2018 Fantasy Baseball Midseason Starting Pitcher Rankings

by Tyler Thompson
Midseason Starting Pitcher Rankings

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 SaleRed Sox12116
Max ScherzerNationals21-116
Corey KluberIndians33016
Jacob deGromMets46297
Clayton KershawDodgers57211
Luis SeverinoYankees64-297
Justin VerlanderAstros75-297
Noah SyndergaardMets810265
Gerrit ColeAstros9145943
Trevor BauerIndians10155511
James PaxtonMariners119-215
Aaron NolaPhillies128-416
Stephen StrasburgNationals1311-2111
Zack GreinkeDiamondbacks1412-2142
Carlos CarrascoIndians1516114
Blake SnellRays16193592
Jose BerriosTwins17236412
Charlie MortonAstros18213123
Lance McCullersAstros1922388
Patrick CorbinDiamondbacks2020097
Ross StriplingDodgers2139188
Miles MikolasCardinals223816141
Kenta MaedaDodgers23452214
Alex WoodDodgers24295313
Tyler SkaggsAngels254621123
Jameson TaillonPirates26348213
Madison BumgarnerGiants2717-116
Mike FoltynewiczBraves284314124
Jack FlahertyCardinals29491983
Robbie RayDiamondbacks3018-138
Andrew HeaneyAngels31572576
Mike ClevingerIndians32330141
Rick PorcelloRed Sox33362151
Carlos MartinezCardinals3413-2267
Walker BuehlerDodgers35481252
Nick PivettaPhillies365619142
J.A. HappBlue Jays37413151
Masahiro TanakaYankees3832-7310
Shane BieberIndians39672632
David PriceRed Sox39400151
Johnny CuetoGiants4058166
Chris ArcherRays4126-1766
Michael FulmerTigers4244088
Dallas KeuchelAstros4328-17412
Dylan BundyOrioles4430-1678
Nick KinghamPirates45742761
Sean ManaeaAthletics4637-11133
Yu DarvishCubs4731-1872
Eduardo RodriguezRed Sox4942-7121
Jon LesterCubs5024-26151
Marco GonzalesMariners51681757
Vince VelasquezPhillies528129123
Jose QuintanaCubs5335-1816
Rich HillDodgers5450-456
Domingo GermanYankees55772254
Nathan EovaldiRays56721635
Kyle GibsonTwins57669610
Jake ArrietaPhillies5827-3114
Kevin GausmanOrioles59612510
Zack WheelerMets60913176
Zach EflinPhillies61842355
Joey LucchesiPadres62801873
Sean NewcombBraves6353-10114
Kyle HendricksCubs6425-3916
Joe MusgrovePirates6570542
Gio GonzalezNationals6652-1415
Luis CastilloReds6760-7133
Tyler AndersonRockies689224511
Andrew SuarezGiants691043564
Marcus StromanBlue Jays7047-2382
Steven MatzMets71765124
Cole HamelsRangers7254-18511
Freddy PeraltaBrewers7362-115
Carlos RodonWhite Sox7475132
Jonathan GrayRockies7565-1016
Luke WeaverCardinals7655-2116
CC SabathiaYankees778912510
Junior GuerraBrewers7879158
German MarquezRockies79992079
Zack GodleyDiamondbacks8051-29123
Anibal SanchezBraves811052435
Tyson RossPadres8269-1376
Mike MinorRangers839512610
Felix PenaAngels841062212
Tyler MahleReds8583-279
Wade LeBlancMariners861072117
Jordan ZimmermannTigers87108216
Sonny GrayYankees8871-17124
Mike LeakeMariners8985-439
Jeff SamardzijaGiants9063-2753
Danny DuffyRoyals9173-1888
Ivan NovaPirates92101995
Trevor CahillAthletics9397434
Jose UrenaMarlins9410915113
Frankie MontasAthletics951101533
Brent SuterBrewers9611115410
Dereck RodriguezGiants971121522
Jake OdorizziTwins9864-34214
Tanner RoarkNationals9978-2196
Chase AndersonBrewers10059-4169
Felix HernandezMariners10111312412
Hyun-Jin RyuDodgers102100-25
Matt HarveyReds10382-219
Jimmy NelsonBrewers10486-18
Kyle FreelandRockies10590-1513
Jeremy HellicksonNationals106114817
Max FriedBraves10711582
Jhoulys ChacinBrewers10893-15211
John GantCardinals109116712
Clayton RichardPadres1101177214
Mike FiersTigers11188-237
Brandon McCarthyBraves112102-1047
Marco EstradaBlue Jays113103-10112
Jakob JunisRoyals114118469
Julio TeheranBraves11587-28213
Lance LynnTwins11694-2248
Jake FariaRays117119254
Matt BoydTigers1181202114
Fernando RomeroTwins11998-2153
Aaron SanchezBlue Jays12096-2418

Guys that I'm high on...

  • I'm not Dodging any starters in Los Angeles as I am somehow the high man on Ross StriplingKenta 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Watch List

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 OhtaniAngelsInjuredHitting, elbow issue lingers
Mike SorokaBravesInjured60-day DL, retro to 6/20
Michael WachaCardinalsInjured10-day DL, retro to 6/21
Kolby AllardBravesMinorsGwinnett Stripers (Triple-A)
Luiz GoharaBravesMinorsGwinnett Stripers (Triple-A)
Enyel De Los SantosPhilliesMinorsLehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Triple-A)
Jalen BeeksRed SoxMinorsPawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A)
Michael KopechWhite SoxMinorsCharlotte Knights (Triple-A)
Jonathan LoaisigaYankeesMinorsScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A)
Justus SheffieldYankeesMinorsScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A)
Mike MontgomeryCubsReliever3.20 ERA as starter in 2018
Clay BuchholzDiamondbacksReliever2.56 ERA as starter in 2018
Seth LugoMetsReliever3.52 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.

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  • 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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