July Starter RankingsFriday, July 01, 2011
Up this week are the July rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.
Click to see other July rankings: Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DHStarting Pitcher RankingsFalling off: Jake Westbrook
(No. 95), Josh Tomlin
(No. 109), J.A. Happ
(No. 110), Kyle Drabek
(No. 111), Randy Wells
(No. 116), Nick Blackburn
(No. 117), Phil Coke
(No. 118), Fausto Carmona
(No. 119), Travis Wood
Verlander deserved to climb several spots, but I made the move with some trepidation. Even by his usual standards, he's on pace for a whopping innings total this year. He threw 240 innings in 2009 and 224 last year with no ill effect, but we'll see if he holds up so well in September as he nears 260 innings. He's currently at 135 2/3.The Mariners are saying they have no intention of shutting down Pineda early. I think that will change if they tumble from the race, but I did opt to move Pineda up as a result. It's not as though any teams seems poised to run away with the AL West. The Mariners may well remain in contention all season long.The uncertainty surrounding Zambrano's back injury caused me to drop him from No. 56 to No. 66.It's probably for the best that Matusz was sent down after Thursday's start. The arm strength just hasn't been there consistently since he returned from a two-month absence due to a rib-cage injury. I'm somewhat optimistic that he'll get it back and come back strong in August, but it's far from a given.Last month I wrote that Travis Wood notched the final spot in the rankings over Gee and Lyles. That was a whoops. I don't think Gee is going to keep this up, but his strikeout rate has been just solid enough to suggest that he'll last as a viable NL-only starter. I thought about including both Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman in the top 120, but I'm not sure how the rotation will shake out for the A's with Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross nearing returns. Rich Harden will replace Graham Godfrey and make his season debut tonight. I expect that Outman will go to make room for McCarthy, but Moscoso might stick over either Ross or Harden, depending on what happens over the next couple of weeks. Both Moscoso and Outman would remain worth using in AL-only leagues for however long they last in the rotation.No Jeff Karstens. Not buying it.