Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Saving the Best For Last

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Saving the Best For Last

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

And then there was one. Twenty-five plus weeks are in the book. The final week of the season benefits from three rainouts last week, bringing Monday's slate to five games. Keep in mind the Braves and Rockies will only their makeup in Oct. 4 if it matters for the NL East title.

There are several arms scheduled for two starts in danger of skipping or at least truncating the weekend start depending on how important it is to nail down a playoff berth.

As has been the case all season, the probable pitchers are pulled from the site's Starting Pitcher grid, so please direct all rotation questions to that page. I'll be happy to discuss the final set of rankings in the comments.

UPDATED Monday September 27 12:15 AM ET

Week of Sept. 27 - Oct. 3

Mixed

RankPitcherTMOPPComments
1Zack WheelerPHI@ATL, @MIATwo more chances to embellish Cy Young resume
2Walker BuehlerLADSD, MILHome pair vs. two possible postseason teams, may not make second start or have it cut short
3Logan WebbSFARI, SD 
4Marcus StromanNYMMIA, @ATL 
5Cal QuantrillCLEKC, @TEX 
6Chris SaleBOS@BAL, @WASIf nothing is on the line in Game 162, may be skipped
7Max ScherzerLADSD 
8Chris FlexenSEAOAK, LAA 
9Trevor RogersMIA@NYM, PHI 
10Charlie MortonATLPHI, NYM 
11Clayton KershawLAD

And then there was one. Twenty-five plus weeks are in the book. The final week of the season benefits from three rainouts last week, bringing Monday's slate to five games. Keep in mind the Braves and Rockies will only their makeup in Oct. 4 if it matters for the NL East title.

There are several arms scheduled for two starts in danger of skipping or at least truncating the weekend start depending on how important it is to nail down a playoff berth.

As has been the case all season, the probable pitchers are pulled from the site's Starting Pitcher grid, so please direct all rotation questions to that page. I'll be happy to discuss the final set of rankings in the comments.

UPDATED Monday September 27 12:15 AM ET

Week of Sept. 27 - Oct. 3

Mixed

RankPitcherTMOPPComments
1Zack WheelerPHI@ATL, @MIATwo more chances to embellish Cy Young resume
2Walker BuehlerLADSD, MILHome pair vs. two possible postseason teams, may not make second start or have it cut short
3Logan WebbSFARI, SD 
4Marcus StromanNYMMIA, @ATL 
5Cal QuantrillCLEKC, @TEX 
6Chris SaleBOS@BAL, @WASIf nothing is on the line in Game 162, may be skipped
7Max ScherzerLADSD 
8Chris FlexenSEAOAK, LAA 
9Trevor RogersMIA@NYM, PHI 
10Charlie MortonATLPHI, NYM 
11Clayton KershawLADMIL 
12Brandon WoodruffMIL@STL 
13Corbin BurnesMIL@LAD 
14Yu DarvishSD@LAD, @SFHomers remain high, 17 HR over last 61 IP
15Alek ManoahTORBAL 
16Adam WainwrightSTLMIL, CHC 
17Shane BieberCLE@KC 
18Triston McKenzieCLE@TEX 
19Shohei OhtaniLAA@SEA 
20Joe MusgroveSD@SF 
21Lucas GiolitoCWSDET 
22Robbie RayTORNYY 
23Kevin GausmanSFSD 
24Julio UriasLADMIL 
25Frankie MontasOAK@SEA 
26Alex WoodSFARI 
27Lance McCullers Jr.HOUTB 
28Max FriedATLPHI 
29Jose BerriosTORNYY 
30Carlos RodonCWSCIN 
31Chris BassittOAK@SEA, @HOUWill be be on a pitch limit?
32Joe RyanMINDET, @KC 
33Marco GonzalesSEALAA 
34Ranger SuarezPHI@MIA 
35Aaron NolaPHI@ATL 
36Gerrit ColeNYY@TOR 
37Lance LynnCWSDET 
38Taijuan WalkerNYMMIA 
39Rich HillNYMMIA 
40Freddy PeraltaMIL@LAD 
41Sonny GrayCIN@CWS 
42Sandy AlcantaraMIAPHI 
43Huascar YnoaATLNYM 
44Madison BumgarnerARI@SF 
45Logan GilbertSEAOAK 
46Edward CabreraMIA@NYM 
47Luis GarciaHOUTB 
48Jameson TaillonNYY@TOR, TB 
49Zack GreinkeHOUOAK 
50Jose UrquidyHOUTB 
51Miles MikolasSTLMIL 
52John MeansBAL@TOR 
53Anthony DeSclafaniSFSD 
54Jack FlahertySTLCHC 
55Tyler AndersonSEALAA 
56Luis CastilloCIN@CWS 
57Tylor MegillNYMMIA 
58Tyler MahleCIN@PIT 
59Zac GallenARICOL 
60Tony GonsolinLADSD 
61German MarquezCOLWAS, @ARI 
62Shane McClanahanTB@NYY 
63Zach PlesacCLE@KC 
64Framber ValdezHOUOAK 
65Nathan EovaldiBOS@BAL 
66Jose SuarezLAA@SEA 
67Drew RasmussenTB@HOU, @NYY 
68Elieser HernandezMIA@NYM 
69Jon GrayCOL@ARI 
70Eric LauerMIL@LAD 
71Ian AndersonATLPHI 
72Jake OdorizziHOUOAK 
73Alex CobbLAA@TEX 
74Hyun Jin RyuTORNYY, BAL 
75Yusei KikuchiSEAOAK 
76Adrian HouserMIL@STL 
77Jordan MontgomeryNYYTB 
78Cole IrvinOAK@SEA 
79Nick PivettaBOS@BAL 
80Johnny CuetoSFARI 
81Dylan CeaseCWSDET 
82J.A. HappSTLMIL 
83Kyle HendricksCHC@PIT 
84Tarik SkubalDET@MIN 
85Nestor CortesNYYTB 
86Antonio SenzatelaCOL@ARI 
87Carlos HernandezKCCLE 
88Michael PinedaMINDET 
89Carlos CarrascoNYM@ATL 
90Hans CrousePHI@MIA 
91Mix 12 Reliever   
92Miguel YajurePITCHC 
93Taylor HearnTEXLAA 
94Casey MizeDET@MIN 
95Mix 15 Reliever   
96Aaron CivaleCLE@KC 
97Reynaldo LopezCWSCIN 
98Pierce JohnsonSD@SF 
99A.J. AlexyTEXLAA 
100Kris BubicKCMIN 
101Sam SelmanLAA@SEA 
102Drew SmylyATLNYM 
103Brady SingerKC@CLE, MIN 
104Jon LesterSTLCHC 
105Bailey OberMINDET 
106Luke WeaverARI@SF 
107Sean ManaeaOAK@HOU 
108Corey KluberNYY@TOR 
109Ryan WeathersSD@LAD 
110Shane BazTB@NYY 
111Kyle GibsonPHI@ATL 
112Glenn OttoTEXLAA 
113Steven MatzTORBAL 
114John GantMIN@KC 
115Tyler AlexanderDET@MIN, @CWS 
116Merrill KellyARI@SF 
117Wily PeraltaDET@CWS 
118Daniel LynchKCCLE 
119Tanner HouckBOS@WAS 
120Mitch KellerPITCHC 
121Eli MorganCLE@TEX 
122Ryan YarbroughTB@HOU 
123Matt ManningDETCWS, @CWS 
124Keegan ThompsonCHC@STL 
125Zac LowtherBALBOS 
126Vladimir GutierrezCIN@PIT 
127Jesus LuzardoMIAPHI 
128Luis PatinoTB@HOU 
129Josiah GrayWAS@COL, BOS 
130Humberto CastellanosARICOL 
131Alec MillsCHC@PIT 
132Erick FeddeWASBOS 
133Eduardo RodriguezBOS@WAS 
134Dane DunningTEXCLE 
135Justin SteeleCHC@STL 
136Paul BlackburnOAK@HOU 
137Spencer HowardTEXCLE 
138Reiver SanmartinCINPIT, @PIT 
139Jordan LylesTEXCLE 
140Cody PoncePIT@CIN 
141Max KranickPITCIN 
142Janson JunkLAA@TEX 
143Zach DaviesCHC@PIT 
144Griffin JaxMIN@KC 
145Vince VelasquezSD@LAD 
146Wil CrowePITCIN 
147Bruce ZimmermannBALBOS, @TOR 
148Jon HeasleyKCMIN 
149Dallas KeuchelCWS@DET 
150Humberto MejiaARICOL 
151Paolo EspinoWAS@COL 
152Adrian SampsonCHC@STL 
153Trevor WilliamsNYM@ATL 
154Josh RogersWASBOS 
155Kyle FreelandCOLWAS 
156Patrick CorbinWAS@COL 
157Jackson KowarKCCLE 
158Braxton GarrettMIA@NYM 
159Dillon PetersPITCIN 
160Brett AndersonMIL@STL 
161Peter LambertCOLWAS 
162Connor OvertonPITCHC 
163Packy NaughtonLAA@TEX 
164Alexander WellsBALBOS 
165Chris EllisBAL@TOR 

American League

RankPitcherTMOPPComment
1Cal QuantrillCLEKC, @TEX 
2Chris SaleBOS@BAL, @WASIf nothing is on the line in Game 162, may be skipped
3Chris FlexenSEAOAK, LAA 
4Alek ManoahTORBAL 
5Shane BieberCLE@KC 
6Triston McKenzieCLE@TEX 
7Shohei OhtaniLAA@SEA 
8Lucas GiolitoCWSDET 
9Robbie RayTORNYY 
10Frankie MontasOAK@SEA 
11Lance McCullers Jr.HOUTB 
12Jose BerriosTORNYY 
13Carlos RodonCWSCIN 
14Chris BassittOAK@SEA, @HOUWill be be on a pitch limit?
15Joe RyanMINDET, @KC 
16Marco GonzalesSEALAA 
17Gerrit ColeNYY@TOR 
18Lance LynnCWSDET 
19Logan GilbertSEAOAK 
20Luis GarciaHOUTB 
21Jameson TaillonNYY@TOR, TB 
22Zack GreinkeHOUOAK 
23Jose UrquidyHOUTB 
24John MeansBAL@TOR 
25Tyler AndersonSEALAA 
26Shane McClanahanTB@NYY 
27Zach PlesacCLE@KC 
28Framber ValdezHOUOAK 
29Nathan EovaldiBOS@BAL 
30Jose SuarezLAA@SEA 
31Drew RasmussenTB@HOU, @NYY 
32Jake OdorizziHOUOAK 
33Alex CobbLAA@TEX 
34Hyun Jin RyuTORNYY, BAL 
35Yusei KikuchiSEAOAK 
36Jordan MontgomeryNYYTB 
37Cole IrvinOAK@SEA 
38Nick PivettaBOS@BAL 
39Dylan CeaseCWSDET 
40Tarik SkubalDET@MIN 
41Nestor CortesNYYTB 
42Carlos HernandezKCCLE 
43Michael PinedaMINDET 
44Taylor HearnTEXLAA 
45Casey MizeDET@MIN 
46Aaron CivaleCLE@KC 
47Reynaldo LopezCWSCIN 
48A.J. AlexyTEXLAA 
49Kris BubicKCMIN 
50Sam SelmanLAA@SEA 
51Brady SingerKC@CLE, MIN 
52Bailey OberMINDET 
53Sean ManaeaOAK@HOU 
54Corey KluberNYY@TOR 
55Shane BazTB@NYY 
56AL Reliever   
57Glenn OttoTEXLAA 
58Steven MatzTORBAL 
59John GantMIN@KC 
60Tyler AlexanderDET@MIN, @CWS 
61Wily PeraltaDET@CWS 
62Daniel LynchKCCLE 
63Tanner HouckBOS@WAS 
64Eli MorganCLE@TEX 
65Ryan YarbroughTB@HOU 
66Matt ManningDETCWS, @CWS 
67Zac LowtherBALBOS 
68Luis PatinoTB@HOU 
69Eduardo RodriguezBOS@WAS 
70Dane DunningTEXCLE 
71Paul BlackburnOAK@HOU 
72Spencer HowardTEXCLE 
73Jordan LylesTEXCLE 
74Janson JunkLAA@TEX 
75Griffin JaxMIN@KC 
76Bruce ZimmermannBALBOS, @TOR 
77Jon HeasleyKCMIN 
78Dallas KeuchelCWS@DET 
79Jackson KowarKCCLE 
80Packy NaughtonLAA@TEX 
81Alexander WellsBALBOS 
82Chris EllisBAL@TOR 

National League

RankPitcherTMOPPComment
1Zack WheelerPHI@ATL, @MIATwo more chances to embellish Cy Young resume
2Walker BuehlerLADSD, MILHome pair vs. two possible postseason teams, may not make second start or have it cut short
3Logan WebbSFARI, SD 
4Marcus StromanNYMMIA, @ATL 
5Max ScherzerLADSD 
6Trevor RogersMIA@NYM, PHI 
7Charlie MortonATLPHI, NYM 
8Clayton KershawLADMIL 
9Brandon WoodruffMIL@STL 
10Corbin BurnesMIL@LAD 
11Yu DarvishSD@LAD, @SFHomers remain high, 17 HR over last 61 IP
12Adam WainwrightSTLMIL, CHC 
13Joe MusgroveSD@SF 
14Kevin GausmanSFSD 
15Julio UriasLADMIL 
16Alex WoodSFARI 
17Max FriedATLPHI 
18Ranger SuarezPHI@MIA 
19Aaron NolaPHI@ATL 
20Taijuan WalkerNYMMIA 
21Rich HillNYMMIA 
22Freddy PeraltaMIL@LAD 
23Sonny GrayCIN@CWS 
24Sandy AlcantaraMIAPHI 
25Huascar YnoaATLNYM 
26Madison BumgarnerARI@SF 
27Edward CabreraMIA@NYM 
28Miles MikolasSTLMIL 
29Anthony DeSclafaniSFSD 
30Jack FlahertySTLCHC 
31Luis CastilloCIN@CWS 
32Tylor MegillNYMMIA 
33Tyler MahleCIN@PIT 
34Zac GallenARICOL 
35Tony GonsolinLADSD 
36German MarquezCOLWAS, @ARI 
37Elieser HernandezMIA@NYM 
38Jon GrayCOL@ARI 
39Eric LauerMIL@LAD 
40Ian AndersonATLPHI 
41Adrian HouserMIL@STL 
42Johnny CuetoSFARI 
43J.A. HappSTLMIL 
44Kyle HendricksCHC@PIT 
45Antonio SenzatelaCOL@ARI 
46Carlos CarrascoNYM@ATL 
47Hans CrousePHI@MIA 
48Miguel YajurePITCHC 
49Pierce JohnsonSD@SF 
50Drew SmylyATLNYM 
51Jon LesterSTLCHC 
52Luke WeaverARI@SF 
53Ryan WeathersSD@LAD 
54Kyle GibsonPHI@ATL 
55NL Reliever   
56Merrill KellyARI@SF 
57Mitch KellerPITCHC 
58Keegan ThompsonCHC@STL 
59Vladimir GutierrezCIN@PIT 
60Jesus LuzardoMIAPHI 
61Josiah GrayWAS@COL, BOS 
62Humberto CastellanosARICOL 
63Alec MillsCHC@PIT 
64Erick FeddeWASBOS 
65Justin SteeleCHC@STL 
66Reiver SanmartinCINPIT, @PIT 
67Cody PoncePIT@CIN 
68Max KranickPITCIN 
69Zach DaviesCHC@PIT 
70Vince VelasquezSD@LAD 
71Wil CrowePITCIN 
72Humberto MejiaARICOL 
73Paolo EspinoWAS@COL 
74Adrian SampsonCHC@STL 
75Trevor WilliamsNYM@ATL 
76Josh RogersWASBOS 
77Kyle FreelandCOLWAS 
78Patrick CorbinWAS@COL 
79Braxton GarrettMIA@NYM 
80Dillon PetersPITCIN 
81Brett AndersonMIL@STL 
82Peter LambertCOLWAS 
83Connor OvertonPITCHC 

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