Top 75 Starting Pitchers For Week 1

This season I wanted to try out something different from our normal look at 2 – start pitchers every week.  Please let me know what you think of these rankings as well as which you prefer.

The 2010 season kicks off this evening, so the time has come to start setting your line – up.  Who should start?  Whose match – up is a little bit too risky?  Let’s take a look at how I rank the starting pitcher for the upcoming week:

  1. Roy Halladay  -  Philadelphia Phillies  -  @ Was, @ Hou
  2. Tim Lincecum  -  San Francisco Giants  -  @ Hou, vs. Ari
  3. Dan Haren  -  Arizona Diamondbacks  -  vs. SD, vs. Pit
  4. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – @ Oak, @ Tex
  5. Johan Santana – New York Mets – vs. Fla, vs. Was
  6. Zack Greinke – Kansas City Royals – vs. Det, vs. Bos
  7. Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – @ KC, vs. Cle
  8. Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. Col, vs. Stl
  9. Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado Rockies – @ Mil, vs. SD
  10. CC Sabathia – New York Yankees  – @ Bos, @ TB
  11. Chris Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals – @ Cin, @ Mil
  12. Josh Beckett – Boston Red Sox – vs. NYY, @ KC
  13. Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins – @ LAA, @ CWS
  14. Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins – @ NYM, vs. LAD
  15. Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels – vs. Min, vs. Oak
  16. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – @ Pit
  17. Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – @ Was
  18. Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals – @ Cin
  19. Chad Billingsley – Los Angeles Dodgers – @ Pit
  20. Ricky Nolasco – Florida Marlins – @ NYM
  21. James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Bal, vs. NYY
  22. Jake Peavy – Chicago White Sox – vs. Cle
  23. Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox – vs. NYY
  24. Matt Garza – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Bal
  25. Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves – vs. CHC
  26. Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros – vs. SF
  27. A.J. Burnett – New York Yankees  – @ Bos, @ TB
  28. Carlos Zambrano – Chicago Cubs – @ Atl. @ Cin
  29. Edwin Jackson – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. SD, vs. Pit
  30. Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants – @ Hou
  31. Javier Vazquez – New York Yankees  – @ TB
  32. Jorge De La Rosa – Colorado Rockies – vs. SD
  33. Mark Buehrle – Chicago White Sox – vs. Cle, vs. Min
  34. John Lackey – Boston Red Sox – vs. NYY
  35. Brett Anderson – Oakland Athletics – vs. Sea
  36. Clay Buchholz – Boston Red Sox – @ KC
  37. John Danks – Chicago White Sox – vs. Min
  38. Aaron Harang – Cincinnati Reds – vs. StL, vs. CHC
  39. Randy Wolf – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. Col, vs. Stl
  40. Tim Hudson – Atlanta Braves – @ SF
  41. Gavin Floyd – Chicago White Sox – vs. Cle
  42. Roy Oswalt – Houston Astros – vs. SF, vs. Phi
  43. Rick Porcello – Detroit Tigers – vs. Cle
  44. Rich Harden – Texas Rangers – vs. Tor
  45. Jair Jurrjens – Atlanta Braves – vs. CHC
  46. Max Scherzer – Detroit Tigers – @ KC
  47. Vicente Padilla – Los Angeles Dodgers – @ Pit, @ Fla
  48. Kevin Millwood – Baltimore Orioles – @ TB, vs. Tor
  49. Ryan Dempster – Chicago Cubs – @ Atl
  50. Scott Feldman – Texas Rangers – vs. Tor, vs. Sea
  51. Derek Lowe – Atlanta Braves – vs. CHC, @ SF
  52. Zach Duke – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. LAD, @ Ari
  53. Nick Blackburn – Minnesota Twins – @ LAA, @ CWS
  54. Hiroki Kuroda – Los Angeles Dodgers – @ Fla
  55. Mike Pelfrey – New York Mets – vs. Was
  56. Jeff Niemann – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Bal
  57. Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Stl
  58. Jon Garland – San Diego Padres – @ Ari, @ Col
  59. Joe Saunders – Los Angeles Angels – vs. Min, vs. Oak
  60. Mat Latos – San Diego Padres – @ Col
  61. Ervin Santana – Los Angeles Angels – vs. Min
  62. Kevin Slowey – Minnesota Twins – @ LAA
  63. Paul Maholm – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. LAD
  64. Ben Sheets – Oakland Athletics – vs. Sea, @ LAA
  65. Shaun Marcum – Toronto Blue Jays – @ Tex, @ Bal
  66. Jake Westbrook – Cleveland Indians – @ CWS, @ Det
  67. Joel Pineiro – Los Angeles Angels – vs. Min
  68. Brett Myers – Houston Astros – vs. SF
  69. David Price – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. NYY
  70. Ian Kennedy – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. SD
  71. Chris Young – San Diego Padres – @ Ari
  72. Ian Snell – Seattle Mariners – @ Oak, @ Tex
  73. Dallas Braden – Oakland Athletics – vs. Sea, @ LAA
  74. John Lannan – Washington Nationals – vs. Phi, @ NYM
  75. Fausto Carmona – Chicago White Sox – @ CWS

Thoughts:

  • It’s the first week of the season, so I didn’t weigh a pitcher having two starts as heavily as I will as the year wears on.  Let’s be honest, how many owners are utilizing a pitch – and – ditch approach at this point?
  • One of the hardest decisions was where to place A.J. Burnett on the rankings.  Yes, he’s a two – start pitcher, but those two starts come against two tough divisional opponents on the road.  That knocks him down a few slots below a couple of single – start options.
  • I believe in Jon Lester as a Top 10 pitcher for 2010, but opening up against the Yankees may cause him to get off to a slow start.  This type of match – up is probably the only time all year that you’ll see Jake Peavy ranked above him.
  • Ben Sheets has a ton of upside this season, but having missed all of 2009 I just couldn’t rank him too highly.  As the year goes on, he easily could find himself significantly higher on these lists.
  • Cole Hamels and Chad Billingsley both need to get off to a quick start to help fantasy owners forget 2009.  With their match – ups, they certainly have been given that chance.  As far as one – start pitchers go, they are two of my favorites for Week 1.
  • Jorge De La Rosa may seem a bit high at #32, but I’m a big fan of his this season and he has a great match – up.  Given the way he pitched in the second half of 2009, you have to like his chance to get things off to an equally impressive start.
  • Mike Pelfrey has struggled this spring, but he showed signs in his final spring outing, giving up just one unearned run over six innings.  Before you point to the lineup the Rays marched out, it had Crawford, Zobrist, Longoria and all their friends in it.  Getting to start the season against the Nationals surely puts him in a good place to get things started.
  • Will this be the year Ian Snell rediscovers things?  Time will certainly tell…
  • Will David Price put things together and live up to the hype?  He’s got a tall order in week one, taking on the Yankees.  If he pitches well, his standing in these rankings is going fly upwards.  For this week, however, he’s just not worth the gamble.

For more information on pitching rotations, check out our 2010 Rotation Tracker by clicking here.  For more information on the closer situations around the league, check out our 2010 Closer Tracker by clicking here.

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One comment

  1. Turk99 says:

    I like this. It will help when weighing whether a two start pitcher is better than a 1 start.

    If you could bold two-start pitchers it would be very useful. Those that only care about two starts could easily identify pitchers, and those that dont care can still utilize your new rankings.

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