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Here’s the first look at the 2015 Lester’s Legends Starting Pitcher Rankings.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw remains the best pitcher in baseball as he won his third Cy Young in the past four seasons. In 2014 he went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and 239 strikeouts. Since 2011 Kershaw is 72-26 with 237 strikeouts per season, a 2.11 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
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2. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez went 15-6 in 2014 with 248 strikeouts, a 2.14 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Since 2009 King Felix is 86-56 with 226.3 strikeouts per season, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
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3. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Max Scherzer is 55-15 over the past three seasons while averaging 241 strikeouts with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The move to the National League should pay dividends for Scherzer.
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4. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner went 18-10 in 2014 with 219 strikeouts, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. For his career he has a 3.06 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Bumgarner matured before our eyes as he went 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP with 45 strikeouts in 52.2 innings en route to a World Series title.
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5. David Price, Detroit Tigers
David Price went 15-12 with a league-high 270 strikeouts, a 3.26 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 2014. He’s 86-51 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP throughout his career.
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6. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
Chris Sale went 12-4 in 2014 with 208 strikeouts, a 2.17 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP in 174 innings. In 674.2 career innings Sale is 44-29 with 737 strikeouts, a 2.76 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
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7. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
In 2014 Stephen Strasburg went 14-11 with 242 strikeouts, a 3.14 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. For his career Strasburg is 43-30 with 746 strikeouts, a 3.02 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 649.1 innings.
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8. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
Zack Greinke was 17-8 in 2014 with 207 strikeouts, a 2.71 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. In 2013, his first year with the Dodgers, Greinke was 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.
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9.  Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Yu Darvis was 10-7 with 182 strikeouts, a 3.06 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 2014 in 144.1 innings. In three years Darvish is 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 680 strikeouts in 545.1 innings.
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10. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Corey Kluber went 18-9 in 2014 with 269 strikeouts, a 2.44 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He was 11-5 with a 3.85 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 2013.
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11. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 2014. Since 2012 he’s 45-22 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
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12. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto was 20-9 in 2014 with 242 strikeouts, a 2.25 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. Since 2011 he’s 53-25 with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.
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13. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels was 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 2014. For his career he’s 108-83 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
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14. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright was 20-9 in 2014 with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. The past two years he’s 39-18 with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
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15. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
Jon Lester was 16-11 in 2014 with 220 strikeouts, a 2.46 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Lifetime he is 116-67 with a 3.58 ERA. Lester should do well in the National League.
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16. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
Julio Teheran went 14-13 in 2014, but he had a 2.89 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Over the past two seasons he’s 28-21 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
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17. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
Matt Harvey was 12-10 in 2013 with a 2.27 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. For his career he has a 2.39 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and 261 strikeouts in 237.2 innings. He missed the 2014 season following Tommy John surgery, but should be ready to dominate once again.
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18. Jeff Samardzija, Chicago White Sox
Jeff Samardzija went 7-13 in 2014 despite a 2.99 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 202 strikeouts. He’ll try pitching on the other side of town.
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19. Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma was 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 2014. In three years he’s 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
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20. Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays
Alex Cobb was 10-9 in 2014 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He’s 21-12 in the past two seasons with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
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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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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 20 fantasy baseball starting pitchers for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your rotation to address other positions.
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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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Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs
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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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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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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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. He’s a solid third option for fantasy rotations.
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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. He could easily be among the top 15 starters.
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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.
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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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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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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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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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Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals
Zimmerman went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 153 strikeouts. He’s a solid third fantasy starter.
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Here are the 2013 Lester’s Legends fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings.
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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. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kershaw also took a slight step back, but like Verlander it was because he set the bar so high. Kershaw was 14-9 with a 2.53 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and 229 strikeouts.
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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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 two fantasy starter.
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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. 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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20. 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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Here’s the 2012 LestersLegends Starting Pitcher Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies: Going 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and 220 Ks is nothing to sneeze at.
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2. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies: Did not disappoint in his return to Philly going 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 238 Ks.
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3. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: Coming off a brilliant 21-5, 2.28 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 248 Ks season that resembled Verlander’s gem.
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4. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants: He had a sub-.500 winning percentage, but hard to argue with his 2.74 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 220 Ks. Look for him to bounce back.
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5. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies: Easy to undervalue him because of Halladay and Lee, but his 14-9, 2.79 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 194 Ks were plain nasty.
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6. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals: The Nationals will be cautious, but Strasburg is nearly unhittable.
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7. Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers: Nasty stuff led to a 17-10, 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 207 Ks season.
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8. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants: Once again struggled to pick up wins (12) despite a 2.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 179 Ks. It’s a crime he can’t get better offensive support.
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9. Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers will find it tougher to score runs without Prince Fielder. If Greinke can avoid the early season ineffectiveness that led to a 5.45 pre-All-Star Game ERA, he should be a force.
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10. Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks: Quietly produced a 21-4, 2.88 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 198 Ks season.
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11. Josh Johnson, Miami Marlins: You know what he can do when he’s healthy. That is the big question mark though.
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12. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds: His new park is a far cry from PETCO, but when healthy Latos can get the job done just about anywhere.
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13. Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves: Limited to 22 starts last year, but produced a solid 11-7, 3.60 ERA, 1.17 ERA, 142 Ks season.
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14. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants: Vogelson was the surprise last year, but Bumgarner has the potential. Finished 13-13 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 191 Ks. Posted a 2.52 ERA after the All-Star Break.
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15.  Daniel Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks:  He turned in an impressive 16-12, 3.49 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 169 K season. He’ll turn just 25 next week. Definitely reason to believe he can build on his success.
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16.  Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals:  It may take him some time to round into form, but he should still be one of the game’s elite pitchers.
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17.  Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals: His age makes him a risk, but he continually turns in solid performances.
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18.  Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds:  He was brilliant (9-5, 2.31, 1.09, 104) in 24 starts. He has improved every year, but I expect he’ll be closer to his 2010 numbers (3.64, 1.28).
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19.  Brandon Beachy, Atlanta Braves:  He was better than his final numbers indicate (7-3, 3.68, 1.21, 169).
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20.  Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals:  He (16-12, 3.12, 1.32, 197 Ks), who forms a nice trio with Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.
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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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