A Look Back at our 2013 Consensus Starting Pitcher Rankings - Part 1

Mike Ehrmann

Ray reviews the Fake Teams 2013 Consensus Starting Pitcher rankings and profiles three starting pitchers whose value increased this season and three whose value dropped this season.

I continue with my review of the Fake Teams 2013 Consensus Position Rankings by looking at our fantasy starting pitcher rankings from last November-December timeframe. Below are links to the positions that have been reviewed to date:

Catcher

First Base

Second Base

Shortstop

Third Base

Outfielders - Part 1

Outfielders - Part 2

Now let's take a look at the Fake Teams Consensus Top 25 Starting Pitcher Rankings for 2013:

Rank

Player

Ray

Bret

Jason

Craig

Score

1

Justin Verlander

1

1

1

1

416

2

Clayton Kershaw

2

2

2

3

411

3

Stephen Strasburg

3

3

5

2

407

4

David Price

5

4

4

4

403

5

Felix Hernandez

6

5

3

6

400

6

Cole Hamels

4

6

8

8

394

7

Cliff Lee

10

11

7

10

382

8

R.A. Dickey

13

7

9

9

382

9

Zack Greinke

7

8

12

11

382

10

Matt Cain

12

17

6

5

380

11

Gio Gonzalez

11

15

11

7

376

12

Jered Weaver

8

10

17

16

369

13

CC Sabathia

17

12

13

12

366

14

Yu Darvish

9

13

18

15

365

15

Roy Halladay

20

14

20

13

353

16

Madison Bumgarner

16

22

21

14

347

17

Adam Wainwright

15

9

15

35

346

18

Johnny Cueto

19

23

16

17

345

19

Chris Sale

14

16

23

26

341

20

James Shields

26

21

14

25

334

21

Mat Latos

18

24

25

19

334

22

Max Scherzer

25

18

19

27

331

23

Kris Medlen

21

26

10

37

326

24

Jordan Zimmermann

33

20

28

21

318

25

Yovani Gallardo

38

25

22

23

312


Three Up

Jose Fernandez, MIA

Fernandez wasn't ranked in out 2013 Consensus Top 25 Starting Pitcher Rankings, but he will be in 2014. Fernandez had a simply dominant rookie season, the kind that we haven't seen in quite awhile. He was a surprise addition to the Marlins Opening Day roster, but looked like he belonged from the get go. Fernandez made 28 starts, going 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and a 187-58 strikeout to walk ratio in 172.2 innings. He may find himself in my top 10 starters for 2014.

Max Scherzer, DET

Scherzer is the favorite to win the American League Cy Young award, and for good reason. He went 21-3 with a 2,90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and a 240-56 strikeout to walk rate in 214.1 innings. He is a top 5 starter in 2014 for me, and his strikeouts will carry your teams in 5 x 5 leagues, and leagues where strikeouts are a category.

Jordan Zimmermann, WAS

Zimmermann, and not Stephen Strasburg, was the Nationals top starter this season, going 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 161-40 strikeout to walk rate in 213.1 innings. He isn't as dominant as a Scherzer or Clayton Kershaw, but he doesn't walk anyone, and keeps the runs off the scoreboard.

Three Down

R.A. Dickey, TOR

I was down on Dickey back in spring training, as 2012 looked like a career year, as his strikeout rate had jumped by 3.0 K/9 from 2011. Dickey finished the 2013 season going 14-13 with a 4.21 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a 177-71 strikeout to walk rate in 224.2 innings. His K/9 dropped by almost two strikeouts per nine innings, and his walk rate jumped to just under 3.00 BB/9.

C.C. Sabathia, NYY

Sabathia just wasn't the same pitcher this season, as he lost several miles per hour on his fastball. He went 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and a 175-65 strikeout to walk rate in 211 innings. His strikeout rate dropped to 7.46 K/9 and his walk rate jumped from around 2.00 BB/9 to just under 3.00 BB/9. 2013 was his worst season as a pro and he won't be in my top 30 starting pitcher in 2014.

Justin Verlander, DET

Verlander had a pretty good season for most starting pitchers in baseball, but not for the second ranked starter in the game back in March. Verlander turned things around toward the end of the season, and in the playoffs, but finished he regular season going 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and a 217-75 strikeout to walk rate in 218.1 innings. His BABIP allowed is in a two year uptrend, so that is something to think about in 2014.

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