Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Patience is a Virtue

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Patience is a Virtue

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

If you've been saving your shekels for a late-season pitching boost, your time has come. Granted, it's not a treasure trove, but there are more potentially useful arms available for pickup than there have been for awhile and it's not likely to be matched down the stretch. The two primary targets are Hunter Brown and Bailey Falter, both enjoying favorable two-steps.

Overall, there are 96 games, buoyed by five doubleheaders. Runs continue to be hard to come by, so take chances when needed.

By means of reminder, the schedule is culled from the Probable Pitchers page, so please address rotation questions to those fine folks. I'll address any rankings query in the space following the rankings.

UPDATED: Monday September 12, 2:55 AM

Week of September 12 - 18

Mixed

RankPitcherTMOPPCommentsMIX12MIX15
1Jacob deGromNYMCHC, PITBack where he belongs  
2Spencer StriderATL@SF, PHI32 K with just 4 BB over last 3 GS, covering 20 IP  
3Chris BassittNYMCHC, PITHow do you fly under the radar for so long?  
4Yu DarvishSD@SEA, @ARINo 2H swoon this season  
5Alek ManoahTORTB, BALLower K% than elite but volume aid raw total  
6Jordan MontgomerySTLMIL, CIN   
7Sandy AlcantaraMIAPHI, @WAS   
8Dylan CeaseCWSCOLFirst rounder next year?  
9Justin Verlander

If you've been saving your shekels for a late-season pitching boost, your time has come. Granted, it's not a treasure trove, but there are more potentially useful arms available for pickup than there have been for awhile and it's not likely to be matched down the stretch. The two primary targets are Hunter Brown and Bailey Falter, both enjoying favorable two-steps.

Overall, there are 96 games, buoyed by five doubleheaders. Runs continue to be hard to come by, so take chances when needed.

By means of reminder, the schedule is culled from the Probable Pitchers page, so please address rotation questions to those fine folks. I'll address any rankings query in the space following the rankings.

UPDATED: Monday September 12, 2:55 AM

Week of September 12 - 18

Mixed

RankPitcherTMOPPCommentsMIX12MIX15
1Jacob deGromNYMCHC, PITBack where he belongs  
2Spencer StriderATL@SF, PHI32 K with just 4 BB over last 3 GS, covering 20 IP  
3Chris BassittNYMCHC, PITHow do you fly under the radar for so long?  
4Yu DarvishSD@SEA, @ARINo 2H swoon this season  
5Alek ManoahTORTB, BALLower K% than elite but volume aid raw total  
6Jordan MontgomerySTLMIL, CIN   
7Sandy AlcantaraMIAPHI, @WAS   
8Dylan CeaseCWSCOLFirst rounder next year?  
9Justin VerlanderHOUOAK   
10Zac GallenARISD   
11Shohei OhtaniLAASEA   
12Corbin BurnesMIL@STL   
13Shane McClanahanTB@TOR   
14Julio UriasLAD@SF   
15Gerrit ColeNYY@BOS   
16Triston McKenzieCLECWS   
17Shane BieberCLEMIN   
18Lance McCullers Jr.HOUOAK   
19Lance LynnCWS@DET   
20Luis GarciaHOUOAK   
21Kyle WrightATL@SF   
22Miles MikolasSTLCIN   
23Cristian JavierHOU@DET   
24Luis CastilloSEASD   
25Max FriedATLPHI   
26Jose UrquidyHOUOAK   
27Jon GrayTEX@TB, @MIA 21%28%
28Clayton KershawLAD@ARI   
29Carlos RodonSFATL   
30Bailey FalterPHI@MIA, @ATL2.73 ERA and .91 WHIP over last 5 GS (4 QS) with 26 K in 29.2 IP12% 
31Brandon WoodruffMILNYY   
32Tyler AndersonLAD@ARI   
33Robbie RaySEA@LAA   
34Merrill KellyARILAD, SDTough matchups, but quietly pitching well  
35Charlie MortonATL@SF   
36Michael WachaBOSKC   
37Aaron NolaPHI@ATL   
38Alex CobbSFATL, LAD   
39Sonny GrayMINKC   
40Michael KopechCWSCOL, @DETNice pair to right the ship  
41Logan WebbSFLAD   
42Martin PerezTEX@TB   
43Logan GilbertSEASDBack on track  
44Jeffrey SpringsTB@TOR, TEX   
45Ross StriplingTORTB   
46Framber ValdezHOU@DET   
47Joe RyanMINKC, @CLE   
48Nick LodoloCINPIT   
49Edward CabreraMIAPHI   
50Nestor CortesNYY@BOS   
51Kevin GausmanTORTB   
52Dustin MayLAD@SF   
53George KirbySEA@LAA   
54Taijuan WalkerNYMPIT   
55Drew RasmussenTB@TOR   
56Cal QuantrillCLELAA   
57Carlos CarrascoNYMPIT   
58Noah SyndergaardPHI@MIA   
59Jose QuintanaSTLCIN   
60Cody MorrisCLELAA, MINMay not pitch deep, but should pitch well5%38%
61Andrew HeaneyLAD@SF   
62Drew SmylyCHC@NYM 50% 
63Johnny CuetoCWS@DET   
64Roansy ContrerasPIT@NYM   
65Marcus StromanCHCCOL   
66Corey KluberTBTEX   
67Pablo LopezMIAPHI   
68Adam WainwrightSTLMIL   
69Patrick SandovalLAA@CLE   
70Mike ClevingerSD@SEA   
71Joe MusgroveSD@ARI   
72Jose BerriosTORTB, BAL   
73Jose SuarezLAA@CLE   
74Blake SnellSD@ARI   
75Brady SingerKC@BOS   
76Jack FlahertySTLCIN   
77Jesus LuzardoMIA@WAS   
78David PetersonNYMCHCContinues to marvel with increased K%  
79Nick PivettaBOSNYY, KC   
80Hunter BrownHOU@DETCouldn't ask for better matchups0%0%
81Jakob JunisSFATL 50% 
82Domingo GermanNYY@MIL   
83Marco GonzalesSEA@LAA   
84Konnor PilkingtonCLELAA, MIN 1%0%
85Frankie MontasNYY@MIL   
86Dakota HudsonSTLCIN 26% 
87Glenn OttoTEX@MIA, @TB 3% 
88Kyle GibsonPHI@MIA   
89Trevor RogersMIATEX, @WAS   
90Mix 12 Reliever     
91Jameson TaillonNYY@MIL   
92Luis CessaCIN@STL, PIT 0%2%
93Reid DetmersLAA@CLE   
94Bailey OberMIN@CLE 12%13%
95Jake OdorizziATLPHI   
96Mix 15 Reliever     
97Ryne NelsonARILAD, SD 0%0%
98Dane DunningTEXOAK 35% 
99Cole IrvinOAK@HOU   
100Josh WinderMIN@CLE 4%11%
101Raynel EspinalCINPIT 0%0%
102JT BrubakerPIT@NYM 26% 
103German MarquezCOL@CHC 47% 
104Braxton GarrettMIATEX 16%11%
105Mitch WhiteTORBAL 28% 
106Dylan BundyMINKC 15% 
107Mike MinorCINPIT, @STL 1%15%
108Mitch KellerPIT@NYM   
109Xzavion CurryCLEMIN 1%0%
110Hunter GreeneCIN@STL   
111Adrian SampsonCHC@NYM 4% 
112Tucker DavidsonLAASEA 0%6%
113Paolo EspinoWASMIA 0%2%
114Wade MileyCHCCOL 1%4%
115Ryan YarbroughTB@TOR, TEX 0%15%
116Rich HillBOSKC 11% 
117Hayden WesneskiCHCCOL 0%0%
118Josh LindblomMIL@STL, NYY 0%0%
119Ken WaldichukOAK@TEX, @HOU 11% 
120Dean KremerBAL@WAS 48% 
121Michael LorenzenLAASEA 15%13%
122Tyler WellsBAL@WAS 13%19%
123Ranger SuarezPHI@ATL   
124Adrian HouserMILNYY 18%45%
125Cole RagansTEXOAK 0%2%
126Josiah GrayWASMIA   
127Adrian MartinezOAK@HOU 2%15%
128Sean ManaeaSD@ARI   
129Chad KuhlCOL@CWS 13%11%
130Cory AbbottWASBAL 0%2%
131Eduardo RodriguezDETHOU, CWS   
132Javier AssadCHC@NYM 6%45%
133JP SearsOAK@TEX 45% 
134Kyle FreelandCOL@CWS 7%30%
135Matt ManningDETCWS   
136Lucas GiolitoCWS@CLE   
137Zack GreinkeKC@MIN 20%43%
138Kyle BradishBAL@TOR 48% 
139Kris BubicKC@MIN, @BOS 10%43%
140Jordan LylesBAL@TOR 21% 
141Austin VothBAL@TOR 20% 
142Sean HjelleSFLAD 0%0%
143Brayan BelloBOSNYY 47% 
144Luis OrtizPIT@CIN 0%0%
145Yusei KikuchiTORTB 19%21%
146Ryan FeltnerCOL@CHC 0%2%
147Ryan PepiotLAD@ARI 5% 
148Yonny ChirinosTB@TOR 0%0%
149Madison BumgarnerARISD 49% 
150Zach DaviesARILAD 4% 
151Justin DunnCIN@STL 1%28%
152James KaprielianOAK@HOU 16% 
153Erick FeddeWASMIA 1%15%
154Zach ThompsonPIT@CIN 0%0%
155Johan OviedoPIT@CIN 0%0%
156Patrick CorbinWASBAL 6%45%
157Bryse WilsonPIT@CIN, @NYM 1%4%
158Joey WentzDETHOU 0%0%
159Jonathan HeasleyKC@BOS 2%23%
160Chase AndersonCIN@STL 1%0%
161Drew HutchisonDETHOU 1%17%
162Daniel LynchKC@MIN 7% 
163Aaron SanchezMIN@CLE 0%0%
164Jose UrenaCOL@CHC 0%2%
165Tyler AlexanderDETCWS 3%21%

American League

RankPitcherTMOPPComment
1Alek ManoahTORTB, BALLower K% than elite but volume aid raw total
2Dylan CeaseCWSCOLFirst rounder next year?
3Justin VerlanderHOUOAK 
4Shohei OhtaniLAASEA 
5Shane McClanahanTB@TOR 
6Gerrit ColeNYY@BOS 
7Triston McKenzieCLECWS 
8Shane BieberCLEMIN 
9Lance McCullers Jr.HOUOAK 
10Lance LynnCWS@DET 
11Luis GarciaHOUOAK 
12Cristian JavierHOU@DET 
13Luis CastilloSEASD 
14Jose UrquidyHOUOAK 
15Jon GrayTEX@TB, @MIA 
16Robbie RaySEA@LAA 
17Michael WachaBOSKC 
18Sonny GrayMINKC 
19Michael KopechCWSCOL, @DETNice pair to right the ship
20Martin PerezTEX@TB 
21Logan GilbertSEASDBack on track
22Jeffrey SpringsTB@TOR, TEX 
23Ross StriplingTORTB 
24Framber ValdezHOU@DET 
25Joe RyanMINKC, @CLE 
26Nestor CortesNYY@BOS 
27Kevin GausmanTORTB 
28George KirbySEA@LAA 
29Drew RasmussenTB@TOR 
30Cal QuantrillCLELAA 
31Cody MorrisCLELAA, MINMay not pitch deep, but should pitch well
32Johnny CuetoCWS@DET 
33Corey KluberTBTEX 
34Patrick SandovalLAA@CLE 
35Jose BerriosTORTB, BAL 
36Jose SuarezLAA@CLE 
37Brady SingerKC@BOS 
38Nick PivettaBOSNYY, KC 
39Hunter BrownHOU@DETCouldn't ask for better matchups
40Domingo GermanNYY@MIL 
41Marco GonzalesSEA@LAA 
42Konnor PilkingtonCLELAA, MIN 
43Frankie MontasNYY@MIL 
44Glenn OttoTEX@MIA, @TB 
45Jameson TaillonNYY@MIL 
46Reid DetmersLAA@CLE 
47Bailey OberMIN@CLE 
48Dane DunningTEXOAK 
49Cole IrvinOAK@HOU 
50Josh WinderMIN@CLE 
51Mitch WhiteTORBAL 
52Dylan BundyMINKC 
53Xzavion CurryCLEMIN 
54Tucker DavidsonLAASEA 
55AL Reliever   
56Ryan YarbroughTB@TOR, TEX 
57Rich HillBOSKC 
58Ken WaldichukOAK@TEX, @HOU 
59Dean KremerBAL@WAS 
60Michael LorenzenLAASEA 
61Tyler WellsBAL@WAS 
62Cole RagansTEXOAK 
63Adrian MartinezOAK@HOU 
64Eduardo RodriguezDETHOU, CWS 
65JP SearsOAK@TEX 
66Matt ManningDETCWS 
67Lucas GiolitoCWS@CLE 
68Zack GreinkeKC@MIN 
69Kyle BradishBAL@TOR 
70Kris BubicKC@MIN, @BOS 
71Jordan LylesBAL@TOR 
72Austin VothBAL@TOR 
73Brayan BelloBOSNYY 
74Yusei KikuchiTORTB 
75Yonny ChirinosTB@TOR 
76James KaprielianOAK@HOU 
77Joey WentzDETHOU 
78Jonathan HeasleyKC@BOS 
79Drew HutchisonDETHOU 
80Daniel LynchKC@MIN 
81Aaron SanchezMIN@CLE 
82Tyler AlexanderDETCWS 

National League

RankPitcherTMOPPComment
1Jacob deGromNYMCHC, PITBack where he belongs
2Spencer StriderATL@SF, PHI32 K with just 4 BB over last 3 GS, covering 20 IP
3Chris BassittNYMCHC, PITHow do you fly under the radar for so long?
4Yu DarvishSD@SEA, @ARINo 2H swoon this season
5Jordan MontgomerySTLMIL, CIN 
6Sandy AlcantaraMIAPHI, @WAS 
7Zac GallenARISD 
8Corbin BurnesMIL@STL 
9Julio UriasLAD@SF 
10Kyle WrightATL@SF 
11Miles MikolasSTLCIN 
12Max FriedATLPHI 
13Clayton KershawLAD@ARI 
14Carlos RodonSFATL 
15Bailey FalterPHI@MIA, @ATL2.73 ERA and .91 WHIP over last 5 GS (4 QS) with 26 K in 29.2 IP
16Brandon WoodruffMILNYY 
17Tyler AndersonLAD@ARI 
18Merrill KellyARILAD, SDTough matchups, but quietly pitching well
19Charlie MortonATL@SF 
20Aaron NolaPHI@ATL 
21Alex CobbSFATL, LAD 
22Logan WebbSFLAD 
23Nick LodoloCINPIT 
24Edward CabreraMIAPHI 
25Dustin MayLAD@SF 
26Taijuan WalkerNYMPIT 
27Carlos CarrascoNYMPIT 
28Noah SyndergaardPHI@MIA 
29Jose QuintanaSTLCIN 
30Andrew HeaneyLAD@SF 
31Drew SmylyCHC@NYM 
32Roansy ContrerasPIT@NYM 
33Marcus StromanCHCCOL 
34Pablo LopezMIAPHI 
35Adam WainwrightSTLMIL 
36Mike ClevingerSD@SEA 
37Joe MusgroveSD@ARI 
38Blake SnellSD@ARI 
39Jack FlahertySTLCIN 
40Jesus LuzardoMIA@WAS 
41David PetersonNYMCHCContinues to marvel with increased K%
42Jakob JunisSFATL 
43Dakota HudsonSTLCIN 
44Kyle GibsonPHI@MIA 
45Trevor RogersMIATEX, @WAS 
46Luis CessaCIN@STL, PIT 
47Jake OdorizziATLPHI 
48Ryne NelsonARILAD, SD 
49Raynel EspinalCINPIT 
50JT BrubakerPIT@NYM 
51German MarquezCOL@CHC 
52Braxton GarrettMIATEX 
53Mike MinorCINPIT, @STL 
54Mitch KellerPIT@NYM 
55Hunter GreeneCIN@STL 
56Adrian SampsonCHC@NYM 
57Paolo EspinoWASMIA 
58Wade MileyCHCCOL 
59NL Reliever   
60Hayden WesneskiCHCCOL 
61Josh LindblomMIL@STL, NYY 
62Ranger SuarezPHI@ATL 
63Adrian HouserMILNYY 
64Josiah GrayWASMIA 
65Sean ManaeaSD@ARI 
66Chad KuhlCOL@CWS 
67Cory AbbottWASBAL 
68Javier AssadCHC@NYM 
69Kyle FreelandCOL@CWS 
70Sean HjelleSFLAD 
71Luis OrtizPIT@CIN 
72Ryan FeltnerCOL@CHC 
73Ryan PepiotLAD@ARI 
74Madison BumgarnerARISD 
75Zach DaviesARILAD 
76Justin DunnCIN@STL 
77Erick FeddeWASMIA 
78Zach ThompsonPIT@CIN 
79Johan OviedoPIT@CIN 
80Patrick CorbinWASBAL 
81Bryse WilsonPIT@CIN, @NYM 
82Chase AndersonCIN@STL 
83Jose UrenaCOL@CHC 

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