Fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings

Fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com

The ranks below consider a 5x5 scoring system (wins, strikeouts, ERA, WHIP and saves) for the remainder of the season.

1. Justin Verlander, Tigers
2. Matt Cain, Giants
3. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
4. Jered Weaver, Angels
5. Cole Hamels, Phillies
6. R.A. Dickey, Mets
NOTE: This run really started at end of 2011.
7. Gio Gonzalez, Nationals
8. Johnny Cueto, Reds
9. James McDonald, Pirates
NOTE: Improved slider, improved control.
10. Zack Greinke, Brewers
11. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
12. Madison Bumgarner, Giants
13. Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
NOTE: He's Top 5 without a workload cap.
14. David Price, Rays
15. CC Sabathia, Yankees
16. Chris Sale, White Sox
17. C.J. Wilson, Angels
18. Cliff Lee, Phillies
NOTE: Largely unlucky, but he's made some of the bad luck, too.
19. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
NOTE: All signs point to strong second half.
20. Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
21. Ryan Vogelsong, Giants
NOTE: He's outperformed his peripherals for a year and a half.
22. A.J. Burnett, Pirates
23. Yu Darvish, Rangers
24. Tommy Hanson, Braves
25. Jake Peavy, White Sox
26. Josh Johnson, Marlins
27. Mat Latos, Reds
NOTE: Increased reliance on slider is bringing results.
28. Johan Santana, Mets
29. Matt Garza, Cubs
30. James Shields, Rays
NOTE: Sometimes plus control works against you.
31. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers
32. Jon Lester, Red Sox
33. Chris Capuano, Dodgers
34. Matt Harrison, Rangers
35. Colby Lewis, Rangers
36. Edwin Jackson, Nationals
NOTE: A heck of a support arm for the Nats.
37. Jason Hammel, Orioles
NOTE: Escaping Coors has done wonders.
38. Max Scherzer, Tigers
39. Ryan Dempster, Cubs
NOTE: Excellent chance he's moved to a contender.
40. Jeremy Hellickson, Rays
NOTE: Change-up master might make career of being underrated.
41. Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks
42. Lance Lynn, Cardinals
43. Kyle Lohse, Cardinals
44. Josh Beckett, Red Sox
45. Anibal Sanchez, Marlins
46. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees
47. Ivan Nova, Yankees
NOTE: Don't let ERA fool you, he's improved significantly.
48. Jarrod Parker, Athletics
49. Jeff Samardzija, Cubs
NOTE: Some disaster starts, but KBB rate is in a good place.
50. Dan Haren, Angels
NOTE: At least it's a back injury, nothing arm related.
51. Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays
52. Wade Miley, Diamondbacks
NOTE: This deep into the run, it's okay to trust him.
53. Shaun Marcum, Brewers
54. Jonathon Niese, Mets
55. Brandon McCarthy, Athletics
NOTE: Legit skills, but trouble staying healthy.
56. Gavin Floyd, White Sox
57. Tim Hudson, Braves
58. Wandy Rodrguez, Astros
59. Trevor Cahill, Diamondbacks
NOTE: Hard to trust in that ballpark.
60. Justin Masterson, Indians
61. Phil Hughes, Yankees
NOTE: A shame he's tied to Yankee Stadium.
62. Tommy Milone, Athletics
63. Michael Fiers, Brewers
64. Ricky Nolasco, Marlins
65. Roy Halladay, Phillies
NOTE: Don't expect a second-half miracle.
66. Matt Moore, Rays
67. Ricky Romero, Blue Jays
68. Vance Worley, Phillies
69. Doug Fister, Tigers
70. Bud Norris, Astros
71. Jose Quintana, White Sox
NOTE: So far, so good for strike-throwing ace.
72. Jair Jurrjens, Braves
73. Mike Leake, Reds
NOTE: Pitches to contact but he's making strides, too.
74. Mark Buehrle, Marlins
75. Derek Holland, Rangers
NOTE: He's been overbid for two years.
76. Edinson Volquez, Padres
77. Francisco Liriano, Twins
78. Clayton Richard, Padres
79. Bartolo Colon, Athletics
80. Franklin Morales, Red Sox
81. Trevor Bauer, Diamondbacks
NOTE: Discount the good start - it was the Dodgers.
82. Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians
83. Scott Diamond, Twins
84. Joe Blanton, Phillies
NOTE: Despite tidy KBB rate, ERA is a mess.
85. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
86. Felix Doubront, Red Sox
87. Homer Bailey, Reds
88. Joe Saunders, Diamondbacks
89. Tim Lincecum, Giants
NOTE: Don't pay for an ERA below 4 in second half.
90. Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
91. Jason Vargas, Mariners
92. Carlos Zambrano, Marlins
93. Travis Wood, Cubs
94. Dillon Gee, Mets
95. Roy Oswalt, Rangers
96. Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles
97. Erik Bedard, Pirates
NOTE: One Pittsburgh story that hasn't worked out.
98. Andrew Cashner, Padres
NOTE: They won't take any chances with his health.
99. Travis Blackley, Athletics
100. Nathan Eovaldi, Dodgers
101. Ross Detwiler, Nationals
102. Barry Zito, Giants
103. Bronson Arroyo, Reds
NOTE: Junk-master is fun to watch, anyway.
104. Henderson alvarez, Blue Jays
105. Chris Tillman, Orioles
106. Ervin Santana, Angels
107. Jake Westbrook, Cardinals
108. Aaron Harang, Dodgers
109. Derek Lowe, Indians
NOTE: Can't trust someone with those KBB numbers.
110. Luke Hochevar, Royals
NOTE: Looks good under the hood, but not in stats that roto leagues count.
111. J.A. Happ, Astros
112. Alex Cobb, Rays
113. Brad Lincoln, Pirates
114. Kevin Millwood, Mariners
115. Jason Marquis, Padres
NOTE: Petco will hide some mistakes.
116. Andy Pettitte, Yankees
117. John Danks, White Sox
118. Drew Smyly, Tigers
119. Rick Porcello, Tigers
120. Bruce Chen, Royals
NOTE: Maybe could be a No. 5 for a contender.
121. Josh Collmenter, Diamondbacks
122. Chris Young, Mets
123. Lucas Harrell, Astros
124. Danny Hultzen, Mariners
125. Paul Maholm, Cubs
126. Mike Minor, Braves
127. Philip Humber, White Sox
128. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox
NOTE: At this point, a sunk cost.

Todd Frazier's late RBI single lifts White Sox past Blue Jays

Todd Frazier's late RBI single lifts White Sox past Blue Jays

The White Sox haven’t had much success with runners in scoring position of late. Todd Frazier hasn’t had much all season long.

But Frazier’s two-out RBI single in the eighth inning Friday night broke a tie and the White Sox held on for a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in front of 27,196 at U.S. Cellular Field. The victory was the fourth in five games for the White Sox, who improved to 37-37. Frazier’s hit was the only one with a runner in scoring position in 14 tries for a team that entered the game hitting .245 in those situations. He finished 2-for-4.

Though Frazier has provided the White Sox with plenty of thump, he’s had a trying season with runners in scoring position. He entered his eighth-inning at-bat with Jesse Chavez just 9-for-61 with two home runs and 23 RBIs with runners in scoring position, including a third-inning ground out. But Frazier got a 1-1 fastball from Chavez and ripped it into left field to put the White Sox ahead and end a frustrating night for the offense, particularly the bottom of the order.

The White Sox had left a man in scoring position in all but one inning up until that point. They tied the game at 1 in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Avisail Garcia and pulled ahead in the fifth on a solo homer by Melky Cabrera, who went 3-for-4 against his former team.

Prior to Frazier’s single, Cabrera grounded out to first as Edwin Encarnacion made a spectacular stop and fell down in foul territory. Tim Anderson, who doubled and went to third on a fly ball, didn’t advance on the play. But Frazier made it all moot.

Carlos Rodon had another strong outing, though he surrendered the lead right before he exited.

Rodon struck out eight and tamed a red hot offense for 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander fell behind 1-0 in the second inning and looked as if he may be in trouble before escaping the jam with a strikeout of Junior Lake to strand two. That began a stretch in which Rodon retired 11 of 14 batters and allowed the White Sox to rally for a 2-1 lead.

But Rodon couldn’t hold it, in part because of a sixth-inning balk call by first-base ump Angel Hernandez that earned pitching coach Don Cooper an ejection. Rodon hit Michael Saunders to start the sixth and he advanced on the balk and tagged up on a fly out to center. The extra 90 feet became critical when Kevin Pillar’s infield single tied it. Todd Frazier made a diving stop on the play at first base and Rodon took one too many steps to tag first base just behind the slide of Pillar.

Rodon allowed two earned runs and six hits with two walks.

The White Sox bullpen picked up the slack. Matt Albers, Nate Jones and Zach Duke combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings to get the ball to Robertson. Robertson then pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam for his 19th save in 21 tries.

Sky: Delle Donne's 31 points not enough in loss to Liberty

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Sky: Delle Donne's 31 points not enough in loss to Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) — Not even a broken nose could slow down Tina Charles.

She had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead New York to an 80-79 victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night for the Liberty's sixth consecutive win — their longest streak in six years.

"I do what my teammates need me to do," Charles said. "I know how much my team relies on me especially not having (Epiphanny Prince) here."

Charles was sporting a clear mask after she broke her nose Wednesday in a double-overtime win over Atlanta.

"It was the first time in my life that I had to wear a mask," the reigning AP player of the week said. "The situation is what it is. It's a contact sport and injuries do happen. I'm just happy that the Hosptial for Special Surgery and our medical staff was able to give me the mask so I could play tonight."

Charles leads the league in scoring and rebounding and had 12 points in the first half to help New York build a 50-40 halftime advantage.

Sugar Rodgers added 13 points for the Liberty (10-4), who are third in the AP power poll. It's the first time since 2001 that New York has won 10 of its first 14 games.

The Liberty led by 11 midway through the fourth before the Sky rallied to 78-77 with 2:24 left. Neither team would score again until Sugar Rodgers hit an acrobatic backdoor floater with 39.5 seconds remaining. Elena Delle Donne answered with a tough pullup nine seconds later.

Chicago let New York run down the clock on its next possession before Charles missed a hook across the lane. Delle Donne got the rebound setting up one final chance for the Sky with just over 2 seconds left, but her jumper from the wing missed.

"Couple things went wrong and we didn't run it to the way we were supposed to," Delle Donne said of the last play. "Things got a little crazy and had to throw up a desperation shot. We wanted more of a post up and that just didn't happen."

She finished with a season-high 31 points to lead Chicago (6-8). Cappie Pondexter added 20 for the seventh-ranked Sky, who have dropped four of five.

Both teams wore warm-up shirts in honor of Orlando club shooting victims. The Liberty donated $10,000 to the OneOrlando fund that was set up to support the victims' families and survivors.

Contreras helps Cubs end 4-game skid by beating Marlins

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Contreras helps Cubs end 4-game skid by beating Marlins

MIAMI - One week into his major league career, Chicago Cubs super-sub Willson Contreras says he's simply trying to contribute and enjoy himself.

So how much fun is he having?

"A lot," Contreras said, practically shouting the words. "A lot."

No wonder - he's batting .412 with three homers, and the latest helped the Cubs break their longest losing streak of the season at four games by beating the Miami Marlins 5-4 Friday night.

Contreras hit a two-run homer in a four-run first inning, and his RBI single in the seventh put the team with the best record in the majors ahead to stay.

Manager Joe Maddon said Contreras' contribution as a reinforcement for the injury-hampered Cubs has been indispensable.

"It's like oxygen - it's absolutely necessary," Maddon said. "The life he has brought to the group is absolutely necessary. He's different in all the best ways."

While Contreras again excelled as a reinforcement, the NL Central leaders endured another setback when second baseman Ben Zobrist left the game after he was hit by a pitch that bruised his left ankle. X-rays were negative, but Zobrist said he'll likely miss at least one game.

Four pitchers held the Marlins to two hits, including Justin Bour's grand slam.

Each team scored four runs in the first inning, when Kris Bryant and Contreras homered for the Cubs. It was the first time in the majors this year that both teams scored at least four runs in the first, according to ESPN.

Despite the early onslaught, both starters settled down before departing with the score still 4-all.

The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks pitched five innings and allowed only one hit - Bour's slam. All four runs were unearned because of an error by shortstop Addison Russell.

"That was the most grinding of a one-hitter," Hendricks said. "It was a weird game."

Miami's Tom Koehler gave up six consecutive hits in the first but still pitched six innings.

Trevor Cahill (1-2) threw a scoreless sixth. Hector Rondon retired all four batters he faced for his second four-out save in a row, and his 13th overall.

Mike Dunn (0-1) retired only one of the five hitters he faced in the seventh, walking two and hitting Zobrist.

"I can't remember the last time I went out there and couldn't throw anything over the plate," Dunn said. "I didn't give the team a chance."

Dunn also allowed a one-out run-scoring single by Contreras, who has eight RBIs after seven games in the big leagues.

"He looks like an established big league hitter," Hendricks said. "He just hits balls hard. It's really fun to watch. To be that young and come up and do it, it's unbelievable. And we need it right now."

Contreras started at catcher and moved to first base late in the game. He's expected to be in the lineup again Saturday, although he's unsure where.

"I don't know if I'm going to play left field or first base; I caught a few flyballs in right field today," he said. "So I'll be ready, man."