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Are you enjoying the rollercoaster ride that is the starting pitching market? Remember one month does not make a season. If we audited the pitching statistics for April of 2014 no one would have predicted Corey Kluber would go on to win the American League Cy Young Award. Even more remarkable was that Clayton Kershaw missed the entire month of April and won both the National League Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player awards in a landslide. Finally, the National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom was pitching in the minor leagues at Las Vegas for the 51s and not even on the Mets’ radar at this time last year.

Where do we go from here? Is your confidence shattered yet? Patience is a virtue, but who is patient in this new world of immediate gratification? Exercising excurating patience is never an easy task but often beneficial when practiced.

Last week I spoke of the rise of Chris Archer, but last season at this time Archer was rocking 5.16 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over his first eight starts. His peripherals at the time did provide promise and over his next 24 games started he posted 2.77 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Once again, patience is needed in the pitching progress.

News of note, Alex Cobb has been diagnosed with a partial ligament tear in his right elbow and will inevitability wind up undergoing Tommy John surgery. Hyun-Jin Ryu was transfered from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list as a roster flexibility move and his timetable remains circa sometime in June; optimistic I am not. Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the disabled list with right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain retro active to April 24, this isn’t going to end well. Also of note, Stephen Strasburg exited after three innings tonight versus Miami, ugh.

Before we proceed, lets take a moment to revel in the greatness that is Bartolo Colon.

Top 50 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Here’s this week’s top 50 Starting Pitchers and for the full list of pitchers visit and checkout the “In-Season Starting Pitcher Index” where I highlight the top 30 starting pitchers going forward with in-depth analysis.

May 5, 2015

  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Felix Hernandez
  3. Max Scherzer
  4. Matt Harvey
  5. Chris Sale
  6. Stephen Strasburg
  7. Johnny Cueto
  8. Madison Bumgarner
  9. David Price
  10. Zack Greinke
  11. Corey Kluber
  12. Cole Hamels
  13. Gerrit Cole
  14. Jake Arrieta
  15. Jordan Zimmermann
  16. Sonny Gray
  17. Michael Wacha
  18. Jon Lester
  19. Julio Teheran
  20. Jacob deGrom
  21. Chris Archer
  22. Garrett Richaerds
  23. James Shields
  24. Andrew Cashner
  25. Carlos Carrasco
  26. Michael Pineda
  27. Jeff Samardzija
  28. Gio Gonzalez
  29. Francisco Liriano
  30. Lance Lynn
  31. Drew Smyly
  32. Jake Odorizzi
  33. Tyson Ross
  34. Collin McHugh
  35. Dallas Keuchel
  36. Alex Wood
  37. Anibal Sanchez
  38. Danny Salazar
  39. Scott Kazmir
  40. AJ Burnett
  41. Shelby Miller
  42. Ian Kennedy
  43. Doug Fister
  44. Yordano Ventura
  45. Danny Duffy
  46. Trevor Bauer
  47. James Paxton
  48. Drew Pomeranz
  49. Bartolo Colon
  50. Jason Hammel

*Best of luck in the confidence game that is starting pitching.

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