Updated NL-only rankings: Starting pitchers and relievers

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Ray Guilfoyle updates his starting pitcher and reliever rankings for NL-only leagues, to get you ready for your NL-only drafts over the next few weeks.

Some of you, including one of my buddies in my big money NL-only league asked for updated NL-only rankings, as the ones I previously posted were done before spring training. I was planning on doing it, so here are my updated NL-only position rankings. But, in the interest of time, there will be no dialogue with the exception of a few glaring changes, mainly due to spring training injuries.

With that said, here are my updated NL-only starting pitcher and reliever rankings for 2013:

Starting Pitchers

The big changes involved moving Phillies starter Roy Halladay down my rankings. Is it a knee-jerk reaction to his spring training performance? Sort of. It's the bad spring training performance after his injury-marred 2012 season. The same goes for former Giants ace (that has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?) Tim Lincecum. I am staying as far away from both of these starters as possible this season.

A few guys who made moves up include Matt Harvey, Jon Niese, Homer Bailey, Josh Beckett, Ian Kennedy and Tim Hudson. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw remains as my #1 NL-only starting pitcher, and for good reason.

Rank

Player

Tm

1

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

2

Stephen Strasburg

WSN

3

Cole Hamels

PHI

4

Matt Cain

SFG

5

Cliff Lee

PHI

6

Zack Greinke

LAD

7

Madison Bumgarner

SFG

8

Adam Wainwright

STL

9

Gio Gonzalez

WSN

10

Mat Latos

CIN

11

Kris Medlen

ATL

12

Johnny Cueto

CIN

13

Jordan Zimmermann

WSN

14

Yovani Gallardo

MIL

15

Jeff Samardzija

CHC

16

Ian Kennedy

ARI

17

Matt Harvey

NYM

18

Jonathon Niese

NYM

19

A.J. Burnett

PIT

20

Homer Bailey

CIN

21

Tim Hudson

ATL

22

Roy Halladay

PHI

23

Tim Lincecum

SFG

24

Josh Beckett

LAD

25

Lance Lynn

STL

26

Wade Miley

ARI

27

Mike Minor

ATL

28

Wandy Rodriguez

PIT

29

Ryan Vogelsong

SFG

30

Matt Garza

CHC

31

Dan Haren

WSN

32

Kyle Lohse

FA

33

Edwin Jackson

CHC

34

Trevor Cahill

ARI

35

Marco Estrada

MIL

36

Dillon Gee

NYM

37

Chad Billingsley

LAD

38

Michael Fiers

MIL

39

Bronson Arroyo

CIN

40

Jaime Garcia

STL

41

Barry Zito

SFG

42

Chris Capuano

LAD

43

Brandon McCarthy

ARI

44

Edinson Volquez

SDP

45

Daniel Hudson

ARI

46

Brandon Beachy

ATL

47

Andrew Cashner

SDP

48

Shelby Miller

ARI

49

Nathan Eovaldi

MIA

50

Ricky Nolasco

MIA


Relievers

I didn't rank Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman in my starting pitcher rankings because I think he will be closing for the team this season. As you can see, he is my #2 ranked closer, right behind Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.

A couple closers who I think could lose their jobs this year include: Brandon League (shocking, I know), Carlos Marmol, Jason Grilli, and Sergio Romo.

Rank

Player

Team

1

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

2

Aroldis Chapman

CIN

3

Rafael Soriano

WAS

4

Jason Motte

STL

5

Jonathan Papelbon

PHI

6

J.J. Putz

ARI

7

John Axford

MIL

8

Brandon League

LAD

9

Sergio Romo

SFG

10

Huston Street

SD

11

Rafael Betancourt

COL

12

Steve Cishek

MIA

13

Jason Grilli

PIT

14

Bobby Parnell

NYM

15

Carlos Marmol

CHC

16

Kenley Jansen

LAD

17

Kyuji Fujikawa

CHC

18

Drew Storen

WAS

19

David Hernandez

ARI

20

Tyler Clippard

WAS

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