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Happy Monday, Razzball faithful!

We’ve arrived at the last quarter of our Top 100 Starting Pitchers list!

Over the past month, I’ve gone through the Top 25 here, the 26th through 50th starters here, and the last pocket of SP 51 through 75 here from last week.

Now we’re headed into that final section of The Top 100 Starting Pitchers – SP 76-100. This is where we’ll find those names that may have been forgotten on draft day, or at least passed over at the top of your queue more than once.

Take our title players for example. Casey Mize, Brandon Pfaadt, and Jose Butto aren’t exactly guys you were clamoring for on draft day. (For the record, I resisted the urge to include Javier Assad in that title, just to preserve our PG-13 rating).

The full list is ever-evolving, with injuries, performance, and role changes being the three most influential factors that fuel the Marmo-movement. With that being said, our final group of Top 100 Starting Pitchers is the one that will fluctuate the most throughout the season. 

Why does this final grouping change so much, though? Well, I think it’s easy to say that the top 50 starters from draft day will, (or at least should), be populated with the same batch of names each week. Sure, there will be jostling for position and some throwing of elbows to see who can make the biggest jumps. But, for the most part, a lot of that list should house those … uh … household names that were drafted as your top 1-3 SPs.

The bottom half of our list is where it gets greasy. 

SP 76-100 is full of those gyats!

No…Not that kind of greasy…I mean, slippery…like sliding off of the list…not…nevermind.

I have mentioned this in the comments for a few weeks now. This is where we find those #4 or #5 starting pitchers. It also has the injured arms that we’re hoping can rehab to give us meaningful innings at some point this summer. 

We can spot those younger arms with higher upside that we should be stashing for an in-season call-up, or that keeper league gold that you’re panning for in the waiver wire waters.

The ultimate questions I ask myself when making these moves through the Top 100 Starting Pitchers rankings are based on a fair bit of common sense. Any list like this is bound to get some, “How can you have Player X Ranked ahead of Player Y?”, but hopefully this explains a bit of the method behind the Mar-Madness…

  • Has this player performed poorly enough, (or is injured badly enough), to be knocked off the list for a better, or healthier, alternative?
  • Similar to above, has this player performed well enough that we can justify putting him on the list in place of someone who has already been there?
  • Does this player have just average “stuff” or results so far this year, but is on a team that can provide a good shot at accumulating Wins? (Innings and Bullpen strength can play into this decision as well).

Common sense 101. Yep. But, I think it’s worth mentioning that this is part of the process. Not to mention the cross-referencing of the Player Rater leaderboard. This is always a great resource to use, if you’re doing your own research, especially now that we’re headed into Week 4 of data collection.

But before we get to the list this week, I need to link y’all to The Streamonator to help you answer those burning questions that we might not be readily available to help you with 24/7. The Streamonator should be your go-to reference for the entire season. It’s going to save you all a lot of time researching on your own, and save you from making those tough “Should I start…?” decisions. Check the link, yo.

The Top Starting Pitchers for 2024

RANK

(LAST WEEK)

NAME TEAM BUY? NOTES? ANYTHING!?
Corbin Burnes Orioles King of the hill.
Zack Wheeler Phillies The W-L record isn’t as pretty as Burnes’, but the other numbers are.
3 Freddy Peralta Brewers Still chugging along. Ratios are elite.
4 (5) Grayson Rodriguez Orioles Probably too aggressive here, but he’s been great.
5 (6) Kevin Gausman Blue Jays 5 IP, 101 pitches. Bullpen blew his W.
6 (4) Tyler Glasnow Dodgers Roughed up in his last outing.
7 Luis Castillo Mariners Strikeouts are there. 36:5 K:BB.
8 (9) Pablo Lopez Twins Nice correction after two tough starts.
9 (10) Logan Gilbert Mariners Finally his first W. Great ratios.
10 (8) Yoshinobu Yamamoto Dodgers Back-to-back outings with 3 ER.
11 (14) George Kirby Mariners A nice bounceback from 2 rough starts.
12  Tarik Skubal Tigers Still over a K per IP.
13 (19) Zach Eflin Rays Cool Whip will be happy with this one. Back-to-back starts 0 ER.
14 (13) Zac Gallen Diamondbacks Bit of a hiccup last time out (5 ER).
15 Aaron Nola Phillies
16 (17) Logan Webb Giants More strikeouts would be nice. 7 IP in each of his last 3 starts.
17 (18) Max Fried Braves Not Fried yet!
18 (16) Blake Snell Giants Starting slow. Didn’t throw spring training.
19 (22) Joe Ryan Twins Quietly breaking out?
20 (26) Shoto Imanaga Cubs 3-0. Pristine ratios.
21 (29) Bryce Miller Mariners 3-1. So far so good.
22 (11) Framber Valdez Astros 15-day IL. May not need a rehab assignment.
23 Cole Ragans Royals I had him moved up. Then he ‘royally imploded’ in his last start.
24 (20) Jesus Luzardo Marlins Meh so far.
25 Dylan Cease Padres 5BB last start. ERA and WHIP still great.
26 (24) Chris Sale Braves
27 Chris Bassitt Blue Jays
28 Joe Musgrove Padres Mehhhh.
29 (31)  Reid Detmers Angels See: Ryan, Joe above.
30 (44) Bailey Ober Twins That first start looks like the outlier now.
31 (21) Bobby Miller Dodgers 15-day IL. Could start throwing this week.
32 Justin Verlander Astros Good first start.
33 (34) Jordan Montgomery Diamondbacks Samesies.
34 (38) Jose Berrios Blue Jays 4-0. His ratios are great.
35 (37) Merrill Kelly Diamondbacks
36 (30) Garrett Crochet White Sox Still love the upside, but got torched last start.
37 (33) Mitch Keller Pirates
38 (59) Tanner Houck Red Sox CG 3 hitter. Breakout in Beantown.
39 (42) Yusei Kikuchi Blue Jays Back-to-back 6 IP with 9Ks.
40 (35) Tanner Bibee Guardians
41 (36) Justin Steele Cubs Throwing live BP.
42 (89) Ranger Suarez Phillies Speaking of CGs. 2nd SP on Player Rater.
43 (43) Sonny Gray Cardinals Two starts. 0 ER.
44 (49) Brayan Bello Red Sox Another sneaky BoSox SP.
45 (39) Hunter Greene Reds Still gives you the Ks(?)
46 (40) Hunter Brown Astros A good bounceback start.
48 (41) Walker Buehler Dodgers Rehab hasn’t been smooth.
48 (47) Nestor Cortes Yankees Nasty Nestor 7IP 0ER last start.
49 (67) Jared Jones Pirates Still feels too low.
50 (64) Ronel Blanco Astros Still not convinced, but the numbers are good (so far).
51 Nick Lodolo Reds 2 good starts after IL stint.
52 (54) Michael King Padres 10 Ks last start.
53 (66) Kutter Crawford Red Sox Oh, look! Another Red Sox SP!
54 (56) Ryan Pepiot Rays
57 (53) Carlos Rodon White Sox Walks are still an issue.
55 (42) Charlie Morton Braves Solid offense to support Ws. Better than his two previous starts.
56 (50) Nathan Eovaldi Rangers Giving up too many walks.
57 (68) Seth Lugo Royals Low Ks, but everything else looks good.
58 (57) Aaron Civale Rays
59 (58) Bryan Woo Mariners Rehab assignment this week.
60 (NR) Spencer Turnbull Phillies Worth a check to see if he’s still on your waiver wire, however, word is he might be moving to the bullpen after Wednesday’s start.
61 (90) Edward Cabrera Marlins Aggressive move, but 10 Ks in his first start is great.
62 (77) Nick Pivetta Red Sox 15-day IL Threw bullpen Saturday.
63 (95) Brady Singer Royals 13th SP on Player Rater
64 (82) MacKenzie Gore Nationals Followed up 11 K outing with meh. I like the potential.
65 (86) Marcus Stroman Yankees Nothing flashy, but that Yankee offense adds value.
66 (52) Garrett Whitlock Red Sox 15-day IL (oblique)
67 (48) Yu Darvish Padres 15-day IL (neck).
68 (45) Cristian Javier Astros 15-day IL (Apr.21)
69 (65) Jon Gray Rangers Threw a bullpen day in-game. Still slated to start Tuesday.
70 (61) Lance Lynn Cardinals Like some people on Saturday, still feels too high.
71 (62) Triston McKenzie Guardians Walk(ing) Sticks.
72 (76) Braxton Garrett Marlins Dead arm. Resting. Could be back by the end of the month.
73 (76) Christopher Sanchez Phillies Two strong outings. 10Ks 0ER last start.
74 (72) Max Scherzer Rangers 1st rehab start is slated for Wednesday.
75 Spencer Strider Braves Single tear for redraft leagues
76 (78) Luis Severino Mets
77 (NR) Jose Butto Mets
78 (69) Gerritt Cole Yankees
79 (70) Gavin Williams Guardians
80 (NR) Javier Assad Cubs
81 (83) Luis Gil Yankees
82 (73) Kyle Harrison Giants Meh, but still has upside.
83 (92) Jordan Hicks Giants
84 (74) Brandon Pfaadt Diamondbacks
85 Paul Skenes Nationals Worth stashing
86 (NR) Alec Marsh Royals 3-0. Not flashy.
87 (NR) Andrew Abbott Reds
88 (NR) Zack Littell Rays
89 (96) Tyler Anderson Angels
90 (81) Logan Allen Guardians
91 Casey Mize Tigers
92 (99) Reese Olson Tigers
93 (84) Griffin Canning Angels
94 (87) Dane Dunning Rangers
95 (NR) Max Meyer Marlins
96 (97) Kyle Bradish Orioles
97 (88) Shane Baz Rays
98 Paul Blackburn Athletics
99 Reynaldo Lopez Braves
100 Michael Wacha Royals See : Blackburn, Paul.

 

Jose Butto (77) – This was another add to the list that was overdue. I’ll be the first to admit that because of my participation in a very deep AL only league, I don’t do as deep of a dive into those fringey National League names. Butto had two strong starts for the Mets, and I hesitated to add him last week. After last Sunday’s start manager Carlos Mendoza gave Butto the ultimate boost when he told reporters that his 26-year old RHP was “not going anywhere”. With 21 Ks in 16.1 IP, and two home starts coming up next, I’d at least check to see if I had someone I could drop to stream him.

Gavin Williams (79) – Last week I mentioned that Williams was slated to throw a simulated game on Monday. It sounds like that got pushed back to April 20th, though. “Gavin threw three innings, 47 pitches (Saturday),” Cleveland’s President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti said, “He traveled in late last night. He’ll be at the ballpark later to check with our medical group and we’ll figure out the next steps from there.” Williams is aiming for a late-April or early-May return.

Luis Gil (80) – I mentioned in the opening paragraphs that I weigh offensive run support when considering positions in the Top 100 Starting Pitchers list. Marcus Stroman benefits from a strong Yankee offense, and his numbers are just average. Luis Gil has averaged 98 pitches over his last 3 outings, and has struck out 29 in just 19.1 innings. That’s the good news. Why is he ranked so low, then? He’s also averaged 4.25 BB per game.

Jordan Hicks (83) – Count me as one of the many fantasy folks who thought the Hicks reliever-turned-starter experiment was doomed to fail. I expected him to throw hard and walk a lot of guys when he arrived in Toronto via trade last year. Adding more innings and increasing the pitch count to that kind of skill set isn’t always the recipe for success. There are warts here, but a 1.61 ERA, 0.929 WHIP, and a 2-0 record in four starts is at least encouraging and worthy of a bit of a jump from last week.

Andrew Abbott (88) – Abbott’s ratios are similar to Hicks’ even if he’s a very different pitcher. Topping out at 92-93 MPH with a 3rd percentile Chase rate and 6th percentile Whiff rate isn’t exactly a flamethrower kind of profile. But Abbott ranks in the 89th percentile of hard hit rates, and has a BAA of .182 or lower in three of his four starts. He’s worth a peek as a streamer – but maybe not this week (he gets Philly at home, then goes to Texas).

Zack Littell (89) – A lot of these pitchers have a similar story. They are getting good results, throwing a lot of pitches, but not necessarily going deep into games. Littell has finished 6 innings just once in his first four starts, but the numbers are there. He’s averaging more than a strikeout per inning, (22:21 respectively), but also has given up 23 hits in those 21 innings.

Logan Allen (90) – This was what I had written up in the ‘notes’ section. 3-0. Nasty ratios. And that ‘nasty’ is not the good kind.

Griffin Canning (93) – He should probably be off the list, but I still believe he can right the ship. We’re officially four starts in, though, and things have not looked too promising. 0-3, 19 IP, 25 H, 17 ER, 16 K, 8.05 ERA, 1.579 WHIP. At least he only has 5 walks? Ya, I know. Not too convincing.

Max Meyer (95) – There was a bit of frustration and a flutter of fury when Meyer got sent down last week. It’s easy to say that sending him to the minors is a good way to manage his innings, but something’s got to give. I expect that Puk returns to the bullpen pen much sooner than later, and Meyer gets an extended shot. This is even more likely if Braxton Garrett has any more setbacks in his rehab.

***Post-submission edit! Puk hit the 15-day “Ineffective List” yesterday. I’d check news on Meyer today, especially if his injured rotation mates aren’t ready to return yet.

Kyle Bradish (96) – Threw another rehab start yesterday. (From BaltimoreBaseball.com) “Oriole starter Kyle Bradish made his second rehab start and allowed four runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out four in Triple-A Norfolk’s 8-4 loss to Jacksonville.” A partial UCL tear is not something I want to dump a lot of FAAB on, but it sounds like he’s nearing activation as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks in his final rehab start.

Shane Baz (97) – Mid-to-late May return. “Feels good” according to Kevin Cash. 

At least Conan wouldn’t platoon as much.

Paul Blackburn (98) – It’s the mayor of Meh-Ville! Not to offend the three Paul Blackburn fans out there, but it was time to put this yawner on our list. 2-0, 25 IP, 18 K, 1.08 ERA, 1.00 WHIP? The numbers are good. The numbers will never be great. The run support will not be great. And the regression fairies are salivating. 

Reynaldo Lopez (99) – 2-0 and just one earned run in 18 innings (3 GS)? He’s officially worth a look. The once-hot top prospect is throwing well as a starter.

BONUS! (Not ranked)

Yariel Rodriguez – This one is for you deeper league players who might not have spotted the Blue Jays’ newest arm in your free agent list. He was recalled to ‘replace’ Bowden Francis as a starter a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned Rodriguez in Keelin’s AL East injury preview and it looks like the Jays are doing exactly what I thought they would do with him.

After being stretched out in Buffalo for the first few weeks, Rodriguez was recalled to be the Jays’ 5th starter…but hasn’t thrown more than 4 innings in either of his two starts. The ironic part is that they piggybacked him with Francis, who picked up his first two wins of the season in relief of the Cuban free agent pick-up. If Yariel keeps building up strength and working deeper into games, I can see him putting up some good strikeout numbers with a decent shot at accumulating some wins.

I watched his San Diego start on Friday night, and the 95 MPH fastball coupled with the 85 MPH slider was good enough to get him 7 strikeouts. Mixing in his splitter, curve, and sinker should keep hitters off balance as long as he can keep up the hot start.

BIGGEST DUMPERS : With apologies to Cal Raleigh, these are some of the biggest dumpers (in value, not pants size).

Framber Valdez, Jesus Luzardo, Bobby Miller, Garrett Crochet, Hunter Greene, Charlie Morton, Garrett Whitlock, Yu Darvish, Cristian Javier, LanceLynn, Triston McKenzie, Kyle Harrison, Brandon Pfaadt, Logan Allen, Griffin Canning.

BIGGEST JUMPERS : Who’s got hops? These are some of the biggest jumpers in value this week.

George Kirby, Zach Eflin, Shoto Imanaga, Bryce Miller, Bailey Ober, Tanner Houck, Ranger Suarez, Jared Jones, Kutter Crawford, Seth Lugo, Edward Cabrera, Marcus Stroman, Jordan Hicks.

OOF: The following players dropped off the Top 100 Starting Pitchers list this week.

Eduardo Rodriguez (transferred to 60-day IL)

Kenta Maeda (fuelled by spite and wanting Manning or Jobe to get the call)

Sean Manaea (meh)

Gavin Stone (teammates returning from IL soon)

Tyler Wells (IL)

Dean Kremer (Not worth it)

Jordan Wicks (ran out of room, still has upside)

Tyler Anderson

Kodai Senga

WHEE! The following players launched into the Top 100 Starting Pitchers this week.

Spencer Turnbull (60)

Jose Butto (77)

Javier Assad (80)

Alec Marsh (86)

Andrew Abbott (87)

Zack Littell (88)

Max Meyer (95)

CONSIDERED, BUT OMITTED 

(Parenthesis shows SP ranking from Player Rater)

Alec Marsh (36), Trevor Williams (37), Colin Rea (52), Simeon Woods-Richardson (57), Jack Flaherty (89), Yariel Rodriguez (93). 

There is one more starting pitcher that ranks number one on my list, but this one is a few years away from the bigs. Here’s a photo of us from Sunday for pitching practice about 5 minutes before some light snowflakes decided to show up…yep, I’m in Canada.

That’s all for this week! I hope you enjoyed it! Next week, I’ll post the Top 100 Starting Pitchers with some write-ups on some of the arms that I think need a bit more attention than others. Then, I’ll try to keep cherry-picking names to highlight throughout the list as we progress through the season.

Drop some comments in the chat if you’re feeling extra fired up about some of the names I do (or don’t) have here. Have a great week!

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martinrostoker
martinrostoker
26 days ago

Hi Mamosdad,

Took your advice and took back Crochet.

Would really appreciate your insight on the following calculations:

I have 1186 innings left. Assuming 5 innings per start, then I have 237 starts left.

There are 22.7 weeks left, then I can have 10 starts per week (237 starts divided by 22.7 ). Does that make sense?

Is 10 starts per week a reasonable number?

Thoughts?

Thanks again for all your help!!

Polka
Polka
Reply to  martinrostoker
26 days ago

do what you need to do to win each week, don’t sit and save them for the sake of having them down the road when you may not even need them,

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  MarmosDad
26 days ago

thanks so much. Ps – It’s a daily yahoo points league.

Would you start or sit Sanchez at Cinn today?

I can’t thank you enough!!

Thoughts on Hunter Harvey and AJMinter?

really grateful!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  martinrostoker
26 days ago

Sorry to ask so many questions.

Besides the question on Sanchez and RPs, would appreciate your help on the questions below:

I am leaning to picking up Yariel Rod if I can.

Do you agree?

The streamers are mize, Kutter, Crochet and Sanchez. My only RP is Harvey.

Seems like tough to cut. I do have extra OF:

Lourdes Gurriel
Jarran Durran
Sterling Marte
Bryan DeLa Cruz
Cedric Mullins

plus Ryan O’Hearn who plays1B and RF

Thoughts?

thanks again!!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  MarmosDad
26 days ago

fantastic advice !!!

Polka
Polka
26 days ago

would you drop Reynaldo Lopez for Hunter Brown? it’s for a 7th SP in a 12-team league, 7×7 with losses and Holds as the extra two categories.
or Ryan Pepoit?

Last edited 26 days ago by Polka
Polka
Polka
Reply to  MarmosDad
26 days ago

I have Pepoit and Lopez, but have been debating adding Brown, until Bueller is off IL anyway.

Gummy Bear
Gummy Bear
26 days ago

Roto 8 player keeper league, Hunter Brown was just dropped. Current pitchers are:

Nola, Wheeler, Gausman, G Rodriguez, Musgrove, Lance Lynn, Jon Gray, Gore, Logan Taylor Allen, Edwin Diaz.

Would you add Brown? If so, who do I drop?

bigbear
bigbear
26 days ago

Looking forward to seeing how that last prospect enjoys his season! I’ve got a few nuggets around here doing their thing too. Enjoy it, Dad!

Darth Sandwich
Darth Sandwich
27 days ago

A dude in my League is fed up with Jackson Holliday and is offering him to me for Bryson Stott…Looking for some help -Whatcha think?

T K
T K
Reply to  Darth Sandwich
27 days ago

As fast as you can accept, yes.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
27 days ago

Why is Mize rated so much worse than Hunter Greene?

I am planning to claim Mize tonight (dropping Mize). Agree?

everywhereblair
27 days ago

You’re so much better at this than that previous loser

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  everywhereblair
27 days ago

we still love that loser tho

Mike Honcho
Mike Honcho
27 days ago

How do you feel about J.Soriano v. Y.Rodriguez, T.Rogers? All 3 are available in my 12 teamer and I’m trying to replace Strider and Yu.

Landon
Landon
27 days ago

Would you start Detmers today agains Baltimore?

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
27 days ago

Hi MamosDad,

I so enjoy your column!! I can’t thank you enough for your contributions to my early success.I am in second place.I saw a great line yesterday:” At he end of the day, fantasy baseball is supposed to be fun”.

It is a great feeling to have the two top pitchers Burnes and Wheeler plus GreyRod (4), Skubal (12), Nola (15), Ragans (23), Kutter (53), Sanchez (73), and Mize (91).
Of course, pride always comes before a fall

I was just offered Burnes for Devers. I was going to reject that trade. He knows that I am weak at 3B.

Below is the review for the moves for the past week and several questions:

1.Any overall comments or suggestions or streaming suggestions is of course appreciated. Any drops?

2.I did get scared and waived Crochett and picked up AJ Minter. Would you pick back Crochet if he starts to perform? Did I act too quickly?

3.I tried to get Gil but another manager acted first. I did pick up Mitchell Parker and waived Javier Assad. Parker’s next start is at Mia.Was that a good move? Would you start him?

4. Yariel Rodriquez is scheduled to pitch on the road at KC. (through a quirk in my Yahoo league, he is not eligible to be picked up until 3 starts. Therefore, he can be picked up on Thursday after his third start). Would you pick him up?

5. Should I start Cole Ragans in his next two starts at home against Tor and on the road against Tor?

6.As you would expect, I am over in innings (+59). Would you ignore the innings for now?

I so enjoy your detailed responses!!

Martin

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  MarmosDad
27 days ago

Perfect!! thanks so much!!!!

Dude
Dude
27 days ago

Overloaded with SP. Out pacing GS limit by 39. QS/OBP/SVHD keep 13 forever. Any of these guys drops?

Current staff:
Burnes
Kirby
Ryan
Gausman
Hicks
Singer
Elder
Turnbull
Detmers
Flaherty

Available:
Pauley
Henry Davis
Luis Garcia
Weathes
Soriano
Gil
Lively

Dude
Dude
Reply to  MarmosDad
27 days ago

In addition to Turnbull correct? Especially if he is going to the bullpen or no?

Dude
Dude
Reply to  MarmosDad
27 days ago

Why is everyone so down on Flaherty? 30K, 3 QS, 1.11WHIP, 7.50 K/BB. He’s had 1 bad game. Just curious. And you are saying hold Turnbull until after Wednesday? Soriano is available or dump Flaherty for Davis. Fraley and Stott are on waivers so I am trying to get them tomorrow morning but I doubt I will.

rickster
rickster
27 days ago

Mitchell Parker and Jose Soriano — in the mix potentially for next week?

Chucky
Chucky
27 days ago

Lost Yu and Javier. Bench includes Mize, Meyer, Taillon and Taj. Would you move on from Taj to grab Soriano?

Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  MarmosDad
27 days ago

It’s a keep 10 but none of the aforementioned pitchers appears keep worthy so at this point it’s more redraft value than keeper, at the back end of my staff. Things can always change and do. Assad, Pfaadt, Marsh, Soriano are among the cast of characters that are available in my 12 teamer. I have an interest in Marsh. As well. The question is do I move Taj before the end of the week as rosters have already locked for this week