2014 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings

2014 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings
Feb 20, 2014

.Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Starting Pitcher Rankings..Pitchers, perhaps even more than hitters, can be a bit of a gamble due to potential arm injuries and innings caps. Do your research so you’re not going blind into the MLB Futures betting..1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles DodgersClayton Kershaw is 51-23 over the past three years with a 2.21 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He has averaged 236.3 strikeouts per season over that stretch. He’s the best pitcher in the game. Period..2. Yu Darvish, Texas RangersYu Darvis went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a league-leading 277 strikeouts. He’s the real deal..3. 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..4. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis CardinalsAdam Wainwright went 19-9 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 219 strikeouts. Yep, he’s all the way back after his Tommy John surgery..5. Stephen Strasburg, Washington NationalsStephen Strasburg went 8-9 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 191 strikeouts in 183 innings. He’s still a bit of an injury risk, but he certainly has the goods if he can stay healthy..6. 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..7. 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..8. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco GiantsMadison Bumgarner has gone 42-33 over the past three years with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP and 193.7 strikeouts per season. I expect him to take the next step this year in the elite class..9. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia PhilliesCliff Lee is just 37-25 over the past three years with Philadelphia, but he has a 2.80 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 222.3 strikeouts per year..10. Jose Fernandez, Miami MarlinsJose Fernandez went 12-6 as a rookie with a 2.19 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and 187 strikeouts in 172.2 innings. He has worked hard on conditioning to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump..11. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia PhilliesCole Hamels had a rough season going 8-14, but still managed to post a 3.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 202 strikeouts. Over the past four seasons he’s 51-40 with a 3.13 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 205.8 strikeouts per season..12. Chris Sale, Chicago White SoxChris Sale is 28-22 over the past two seasons with a 3.06 ERA and 1.10 WHIP and 418 strikeouts in 406.1 innings..13. David Price, Tampa Bay RayDavid 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..14. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles DodgersZack Greinke went 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 148 strikeouts in 177.2 innings. Over the past three years he’s 46-15 with a 3.32 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 183 strikeouts per season..15. Gio Gonzalez, Washington NationalsGio Gonzalez shook off the Biogeneis allegation, avoided suspension, and posted a 11-8 record with a 3.36 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 192 strikeouts in 195.2 innings. Over the past three years he’s 48-28 with a 3.12 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 198.7 strikeouts per season..16. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington NationalsJordan Zimmermann has averaged just 146 strikeouts over the past three seasons, but he’s 39-28 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP..17. 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)..18. Matt Cain, San Francisco GiantsA down year (8-10, 4.00 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 158 strikeouts) for Cain is still a solid season, aside from the win total. Cain has a lifetime ERA of 3.35 and WHIP of 1.17. He should rebound..19. 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..20. Homer Bailey, Cincinnati RedsHomer Bailey went 11-12 with a 3.49 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 199 strikeouts. He went 6-4 in his final 13 starts with a 3.02 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 86.1 innings…Also check out:

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