2014 Fantasy Baseball AL-Only Starting Pitcher Rankings

2014 Fantasy Baseball AL-Only Starting Pitcher Rankings
Mar 13, 2014

.Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Starting Pitcher Rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues..1. Yu Darvish, Texas RangersYu Darvish went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a league-leading 277 strikeouts. He’s the real deal..2. Felix Hernandez, Seattle MarinersKing Felix went 12-10 with a 3.04 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 216 strikeouts. Over the past five seasons, he’s 71-50 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP while averaging 222 strikeouts. The Mariners’ offense should be more potent with Robinson Cano, which could lead to a few more victories for Hernandez..3. Justin Verlander, Detroit TigersAfter going 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and 217 strikeouts, which was easily his worst performance since 2008, Justin Verlander could actually come at a discount this year. Look for Detroit’s true ace to reclaim his title..4. Max Scherzer, Detroit TigersMax Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and 240 strikeouts. Look for a regression because he set the bar so high, but he should still be one of the game’s top pitchers..5. Chris Sale, Chicago White SoxChris Sale is 28-22 over the past two seasons with a 3.06 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 418 strikeouts in 406.1 innings..6. David Price, Tampa Bay RaysDavid Price went 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 151 strikeouts in 186.2 innings. Over the past four years, he’s 61-32 with a 3.02 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 190.5 strikeouts per season..7. Anibal Sanchez, Detroit TigersAnibal Sanchez went 14-8 with a 2.57 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 182 innings. He has also had the stuff, but this is the first time he put it all together. He’s a bit of a regression risk based on how much better he did than his career averages (3.55 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)..8. James Shields, Kansas City RoyalsJames Shields went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 196 strikeouts. Over the past three years he’s 44-31 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 214.7 strikeouts per season..9. Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle MarinersHisashi Iwakuma went 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 185 strikeouts. In 345 career innings he’s 23-11 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP..10. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles AngelsJered Weaver went 11-8 with a 3.27 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 117 strikeouts. For his career he has .653 winning percentage, a 3.24 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP..11. Masahiro Tanaka, New York YankeesMasahiro Tanaka is a wildcard as we can’t predict how he will perform in the big leagues. He went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles..12. Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay RaysAlex Cobb went 11-3 with a 2.76 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 143.1 innings. He was 6-0 combined against the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays with a 1.26 ERA..13. Matt Moore, Tampa Bay RaysMatt Moore backed up the hype with a 17-4 season. He posted a 3.29 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 150.1 innings. His WHIP (1.30 last year, 1.32 career) keeps him from being elite..14. Jon Lester, Boston Red SoxJon Lester rebounded to go 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 177 strikeouts. He won’t wow you in any categories, but he’ll provide solid numbers across the board..15. C.C. Sabathia, New York YankeesC.C. Sabathia had a down year going 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP and 177 strikeouts. Given his track record, a rebound is in order…Also check out:

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