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September Starter Rankings

Shane McClanahan

Shane McClanahan

Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Here are some final-month rankings. Please try not to get too bent out of shape if your star player isn’t listed where you like ... anything can happen in a month. Heck, there was a month this year in which Owen Miller compiled a 1.166 OPS and Madison Bumgarner had a 1.17 ERA.

As always, players are ranked by position and then combined into an overall top 300 list.

Click to see other September rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C

Starting pitcher rankings

Sept Starting pitchers Team 2022 Aug
1 Max Scherzer Mets 3 4
2 Jacob deGrom Mets 14 6
3 Corbin Burnes Brewers 4 1
4 Gerrit Cole Yankees 1 5
5 Sandy Alcantara Marlins 8 3
6 Carlos Rodón Giants 27 10
7 Max Fried Braves 11 7
8 Julio Urías Dodgers 7 12
9 Shohei Ohtani Angels 24 16
10 Dylan Cease White Sox 48 15
11 Brandon Woodruff Brewers 5 11
12 Joe Musgrove Padres 19 13
13 Kevin Gausman Blue Jays 15 18
14 Aaron Nola Phillies 23 20
15 Alek Manoah Blue Jays 22 14
16 Luis Castillo Mariners 32 17
17 Yu Darvish Padres 20 19
18 Shane Bieber Guardians 6 21
19 Robbie Ray Mariners 21 26
20 Chris Bassitt Mets 25 24
21 Charlie Morton Braves 18 28
22 Framber Valdez Astros 71 25
23 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 26 44
24 Zack Wheeler Phillies 9 9
25 Freddy Peralta Brewers 16 46
26 Blake Snell Padres 35 48
27 Logan Webb Giants 12 22
28 Dustin May Dodgers 156 76
29 Luis Garcia Astros 34 32
30 Alex Cobb Giants 41 29
31 Kyle Wright Braves 168 37
32 Sonny Gray Twins 38 36
33 Tyler Anderson Dodgers 106 34
34 Zac Gallen Diamondbacks 89 35
35 Jordan Montgomery Cardinals 50 51
36 Spencer Strider Braves 126 54
37 Miles Mikolas Cardinals 132 39
38 Justin Verlander Astros 10 2
39 Cristian Javier Astros 100 40
40 Logan Gilbert Mariners 33 23
41 Joe Ryan Twins 55 41
42 Edward Cabrera Marlins 111 77
43 Nestor Cortes Yankees 110 30
44 Triston McKenzie Guardians 47 45
45 Pablo Lopez Marlins 36 31
46 Andrew Heaney Dodgers 58 53
47 Adam Wainwright Cardinals 76 70
48 Lance Lynn White Sox 31 67
49 Brady Singer Royals 103 50
50 Jesus Luzardo Marlins 93 75
51 Lucas Giolito White Sox 13 43
52 Drew Rasmussen Rays 81 49
53 Patrick Sandoval Angels 86 71
54 Mike Clevinger Padres 44 42
55 Frankie Montas Yankees 29 27
56 Jose Urquidy Astros 46 61
57 José Berríos Blue Jays 17 59
58 Ranger Suárez Phillies 60 72
59 Lance McCullers Astros 82 68
60 Tony Gonsolin Dodgers 74 38
61 Ross Stripling Blue Jays 155 96
62 Tyler Mahle Twins 57 33
63 Carlos Carrasco Mets 63 47
64 George Kirby Mariners 170 83
65 Alex Wood Giants 66 57
66 Shane McClanahan Rays 28 8
67 José Quintana Cardinals 232 78
68 Jameson Taillon Yankees 83 56
69 Luis Severino Yankees 54 NR
70 Marcus Stroman Cubs 51 55
71 Merrill Kelly Diamondbacks 204 74
72 Jeffrey Springs Rays NR 63
73 Eric Lauer Brewers 70 64
74 Johnny Cueto White Sox 199 105
75 Nick Pivetta Red Sox 124 79
76 Brayan Bello Red Sox NR 146
77 Jake Odorizzi Braves 101 73
78 Taijuan Walker Mets 75 52
79 Trevor Rogers Marlins 43 97
80 Reid Detmers Angels 139 93
81 Josiah Gray Nationals 79 80
82 Ken Waldichuk Athletics NR 169
83 Mitch White 150 100
84 Martín Pérez Rangers NR 92
85 Sean Manaea Padres 49 58
86 Kyle Gibson Phillies 187 110
87 Hunter Brown Astros NR 118
88 Cal Quantrill Guardians 92 103
89 David Peterson Mets 147 104
90 Noah Syndergaard Phillies 94 89
91 Domingo German Yankees 165 114
92 Jack Flaherty Cardinals 30 126
93 Nick Lodolo Reds 159 85
94 JT Brubaker Pirates 97 90
95 Eduardo Rodriguez Tigers 65 95
96 Aaron Civale Guardians 69 122
97 Michael Wacha Red Sox 225 133
98 Kyle Muller Braves 171 101
99 Justin Steele Cubs 175 107
100 Matt Manning Tigers 123 142
101 Kyle Bradish Orioles NR 149
102 Drew Smyly Cubs 135 145
103 Austin Voth Orioles 121 RP 155
104 Roansy Contreras Pirates 172 128
105 Michael Kopech White Sox 68 65
106 Corey Kluber Rays 104 81
107 Jakob Junis Giants 91 RP 98
108 Clarke Schmidt Yankees 205 138
109 Nathan Eovaldi Red Sox 45 60
110 Luis Patino Rays 98 163
111 Dylan Bundy Twins 96 87
112 Ryan Pepiot Dodgers 234 137
113 Dakota Hudson Cardinals 121 134
114 Daniel Lynch Royals 200 99
115 Dane Dunning Rangers 105 116
116 Cole Irvin Athletics 208 123
117 Zach Plesac Guardians 116 120
118 Marco Gonzales Mariners 112 106
119 Aaron Ashby Brewers 91 66
120 Dean Kremer Orioles NR 158
121 Andre Pallante Cardinals NR 108
122 Mitch Keller Pirates 125 94
123 Jose Suarez Angels 177 168
124 Yonny Chirinos Rays 122 124
125 Rich Hill Red Sox 146 131
126 Bailey Ober Twins 107 139
127 Trevor Williams Mets 167 130
128 JP Sears Athletics NR NR
129 Hunter Greene Reds 181 125
130 Germán Márquez Rockies 118 150
131 Mike Minor Reds 174 NR
132 Kutter Crawford Red Sox 236 119
133 Tucker Davidson Angels 161 143
134 James Kaprielian Athletics 129 140
135 Zack Greinke Royals 59 102
136 Michael Grove Dodgers NR NR
137 Jordan Lyles Orioles NR 151
138 Chris Flexen Mariners 115 111
139 Keegan Thompson Cubs 215 91
140 Jon Gray Rangers 90 148
141 Zach Davies Diamondbacks 219 159
142 Mike Soroka Braves 109 NR
143 DL Hall Orioles NR NR
144 Erick Fedde Nationals 228 NR
145 Bailey Falter Phillies 149 NR
146 Adbert Alzolay Cubs 137 153
147 Glenn Otto Rangers 169 154
148 Javier Assad Cubs NR NR
149 Adrian Houser Brewers 128 166
150 Michael Lorenzen Angels 166 170
151 Hunter Gaddis Guardians NR 88
152 Graham Ashcraft Reds NR 84
153 Tyler Wells Orioles 64 NR
154 Michael Pineda Tigers 133 NR
155 Grayson Rodriguez Orioles NR NR
156 Tommy Henry Diamondbacks NR NR
157 Kris Bubic Royals 114 135
158 Ian Anderson Braves 39 82
159 Madison Bumgarner Diamondbacks 145 136
160 Matthew Liberatore Cardinals 131 156

Dropping off: Braxton Garrett (62nd), Tarik Skubal (69th), Paul Blackburn (86th), Chris Sale (109th), Sixto Sanchez (112th), Walker Buehler (113th), Ryan Yarbrough (115th), Yusei Kikuchi (117th), Kyle Hendricks (127th), Zach Eflin (129th), Sam Long (132nd), Bryce Elder (141st), MacKenzie Gore (144th), Brad Keller (147th)

  • I was all prepared to get some angry emails this month for dropping Shane McClanahan out of the top 20 here, but, unfortunately, I’m going to be spared that by the shoulder impingement that will sideline him for a couple of weeks. My original plan was to rank him 22nd, since he had probably the worst schedule in MLB for the final month: Yankees, Yankees, Blue Jays, Astros, Blue Jays, Astros, Red Sox. Obviously, the shoulder is the much bigger factor now, which is why he’s ranked in the 60s. Still, it should be noted that even if he does miss just 2-3 starts as hoped, he could still have a tough time after returning.

  • Now, I didn’t do a deep dive on every pitcher’s upcoming starts as I did McClanahan’s, but I did try to note each team’s strength of schedule the rest of the way. The Cardinals and Brewers seem especially fortunate in that regard, so I gave their starters a boost. For instance, Corbin Burnes probably would have dropped to fifth, all things being equal, but because of his matchups, I’m keeping him ahead of Gerrit Cole and Sandy Alcantara. I also downgraded the rest of the Rays starters some.

  • It looks like there’s hope that Justin Verlander (calf) will return to make three or four starts for the Astros. In the meantime, Cristian Javier should get his spot back, and there’s a good chance Hunter Brown will be asked to make at least two or three spot starts. Since he also has the potential for wins in middle relief, Brown could prove pretty useful in deeper leagues.

  • Ken Waldichuk, a product of the Frankie Montas trade with the Yankees, will make his major league debut for the A’s when he faces the Angels on Thursday. He has a good chance of being fairly effective right away, but since his control is average at best, limiting his ability to work deep into games, and he’s pitching for a bad team, wins are going to be hard to come by. My guess is that he’ll fall a little short of being useful in shallow leagues.

  • The original plan was for Cade Cavalli to show up 105th here, but that’s off the table as a result of his shoulder issue. It’s unlikely that he’ll return for more than a cameo.