Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Smooth Sale-ing
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Smooth Sale-ing

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

Remember when Chris Sale couldn't top 90 mph? Good times. The author of two immaculate innings this season (nine pitches, all strikes) sits atop rankings devoid of many two-start aces. 

There are 34 double-dippers on the docket, several with one favorable and one tougher matchup, making start/sit decision difficult. Remember, these rankings tend to favor strikeouts, so if you're more concerned with ratios, drop the riskier options a few spots.

A is the custom, these are initial rankings with the final set coming out Sunday night, after teams have firmed up rotations for the week.

For the week June 10-16.

UPDATED: June 9, 11:45 PM ET

MLB

RankPITCHERTMOPPCOMMENT
1Chris SaleBOSvs. TEX, at BALImmaculate ranking
2Hyun-Jin RyuLADat LAA, vs. CHC1.66 ERA, .89 WHIP in 27 GS (162.1 IP) since start of 2018
3Charlie MortonTBvs. OAK, vs. LAAImproved skills fending off regression
4Patrick CorbinWASat CWS, vs. ARI  
5Brad PeacockHOUvs. MIL, vs. TOR  
6Trevor BauerCLEvs. CIN, at DETHomers continue to plague
7Masahiro TanakaNYYvs. NYM, at CWSReturning from paternity leave, could get second start
8Max ScherzerWASvs. ARI  
9Jacob deGromNYMvs. STL  
10Clayton KershawLADvs. CHC  
11Gerrit ColeHOUvs. TORLeading league in strikeouts
12Justin VerlanderHOUvs. MIL  
13Mike MinorTEXat BOS, at CINRed Sox
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