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Power Ranking The Top 20 Starting Pitchers Heading Into The 2019 Season

The 2019 MLB season has arrived. Apparently, the Seattle Mariners have already played like, 30 games, but for the rest of the league, Opening Day is quickly approaching.

Before the season starts, let’s run through the best players at each position and right now, it’s time to breakdown the best pitchers.

Here are the Top 20 starting pitchers:

20. Trevor Bauer

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Bauer will probably be higher on most lists but not here on Deadseriousness. Bauer is a sociopath and we don’t reward that type of behavior around here. You relentless harass girls online, it takes away from whatever you do on the mound. Trevor Bauer can win the Cy Yong this year and I’ll be like ‘wow, it’s weird that in 2019, Major League Baseball just didn’t give anyone the AL Cy Young award. What a strange season.’

19. Patrick Corbin

Earlier this winter I wrote that Patrick Corbin is a bitch and I’m sticking to that. He was afraid to come pitch in meaningful games for the New York Yankees so now he’s dead to me.

18. Madison Bumgarner

Bumgarner makes this list on name alone. His days of being an automatic W every five days are long gone as he never seems to be healthy enough to step onto the mound. He’s pitched 38 games in the last two seasons combined. Not great.

17. Zack Greinke

If this was a rank of players value then Greinke would be dead last. That $34.5 million salary is absolutely ridiculous. I mean, shout out to him for securing the biggest of bag. If you’ve been following Deadseriousness for a few years now then you know I’ve been unreasonably high on Greinke so I’m going to just stay on brand and say that he’s a Top 20 pitcher at age 35.

16. Kyle Freeland

Last season, Freeland posted a casual 17-7 record with a 2.85 ERA and an 8.4 WAR. The Rockies can mash hits all over Coors Field but if they don’t get pitching help, it will be all for naught. Freeland is that Ace.

15. Carlos Carrasco

Carlos Carrasco has quietly been one of the most consistently great pitchers for the last half decade without any fanfare or public acclaim. Baseball SUCCCCKS at marketing their players.

14. Miles Mikolas

Mikolas is the Jimmer Fredette of Major League Baseball. The St. Louis found him killing it in China and brought him back over to the states on a 2-year $15.5 million deal. He proceeded to lead the NL with 1.3 walks/9 innings. He had 146 strikeouts to just 29 walks. Mad decent.

13. Jameson Taillon

Last season, Tailon stepped up and became the Ace of the staff. He finished 5th in the NL in WAR to go with two complete games and a shutout. In modern baseball, complete games are relics from a fallen era. A mythical occourence once a millenia. Tailon did it twice.

12. Walker Buehler

Walker Buehler probably should’ve walked away with the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year award considering he was the best pitcher on a team that went to the World Series but that’s a conversation for another day I suppose. Here are the stats from his last seven regular season starts: 1.62 ERA 0.77 WHIP and .137 opponents batting average. Dodgers in 4.

11. Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard might nseaky have the best stuff in the majors but we’ll never know because the man is never healthy. He’s started 32 games in two seasons. He appears helathy now but he’s also still wearing a Mets uniform so anything can happen.

10. Clayton Kershaw

My gut feeling is that Clayton Kershaw is washed but nothing on paper matches that claim. He’s only 31 years old and last season he had a 2.73 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. I reckon we’ll see what happens with his back injury but he’s had this same back injury for the last two seasons and you have to put MLB writers in a bear trap to force them not to just hand Kershaw the Cy Young every season.

9. Gerrit Cole

The one that got away. Seeing Cole in an Astros jersey hurts. Seeing Cole dominating in an Astros jersey hurts, as well. Cole led the American League with a 12.9 K/9 which is insane. It’s not fair that Houston gets Cole AND Verlander. Re-draft the whole league.

8. Luis Severino

It took all of my strength to not automatically place Severino at the top of this list but considering he’s starting the season with a myterious shoulder injury and the fact that he tips all of his pitches, the No. 8 spot is extremely generous.

7. Chris Sale

I know I preached about my dislike of Trevor Bauer because he’s a sociopath. And I know I’m about to praise Chris Sale for being a sociopath but there’s a massive difference. Bauer is the type of guy who reads Barstool Sports every morning and tries to DM all the ‘smokeshows‘ with a ‘hey ugly’ opening message. Chris Sale is the type of guy who will cut his jersey into shreds simply because he doesn’t like the way it looks.

The latter is the type of sociopath you want on the mound for a Game 7. Trevor Bauer is like ‘I have a gun because it’s my constitutional right’. Chris Sale is like ‘I have a gun and I’m fucking going to use it’.

6. Aaron Nola

No pitcher had a bigger important impact on their team’s success than Aaron Nola did last season. Nola ended the year with a 10.5 WAR. Ten. Point. Five. WAR. My man carried the team on his back. Now that the Phillies have gone out and purchased McCutchen, Realmuto, Segura and that Bryce kid, Nola’s dominance might finally get recognized.

5. Justin Verlander

Verlander is really good. Blah blah. Next.

4. Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber was created in a lab with the sole purpose of striking guys out. People seem to dismiss his greatness. Even other major league clubs didn’t think he was worth trading for because of the 3 years and $52.5 million left on his deal but I assure you, he’s underpaid.

Last season Kluber went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA. He’s the ultimate workhouse who just led the league in innings pitched. There is something indenspensible about having a guy who you know can go out there every 5 days and pitch at least 7 quality innings every single year.

3. Blake Snell

My favorite thing about Blake Snell is that he’s technically the only starting pitcher on his team. Snell is the best pitcher in the division and every other guy is a reliever who is like, fine or whatever.

Last season, Snell had a 21-5 record with a 1.89 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 221 K. He was playing a video game on easy mode. A sub-2.00 ERA in the American League playing against designated hitters like JD Martinez and Giancarlo Stanton? Prettyyyyy, pretty good.

2. Max Scherzer

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Real quick: Max Scherzer had 300 strikeouts. I’m not totally certain what else I need to say here. 300 Ks. He led the NL is strikeouts and WHIP. Of course he did. 300 strikeouts. Jesus.

1. Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom is so great that he made a generation of baseball fans completely remove the importance of a starting pitcher’s win-loss record. For years we considered wins as a metric that determines a pitchers impact but in fact, you can just play for the New York Mets in which case they don’t matter and it’s totally understandable.

DeGrom set a new record last season with 24 consectuve quality starts. No part of me thinks that he can’t duplicate that 1.70 ERA. Shout out to the Mets refusing to give him a contract extension. You guys are hilarious.


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