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May Starter Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to the May starting pitcher rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300.

 

Click to see other May rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

 

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Starting pitcher rankings

 

 

May SP Team 2015
1 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 1
2 Felix Hernandez Mariners 2
3 Max Scherzer Nationals 3
4 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 4
5 Madison Bumgarner Giants 5
6 David Price Tigers 6
7 Corey Kluber Indians 7
8 Chris Sale White Sox 8
9 Johnny Cueto Reds 9
10 Zack Greinke Dodgers 12
11 Cole Hamels Phillies 10
12 Sonny Gray Athletics 14
13 Matt Harvey Mets 16
14 Gerrit Cole Pirates 15
15 Jordan Zimmermann Nationals 13
16 Chris Archer Rays 44
17 James Shields Padres 21
18 Alex Cobb Rays 17
19 Michael Pineda Yankees 19
20 Dallas Keuchel Astros 33
21 Carlos Carrasco Indians 22
22 Michael Wacha Cardinals 28
23 Jacob deGrom Mets 24
24 Garrett Richards Angels 25
25 Jake Arrieta Cubs 34
26 Julio Teheran Braves 18
27 Tyson Ross Padres 27
28 Lance Lynn Cardinals 39
29 Gio Gonzalez Nationals 30
30 Drew Smyly Rays 38
31 Jon Lester Cubs 31
32 Doug Fister Nationals 20
33 Danny Salazar Indians 67
34 Anibal Sanchez Tigers 46
35 Collin McHugh Astros 53
36 Alex Wood Braves 23
37 Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 40
38 Jake Odorizzi Rays 63
39 Andrew Cashner Padres 47
40 Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners 26
41 Scott Kazmir Athletics 55
42 Jeff Samardzija White Sox 43
43 Danny Duffy Royals 72
44 Francisco Liriano Pirates 57
45 Ian Kennedy Padres 49
46 Phil Hughes Twins 52
47 Jose Quintana White Sox 50
48 John Lackey Cardinals 48
49 Yordano Ventura Royals 45
50 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 77
51 A.J. Burnett Pirates 83
52 Trevor Bauer Indians 84
53 Matt Cain Giants 32
54 Matt Shoemaker Angels 41
55 Justin Verlander Tigers 36
56 Masahiro Tanaka Yankees 35
57 Drew Pomeranz Athletics 60
58 Kyle Lohse Brewers 56
59 Jason Hammel Cubs 81
60 Mike Fiers Brewers 59
61 Jose Fernandez Marlins 75
62 Drew Hutchison Blue Jays 58
63 Jesse Hahn Athletics 70
64 Shelby Miller Braves 91
65 Rick Porcello Red Sox 71
66 Brandon Morrow Padres 99
67 Mike Leake Reds 78
68 Jake Peavy Giants 62
69 Kevin Gausman Orioles 64
70 Marco Gonzales Cardinals 121
71 James Paxton Mariners 66
72 Tim Hudson Giants 76
73 Wade Miley Red Sox 69
74 Chris Heston Giants 326
75 C.J. Wilson Angels 80
76 Jimmy Nelson Brewers 96
77 Anthony DeSclafani Reds 110
78 Carlos Rodon White Sox 98
79 Clay Buchholz Red Sox 65
80 Henderson Alvarez Marlins 61
81 Bartolo Colon Mets 101
82 Shane Greene Tigers 94
83 R.A. Dickey Blue Jays 73
84 Wily Peralta Brewers 74
85 Wei-Yin Chen Orioles 82
86 Kyle Hendricks Cubs 88
87 Edinson Volquez Royals 333
88 Taijuan Walker Mariners 54
89 Mat Latos Marlins 68
90 Matt Garza Brewers 86
91 Nathan Eovaldi Yankees 112
92 CC Sabathia Yankees 93
93 Brett Anderson Dodgers 89
94 Archie Bradley Diamondbacks 105
95 Derek Holland Rangers 42
96 Jarred Cosart Marlins 114
97 Travis Wood Cubs 156
98 Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays 119
99 Dan Haren Marlins 109
100 Jered Weaver Angels 51
101 Roenis Elias Mariners 102
102 Carlos Frias Dodgers 148
103 Jaime Garcia Cardinals 107
104 Alfredo Simon Tigers 145
105 Charlie Morton Pirates 95
106 Ubaldo Jimenez Orioles 165
107 Jason Vargas Royals 92
108 Yusmeiro Petit Giants 85
109 Daniel Norris Blue Jays 87
110 Yovani Gallardo Rangers 113
111 Miguel Gonzalez Orioles 117
112 Adam Warren Yankees 97
113 Jeff Locke Pirates 104
114 Chris Tillman Orioles 111
115 J.A. Happ Mariners 135
116 Jesse Chavez Athletics 122
117 Kyle Gibson Twins 116
118 Patrick Corbin Diamondbacks 126
119 Rafael Montero Mets 103
120 Vance Worley Pirates 108
121 Jon Niese Mets 128
122 Jarrod Parker Athletics 142
123 Mark Buehrle Blue Jays 115
124 Tim Lincecum Giants 144
125 Justin Masterson Red Sox 123
126 Josh Collmenter Diamondbacks 129
127 Mike Foltynewicz Braves 228
128 Joe Kelly Red Sox 136
129 Noah Syndergaard Mets 137
130 Hector Santiago Angels 182
131 T.J. House Indians 79
132 Bud Norris Orioles 100
133 Tom Koehler Marlins 124
134 Odrisamer Despaigne Padres 134
135 Raisel Iglesias Reds 153
136 Kris Medlen Royals 139
137 Chase Anderson Diamondbacks 138
138 Aaron Harang Phillies 224
139 Nate Karns Rays 140
140 Mike Minor Braves 106
141 Randall Delgado Diamondbacks 146
142 Alex Colome Rays 167
143 Eduardo Rodriguez Red Sox 276
144 Marco Estrada Blue Jays 151
145 Erasmo Ramirez Rays 130
146 Matt Moore Rays 178
147 David Phelps Marlins 147
148 Tanner Roark Nationals 118
149 Andrew Heaney Angels 127
150 Carlos Villanueva Cardinals 131

 

Dropping off: Adam Wainwright (11th), Brandon McCarthy (29th), Homer Bailey (37th), Kendall Graveman (90th), Trevor Cahill (120th), Jeremy Guthrie (125th), Chase Whitley (132nd), Jeremy Hellickson (133rd)

 

o This is where I remind you that these are not short-term rankings. I’d take Kazmir over at least half of the pitchers listed above him for May alone. The same goes for Liriano. But some of these guys were always much better bets for the first two or three months of the season than they were for the entire six months. Others who would be ranked higher if not for the injury likelihood include Cole, Cashner and Morrow.

 

o I don’t understand why the Blue Jays chose Sanchez over Norris for a rotation spot, but maybe it was a matter of timing more than anything else. Even though Sanchez hasn’t impressed at all as a starter with his 21/20 K/BB ratio in five starts, he’s moving up the rankings this month, all because I think he might end up as the team’s closer.

 

o Complicating any move to shore up the Red Sox rotation is deciding who makes the most sense to replace (presumably Kelly or Masterson) and who from a group of intriguing alternatives should get the first shot. Knuckleballer Steven Wright was the sixth starter to open the season, but that was always likely to be temporary. Eduardo Rodriguez and Brian Johnson have gotten off to outstanding starts in Triple-A, though Johnson hit his first bump in the road Sunday when he gave up seven earned runs (he had allowed a total of two in his first four starts). Rodriguez now has the superior numbers with a 1.82 ERA and a 22/2 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings, plus he has more upside anyway. I still think Johnson might get the first crack at an opening, but it’s Rodriguez who moves into the top 150 this month.

Matthew Pouliot
Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.