Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Season Finale

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Season Finale

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

Can you believe it's the final week of the regular season? If you're still evaluating matchups to set your rotation, you're either in contention for a league title or grinding until the end. Either way, you deserve a hearty pat on the back, great job.

You no doubt know these ranking are even more subject to change than normal. Not just over the weekend, but there will no doubt be alterations from the Sunday night updated rankings. All you can do is approach each matchup with common sense, keeping the team stead in mind.

For those looking for every little edge, the Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Rockies and Dodgers all have a chance to play a 163rd game on Monday to decide a playoff berth. The prospective starting pitchers are likely already on a fantasy roster, but since these contests are often all hands on deck, grabbing some relievers from the involved teams could prove fruitful.

Good luck everyone. Before signing off for the season, I'd like to thank everyone for their constructive criticism and patience as we continue to work together, making these the best rankings of their kind anywhere.

For the week, Sept. 24 - Oct. 1

UPDATED: Sunday September 23, 9:00 PM ET

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPP COMMENT
1 Corey Kluber CLE at CWS, at KC Weekend start will be truncated, but not too much, won't pitch again for 6 days
2 Dallas Keuchel HOU at TOR, at BAL
3 Blake Snell TB vs. TOR Helping

Can you believe it's the final week of the regular season? If you're still evaluating matchups to set your rotation, you're either in contention for a league title or grinding until the end. Either way, you deserve a hearty pat on the back, great job.

You no doubt know these ranking are even more subject to change than normal. Not just over the weekend, but there will no doubt be alterations from the Sunday night updated rankings. All you can do is approach each matchup with common sense, keeping the team stead in mind.

For those looking for every little edge, the Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Rockies and Dodgers all have a chance to play a 163rd game on Monday to decide a playoff berth. The prospective starting pitchers are likely already on a fantasy roster, but since these contests are often all hands on deck, grabbing some relievers from the involved teams could prove fruitful.

Good luck everyone. Before signing off for the season, I'd like to thank everyone for their constructive criticism and patience as we continue to work together, making these the best rankings of their kind anywhere.

For the week, Sept. 24 - Oct. 1

UPDATED: Sunday September 23, 9:00 PM ET

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPP COMMENT
1 Corey Kluber CLE at CWS, at KC Weekend start will be truncated, but not too much, won't pitch again for 6 days
2 Dallas Keuchel HOU at TOR, at BAL
3 Blake Snell TB vs. TOR Helping take home a lot of fantasy championships
4 Justin Verlander HOU at BAL
5 Luis Severino NYY at TB, at BOS Second start will be abbreviated
6 Masahiro Tanaka NYY at TB, at BOS Pitching well to close the season
7 David Price BOS vs. BAL Not an excuse, but was victimized by short porch in the Bronx several times last start
8 Jose Berrios MIN vs. CWS
9 James Paxton SEA vs. OAK, vs. TEX Wants to pitch both games… we'll see
10 Mike Clevinger CLE at KC
11 Mike Leake SEA vs. OAK, vs. TEX
12 Charlie Morton HOU at BAL
13 Chris Sale BOS vs. BAL Expect another 75 or so pitch effort
14 Jake Odorizzi MIN vs. DET
15 Lance Lynn NYY at TB 4.47 ERA in pinstripes misleading, 2.14 FIP and 2.90 xFIP says he pitched much better
16 Kyle Gibson MIN vs. CWS
17 Trevor Bauer CLE at CWS, at KC Would be nice to get him up to at least 75 pitches/5 IP
18 Ryan Yarbrough TB vs. TOR Will be primary pitcher, not starter, but deserves ranking among regular starters
19 Andrew Heaney LAA vs. TEX
20 Mike Minor TEX at SEA
21 Tyler Skaggs LAA vs. OAK
22 Gerrit Cole HOU at TOR
23 Matthew Boyd DET at MIN
24 Matt Shoemaker LAA vs. TEX
25 Josh Tomlin CLE at CWS
26 Dylan Bundy BAL at BOS, vs. HOU Only if you need strikeouts - though facing high contact offenses
27 Rick Porcello BOS vs. NYY
28 Daniel Mengden OAK at SEA
29 Felix Pena LAA vs. TEX, vs. OAK Helped by home starts in great pitcher's park
30 Trevor Cahill OAK at LAA
31 Lucas Giolito CWS at MIN
32 Ryan Borucki TOR at TB
33 Brett Anderson OAK at SEA, at LAA
34 Yohander Mendez TEX at LAA Two of league's bottom offenses vs. LHP, both games in pitching venues
35 Nathan Eovaldi BOS vs. BAL Also likely to see some work out of the bullpen
36 Wade LeBlanc SEA vs. TEX
37 Dylan Covey CWS vs. CLE, at MIN
38 Marco Gonzales SEA vs. TEX
39 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS vs. NYY
40 CC Sabathia NYY at TB
41 Yonny Chirinos TB vs. NYY
42 Jakob Junis KC vs. CLE
43 Jalen Beeks TB vs. NYY, vs. TOR Like Yarbrough, will work middle innings
44 J.A. Happ NYY at BOS
45 Marco Estrada TOR vs. HOU
46 Felix Hernandez SEA vs. OAK
47 Sean Reid-Foley TOR at TB
48 Aaron Sanchez TOR vs. HOU
49 Jaime Barria LAA vs. OAK
50 Shane Bieber CLE at KC
51 Josh James HOU at TOR, at BAL
52 Francisco Liriano DET at MIN
53 Mike Fiers OAK at LAA
54 Martin Perez TEX at SEA
55 Reynaldo Lopez CWS at MIN
56 Carlos Rodon CWS at MIN
57 Hector Velazquez BOS vs. NYY
58 Chase De Jong MIN vs. CWS
59 Ian Kennedy KC vs. CLE
60 Diego Castillo TB vs. NYY
61 Adrian Sampson TEX at LAA, at SEA
62 Hector Santiago CWS vs. CLE
63 Edwin Jackson OAK at SEA
64 Thomas Pannone TOR at TB
65 Jordan Zimmermann DET at MIL
66 Jimmy Yacabonis BAL at BOS, vs. HOU
67 James Shields CWS vs. CLE
68 Tyler Glasnow TB vs. NYY
69 Spencer Turnbull DET at MIN, at MIL
70 Stephen Gonsalves MIN vs. DET
71 Kohl Stewart MIN vs. DET, vs. CWS
72 Heath Fillmyer KC at CIN
73 Yovani Gallardo TEX at SEA
74 Sam Gaviglio TOR vs. HOU
75 Eric Skoglund KC at CIN, vs. CLE
76 Jorge Lopez KC vs. CLE
77 Ariel Jurado TEX at LAA
78 Daniel Norris DET at MIL
79 Yefry Ramirez BAL at BOS
80 Sean Gilmartin BAL vs. HOU
81 David Hess BAL vs. HOU

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Rank Pitcher TEAM OPP Comments
1 Stephen Strasburg WAS vs. MIA, at COL
2 Max Scherzer WAS vs. MIA Pitching for another Cy Young is great motivation
3 Jack Flaherty STL vs. MIL, at CHC
4 Noah Syndergaard NYM vs. ATL, vs. MIA
5 Robbie Ray ARI vs. LAD, at SD
6 Jacob deGrom NYM vs. ATL
7 Madison Bumgarner SF vs. SD
8 Jameson Taillon PIT at CHC, at CIN Looking to put exclamation point on an outstanding year
9 Aaron Nola PHI vs. ATL
10 Zack Greinke ARI vs. LAD
11 Clayton Kershaw LAD at ARI Could miss last start if Dodgers ticketed for Wild Card game
12 Chris Archer PIT at CHC, at CIN
13 Derek Holland SF vs. SD, vs. LAD Pair of teams weak versus southpaw pitching
14 Zack Godley ARI at SD
15 Luis Castillo CIN vs. PIT 2.44 ERA, .96 WHIP with 69 K and 14 BB in 66.1 IP since the break. Unfortunately, first half numbers count too
16 Rich Hill LAD at SF
17 Patrick Corbin ARI at SD
18 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD at SF
19 Chris Stratton SF vs. SD
20 Mike Montgomery CHC vs. PIT, vs. STL
21 Kyle Hendricks CHC vs. STL
22 Steven Matz NYM vs. MIA
23 Sean Newcomb ATL at NYM
24 Jon Lester CHC vs. PIT
25 Zach Davies MIL vs. DET
26 Cole Hamels CHC vs. PIT, vs. STL Jumps up into top-ten if weekend start means something.
27 Cody Reed CIN vs. KC
28 Jose Quintana CHC vs. PIT
29 Walker Buehler LAD at ARI
30 Julio Teheran ATL at NYM
31 Tyler Anderson COL vs. PHI, vs. WAS Nicked with pair at home
32 Bryan Mitchell SD at SF, vs. ARI Getting results but not missing any bats - very risky
33 Alex Wood LAD at SF
34 Jason Vargas NYM vs. ATL Stop shaking your head. Has been league-average since the break and even better lately
35 Ross Stripling LAD at ARI
36 Tanner Roark WAS vs. MIA
37 Anthony DeSclafani CIN vs. PIT
38 Kyle Freeland COL vs. WAS
39 Kevin Gausman ATL at PHI Since he won't be starting one of the early playoff games, shouldn't leave last start early
40 Jhoulys Chacin MIL at STL
41 Anibal Sanchez ATL at PHI
42 Trevor Williams PIT at CHC
43 John Gant STL vs. MIL
44 Corey Oswalt NYM vs. MIA
45 Zach Eflin PHI at COL, vs. ATL hurt by Coors start
46 Joey Lucchesi SD vs. ARI
47 Dereck Rodriguez SF vs. LAD
48 Eric Lauer SD at SF
49 Jon Gray COL vs. PHI, vs. WAS After initial surge after recall, Gray has really struggled lately
50 Robbie Erlin SD at SF
51 Mike Foltynewicz ATL at PHI
52 Sandy Alcantara MIA at WAS, at NYM Those pesky walks…
53 Chase Anderson MIL vs. DET Could be held for wild card game
54 Miles Mikolas STL at CHC
55 Touki Toussaint ATL at NYM
56 German Marquez COL vs. PHI
57 Jacob Nix SD vs. ARI
58 Trevor Richards MIA at NYM
59 Jose Urena MIA at NYM
60 Adam Wainwright STL at CHC Jump up 20 spots if Cubs have nothing to play for
61 Matt Harvey CIN vs. KC
62 Vince Velasquez PHI at COL, vs. ATL
63 Gio Gonzalez MIL at STL
64 Austin Gomber STL vs. MIL
65 Wei-Yin Chen MIA at WAS
66 Michael Lorenzen CIN vs. PIT
67 Ivan Nova PIT at CHC
68 Junior Guerra MIL at STL
69 Andrew Suarez SF vs. LAD
70 Antonio Senzatela COL vs. PHI
71 Joe Ross WAS at COL
72 Nick Pivetta PHI at COL
73 Wade Miley MIL vs. DET
74 Nick Kingham PIT at CIN
75 Jake Arrieta PHI at COL
76 Matt Koch ARI vs. LAD
77 Jeff Brigham MIA at WAS
78 Erick Fedde WAS at COL

MLB

RANK PITCHER TEAM OPP COMMENT
1 Stephen Strasburg WAS vs. MIA, at COL
2 Corey Kluber CLE at CWS, at KC Weekend start will be truncated, but not too much, won't pitch again for 6 days
3 Max Scherzer WAS vs. MIA Pitching for another Cy Young is great motivation
4 Jack Flaherty STL vs. MIL, at CHC
5 Noah Syndergaard NYM vs. ATL, vs. MIA
6 Robbie Ray ARI vs. LAD, at SD
7 Dallas Keuchel HOU at TOR, at BAL
8 Blake Snell TB vs. TOR Helping take home a lot of fantasy championships
9 Jacob deGrom NYM vs. ATL
10 Madison Bumgarner SF vs. SD
11 Justin Verlander HOU at BAL
12 Jameson Taillon PIT at CHC, at CIN Looking to put exclamation point on an outstanding year
13 Luis Severino NYY at TB, at BOS Second start will be abbreviated
14 Aaron Nola PHI vs. ATL
15 Zack Greinke ARI vs. LAD
16 Clayton Kershaw LAD at ARI Could miss last start if Dodgers ticketed for Wild Card game
17 Masahiro Tanaka NYY at TB, at BOS Pitching well to close the season
18 Chris Archer PIT at CHC, at CIN
19 David Price BOS vs. BAL Not an excuse, but was victimized by short porch in the Bronx several times last start
20 Derek Holland SF vs. SD, vs. LAD Pair of teams weak versus southpaw pitching
21 Jose Berrios MIN vs. CWS
22 James Paxton SEA vs. OAK, vs. TEX Wants to pitch both games… we'll see
23 Mike Clevinger CLE at KC
24 Zack Godley ARI at SD
25 Luis Castillo CIN vs. PIT 2.44 ERA, .96 WHIP with 69 K and 14 BB in 66.1 IP since the break. Unfortunately, first half numbers count too
26 Rich Hill LAD at SF
27 Patrick Corbin ARI at SD
28 Mike Leake SEA vs. OAK, vs. TEX
29 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD at SF
30 Chris Stratton SF vs. SD
31 Charlie Morton HOU at BAL
32 Mike Montgomery CHC vs. PIT, vs. STL
33 Kyle Hendricks CHC vs. STL
34 Steven Matz NYM vs. MIA
35 Chris Sale BOS vs. BAL Expect another 75 or so pitch effort
36 Sean Newcomb ATL at NYM
37 Jon Lester CHC vs. PIT
38 Jake Odorizzi MIN vs. DET
39 Lance Lynn NYY at TB 4.47 ERA in pinstripes misleading, 2.14 FIP and 2.90 xFIP says he pitched much better
40 Zach Davies MIL vs. DET
41 Kyle Gibson MIN vs. CWS
42 Trevor Bauer CLE at CWS, at KC Would be nice to get him up to at least 75 pitches/5 IP
43 Cole Hamels CHC vs. PIT, vs. STL Jumps up into top-ten if weekend start means something.
44 Ryan Yarbrough TB vs. TOR Will be primary pitcher, not starter, but deserves ranking among regular starters
45 Cody Reed CIN vs. KC
46 Andrew Heaney LAA vs. TEX
47 Jose Quintana CHC vs. PIT
48 Walker Buehler LAD at ARI
49 Mike Minor TEX at SEA
50 Tyler Skaggs LAA vs. OAK
51 Gerrit Cole HOU at TOR
52 Julio Teheran ATL at NYM
53 Matthew Boyd DET at MIN
54 Tyler Anderson COL vs. PHI, vs. WAS Nicked with pair at home
55 Matt Shoemaker LAA vs. TEX
56 Bryan Mitchell SD at SF, vs. ARI Getting results but not missing any bats - very risky
57 Alex Wood LAD at SF
58 Jason Vargas NYM vs. ATL Stop shaking your head. Has been league-average since the break and even better lately
59 Ross Stripling LAD at ARI
60 Josh Tomlin CLE at CWS
61 Dylan Bundy BAL at BOS, vs. HOU Only if you need strikeouts - though facing high contact offenses
62 Tanner Roark WAS vs. MIA
63 Rick Porcello BOS vs. NYY
64 Daniel Mengden OAK at SEA
65 Anthony DeSclafani CIN vs. PIT
66 Kyle Freeland COL vs. WAS
67 Felix Pena LAA vs. TEX, vs. OAK Helped by home starts in great pitcher's park
68 Trevor Cahill OAK at LAA
69 Lucas Giolito CWS at MIN
70 Kevin Gausman ATL at PHI Since he won't be starting one of the early playoff games, shouldn't leave last start early
71 Jhoulys Chacin MIL at STL
72 Anibal Sanchez ATL at PHI
73 Trevor Williams PIT at CHC
74 Ryan Borucki TOR at TB
75 John Gant STL vs. MIL
76 Corey Oswalt NYM vs. MIA
77 Brett Anderson OAK at SEA, at LAA
78 Yohander Mendez TEX at LAA Two of league's bottom offenses vs. LHP, both games in pitching venues
79 Nathan Eovaldi BOS vs. BAL Also likely to see some work out of the bullpen
80 Zach Eflin PHI at COL, vs. ATL hurt by Coors start
81 Joey Lucchesi SD vs. ARI
82 Dereck Rodriguez SF vs. LAD
83 Wade LeBlanc SEA vs. TEX
84 Eric Lauer SD at SF
85 Jon Gray COL vs. PHI, vs. WAS After initial surge after recall, Gray has really struggled lately
86 Dylan Covey CWS vs. CLE, at MIN
87 Marco Gonzales SEA vs. TEX
88 Robbie Erlin SD at SF
89 Eduardo Rodriguez BOS vs. NYY
90 CC Sabathia NYY at TB
91 Mike Foltynewicz ATL at PHI
92 Yonny Chirinos TB vs. NYY
93 Sandy Alcantara MIA at WAS, at NYM Those pesky walks…
94 Chase Anderson MIL vs. DET Could be held for wild card game
95 Jakob Junis KC vs. CLE
96 Miles Mikolas STL at CHC
97 Jalen Beeks TB vs. NYY, vs. TOR Like Yarbrough, will work middle innings
98 Touki Toussaint ATL at NYM
99 J.A. Happ NYY at BOS
100 German Marquez COL vs. PHI
101 Jacob Nix SD vs. ARI
102 Trevor Richards MIA at NYM
103 Marco Estrada TOR vs. HOU
104 Jose Urena MIA at NYM
105 Adam Wainwright STL at CHC Jump up 20 spots if Cubs have nothing to play for
106 Matt Harvey CIN vs. KC
107 Felix Hernandez SEA vs. OAK
108 Sean Reid-Foley TOR at TB
109 Vince Velasquez PHI at COL, vs. ATL
110 Aaron Sanchez TOR vs. HOU
111 Jaime Barria LAA vs. OAK
112 Shane Bieber CLE at KC
113 Gio Gonzalez MIL at STL
114 Josh James HOU at TOR, at BAL
115 Austin Gomber STL vs. MIL
116 Wei-Yin Chen MIA at WAS
117 Michael Lorenzen CIN vs. PIT
118 Ivan Nova PIT at CHC
119 Francisco Liriano DET at MIN
120 Mike Fiers OAK at LAA
121 Martin Perez TEX at SEA
122 Junior Guerra MIL at STL
123 Reynaldo Lopez CWS at MIN
124 Carlos Rodon CWS at MIN
125 Andrew Suarez SF vs. LAD
126 Hector Velazquez BOS vs. NYY
127 Chase De Jong MIN vs. CWS
128 Ian Kennedy KC vs. CLE
129 Antonio Senzatela COL vs. PHI
130 Diego Castillo TB vs. NYY
131 Adrian Sampson TEX at LAA, at SEA
132 Hector Santiago CWS vs. CLE
133 Edwin Jackson OAK at SEA
134 Thomas Pannone TOR at TB
135 Jordan Zimmermann DET at MIL
136 Jimmy Yacabonis BAL at BOS, vs. HOU
137 James Shields CWS vs. CLE
138 Tyler Glasnow TB vs. NYY
139 Spencer Turnbull DET at MIN, at MIL
140 Stephen Gonsalves MIN vs. DET
141 Joe Ross WAS at COL
142 Kohl Stewart MIN vs. DET, vs. CWS
143 Nick Pivetta PHI at COL
144 Wade Miley MIL vs. DET
145 Heath Fillmyer KC at CIN
146 Nick Kingham PIT at CIN
147 Jake Arrieta PHI at COL
148 Yovani Gallardo TEX at SEA
149 Matt Koch ARI vs. LAD
150 Sam Gaviglio TOR vs. HOU
151 Eric Skoglund KC at CIN, vs. CLE
152 Jorge Lopez KC vs. CLE
153 Ariel Jurado TEX at LAA
154 Daniel Norris DET at MIL
155 Yefry Ramirez BAL at BOS
156 Sean Gilmartin BAL vs. HOU
157 David Hess BAL vs. HOU
158 Jeff Brigham MIA at WAS
159 Erick Fedde WAS at COL

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