So, I could have devoted my time to trying to get into the minds of every manager in major league baseball. That sounds pretty fun, right?
I say this because trying to figure out who will be starting for each team the weekend after the All-Star Game can be living hell. A.J. Hinch is a maniac. Scott Servais is confusing as hell. The Rays already have no idea who's going to start on a particular day. It would have been foolish for me to try to do a weekend update for the pitching planner.
Instead, I decided to do something a bit more beneficial to the readers. We all have questions on who in our pitching staff is the real deal or the fake snake. Who can we count on down the stretch to either turn their season around or continue their success? Which guys could potentially hit innings limits or get bumped out of rotations due to a trade?
In an attempt to start the pitching planner rankings on the right foot for the second half, I have completed my midseason starting pitcher rankings. Not only will this help you evaluate your staff, but it should help you in your trades in redraft leagues.
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Midseason Starting Pitcher Rankings
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Alright, the chart is pretty self-explanatory. The 'Wody' rankings are my own and I will be comparing my rankings to the 'FantasyPros' experts using the 'diff' column. The other four columns represent how many times a player landed in the four tiers in my weekly pitching planner. 'AS1' and 'AS2' are the Auto-Start and Auto-Stream tiers. Lastly, 'DS' and 'BB' are of course the Dream Stream and Buyer Beware tiers.
|Chris Sale||Red Sox||1||2||1||16|
|Rick Porcello||Red Sox||33||36||2||15||1|
|J.A. Happ||Blue Jays||37||41||3||15||1|
|David Price||Red Sox||39||40||0||15||1|
|Eduardo Rodriguez||Red Sox||49||42||-7||12||1|
|Marcus Stroman||Blue Jays||70||47||-23||8||2|
|Carlos Rodon||White Sox||74||75||1||3||2|
|Marco Estrada||Blue Jays||113||103||-10||1||12|
|Aaron Sanchez||Blue Jays||120||96||-24||1||8|
Guys that I'm high on...
- I'm not Dodging any starters in Los Angeles as I am somehow the high man on Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda, and Walker Buehler. As long as none of them get crazy innings limits, I'm feeling good about my aggressive ranking.
- How is the fantasy community STILL underrating Miles Mikolas? The dude's been an animal this year and really has pieced together a nice season.
- Please, Pittsburgh, let Nick Kingham pitch in the majors interrupted for the remainder of 2018. He's deserved it and is a much better option than the Trevor Williamses of the world.
- I love what I've seen from Domingo German despite the elevated ERA. However, I am concerned that the Yankees make a move to acquire a starting pitcher before the trade deadline. That would effectively knock German back down to a mid-relief role, sadly.
- If Nathan Eovaldi keeps doing what he's doing, the Rays could turn a low-risk contract from a year ago into a nice prospect. Eovaldi would be a rental for a potential contender and that would raise his eye value quite a bit for most rankers. I've decided to be proactively aggressive.
- C'mon, Joey Lucchesi, time to stay healthy and dominate down the stretch!
Not so much...
- The guys I'm low on all have a theme: great ERA, terrible underlying metrics.
- We've seen flashes of the old Madison Bumgarner, but not the full picture. Maybe the All-Star Break will help him refresh.
- I kept throwing Robbie Ray and Carlos Martinez in the Auto-Stream tier out of trust and stubbornness, but that time ends now. They've got to prove to me that they can regain their 2017 form.
- It's funny to me that Dallas Keuchel is the worst Houston starter and he's still ranked in the top 50. Good luck everyone else in the American League.
- Southpaws Sean Manaea and Jon Lester both have nice ERA's, but where have the strikeouts gone? You can't keep expecting these results with a K% under 20%.
- My ranking on Jake Arrieta will throw off the most readers. I don't know, I'm just thinking he's at the Cole Hamels stage of his career. I could be COMPLETELY wrong, but he's become very hittable and his 9.2% K-BB% is incredibly mediocre.
There were some players that were left off of the list above that I wanted to at least mention. I grouped them into three sections: injured, minors, and reliever. Each of these guys has the chance to be viable streamers given the opportunity and/or bill of health.
|Shohei Ohtani||Angels||Injured||Hitting, elbow issue lingers|
|Mike Soroka||Braves||Injured||60-day DL, retro to 6/20|
|Michael Wacha||Cardinals||Injured||10-day DL, retro to 6/21|
|Kolby Allard||Braves||Minors||Gwinnett Stripers (Triple-A)|
|Luiz Gohara||Braves||Minors||Gwinnett Stripers (Triple-A)|
|Enyel De Los Santos||Phillies||Minors||Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Triple-A)|
|Jalen Beeks||Red Sox||Minors||Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A)|
|Michael Kopech||White Sox||Minors||Charlotte Knights (Triple-A)|
|Jonathan Loaisiga||Yankees||Minors||Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A)|
|Justus Sheffield||Yankees||Minors||Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A)|
|Mike Montgomery||Cubs||Reliever||3.20 ERA as starter in 2018|
|Clay Buchholz||Diamondbacks||Reliever||2.56 ERA as starter in 2018|
|Seth Lugo||Mets||Reliever||3.52 ERA as starter in 2018|
- It doesn't appear that the Angels are rushing Shohei Ohtani back to the mound anytime soon. While he is hitting regularly now, the Angels are falling out of the playoff race and could just decide to save his arm for 2019.
- Michael Wacha and Mike Soroka could both be out until mid-to-late August. I don't know your league format, but I would be moving on in most redraft leagues.
- Of the minor league arms, I believe in Kolby Allard and Justus Sheffield the most on a talent basis. Both southpaws have incredible repertoires and should have no qualms about adjusting to the next level.
- However, the minor leaguer that I believe gets the most extended look of the group is Michael Kopech. There will be growing pains, but there's no reason that Kopech couldn't put up nice strikeout numbers right away.
- If you have read my recent pitching planners, you know that I'm upset by the Mets. The reason behind moving Seth Lugo back to the bullpen did not sit well with me. Nonetheless, as the sun rises and sets, Mets starters get hurt and Lugo should have another shot soon.
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