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Fantasy Baseball: Ray's Top 20 Starting Pitchers For 2010

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As we approach draft day for many fantasy owners, we are winding down our rankings with the Top 20 starting pitchers for 2010.

Here are the Top 20 starting pitchers for 2010, with their 2009 stats:

Name W L ERA IP BB SO K/9 BB/9 K/BB
Tim Lincecum 15 7 2.48 225.1 68 261 10.44 2.72 3.84
Zack Greinke 16 8 2.16 229.1 51 242 9.51 2.00 4.75
Felix Hernandez 19 5 2.49 238.2 71 217 8.20 2.68 3.06
Roy Halladay 17 10 2.79 239 35 208 7.83 1.32 5.94
Dan Haren 14 10 3.14 229.1 38 223 8.76 1.49 5.87
CC Sabathia 19 8 3.37 230 67 197 7.71 2.62 2.94
Jon Lester 15 8 3.41 203.1 64 225 9.97 2.84 3.52
Justin Verlander 19 9 3.45 240 63 269 10.09 2.36 4.27
Cliff Lee 14 13 3.22 231.2 43 181 7.05 1.67 4.21
Josh Johnson 15 5 3.23 209 58 191 8.22 2.50 3.29
Chris Carpenter 17 4 2.24 192.2 38 144 6.74 1.78 3.79
Adam Wainwright 19 8 2.63 233 66 212 8.19 2.55 3.21
Johan Santana 13 9 3.13 166.2 46 146 7.91 2.49 3.17
Javier Vazquez 15 10 2.87 219.1 44 238 9.78 1.81 5.41
Clayton Kershaw 8 8 2.79 171 91 185 9.74 4.79 2.03
Ubaldo Jimenez 15 12 3.47 218 85 198 8.17 3.51 2.33
Josh Beckett 17 6 3.86 212.1 55 199 8.44 2.33 3.62
Chad Billingsley 12 11 4.03 196.1 86 179 8.22 3.95 2.08
Ricky Nolasco 13 9 5.06 185 44 195 9.49 2.14 4.43
Yovani Gallardo 13 12 3.73 185.2 94 204 9.91 4.57 2.17

Lincecum has been the best pitcher in baseball the last two years, but something tells me he will have a bit of a down year this year. Maybe its because I own him in a keeper league.

The Phillies Roy Halladay has some lofty expectations pitching for the Phillies in 2010. I don't buy into the 20 win projections many have given him, and neither should you. Especially with the Phillies bullpen.

The Yankees CC Sabathia is a horse, but the K/9 below 8 was surprising to me. Hey, 19 wins is 19 wins.

The Tigers ace Justin Verlander probably should be ranked higher, but I am not sure if he can repeat the 19 wins and sub-3.50 ERA. The strikeouts make him a solid top 5-8 starter in 5 x 5 leagues.

Like I said in other articles, I think Cliff Lee has a down year for the Mariners in 2010, ala Cole Hamels in 2009.

I rank Johan Santana lower than many others, but he is a risk coming off elbow surgery. If healthy, he will be the Johan Santana we all are accustomed to.

As you can see, I think Ricky Nolasco and Chad Billingsley have bounce back seasons in 2010. Both are capable of becoming elite level starting pitchers in the very near future.