This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.
Geez, it seems like only six months ago we bid each other a fond adieu. How time flies. Fasten your seat belt, it's time to strap in for another 26-plus week grind. Consider this the "plus" week as MLB is again starting the season earlier, adding more off days to each team's schedule. Doing the math, this is going to result in even fewer two-start options than last season. However, that's a worry for another day as this week no one has a double-dip.
The driving force behind early season rankings is the pitcher as the affect of the opposing offense is unclear. Sure, estimates based on preseason projections are incorporated, but until games are played, the production, especially for teams in the middle, is still a question.
As always, I'm happy to address questions in the comments. However, please direct all questions concerning whether someone is starting to the probable pitching grid as I pull the information from there.
And with that, here's ranking for March 28-31. Rankings for April 1-6 will be posted Saturday morning.
|1||Max Scherzer||WAS||vs. NYM||Fitting the best pitcher in the game kicks off the year in the top spot|
|2||Chris Sale||BOS||at SEA||145 million reasons to believe Sale is fine|
|3||Justin Verlander||HOU||at TB||Remember when Verlander was washed up? Good times.|
|4||Aaron Nola||PHI||vs. ATL||Gets a chance to make a statement in the NL East right|