Top 10 Right Now – Starting Pitchers

Regardless of the rise in home run totals, baseball’s pitchers are still dominant as the list proves, and it’s many of the same cast of characters returning from last season’s list.

A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting in February. The lists will highlight the Top 10 players at each position, managers and executives, finishing up with the Ultimate Top 10 list, a ranking of each of the position’s number one player.

Here’s a list of what’s to come and already been published:
Nov. 13 – Executives
Nov. 20 – Managers
Nov. 27 – Second Basemen
Dec. 4 – Relief Pitchers
Dec. 11 – Center Fielders
Dec. 18 – Shortstops
Dec. 25 – Designated Hitters
Jan. 1 – Left Fielders
Jan. 8 – First Basemen
Jan. 15 – Starting Pitchers
Jan. 22 – Catchers
Jan. 29 – Third Basemen
Feb. 5 – Right Fielders
Feb. 12 – Ultimate Top 10

Below are two lists, one (“Statistical”) shows players ranked per a combination of their 2017 stats and where they ranked in those stats per their respective position. Several different stats are included in the calculations, but “stat-heads” will be happy to know we don’t consider wins.  The second (“Adjusted”) list is based on stats but then given adjustments based on track record, injuries and projections and reflects our ranking of the players as they head into 2018.

2017 Statistical Top 10
10. James Paxton
9. Robbie Ray
8. Brad Peacock
7. Carlos Carrasco
6. Luis Severino
5. Stephen Strasburg
4. Clayton Kershaw
3. Max Scherzer
2. Chris Sale
1. Corey Kluber

Adjusted Top 10
10. Carlos Carrasco
9. Noah Syndergaard
8. Robbie Ray
7. Luis Severino
6. Madison Bumgarner
5. Stephen Strasburg
4. Max Scherzer
3. Chris Sale
2. Clayton Kershaw
1. Corey Kluber

In consideration (with their rank from last year’s list): Yu Darvish (9), David Price (10), Paxton, Jake Arrieta, Chase Anderson, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Jimmy Nelson, Zack Greinke, Dallas Keuchel, Jacob deGrom, Chris Archer

Notes: Kluber was just far and away better than everyone else in ’17 so he gets the top spot this year (although the same four guys were all at the top of the leader boards)… when Kershaw is healthy, it’s fairly easy to say that he is still the best starting pitcher in the game.  However, he’s now had two straight campaigns in which he’s missed time due to injury and the other three guys have been right there with him so he drops… as we predicted on last year’s list, Strasburg could be top 5 and he is now… a few guys presented themselves strongly in ’17 – Carrasco, Severino, Paxton, Ray, Nelson – making us look forward to what’s in store this coming season… don’t sleep on the year Jeff Samardzija had for a terrible Giants team (seriously, it was pretty good)… we like Kendall Graveman and Aaron Nola opening some eyes for next year.

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