Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Cease Tops a Busy Week

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Cease Tops a Busy Week

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

How good is Jacob deGrom? There are a whopping 41 two-start pitchers this week, and deGrom will check in at No. 4 despite making just one start, albeit one that comes at Oakland.

We're at the point of the season where innings restrictions may be imposed, not to mention sudden shutdowns, especially for young arms or injured guys on non-playoff teams.

As always, the schedule is pulled from the Probable Pitchers page, so please direct any rotation questions to our crack staff still focusing on baseball. I'm happy to address a specific rankings question in the comments. For example, a question last week helped my unearth a mistake in the rankings.

UPDATED: Monday September 10 12:40 AM ET

Week of September 19 - 25

Mixed

RankPitcherTMOPPCommentsMIX12MIX15
1Dylan CeaseCWSCLE, DETSo many puns, so little space  
2Corbin BurnesMILNYM, @CIN   
3Max ScherzerNYM@MIL, @OAKShould go 5 IP in each, but maybe not much more  
4Jacob deGromNYM@OAK   
5Shane McClanahanTBHOU, TOR   
6Luis CastilloSEA@OAK, @KC   
7Kyle WrightATLWAS, @PHI   
8Charlie MortonATLWAS, @PHI   
9Sandy AlcantaraMIAWAS   
10Nestor CortesNYYPIT, BOS   
11Clayton KershawLADARI, STL   
12Spencer StriderATL@PHI

How good is Jacob deGrom? There are a whopping 41 two-start pitchers this week, and deGrom will check in at No. 4 despite making just one start, albeit one that comes at Oakland.

We're at the point of the season where innings restrictions may be imposed, not to mention sudden shutdowns, especially for young arms or injured guys on non-playoff teams.

As always, the schedule is pulled from the Probable Pitchers page, so please direct any rotation questions to our crack staff still focusing on baseball. I'm happy to address a specific rankings question in the comments. For example, a question last week helped my unearth a mistake in the rankings.

UPDATED: Monday September 10 12:40 AM ET

Week of September 19 - 25

Mixed

RankPitcherTMOPPCommentsMIX12MIX15
1Dylan CeaseCWSCLE, DETSo many puns, so little space  
2Corbin BurnesMILNYM, @CIN   
3Max ScherzerNYM@MIL, @OAKShould go 5 IP in each, but maybe not much more  
4Jacob deGromNYM@OAK   
5Shane McClanahanTBHOU, TOR   
6Luis CastilloSEA@OAK, @KC   
7Kyle WrightATLWAS, @PHI   
8Charlie MortonATLWAS, @PHI   
9Sandy AlcantaraMIAWAS   
10Nestor CortesNYYPIT, BOS   
11Clayton KershawLADARI, STL   
12Spencer StriderATL@PHI34 K with just 4 BB over last 19 IP. That's just stupid.  
13Ross StriplingTOR@PHI, @TBOutpitching Gausman and Berrios  
14Shane BieberCLE@CWS   
15Gerrit ColeNYYBOS   
16Edward CabreraMIACHC, WASThere is another level with strikeouts  
17Justin VerlanderHOU@BAL   
18Robbie RaySEA@OAK   
19Sonny GrayMIN@CLE, LAA   
20Julio UriasLADARI   
21Drew RasmussenTBHOU, TORBig test to get ready for playoff-like atmosphere  
22Max FriedATLWAS   
23Alek ManoahTOR@TBInjuries to competition has Manoah in the Cy Young discussion 
24Brandon WoodruffMIL@CIN   
25Cristian JavierHOU@TB   
26Tyler AndersonLADSTL, ARIDoesn't miss bats, but checks every other box  
27Zac GallenARI@LAD   
28Carlos RodonSF@COL, @ARI   
29Lance LynnCWSCLE   
30Drew SmylyCHC@MIAPitching wonderfully between injuries  
31Chris BassittNYM@OAK   
32Triston McKenzieCLE@CWS   
33Joe MusgroveSDSTL   
34Framber ValdezHOU@BAL   
35Zack WheelerPHITOR   
36Luis GarciaHOU@TB, @BAL   
37Logan GilbertSEA@LAA, @KCSEA has the easiest schedule down the stretch  
38Nick LodoloCINBOS, MIL31 K with only 1 BB over prior 20.1 IP  
39Jesus LuzardoMIACHC   
40George KirbySEA@OAK   
41Martin PerezTEXLAA   
42Brady SingerKCSEA   
43Michael WachaBOS@NYY   
44Merrill KellyARI@LAD, SFHas earned trust, even vs. LAD  
45Lance McCullers Jr.HOU@TB   
46Kevin GausmanTOR@PHI   
47Miles MikolasSTL@SD   
48Corey KluberTBHOU   
49Shohei OhtaniLAA@MIN   
50Aaron NolaPHIATL   
51Cal QuantrillCLEMIN, @TEX   
52Adam WainwrightSTL@SD, @LAD   
53Jordan MontgomerySTL@LAD   
54Jameson TaillonNYYBOS   
55Marcus StromanCHC@PIT   
56Dustin MayLADARI   
57Domingo GermanNYYBOS   
58Jeffrey SpringsTBTOR   
59Luis SeverinoNYYPITLikely innings/pitch restriction  
60Wade MileyCHC@MIA, @PITDoes it get any easier?1% 
61Cole IrvinOAKNYM   
62Joe RyanMINLAA   
63Ryne NelsonARISF 11%49%
64Jon GrayTEXCLE   
65Pablo LopezMIACHC   
66Johnny CuetoCWSDET   
67Yu DarvishSD@COL   
68Andrew HeaneyLADSTL   
69Tyler WellsBALDET, HOU 14%38%
70Jose SuarezLAASEA, @MIN   
71Alex CobbSF@ARI   
72Jake OdorizziATL@PHI   
73Aaron CivaleCLE@CWS, @TEX 25%36%
74JP SearsOAKSEA, NYM 34% 
75Bailey OberMIN@KC 12% 
76Trevor RogersMIAWAS   
77Taijuan WalkerNYM@MIL   
78Eduardo RodriguezDET@CWS   
79Adrian SampsonCHC@MIA 3%49%
80Jose QuintanaSTL@LAD   
81Hunter GreeneCINMIL   
82Mix 12 Reliever     
83Dean KremerBALHOU   
84Jose BerriosTOR@TB   
85Bailey FalterPHIATL 45% 
86Blake SnellSDSTL   
87Mix 15 Reliever     
88Zack GreinkeKCMIN, SEA 22% 
89Mike ClevingerSDSTL, @COL   
90Luis CessaCINMIL 20% 
91Ranger SuarezPHIATL   
92Roansy ContrerasPIT@NYY   
93Patrick SandovalLAA@TEX   
94Matt ManningDET@BAL   
95Ryan YarbroughTBTOR 0%13%
96Jose UrquidyHOU@BAL   
97Dylan BundyMIN@KC, LAA 13% 
98Nick PivettaBOS@NYY   
99James KaprielianOAKSEA 13% 
100Josh LindblomMILNYM, @CIN 0%0%
101Cody MorrisCLE@TEX 17% 
102Brayan BelloBOS@CIN, @NYY 47% 
103Lucas GiolitoCWSCLE   
104Zach DaviesARI@LAD, SF 4%43%
105Ken WaldichukOAKNYM 14% 
106Adrian HouserMILNYM 18% 
107Josh WinderMIN@KC 4%19%
108Mike MayersLAA@TEX 0%11%
109Carlos CarrascoNYM@MIL   
110Adrian MartinezOAKSEA 0%11%
111Logan WebbSF@COL   
112Hayden WesneskiCHC@PIT 5%30%
113Drey JamesonARI@LAD 0%0%
114Kyle BradishBALHOU 43% 
115Jack FlahertySTL@SD   
116Austin VothBALDET, HOU 17% 
117Mitch WhiteTOR@TB 21% 
118Mitch KellerPITCHC   
119Anibal SanchezWAS@MIA 2%11%
120Kyle GibsonPHITOR, ATL   
121Michael GroveLADARI 0%0%
122Marco GonzalesSEA@KC   
123Michael LorenzenLAA@TEX 16%23%
124Reid DetmersLAA@MIN   
125Tyler AlexanderDET@BAL, @CWS 0%11%
126Glenn OttoTEXCLE 15% 
127Dane DunningTEXLAA 32% 
128Cory AbbottWAS@ATL, @MIA 1%2%
129Rich HillBOS@NYY 12% 
130Joey WentzDET@BAL 0%2%
131Mike MinorCINMIL 6%43%
132Jakob JunisSF@COL, @ARI 49% 
133Drew HutchisonDET@CWS 1%15%
134Luis OrtizPIT@NYY, CHC 0%0%
135Cole RagansTEXLAA, CLE 0%9%
136Kyle FreelandCOLSF, SD 9%34%
137Connor SeaboldBOS@CIN 0%0%
138Chase AndersonCINBOS 1%2%
139Erick FeddeWAS@MIA 1%9%
140Josiah GrayWAS@ATL   
141Jason AlexanderMIL@CIN 0%4%
142Chad KuhlCOLSF, SD 13%11%
143Davis MartinCWSDET 0%0%
144Madison BumgarnerARI@LAD 48% 
145Javier AssadCHC@PIT 8%49%
146Jordan LylesBALDET 9% 
147Jonathan HeasleyKCMIN 1%2%
148Daniel LynchKCMIN 6% 
149Johan OviedoPITCHC 0%0%
150Bryse WilsonPITCHC 1%6%
151Kris BubicKCSEA 12%45%
152Patrick CorbinWAS@ATL 6% 
153German MarquezCOLSF 44% 
154Sean ManaeaSD@COL   
155Ryan FeltnerCOLSD 0%4%
156Jose UrenaCOLSF 0%2%
157Sean HjelleSF@COL 0%0%

American League

RankPitcherTMOPPComment
1Dylan CeaseCWSCLE, DETSo many puns, so little space
2Shane McClanahanTBHOU, TOR 
3Luis CastilloSEA@OAK, @KC 
4Nestor CortesNYYPIT, BOS 
5Ross StriplingTOR@PHI, @TBOutpitching Gausman and Berrios
6Shane BieberCLE@CWS 
7Gerrit ColeNYYBOS 
8Justin VerlanderHOU@BAL 
9Robbie RaySEA@OAK 
10Sonny GrayMIN@CLE, LAA 
11Drew RasmussenTBHOU, TORBig test to get ready for playoff-like atmosphere
12Alek ManoahTOR@TBInjuries to competition has Manoah in the Cy Young discussion
13Cristian JavierHOU@TB 
14Lance LynnCWSCLE 
15Triston McKenzieCLE@CWS 
16Framber ValdezHOU@BAL 
17Luis GarciaHOU@TB, @BAL 
18Logan GilbertSEA@LAA, @KCSEA has the easiest schedule down the stretch
19George KirbySEA@OAK 
20Martin PerezTEXLAA 
21Brady SingerKCSEA 
22Michael WachaBOS@NYY 
23Lance McCullers Jr.HOU@TB 
24Kevin GausmanTOR@PHI 
25Corey KluberTBHOU 
26Shohei OhtaniLAA@MIN 
27Cal QuantrillCLEMIN, @TEX 
28Jameson TaillonNYYBOS 
29Domingo GermanNYYBOS 
30Jeffrey SpringsTBTOR 
31Luis SeverinoNYYPITLikely innings/pitch restriction
32Cole IrvinOAKNYM 
33Joe RyanMINLAA 
34Jon GrayTEXCLE 
35Johnny CuetoCWSDET 
36Tyler WellsBALDET, HOU 
37Jose SuarezLAASEA, @MIN 
38Aaron CivaleCLE@CWS, @TEX 
39JP SearsOAKSEA, NYM 
40Bailey OberMIN@KC 
41Eduardo RodriguezDET@CWS 
42Dean KremerBALHOU 
43Jose BerriosTOR@TB 
44Zack GreinkeKCMIN, SEA 
45Patrick SandovalLAA@TEX 
46Matt ManningDET@BAL 
47Ryan YarbroughTBTOR 
48Jose UrquidyHOU@BAL 
49Dylan BundyMIN@KC, LAA 
50Nick PivettaBOS@NYY 
51James KaprielianOAKSEA 
52Cody MorrisCLE@TEX 
53Brayan BelloBOS@CIN, @NYY 
54Lucas GiolitoCWSCLE 
55Ken WaldichukOAKNYM 
56AL Reliever   
57Josh WinderMIN@KC 
58Mike MayersLAA@TEX 
59Adrian MartinezOAKSEA 
60Kyle BradishBALHOU 
61Austin VothBALDET, HOU 
62Mitch WhiteTOR@TB 
63Marco GonzalesSEA@KC 
64Michael LorenzenLAA@TEX 
65Reid DetmersLAA@MIN 
66Tyler AlexanderDET@BAL, @CWS 
67Glenn OttoTEXCLE 
68Dane DunningTEXLAA 
69Rich HillBOS@NYY 
70Joey WentzDET@BAL 
71Drew HutchisonDET@CWS 
72Cole RagansTEXLAA, CLE 
73Connor SeaboldBOS@CIN 
74Davis MartinCWSDET 
75Jordan LylesBALDET 
76Jonathan HeasleyKCMIN 
77Daniel LynchKCMIN 
78Kris BubicKCSEA 

National League

RankPitcherTMOPPComment
1Corbin BurnesMILNYM, @CIN 
2Max ScherzerNYM@MIL, @OAKShould go 5 IP in each, but maybe not much more
3Jacob deGromNYM@OAK 
4Kyle WrightATLWAS, @PHI 
5Charlie MortonATLWAS, @PHI 
6Sandy AlcantaraMIAWAS 
7Clayton KershawLADARI, STL 
8Spencer StriderATL@PHI34 K with just 4 BB over last 19 IP. That's just stupid.
9Edward CabreraMIACHC, WASThere is another level with strikeouts
10Julio UriasLADARI 
11Max FriedATLWAS 
12Brandon WoodruffMIL@CIN 
13Tyler AndersonLADSTL, ARIDoesn't miss bats, but checks every other box
14Zac GallenARI@LAD 
15Carlos RodonSF@COL, @ARI 
16Drew SmylyCHC@MIAPitching wonderfully between injuries
17Chris BassittNYM@OAK 
18Joe MusgroveSDSTL 
19Zack WheelerPHITOR 
20Nick LodoloCINBOS, MIL31 K with only 1 BB over prior 20.1 IP
21Jesus LuzardoMIACHC 
22Merrill KellyARI@LAD, SFHas earned trust, even vs. LAD
23Miles MikolasSTL@SD 
24Aaron NolaPHIATL 
25Adam WainwrightSTL@SD, @LAD 
26Jordan MontgomerySTL@LAD 
27Marcus StromanCHC@PIT 
28Dustin MayLADARI 
29Wade MileyCHC@MIA, @PITDoes it get any easier?
30Ryne NelsonARISF 
31Pablo LopezMIACHC 
32Yu DarvishSD@COL 
33Andrew HeaneyLADSTL 
34Alex CobbSF@ARI 
35Jake OdorizziATL@PHI 
36Trevor RogersMIAWAS 
37Taijuan WalkerNYM@MIL 
38Adrian SampsonCHC@MIA 
39Jose QuintanaSTL@LAD 
40Hunter GreeneCINMIL 
41Bailey FalterPHIATL 
42Blake SnellSDSTL 
43Mike ClevingerSDSTL, @COL 
44Luis CessaCINMIL 
45Ranger SuarezPHIATL 
46Roansy ContrerasPIT@NYY 
47Josh LindblomMILNYM, @CIN 
48Zach DaviesARI@LAD, SF 
49Adrian HouserMILNYM 
50NL Reliever   
51Carlos CarrascoNYM@MIL 
52Logan WebbSF@COL 
53Hayden WesneskiCHC@PIT 
54Drey JamesonARI@LAD 
55Jack FlahertySTL@SD 
56Mitch KellerPITCHC 
57Anibal SanchezWAS@MIA 
58Kyle GibsonPHITOR, ATL 
59Michael GroveLADARI 
60Cory AbbottWAS@ATL, @MIA 
61Mike MinorCINMIL 
62Jakob JunisSF@COL, @ARI 
63Luis OrtizPIT@NYY, CHC 
64Kyle FreelandCOLSF, SD 
65Chase AndersonCINBOS 
66Erick FeddeWAS@MIA 
67Josiah GrayWAS@ATL 
68Jason AlexanderMIL@CIN 
69Chad KuhlCOLSF, SD 
70Madison BumgarnerARI@LAD 
71Javier AssadCHC@PIT 
72Johan OviedoPITCHC 
73Bryse WilsonPITCHC 
74Patrick CorbinWAS@ATL 
75German MarquezCOLSF 
76Sean ManaeaSD@COL 
77Ryan FeltnerCOLSD 
78Jose UrenaCOLSF 
79Sean HjelleSF@COL 

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