June Starter RankingsThursday, June 14, 2012
Welcome to the June starter 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 soon find a fully updated top 250 list.
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Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH
Starting pitcher Rankings
Dropping off: Cory Luebke (37th), Daniel Bard (64th), Michael Pineda (65th), Scott Baker (70th), Juan Nicasio (77th), Tim Stauffer (81st), Luke Hochevar (84th), Jair Jurrjens (87th), Hector Noesi (93rd), Jeff Niemann (95th), Jeremy Guthrie (99th), Jonathan Sanchez (100th)
- I wasn't quite sure what to do with Stephen Strasburg here. On merit, he'd rank third behind Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. Those are the only two pitchers I'd take over him for the next several weeks anyway. Of course, there's still the innings limit to be dealt with. The best thing that could happen to the Nats would probably be for him to tweak an ankle or something and get sat down for a month. Better to do without him now than September and maybe October.
- Tim Lincecum's velocity has been a little better over the last month, but it's come with even worse control. My feeling all year has been that he's working harder now to reach 90 mph with his fastball than he used to while throwing 92-93 mph and that it's cost him his command. I still think he can adapt and improve, but there's just no sign of a turnaround yet. Sunday's discouraging performance against the Rangers dropped him an extra five spots here.
- Brandon Morrow would have come in at No. 25 before suffering a strained oblique Monday night. Since the early word suggests he could miss a month or more, he checks in at No. 42.
- While it didn't stop him from giving up four runs in five innings, Daisuke Matsuzaka was rather impressive with both his fastball and slider Saturday in his return from Tommy John surgery. It was enough to make him worthy of a pickup in AL-only leagues and get him a spot at the bottom of the top 120 here. I certainly wasn't expecting to place him there a week ago.