MLRanked - Every MLR Pitching Staff #10-6 (2018-19 Edition)
2017-18 Ranking: N/A
Hayden McCloud has not been too great for the Royals, but their young arms, behind a tremendous scouting program, have been overall pretty great. Mongy Whumpus and Nori Aru have both developed into talented arms, sporting ERAs under 3, while Ethan Franklin has the potential of an active member with experience in the game. Perhaps I am believing too much in this stellar team and its ability to pave over what issues they have, but I like this Royals rotation a lot.
Hayden McCloud / Mongy Whumpus / Nori Ari
Innings Pitched: 23.1 / 21.2 / 22.0
Earned Runs Allowed: 16 / 9 / 10
ERA: 4.11 / 2.49 / 2.73
WHIP: 1.41 / 1.57 / 1.23
Strikeouts: 12 / 17 / 23
D/BF: 254.45 / 240.78 / 244.31
pWAR: -0.472 / 0.785 / 0.442
#9 - St. Louis Cardinals
2017-18 Ranking: #2
The Cardinals have possibly had the best turnaround of the year, and their rotation has been a huge part of it. If only they kept Tanner Hendrix, they'd be even higher. Jordon Canning, once considered a first overall pick possibility before some predraft complications, has shown himself to be a steal for the Cardinals, while Filib Al'Anhar Jr. has sprouted into a young phenom of the national league. These pitchers are far from the best in the insanely competitive league, but each boasts a pWAR close to 0.800. This is even more impressive for Canning, who has hit this milestone in half the innings pitched.
Filib Al'Anhar Jr. / Jordon Canning
Innings Pitched: 29.2 / 15.0
Earned Runs Allowed: 16 / 4
ERA: 3.24 / 1.60
WHIP: 1.31 / 1.13
Strikeouts: 28 / 15
D/BF: 253.89 / 249.19
pWAR: 0.783 / 0.781
#8 - Boston Red Sox
2017-18 Ranking: #7
The Red Sox have been pretty bad this year, but that doesn't show in their rotation. Silver Edgeworth, a good pitcher in last season's ranking, has become a great pitcher. He pitches a clean 6.00 K/6, and currently has a 1.248 pWAR. What restricts this from a top 5 rotation is that everyone else is just... good, not great. Which is good. But not great.
Plus Kimbrel sucks.
Moe Lester / Quint Kimbrel / Silver Edgeworth / Spike Suzuki
Innings Pitched: 13.0 / 15.0 / 19.0 / 13.2
Earned Runs Allowed: 7 / 13 / 11 / 5
ERA: 3.23 / 5.20 / 3.47 / 2.20
WHIP: 1.46 / 1.67 / 1.16 / 1.46
Strikeouts: 11 / 12 / 19 / 7
D/BF: 240.96 / 235.20 / 239.67 / 257.70
pWAR: 0.420 / -0.313 / 1.248 / 0.392
#7 - Toronto Blue Jays
2017-18 Ranking: #1
The Jays have had some issues in their rotation this year, but new improvements have definitely sweetened the deal. Gastings has been a shell of his former self, sporting an awful 6.18 ERA that really hurts this team's ranking, over a run per inning. Dinka is having a good season, though by no means his best. Their young arms, Haydn Werfer and Lord Dennis Birdington IV, really look like they will take this team into a new era, however. Werfer is boasting a 0.50 ERA in over 12 innings pitched, while Birdington is without an earned run through 4 and two thirds.
This rotation has top-of-the-league potential, with its names boasting current and past dominance. The complete picture is far from assembled, however. Their young pitchers have too small a sample size for me to adequately compare them to the best in the league, and as I said, Dinka is far from the Pitcher of the Year contender he was last season.
Hayden Werfer / Lord Dennis Birdington IV / Ryan Gastings / SAR Dinka
Innings Pitched: 12.0 / 4.2 / 22.1 / 26.1
Earned Runs Allowed: 1 / 0 / 23 / 13
ERA: 0.50 / 0.00 / 6.18 / 2.96
WHIP: 0.50 / 1.07 / 1.88 / 1.41
Strikeouts: 11 / 2 / 11 / 16
D/BF: 278.03 / 262.22 / 231.69 / 238.17
pWAR: 1.217 / 0.306 / 0.227 / 1.044
#6 - Miami Marlins
2017-18 Ranking: N/A
Valeria Lisova is the best pitcher in National League. There, now that I got that out of the way, Fish Fingers has only 12.2 innings pitched and Levi Pyram is... less than great. These two pitchers, the unpolished and poor performances between them, are what keeps Miami out of the top 5, despite Valeria's blatant dominance. But it doesn't mean it isn't a good rotation. If they had a better arm in Pyram's place, I would consider it a frontrunner. Maybe we'll see that before the trade deadline, but until then, this rotation just barely misses the mark.
Fish Fingers / Levi Pyram / Valeria Lisova
Innings Pitched: 12.2 / 14.1 / 31.2
Earned Runs Allowed: 5 / 15 / 7
ERA: 2.37 / 6.28 / 1.33
WHIP: 1.58 / 1.95 / 1.20
Strikeouts: 6 / 7 / 23
D/BF: 258.83 / 242.79 / 251.73
pWAR: 0.337 / -0.595 / 1.439