Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now
February 1, 2013Owensville High School
Top Ten Starting Pitchers Right Now
With Spring Training right around the corner, many are wondering who are the ten best pitchers in the league right now. Let us dive into the wonderful world of major league pitching.
10. Chris Sale
Chris Sale is a young starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. Sale has an electric fastball with a great secondary slider. Sale is a bulldog on the mound, in 2012 was 11th in the majors with a 3.05 ERA. The future is bright for the young ace of the White Sox.
9. Cole Hamels
In the midst of the amazing Philadelphia Phillies rotation lies a hidden gem in Cole Hamels. Hamels is a southpaw with some pretty nasty stuff. In 2012 Hamels was in contention for the National League Cy Young Award. Hamels finished the season with 17 wins and a 3..05 ERA. If he keeps this pace up, he is definitely in a good spot for a Cy Young Award.
8. C.C. Sabathia
When the New York Yankees decided to pick up free agent C.C. Sabathia to be a workhorse for them in the future, they made the right decision. Over the past four season Sabathia is average 226.1 innings pitched. With four straight seasons of 200 plus innings pitched Sabathia is lucky is not having Tommy John surgery. Sabathia will put up another 15 plus win season with over 200 innings. Sabathia will be a workhorse for the Yankees for another three years. Sabathia will be on top of all major categories in 2013.
7. Roy Halladay
Roy Halladay is one of the best pitchers in the league today but his best years are behind him. Roy “Doc” Halladay has something some most pitchers don’t, tunnel vision. When Halladay is on the bump he is focused on the catcher and nothing will get in his way. Halladay will always be an ace of whatever team he is on.
6. Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee had somewhat of an off year in 2012. He went 6-9 with an 3.16 ERA. Lee is a modern day Christy Mathewson. Lee knows how to control a game. Lee is capable of winning 17 plus games for the Phillies. If Lee gets some run support he can carry the Phillies to a playoff spot in the National League.
5. Jered Weaver
Weaver is the ace of the Los Angeles Angels without a doubt. Weaver is always a Cy Young candidate for the American League. If Weaver can continue his pace of winning 15 plus games a year, he will get World Series ring soon enough. Count on Weaver being an All-Star in 2013 and possibly winning the championship.
4. Felix Hernandez
Felix Hernandez otherwise known as the “King” has been regarded as the best pitcher in baseball. Hernandez has had his name thrown around as trade bait, but the Seattle Mariners have no intentions of trading their ace. Hernandez can shut a team down easily. In 2012 Hernandez went 13-9 and threw the first Mariners perfect game in history. If he could get some run support he could quite possibly win 25 games for the Mariners.
3. Clayton Kershaw
The Los Angeles Dodgers once again have a high quality starting pitcher in Clayton Kershaw. In 2011 Kershaw won the National League Cy Young. In 2012 he got off to a shaky start but soon found himself back atop the leaderboards in most categories in pitching. Kershaw is nearly a new-age Sandy Koufax, from his nasty curveball to an electric fastball that blows hitters away. Kershaw will be in the Cy Young voting in 2013 with no issues at all.
2. David Price
David Price is the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. When Price is on the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays, he gives them their best opportunity to win. In 2012 Price finally got the recognition that he deserves from the Baseball Writers of America. In 2012 Price went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA. Maybe in a few years he could be a number one on this list.
1. Justin Verlander
Justin Verander is uncontested the best pitcher in the league right now and he is only going to get better. When it comes to pitching there is no one better than Verlander. People have only seen Verlander throw three bad games in his career. People would hate to head up to the plate with Verlander on the mound. No more needs to be said about the Detroit Tigers ace.