Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Ray Bringing the Heat

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Ray Bringing the Heat

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

By means of reminder, the MIX12 and MIX15 columns added to the Mixed League rankings display the current rostered level for all pitchers available in more than half of the leagues in the NFBC Main Even (15 team leagues) and NFBC RotoWire Online Championship (12 team leagues). These levels, combined with the MIX 12 and MIX15 reliever rankings offer a unique perspective. Anyone ranked above the respective reliever line should be a positive contributor for the week, while the rostered levels highlight who is available. Of course, it's important to peruse everyone available, but the new addition helps frame relative potential.

Last week, Kyle Freeland was identified as a viable streamer and he came through. This week, Tyler Wells and Keegan Thompson both have two starts and make the cut in 12 team leagues while Jonathan Heasley passes bar (barely) in 15 team formats.

In general, run scoring should be a tad higher than last week, aided by six games in Coors Field. The highlight is Thursday, with Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander slated to square off.

Please keep in mind the schedule is pulled from the Probable Pitchers page, so please grace them with your rotation questions. As always, I'll be happy to address any rankings queries. Along those lines, keep an eye out for the next Z Files which will lend some insight into how my rest-of-season projections are generated. Of course, the ROS pitching projections serve as the baseline for these rankings.

UPDATED: Monday June 27 1:30

By means of reminder, the MIX12 and MIX15 columns added to the Mixed League rankings display the current rostered level for all pitchers available in more than half of the leagues in the NFBC Main Even (15 team leagues) and NFBC RotoWire Online Championship (12 team leagues). These levels, combined with the MIX 12 and MIX15 reliever rankings offer a unique perspective. Anyone ranked above the respective reliever line should be a positive contributor for the week, while the rostered levels highlight who is available. Of course, it's important to peruse everyone available, but the new addition helps frame relative potential.

Last week, Kyle Freeland was identified as a viable streamer and he came through. This week, Tyler Wells and Keegan Thompson both have two starts and make the cut in 12 team leagues while Jonathan Heasley passes bar (barely) in 15 team formats.

In general, run scoring should be a tad higher than last week, aided by six games in Coors Field. The highlight is Thursday, with Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander slated to square off.

Please keep in mind the schedule is pulled from the Probable Pitchers page, so please grace them with your rotation questions. As always, I'll be happy to address any rankings queries. Along those lines, keep an eye out for the next Z Files which will lend some insight into how my rest-of-season projections are generated. Of course, the ROS pitching projections serve as the baseline for these rankings.

UPDATED: Monday June 27 1:30 AM ET

Week of June 27 – July 3

Mixed

RankPitcherTMOPPCommentsMIX12MIX15
1Robbie RaySEABAL, OAK20 K with 4 BB last 20 IP with two soft home dates  
2Zack WheelerPHIATL, STL   
3Corbin BurnesMIL@PIT   
4Max ScherzerNYMTEX   
5Luis GarciaHOU@NYM, LAAStrikeouts on the upswing  
6Shane McClanahanTB@TOR   
7George KirbySEABAL, OAKRookie has earned this lofty rank  
8Logan GilbertSEAOAK   
9Carlos RodonSFDET   
10Frankie MontasOAK@NYY, @SEAClose to hug watch alert  
11Brandon WoodruffMIL@TB, @PIT   
12Sandy AlcantaraMIA@STL   
13Gerrit ColeNYY@CLE   
14Pablo LopezMIA@STL, @WAS   
15Chris BassittNYMTEX   
16Aaron NolaPHIATL   
17Kevin GausmanTORBOS, TBIn a rut, tough pair for a rebound  
18Jon GrayTEX@KC, @NYM21 K, 4 BB over last 18.2 IP  
19Jordan MontgomeryNYYOAK, @CLE   
20Alek ManoahTORBOS   
21Sonny GrayMIN@CLE, BAL   
22Justin VerlanderHOUNYY   
23Jameson TaillonNYYOAK   
24Shane BieberCLEMIN   
25Shohei OhtaniLAACWS   
26Logan WebbSFCWS   
27Max FriedATL@CIN   
28Luis CastilloCIN@CHC, ATL   
29Framber ValdezHOU@NYM   
30Tony GonsolinLADSD   
31Clayton KershawLAD@COL, SD   
32Martin PerezTEX@KC, @NYMLimiting homers should mitigate likely regression  
33Shane BazTBMIL, @TOR   
34Joe MusgroveSD@LAD   
35Tarik SkubalDET@SFHR starting to creep up  
36Zac GallenARISD   
37Charlie MortonATL@PHI, @CIN32K with 1 BB last 20 IP  
38Joe RyanMINBAL   
39Marco GonzalesSEAOAK   
40Dylan CeaseCWS@SF   
41Tyler WellsBAL@SEA, @MINTop pickup to stream24% 
42Yu DarvishSD@LAD   
43Alex WoodSFDET   
44Cristian JavierHOULAA   
45Triston McKenzieCLEMIN, NYY   
46Luis SeverinoNYY@HOU   
47Miles MikolasSTL@PHI   
48Jeffrey SpringsTBMIL   
49Sean ManaeaSD@ARINeeds to regain control (7 BB over last 17 IP)  
50Michael KopechCWS@LAA   
51Adam WainwrightSTLMIA, @PHI   
52David PetersonNYMTEX 36% 
53Eric LauerMIL@TBStruggling, but good duo to get back on track  
54Ross StriplingTORBOS, TB   
55Michael WachaBOS@TOR, @CHCBig test in the Rogers Centre  
56Spencer StriderATL@CIN   
57Taijuan WalkerNYMHOU   
58Lucas GiolitoCWS@LAA, @SFBig command and control issues  
59Lance LynnCWS@SF   
60Chris FlexenSEABAL 25% 
61Nestor CortesNYY@CLE   
62Mike ClevingerSD@ARI   
63Carlos CarrascoNYMHOU   
64Zach PlesacCLEMIN, NYYWhiffs still low, but not hurting himself with BB and HR  
65Brady SingerKC@DET   
66Keegan ThompsonCHCCIN, BOSPossible pickup, hop wind is blowing in next weekend34% 
67JP SearsNYYOAK 0%0%
68Roansy ContrerasPITMIL   
69Kyle WrightATL@PHI   
70Paolo EspinoWASPIT 0%0%
71Cal QuantrillCLEMIN   
72Alex CobbSFCWS   
73Mitch WhiteLADSD 2%23%
74Tyler AndersonLAD@COL, SD   
75Josh WinderMIN@CLE 7%43%
76Mix 12 Reliever     
77Noah SyndergaardLAACWS   
78Devin SmeltzerMIN@CLE, BAL 6% 
79Zack GreinkeKCTEX 17%30%
80Dakota HudsonSTLMIA 46% 
81Nick PivettaBOS@TOR   
82Beau BrieskeDETKC 4% 
83Kyle HendricksCHCCIN 40% 
84Jose BerriosTORTB   
85Tyler MahleCINATL   
86Dane DunningTEX@KC   
87Mix 15 Reliever     
88Johnny CuetoCWS@LAA 49% 
89Jose UrquidyHOULAA   
90Dean KremerBAL@SEA 1%2%
91Zach EflinPHISTL   
92Blake SnellSD@LAD   
93Adrian MartinezOAK@SEA 0%0%
94Michael PinedaDETKC 5%15%
95Brad KellerKC@DET 25% 
96Graham AshcraftCIN@CHC 44% 
97Jonathan HeasleyKCTEX 3%21%
98Adrian HouserMIL@PIT 42% 
99Josiah GrayWASMIA   
100MacKenzie GoreSD@LAD   
101Corey KluberTB@TOR   
102Andre PallanteSTLMIA 12%47%
103Chris ArcherMIN@CLE 7%34%
104Anthony DeSclafaniSFCWS   
105Dylan BundyMIN@CLE 13% 
106JT BrubakerPITMIL 24% 
107Michael LorenzenLAA@HOU   
108Glenn OttoTEX@NYM 7%43%
109Jack FlahertySTL@PHI   
110Rony GarciaDET@SF 0%23%
111Drew RasmussenTB@TOR   
112Patrick SandovalLAA@HOU   
113Kyle GibsonPHISTL   
114Rich HillBOS@CHC 20% 
115James KaprielianOAK@SEA 5% 
116Konnor PilkingtonCLEMIN 4%9%
117Paul BlackburnOAK@NYY, @SEA   
118Jason AlexanderMIL@PIT 3%47%
119Madison BumgarnerARISD   
120Julio UriasLAD@COL   
121Yusei KikuchiTORTB 49% 
122Thomas HatchTORTB 0%0
123Jose QuintanaPIT@WAS, MIL 16% 
124Kris BubicKCTEX, @DET 1%0%
125Ian AndersonATL@PHI   
126Erick FeddeWASPIT, MIA 2%11%
127Cole IrvinOAK@NYY 21% 
128Braxton GarrettMIA@STL 4%36%
129Ranger SuarezPHIATL   
130Austin VothBAL@SEA 0%0%
131Hunter GreeneCIN@CHC   
132Kenny RosenbergLAACWS 0%0%
133Justin SteeleCHCCIN 11% 
134Connor SeaboldBOS@TOR 0%0%
135Aaron CivaleCLENYY 19% 
136Luis PatinoTB@TOR 14% 
137Josh WinckowskiBOS@CHC 8% 
138Alex FaedoDETKC 30% 
139Adrian SampsonCHCBOS 0%0%
140Chad KuhlCOLLAD, ARI 18%49%
141Mike MinorCINATL 2%40%
142Jordan LylesBAL@MIN 1%6%
143Patrick CorbinWASPIT 5%23%
144Mitch KellerPIT@WAS 27% 
145Jackson TetreaultWASMIA 0%0%
146Jose SuarezLAA@HOU 0%0%
147Daniel CastanoMIA@WAS 2%26%
148Alec MillsCHCBOS 0%0%
149Trevor RogersMIA@WAS   
150Osvaldo BidoPIT@WAS, MIL 0%0%
151Merrill KellyARI@COL   
152Zach DaviesARI@COL 39% 
153Antonio SenzatelaCOLARI 0%0.04
154German MarquezCOLLAD 31% 
155Ryan FeltnerCOLARI 6%43%
156Kyle FreelandCOLLAD 4%11%
157Spenser WatkinsBAL@MIN 0%0%
158Dallas KeuchelARI@COL 0%0%

American League

RankPitcherTMOPPComment
1Robbie RaySEABAL, OAK20 K with 4 BB last 20 IP with two soft home dates
2Luis GarciaHOU@NYM, LAAStrikeouts on the upswing
3Shane McClanahanTB@TOR 
4George KirbySEABAL, OAKRookie has earned this lofty rank
5Logan GilbertSEAOAK 
6Frankie MontasOAK@NYY, @SEAClose to hug watch alert
7Gerrit ColeNYY@CLE 
8Kevin GausmanTORBOS, TBIn a rut, tough pair for a rebound
9Jon GrayTEX@KC, @NYM21 K, 4 BB over last 18.2 IP
10Jordan MontgomeryNYYOAK, @CLE 
11Alek ManoahTORBOS 
12Sonny GrayMIN@CLE, BAL 
13Justin VerlanderHOUNYY 
14Jameson TaillonNYYOAK 
15Shane BieberCLEMIN 
16Shohei OhtaniLAACWS 
17Framber ValdezHOU@NYM 
18Martin PerezTEX@KC, @NYMLimiting homers should mitigate likely regression
19Shane BazTBMIL, @TOR 
20Tarik SkubalDET@SFHR starting to creep up
21Joe RyanMINBAL 
22Marco GonzalesSEAOAK 
23Dylan CeaseCWS@SF 
24Tyler WellsBAL@SEA, @MINTop pickup to stream
25Cristian JavierHOULAA 
26Triston McKenzieCLEMIN, NYY 
27Luis SeverinoNYY@HOU 
28Jeffrey SpringsTBMIL 
29Michael KopechCWS@LAA 
30Ross StriplingTORBOS, TB 
31Michael WachaBOS@TOR, @CHCBig test in the Rogers Centre
32Lucas GiolitoCWS@LAA, @SFBig command and control issues
33Lance LynnCWS@SF 
34Chris FlexenSEABAL 
35Nestor CortesNYY@CLE 
36Zach PlesacCLEMIN, NYYWhiffs still low, but not hurting himself with BB and HR
37Brady SingerKC@DET 
38JP SearsNYYOAK 
39Cal QuantrillCLEMIN 
40Josh WinderMIN@CLE 
41Noah SyndergaardLAACWS 
42Devin SmeltzerMIN@CLE, BAL 
43Zack GreinkeKCTEX 
44Nick PivettaBOS@TOR 
45Beau BrieskeDETKC 
46Jose BerriosTORTB 
47Dane DunningTEX@KC 
48Johnny CuetoCWS@LAA 
49Jose UrquidyHOULAA 
50Dean KremerBAL@SEA 
51Adrian MartinezOAK@SEA 
52Michael PinedaDETKC 
53Brad KellerKC@DET 
54Jonathan HeasleyKCTEX 
55Corey KluberTB@TOR 
56Chris ArcherMIN@CLE 
57AL Reliever   
58Dylan BundyMIN@CLE 
59Michael LorenzenLAA@HOU 
60Glenn OttoTEX@NYM 
61Rony GarciaDET@SF 
62Drew RasmussenTB@TOR 
63Patrick SandovalLAA@HOU 
64Rich HillBOS@CHC 
65James KaprielianOAK@SEA 
66Konnor PilkingtonCLEMIN 
67Paul BlackburnOAK@NYY, @SEA 
68Yusei KikuchiTORTB 
69Thomas HatchTORTB 
70Kris BubicKCTEX, @DET 
71Cole IrvinOAK@NYY 
72Austin VothBAL@SEA 
73Kenny RosenbergLAACWS 
74Connor SeaboldBOS@TOR 
75Aaron CivaleCLENYY 
76Luis PatinoTB@TOR 
77Josh WinckowskiBOS@CHC 
78Alex FaedoDETKC 
79Jordan LylesBAL@MIN 
80Jose SuarezLAA@HOU 
81Spenser WatkinsBAL@MIN 

National League

RankPitcherTMOPPComment
1Zack WheelerPHIATL, STL 
2Corbin BurnesMIL@PIT 
3Max ScherzerNYMTEX 
4Carlos RodonSFDET 
5Brandon WoodruffMIL@TB, @PIT 
6Sandy AlcantaraMIA@STL 
7Pablo LopezMIA@STL, @WAS 
8Chris BassittNYMTEX 
9Aaron NolaPHIATL 
10Logan WebbSFCWS 
11Max FriedATL@CIN 
12Luis CastilloCIN@CHC, ATL 
13Tony GonsolinLADSD 
14Clayton KershawLAD@COL, SD 
15Joe MusgroveSD@LAD 
16Zac GallenARISD 
17Charlie MortonATL@PHI, @CIN32K with 1 BB last 20 IP
18Yu DarvishSD@LAD 
19Alex WoodSFDET 
20Miles MikolasSTL@PHI 
21Sean ManaeaSD@ARINeeds to regain control (7 BB over last 17 IP)
22Adam WainwrightSTLMIA, @PHI 
23David PetersonNYMTEX 
24Eric LauerMIL@TBStruggling, but good duo to get back on track
25Spencer StriderATL@CIN 
26Taijuan WalkerNYMHOU 
27Mike ClevingerSD@ARI 
28Carlos CarrascoNYMHOU 
29Keegan ThompsonCHCCIN, BOSPossible pickup, hop wind is blowing in next weekend
30Roansy ContrerasPITMIL 
31Kyle WrightATL@PHI 
32Paolo EspinoWASPIT 
33Alex CobbSFCWS 
34Mitch WhiteLADSD 
35Tyler AndersonLAD@COL, SD 
36Dakota HudsonSTLMIA 
37Kyle HendricksCHCCIN 
38Tyler MahleCINATL 
39Zach EflinPHISTL 
40Blake SnellSD@LAD 
41Graham AshcraftCIN@CHC 
42Adrian HouserMIL@PIT 
43Josiah GrayWASMIA 
44MacKenzie GoreSD@LAD 
45Andre PallanteSTLMIA 
46NL Reliever   
47Anthony DeSclafaniSFCWS 
48JT BrubakerPITMIL 
49Jack FlahertySTL@PHI 
50Kyle GibsonPHISTL 
51Jason AlexanderMIL@PIT 
52Madison BumgarnerARISD 
53Julio UriasLAD@COL 
54Jose QuintanaPIT@WAS, MIL 
55Ian AndersonATL@PHI 
56Erick FeddeWASPIT, MIA 
57Braxton GarrettMIA@STL 
58Ranger SuarezPHIATL 
59Hunter GreeneCIN@CHC 
60Justin SteeleCHCCIN 
61Adrian SampsonCHCBOS 
62Chad KuhlCOLLAD, ARI 
63Mike MinorCINATL 
64Patrick CorbinWASPIT 
65Mitch KellerPIT@WAS 
66Jackson TetreaultWASMIA 
67Daniel CastanoMIA@WAS 
68Alec MillsCHCBOS 
69Trevor RogersMIA@WAS 
70Osvaldo BidoPIT@WAS, MIL 
71Merrill KellyARI@COL 
72Zach DaviesARI@COL 
73Antonio SenzatelaCOLARI 
74German MarquezCOLLAD 
75Ryan FeltnerCOLARI 
76Kyle FreelandCOLLAD 
77Dallas KeuchelARI@COL 

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