lance McCullers , Houston Astros
17. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
18. Michael Pineda, New York Yankees
19. Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox
20. Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners
21. Collin McHugh, Houston Astros
22. Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
23. Luis Severino, New York Yankees
24. Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox
25. Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals
26. Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays
27. Drew Smyly, Tampa Bay Rays
28. Marco Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays
29. Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers
30. Mike Fiers, Houston Astros
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
4. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
5. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
6. David Price, Boston Red Sox
7. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
9. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
10. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
11. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
13. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
14. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
15. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
16. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
17. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
18. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
19. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
20. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
21. Sonny Gray, Oakland A’s
22. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
23. Jordan Zimmermann, Detroit Tigers
24. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
25. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
26. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
27. Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
28. Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres
29. Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals
30. Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates
31. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
32. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
33. Lance McCullers , Houston Astros
34. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
35. Michael Pineda, New York Yankees
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Here’s an early look at the N.L. Only 2011 Starting Pitcher rankings.
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1.  Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies:  Halladay led the Majors in wins (21), ranked third in WHIP (1.04), fourth in ERA (2.44), and tied for fifth in strikeouts (219). He’s the complete package.
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2.  Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants:  Lincecum was 16-10 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 231 Ks. That was during an off year. He was untouchable in the playoffs.
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3.  Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies:  Lee shouldn’t have a problem increasing his win total, especially since he won’t be facing as many aces. He should post a microscopic WHIP and a low ERA as usual. He doesn’t strike out a ton of batters, but he more than makes up for it elsewhere.
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4.  Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies:  Jimenez was downright nasty in the first half. While the second half wasn’t nearly as dominating, it’c hard to complain about a 19-8, 2.88 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 214 strikeout season. He has filthy stuff and is a tireless worker.
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5.  Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers:  Kershaw was brilliant last year going 13-10 with a 2.91 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and 212 Ks. I believe this year he’ll add more wins to the outstanding peripheral numbers.
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6.  Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins:  Johnson posted the second lowest ERA (2.30) in the league last year while sporting an 11-6 record, 1.11 WHIP, and 186 strikeouts in 183-2/3 innings.
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7.  Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers:  I think a change of scenery will do Greinke good as he’ll finally have some run support. He stayed in a small market, which is probably good for his psyche. I don’t think he’ll bounce back to his Cy Young numbers, but he could certainly be a top ten fantasy pitcher.
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8.  Mat Latos, San Diego Padres:  Latos went 14-10 last year with a 2.92 ERA (13th in the league), a 1.08 WHIP (tied for seventh) and 189 Ks (19th).
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9.  Roy Oswalt, Philadelphia Phillies:  It’s almost embarrassing how stacked the Phillies rotation is. Oswalt was 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with the Phillies. He finished 13-13 with a 2.76 ERA (eighth in the league), 1.03 WHIP (second), and 193 Ks (18th). Like Lee, he won’t be facing many aces this year for the Phillies.
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10.  Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies:  The gluttony continues. Hamels bounced back in a big way last year going 12-11 with a 3.06 ERA (17th in the league), 1.18 WHIP (tied for 21st), and 211 Ks (11th). With the studs ahead of him in the rotation, he should have plenty of favorable matchups.
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11.  Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers:  Gallardo was 14-7 with a 3.84 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and 200 Ks in 185 innings. He and Greinke form a solid 1-2 punch. Health always seems to be a concern, but his stuff is electric.
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12.  Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals:  He’ll turn 36 early in the year, but after going 16-9 with a 3.22 ERA (23rd), a 1.18 WHIP (tied for 21st) and 179 K (28th) season it’s hard not to imagine Carpenter as a solid number one N.L. Only fantasy pitcher. He’s a bit of a risk given his age, but you know what you’re getting when he’s on.
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13.  Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves:  Hanson had an odd year sporting a solid 3.33 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP with 173 Ks, but finished 10-11. In 55 starts he has a 3.16 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. The wins will come.
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14.  Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants:  Cain went 13-11 with a 3.14 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 177 Ks. In 170 starts he has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He still unlucky posting a 57-62 career mark despite those solid numbers.
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15.  Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs:  Garza escapes from the brutal AL East and lands in the National League. The past three years he’s been very consistent posting ERAs between 3.70 and 3.95 and WHIPs between 1.24 and 1.26. His strikeouts were down to 150 last year, but he won a career high 15 games.
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16. Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles Dodgers:  His WHIP (lifetime 1.35) keeps him from being an elite N.L. Only option, but he gives you double-digit wins, a mid-3.00 ERA, and 170+ strikeouts.
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17.  Wandy Rodriguez, Houston Astros:  After a terrible start, Wandy rebounded going 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA in the second half.
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18.  Brett Myers, Houston Astros:  Myers went 14-8 with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and 180 strikeouts. He was 8-2 with a 2.81 ERA in the second half.
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19. Daniel Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks:  Hudson was brilliant coming over in a trade to the D-backs going 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.
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20.  Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants:  Bumgarner went 7-6 with a 3.00 ERA during the regular season. He upped his game in the playoffs going 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA.
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Here’s a look at the 2011 A.L. Only Starting Pitcher rankings.
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1.  Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners:  He was a beast last year, leading the league in ERA (2.27) while ranking second in Ks (232) and fifth in WHIP (1.06). His only downside was the lack of wins (13), a problem that could easily resurface in 2011. It’s not a worrisome enough of a problem to keep him out of the top three. Keep in mind that he won 19 games in 2009.
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2.  Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox:  Lester continued to perform at a high level setting a career high in wins (19) and WHIP (1.20) while matching his career high with 225 Ks. His solid 3.25 ERA rounded out his dominance, which should continue with an even better offense backing him.
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3  C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees:  The wins will be there as he’s averaged 20 the past two years for New York. He has had identical 197 K seasons as well, which is not elite, but solid. Low 3.00 ERA and a sub-1.20 WHIP round out his excellence. He’s a true workhorse, having pitched at least 230 innings the past four seasons.
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4.  Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers:  Verlander followed up his 19-9, 3.45 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 269 K season with a 18-9, 3.37, 1.16, 219 one. Aside from a blip in 2008, he’s been one of the best in the game since 2006.
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5.  Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  It’s possible the best three pitchers in the American League last year (King Felix – 13, Lee – 12, and Weaver – 13) combined for just 38 wins. Weaver led the majors in strikeouts (233), posted the sixth best WHIP (1.07), and the 16th best ERA (3.01). Having Seattle and Oakland in his division helps.
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6.  Clay Buccholz, Boston Red Sox:  Buccholz went 17-7 last year with a 2.33 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. He only had 120 Ks in 173-2/3 innings. If he can improve that total, he also top five A.L. Only potential.
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7.  Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins:  Liriano successfully bounced back last year posting a 14-10 record with a 3.62 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and 201 Ks in 191-2/3 innings. He was 8-3 with a 3.31 ERA, and a 1.24 WHIP in the second half. If he’s traded to the Yankees, his value should only increase.
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8.  Dan Haren, Los Angeles Angels:  Haren’s overall numbers were somewhat disappointing (12-12, 3.91 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 216 Ks), but he was rock solid after joining the Angeles going 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 75 Ks in 94 innings. He’s topped 200 strikeouts the past three seasons and he has a 3.55 ERA and 1.17 WHIP since 2005.
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9.  David Price, Tampa Bay Rays:  Price went 19-9 (tied for 4th most wins) with a 2.72 ERA (7th), 1.19 WHIP (tied for 25th), and 188 Ks (20th). He was 10-2 with a 2.12 ERA against the AL East last year. I think he has a hard time coming close to those numbers, which takes a hit on his overall production.
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10.  Brett Anderson, Oakland Athletics:  He’ll have to stay healthy, but when he is, he can be downright nasty. He finished 7-6 with a 2.80 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and 75 Ks in 112-1/3 innings. He was 4-1 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in September and October.
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11. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers:  Scherzer’s 2.47 ERA and 1.14 WHIP after the All-Star Break give him considerable promise. With 184 strikeout in 195-2/3 innings, he’s a strong bet to record 200+ strikeouts in 2011.
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12. Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers:  He went 12-13, but his 3.72 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 196 strikeouts make him a great option.
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13.  Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays:  Hellickson was outstanding in his cup of coffee going 4-0 with a 3.47 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts in 36-1/3 innings.
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14.  John Danks, Chicago White Sox:  Not a sexy pick, but Danks has three straight seasons with 12+ wins, a sub-4.00 ERA, and a sub-1.30 WHIP.
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15.  Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays:  Morrow struck out 178 batters in 146-1/3 innings. He was 5-1 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP after the All-Star Break.
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16.  Trevor Cahill, Oakland A’s:  While I don’t believe he’s an 18-game pitcher with a sub-3.00 ERA this year, he’s a nice second starting pitcher for A.L. Only leagues.
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17.  Gavin Floyd, Chicago White Sox:  Floyd (shoulder) was shut down early, but dominated in June (2.58 ERA) and July (0.80 ERA). He posted a 3.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 2008 and a 4.06 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 2009 so a bounceback season would not be unlikely.
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18.  Phil Hughes, New York Yankees:  Hughes delivered on his promise last year posting 18 wins, and a solid 1.25 WHIP. With more seasoning, I expect him to look more like the first-half pitcher than the second-half one.
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19.  James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays:  Shields was terrible last year, with his ERA and WHIP climbing for the second straight season. He is  a bit of a risk, but a 12+ win, sub-4.00 ERA, and sub-1.25 WHIP is not out of the question.
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20.  Edwin Jackson, Chicago White Sox:  His no-hitter with eight walks is an indication of the stuff he has. It can be electric and wild at the same time. If he can harness his stuff, look for his value to surge in 2011.
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Here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2011 Starting Pitcher rankings.
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1.  Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies:  Led the Majors in wins (21), ranked 3rd in WHIP (1.04), 4th in ERA (2.44), and tied for 5th in strikeouts (219). He’s the complete package.
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2.  Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants:  Lincecum was 16-10 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 231 Ks. That was during an off year. He was untouchable in the playoffs.
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3.  Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners:  He was a beast last year, leading the league in ERA (2.27) while ranking 2nd in Ks (232) and 5th in WHIP (1.06). His only downside was the lack of wins (13), a problem that could easily resurface in 2011. It’s not a worrisome enough of a problem to keep him out of the top three.
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4.  Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox:  Lester continued to perform at a high level setting a career high in wins (19) and WHIP (1.20) while matching his career high with 225 Ks. His solid 3.25 ERA rounded out his dominance, which should continue with an even better offense backing him.
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5.  C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees:  The wins will be there as he’s averaged 20 the past two years for New York. He has had identical 197 K seasons as well, which is not elite, but solid. Low 3.00 ERA and a sub-1.20 WHIP round out his excellence. continue reading »


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