Most people will agree that Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the MLB.  However, that does not mean that you need to have, or should even want to draft him, on your fantasy baseball team!  He would require a 1st round, MAYBE early 2nd round draft pick and starting pitchers just do not hold early round value. Considering the fact that they start just 30-34 of a teams 162 games, they do not play 80% of the time!

Chris Sale out 3 weeks with a foot injury
Yu Darvish could need Tommy John surgery
Marcus Stroman ACL Tear - Out for Season
Zach Wheeler Tommy John Surgery?
Cliff Lee Lands on 60-Day DL
Reds Move Tony Cingrani to Bullpen
Ervin Santana Suspended 80 Games

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RankNameTeam
1Clayton KershawLAD
2Madison BumgarnerSF
3Max ScherzerWSH
4Chris SaleCWS
5Felix HernandezSEA
6David PriceDET
7Adam WainwrightSTL
8Zack GreinkeLAD
9Jon LesterCHC
10Corey KluberCLE
11Stephen StrasburgWSH
12Johnny CuetoCIN
13Jordan ZimmermannWSH
14Hisashi IwakumaSEA
15Alex CobbTB
16Cole HamelsPHI
17James ShieldsSD
18Jeff SamardzijaCWS
19Sonny GrayOAK
20Matt HarveyNYM
21Julio TeheranATL
22Hyun-Jin RyuLAD
23Masahiro TanakaNYY
24Garrett RichardsLAA
25Alex WoodATL
26Gio GonzalezWSH
27Gerrit ColePIT
28Tyson RossSD
29Doug FisterWSH
30Jake ArrietaCHC
31Phil HughesMIN
32Carlos CarrascoCLE
33Andrew CashnerSD
34Jacob deGromNYM
35Anibal SanchezDET
36Lance LynnSTL
37Mat LatosMIA
38Homer BaileyCIN
39Michael WachaSTL
40Ian KennedySD
41Jose QuintanaCWS
42Drew SmylyTB
43Chris ArcherTB
44Francisco LirianoPIT
45Justin VerlanderDET
46Yordano VenturaKC
47Jered WeaverLAA
48Scott KazmirOAK
49Jose FernandezMIA
50Matt ShoemakerLAA
RankNameTeam
51Jake OdorizziTB
52Collin McHughHOU
53John LackeySTL
54Rick PorcelloBOS
55Dallas KeuchelHOU
56Mike FiersMIL
57R.A. DickeyTOR
58Drew HutchisonTOR
59Brandon McCarthyLAD
60Michael PinedaNYY
61Tanner RoarkWSH
62Danny SalazarCLE
63Matt CainSF
64A.J. BurnettPIT
65Mike MinorATL
66Shelby MillerATL
67Kyle LohseMIL
68James PaxtonSEA
69Henderson AlvarezMIA
70Matt GarzaMIL
71Chris TillmanBAL
72Yusmeiro PetitSF
73Derek HollandTEX
74Wily PeraltaMIL
75Mike LeakeCIN
76Kevin GausmanBAL
77Danny DuffyKC
78Jake PeavySF
79Jason HammelCHC
80Bartolo ColonNYM
81Jesse HahnOAK
82Yovani GallardoTEX
83Jonathon NieseNYM
84Taijuan WalkerSEA
85Wade MileyBOS
86Wei-Yin ChenBAL
87Trevor BauerCLE
88Shane GreeneDET
89Clay BuchholzBOS
90Nathan EovaldiNYY
91Tim HudsonSF
92CC SabathiaNYY
93Kyle HendricksCHC
94Josh CollmenterARI
95Jimmy NelsonMIL
96Andrew HeaneyLAA
97Bud NorrisBAL
98C.J. WilsonLAA
99Carlos MartinezSTL
100Jeremy HellicksonARI





Stats from last season

  • Scherzer and Jered Weaver each won 18 games
    • 17 other starters won between 15-17 games
  • Clayton Kershaw (1.77) was the only starter with an ERA under 2.00
    • Felix Hernandez, Chris Sale and Cueto each had an ERA <= 2.25
      • Kluber, Wainwright, Doug Fister,  Jon Lester and Cole Hamels had ERA's between 2.25 and 2.50
        • 12 other starters had an ERA below 3.00
  • David Price had the most strikeouts with 271
    • Kluber was next with 269
      • Scherzer was the only other starter with at least 250 Ks
        • 10 other starters had at least 200 punch outs
  • Cueto led with 29 Quality Starts
    • Lester and Hernandez each had 27
      • Kluber, Sonny Gray, Aaron Harang, Wainwright, Hamels and Julio Teheran were the only others with at least 25

Finish Strong

  • Carlos Carrasco, Derek Holland, Kluber, Kershaw, Alex Cobb, Michael Pineda, Hamels, Matt Shoemaker, and Doug Fister were the only pitchers to make 5 starts after the All-Star game and have an ERA under 2.00

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