The pitcher. With no starting pitcher you have no start to a game, with no good pitcher, you have no good team, but who is the best pitcher? Here at Jacob Sport’s we break down the Ruler’s of the Mound one by one.
King of the Mound. What is, King of the Mound? I will rank 50 top Starting pitchers, counting down a few at a time in each post… Disagree with me? Agree with me? I figured this would happen, so just comment in the comment section, with your opinions, let me know what you think!
Pitcher #50 Ervin Santana
Ervin Santana will see his stock take a large jump very soon.
Its hard not to show bias in this, but I tried not to. Santana is an elite pitcher when his change up is under control, but that has slowly become a rare thing. When he makes it out of the fifth inning, you know the team is going to win. With a little work, Santana could move up this list in a heart beat. Still though, with the line up and bull pen of the Angels, Santana will surely hit double digits in the win column, and more than likely exceed 115 strike outs. The twenty eight year old has started off slow this season, yet to win a game, but the fact that he’s gotten out of the seventh inning twice, signals good things to come.
Pitcher #49 Daisuke Matsuzaka
"Dice-K" is alive...Again.
The shock does not come to a viewer because Dice-K is featured in the Top 50, but because he comes before Ervin Santana. But, why? If anyone remembers Daisuke’s rookie debut season, he threw 15 wins. Then the next season, he became the league’s best, going 18-3.. But minor injuries has plagued him since the beginning in 2007, and I finally believe that he’s back. His fastball is again in the lower-middle nineties, and he seems to grow more confident with each and every pitch. With an ERA over six, I seem crazy, but the more you look at his most recent outing (eight innings, with a zero ERA) the more it seems fitting that the Tokyo Native belongs on this list. In almost every fantasy baseball league, Dice-K is a free agent, I’d wait to see how he fares in his next start before you pick him up.
Pitcher #47 Justin Masterson
Again, I promise you, I am not crazy, but my predictions are schizophrenic. Masterson has seen velocity work his way this season, as the opposition is hitting a low 2.19 against him after four starts. The Jamaican has sort of been a big deal ever since his arrival at San Diego State, and he’s finally proving to be a major difference maker in the MLB… A prime reason why the Indians, a team of “scrubs” by most critics, are currently boasting a comfy lead atop the AL Central Standings. With an ERA under two, the twenty six year old will continue to keep his pitch count low, as he forces many routine ground balls early in the at bat… Albeit because of this, his “K” count is pretty low, currently at 16, though in a 6.1 inning outing against the Mariners, Masterson retired nine on strikes… This guy is certainly no joke.
Pitcher #46 Edwin Jackson
When/if Peavy returns, the White Sox will have the best rotation in the AL.
Give the guy credit, he threw a no hitter last year, against a healthy, all the while electrifying Rays line-up, which is one of the main reasons the White Sox signed him. The White Sox batting order has been in a slump lately, and their bull-pen? Well… Let’s put it nicely, they’ve been awful. If it wasn’t for those two reasons, the 27 year old would be 4-0, instead of 2-1. With an incredible command, Jackson is fifth in the AL with strike-outs, at 26. He’s a guy who wastes too many pitches striking guys out, but he certainly can complete a game, but most importantly, Edwin Jackson is a guy who can do it against the best hitters, if the White Sox make the playoffs, you best believe that Jackson will carry that team through a few games. Fantasy wise, Jackson deserves to be on a roster.
Stay tuned tomorrow, as in the morning pitchers 45-40 will be proclaimed, and then later on, 39-35 will be announced.