Happy Monday, Razzball faithful!

We’re officially half of the way through the MarmosDad version of our Top 100 Starting Pitchers list! And for this week, we’re headed back to the Tanner heap. And similar to our Bibee from last week, this Tanner is most certainly no Bad News Bear.

Two weeks ago I ran down the (literal) Top 25 here. Then last week we touched on that SP 26-50 pocket here.

What kind of flickering spark appeared when I perused the SP51 to 75 for this week? Maybe it was a bit of an influence from last week, but I was drawn to yet another Tanner for this post. This week our focus is Tanner Houck – aka one of the Red Sox rotation anchors, (who was not even guaranteed a spot this spring). 

Every time I see the name Tanner, I think of two things: 

(1) It’s one of the child-naming holy trinity that fans of 90210 (and often also parents of 90’s kids) thought would be a great idea to choose for their darling boys. (An extra apology to all of you Dylans and Brandons out there, too).

(2) A certain foul-mouthed shortstop from the old 1976 ‘classic’ movie, The Bad News Bears.

Now, maybe it’s because I spend a lot of my time hollering encouraging words to travel youth baseball players, albeit with more clarity than Walter Matthau, but the nostalgia bell rings hard every time I see the name and think of the blond-haired middle infielder from that pillar of American cinema.

First and foremost, it’s been a long time since I watched the movie. And I realize that I’m at risk of alienating all of you youngsters, but the first time I watched this gem of summertime cinema was at a friend’s house in the mid-1980’s … on a laserdisc player. 

So my first instinct was, “Hey! I can look up some YouTube clips to share so that you’ll all know what I mean if you are too young to have viewed the original film in all its glory.”

What I uncovered…well…

Let’s just say that a lot of clips from that movie…Well, I don’t think they’re getting past today’s censors.

And I think it’s safe to assume that Disney isn’t doing a remake of this franchise any time soon.

This movie did, however, provide one of the earliest examples of data analysis and Sabermetrics on the big screen. (Ha!)

Now that I’ve sufficiently buried the Houck blurb, let’s have a look at a Tanner that your kids could hope to emulate (without getting expelled from school).

Tanner Houck (59) – I moved him up this week from his spot as SP81. In his first two starts, Houck had allowed a total of 7 hits, zero earned runs, and struck out 17 in 12 innings. The sky’s the limit! Yep, that’s what I said when I decided (on Thursday) to run with him as the lede for this week…then he got a bit roughed up at home against the Angels on Friday night. The 12 hits weren’t exactly nice to see, but of the 7 runs he gave up, only 3 were earned. He did give up a home run to Taylor Ward, but he didn’t issue a walk in his 5.2 innings and he managed to strike out two. I’m still in on Houck, and am hoping this was just a minor speedbump on the trip down Breakout Road.

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. I’m sure a lot of you know already, but Streamonator is more than a good resource for the entire season. It’s going to save you 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



1 (2) Corbin Burnes Orioles New top SP means bad news from Strider’s MRI
2 (4) Zack Wheeler Phillies
3 (6) Freddy Peralta Brewers
4 (15) Tyler Glasnow Dodgers Can he stay healthy?
5 (16) Grayson Rodriguez Orioles
6 (3) Kevin Gausman Blue Jays Rust from no spring training or a lingering injury?
7 (5) Luis Castillo Mariners
8 (9) Yoshinobu Yamamoto Dodgers
9 (7) Pablo Lopez Twins
10 Logan Gilbert Mariners
11 Framber Valdez Astros
12 (14)  Tarik Skubal Tigers
13 Zac Gallen Diamondbacks
14 (8) George Kirby Mariners Back-to-back hiccups after a great first start
15 (12) Aaron Nola Phillies
16 (17) Blake Snell Giants
17 (19) Logan Webb Giants
18 Max Fried Braves
19 (20) Zach Eflin Rays
20 (21) Jesus Luzardo Marlins
21 (22) Bobby Miller Dodgers
22 (23) Joe Ryan Twins Big Saturday – 6.1IP, 6H, 1ER, 1BB, 12K
23 (25) Cole Ragans Royals
24 Chris Sale Braves
25 (26) Dylan Cease Padres
26 (27) Shoto Imanaga Cubs 15.1IP, 0ER, 2BB?!
27 (28) Chris Bassitt Blue Jays
28 (29) Joe Musgrove Padres
29 (34) Bryce Miller Mariners
30 (50) Garrett Crochet White Sox Bad news: 5ER against Cincy Saturday. Good News: 10Ks in 4.2IP
31 (39) Reid Detmers Angels
32 (40) Justin Verlander Astros Should return Friday @ Nationals
33 Mitch Keller Pirates
34 (31) Jordan Montgomery Diamondbacks New agent; one-year ‘show me’ deal.
35 (32) Tanner Bibee Guardians
36 Justin Steele Cubs Should return early-May
37 Merrill Kelly Diamondbacks
38 Jose Berrios Blue Jays Another gem yesterday. Could move up quickly.
39 (35) Hunter Greene Reds
40 (30) Hunter Brown Astros Slipping. Another rough outing.
41 Walker Buehler Dodgers Still rehabbing. 1-2 more starts.
42 Charlie Morton Braves
43 Sonny Gray Reds Debut last week. 5IP, 5H, 5K. 
44 Bailey Ober Twins Two start week – I sat him because 1st matchup was the Dodgers – threw two great games.
45 Cristian Javier Astros
46 Yusei Kikuchi Blue Jays Most underrated AL SP?
47 Nestor Cortes Yankees
48 Yu Darvish Padres
49 (51) Brayan Bello Red Sox
50 (52) Nathan Eovaldi Rangers


And our Top 100 Starting Pitchers: SP 51-75 for this week…


51 (59) Nick Lodolo Reds
52 (64)  Garrett Whitlock Red Sox
53 Carlos Rodon Yankees Nearly labeled him as a White Sox. Oof.
54 Michael King Padres
55 Eduardo Rodriguez Diamondbacks
56 Ryan Pepiot Rays
57 Aaron Civale Rays
58 Bryan Woo Mariners
59 (81) Tanner Houck Red Sox
60 Kenta Maeda Tigers
61 Lance Lynn Cardinals
62 Triston McKenzie Guardians
63 Braxton Garrett Marlins
64 (NR) Ronel Blanco Astros
65 Jon Gray Rangers
66 (67) Kutter Crawford Red Sox
67 (77) Jared Jones Pirates Up we go!
68 Seth Lugo Royals
69 Gerrit Cole Yankees
70 (66) Gavin Williams Guardians
71 Sean Manaea Mets
72 Max Scherzer Rangers
73 Kyle Harrison Giants
74 Brandon Pfaadt Diamondbacks
75 (1) Spencer Strider Braves Single tear for redraft leagues


Nick Lodolo (51) – All of Razzball HQ was aflutter this spring with Lolz until Lodoloz went down with a not-so-lol-ly left leg relapse. He made his season debut on Saturday and promptly struck out 10 major leaguers in 5.2 innings. Said major leaguers are, officially, paid by the Chicago White Sox, so there’s some room to argue that they’re quality hitters … but still! This is certainly an encouraging outing for all of us Lodolo truthers to get behind!

Garrett Whitlock (52) – I mentioned that Tanner Houck was one of the Red Sox rotation anchors this year. The other one, (unless you count an equally impressive Brayan Bello), is Mr. Whitlock. 16 Ks in 14.1 IP, a 1.26 ERA, and a 1.186 WHIP are some pretty impressive numbers across three starts. The only thing he needs to beef up is his ability to work deeper in his starts (hasn’t seen the 6th inning in any start so far). I’m in.

Eduardo Rodriguez (55) – Experienced “soreness” in his left shoulder and had his rehab assignment “put on pause”. Pause? More like, “Please be kind, rewind”… back to when you were healthy and effective. This ranking is more about the potential to throw solid innings for a strong team when he returns, so I’m not dropping him unless we get more bad news.

Ryan Pepiot (56) – The strikeouts are there (20 in 16.2 innings), and the earned runs are low (5), but we’re looking for more outings like his second game against the Rockies – where he gave up 0 ER in Colorado somehow – and not the other two games where he averaged 5 runs against.

Bryan Woo (58) – Should start his rehab assignment this week. Monitor his progress before adding.

Braxton Garrett (63) – Threw 6 innings in Jacksonville on Friday. He should be activated this week.

Ronel Blanco (64) – Not ranked until this week? Am I crrrrrrazy?! Well, probably just a bit, but not because I waited this long to add La Flama Blanca to our list. Will I miss out on adding a potential breakout pitcher this year because I don’t fully believe in his success through three starts? Yes. Will I not pass up a chance to add a Kenny Powers YouTube clip here strictly because of this guy’s last name? Also, yes.

Jared Jones (67) – First, let me say that I am fully aware of the hypocritical nature of continuing to move a guy like Jones up our list while simultaneously posting that I do not believe in breakouts like the one we may be seeing from Ronel Blanco. Why? Because Jones’ strikeout numbers seem legit and Blanco’s do not convince me. Jones K%, Whiff%, BB%, and Chase% are all 90th percentile or greater. He gets hit hard and has served up two homers in each of his last starts, but give me that sweet strikeout upside for a low price every time, please!

Gerrit Cole (69) – Late May at the very earliest. Monitor the throwing program and if you have room to stash, I think you know what to do.

Gavin Williams (70) – Slated to throw a simulated game today. Aiming for a late April or early May return.

Spencer Strider (75) – Oh this one stings. I am in the front row for class in the School of Grey when it comes to NOT drafting a starting pitcher in the first few rounds of a snake draft. I avoided Strider in TGFBI and RazzSlam for much of the same reason we all do. The price is just too steep and starting pitchers slinging a small sphere 100+ times every 5 days is not natural. 

I did, however, secure a cheap FAAB pickup of this top arm three years ago in a mixed keeper home league for a mere $5. This year he was a $15 ace on my squad. All of this is to say that if you’re in a keeper league, even with Strider being finished for the whole year, it still may be a bad idea to drop him. 

If I keep him at $20 next season, he’s still undervalued. You can drop him in redraft, but it’s too early to cut bait in those keeper leagues. Especially if you have him well under-value like I do.


That’s it for the Top 100 Starting Pitchers: #51-75 ranked starters…


Here’s the rest of the list.


76 (75) Christopher Sanchez Phillies
77 (70) Nick Pivetta Red Sox 15-day IL
78 (76) Luis Severino Mets
79 (85) Gavin Stone Dodgers
80 Tyler Wells Orioles
81 (78) Logan Allen Guardians
82 (88) MacKenzie Gore Nationals Going way up next week!
83 Luis Gil Yankees
84 (79) Griffin Canning Angels
85 (84) Paul Skenes Nationals Worth stashing if you have the slot
86 Marcus Stroman Yankees
87 Dane Dunning Rangers
88 (82) Shane Baz Rays
89 Ranger Suarez Phillies
90 Edward Cabrera Marlins
91 Casey Mize Tigers
92 (NR) Jordan Hicks Giants Was Cody Bradford here until Bradford hit the injured list
93 (92) Jordan Wicks Cubs
94 (NR) Michael Wacha Royals Boring but effective…and that wins leagues
95 (NR) Brady Singer Royals
96 (NR) Tyler Anderson Angels
97 (93) Kyle Bradish Orioles Rehab this week. Targeting mid-May return.
98 (96) Dean Kremer Orioles See: Wacha, Michael
99 (98) Reese Olson Tigers
100 Kodai Senga Mets Trying to keep him on our list (barring any injury setbacks)

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

Spencer Strider, George Kirby, Aaron Nola, Hunter Brown, Nick Pivetta, Griffin Canning

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

Tyler Glasnow, Grayson Rodriguez, Garrett Crochet, Reid Detmers, Justin Verlander, Garrett Whitlock, Tanner Houck, Jared Jones

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

AJ Puk, Erick Fedde, Ryan Weathers, Jack Flaherty

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

Ronel Blanco (64), Jordan Hicks (92), Michael Wacha (94), Brady Singer (95), Tyler Anderson (96), 

That’s all for this week! I hope you enjoyed it! Next week, I’ll post the Top 100 Starting Pitchers with more blurbs in that final 76-100 ranked section. Then, I’ll try to chery pick some players 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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1 month ago

Sonny Gray back with the Reds, huh? I did not see that coming…..nor did he, I’d imagine!

1 month ago

Is T McKenzie going to be on top 100 after this week? He has looked terrible. Surprised to see him in the 60s even!

1 month ago

Just saw Max Meyergot sent to AAA to make room for Edward Cabrera. Max has arguably been the Marlins best pitcher. I’m guessing they’re just protecting his innings limit. It definitely can’t be because they have better options.

1 month ago

I am surprised to see Charlie Morton at 42. He’s been looking pretty rough and hasn’t made it through 6 innings yet. Maybe he is starting to lose it at age 40.
Turnbull not making the top 100? Player Rater has him at 30 currently and Morton at 103. What are you seeing or not seeing that you like or don’t like? What about Javier Assad? Currently at 19 on the Player Rater?
Thank you in advance for your expert analysis!

1 month ago

Are we buying low on Blake Snell? His velocity hasn’t dipped and his X sabermetrics are screaming positive regressions.

Snell also won’t have a matchup the Dodgers until after the all star break.

Could you see trading Bellinger for Snell if in need of pitching?

1 month ago

What does Ranger Suarez have to do to get some love? ;)

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
1 month ago

Hi MumosDad.

I was so excited to be the first to answer a question for the week. I am very much looking forward to your input after the first few days of the season. I have to constantly remind my self that it is marathon and and not a 100M dash.

Looking forward to your review of my staff and any possible moves.

SP: Burnes, Skubal,Nola, Wheeler, Cole Ragans and GreyRod

Streamer: Kutter, Cristopher Sanchez, Casey Mize and Crockett
RP: Hunter Harvay and Shelby Miller

My only move was to waive Manaea and pick up Shelby Miller. Was that a good move?

I thought of picking up Jose Butto but thought to wait for your input on picking up Butto

Another possibility is to pick up Yariel Rodrquez. However he is not available in my yahoo league until he makes two more appearances. Would that be a good move when available?

I think that I should waive Nola to improve my regular batting order. Do you agree?

My Current team is the following:

C: Gabriel Moreno with Sean Murphy on IL
1B: Spencer Torkelson with Rhys Hoskins as backup
2B: Marcus Semien with Ketel Marte as backup
3B: Nolan Gorman and Ryan McMahon
SS: Jackson Merrill
LF: Lourdes Gurriel with Jarren Duran as backup
CF Jurren Duran with Cedric Muillins, Jackson Merrill and Brandon Nimmo as backups
RF:Jorge Soler in RF and no backup
DH: Katel Marte:

I thought of trading Nola for Riley or Lindor but just could not pull the trigger. The manager who has Riley is currently in first. I suppose that I could offer Kutter for Lindor. Kuttor had a good day today.

Any input as to possible moves or hold would be much appreciated!!!!!

Reply to  MarmosDad
1 month ago

What a cool response. You have made my day! Thanks for providing so much actionable input!!!

Any ideas on any OF’s to get?

You’re the best!!

Reply to  MarmosDad
1 month ago

Great suggestions!

Funny you mention Trout. His owner just offered to trade Volpe and I would send him Wheeler. I was going to reject that trade.Do you agree?

What are your thoughts on trading Nola who I have for Trout?

Thanks again so much!!

Reply to  martinrostoker
1 month ago

i could throw in Mullins.


thanks so much!!

Reply to  MarmosDad
1 month ago

Thanks so much!