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2021 MLB Rankings: Starting Pitchers 10-1

30 days of 2021 MLB rankings! In this series, we will be ranking every projected starting player for the 2021 season at each in position, each in three parts. On day 30 of this series, we will be ranking the top 10 starting pitchers in MLB. 

Check out the previous rankings from this 2021 MLB Rankings series:

Catchers 30-21 | Catchers 20-11 | Catchers 10-1| First Base 30-21| First Base 20-11 | First Base 10-1| Second Base 30-21| Second Base 20-11| Second Base 10-1| Shortstop 30-21| Shortstop 20-11| Shortstop 10-1| Third Base 30-21| Third Base 20-11| Third Base 10-1| Left Field 30-21| Left Field 20-11| Left Field 10-1| Center Field 30-21| Center Field 20-11| Center Field 10-1| Right Field 30-21| Right Field 20-11| Right Field 10-1Designated Hitter 15-1Relief Pitcher 30-16Relief Pitcher 15-1Starting Pitcher 30-21| Starting Pitcher 20-11

2021 MLB Rankings: 10-6

10. Max Fried, Atlanta Braves 2020: NR

2020: 11 games, 56.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 50 Strikeouts, 7-0 Record

In just his second MLB season, Max Fried already proved that he’s a top ten starting pitcher as he finished fifth in the NL Cy Young voting and won a Gold Glove. Fried, a southpaw, does a great job at limiting home runs, allowing only two last season.  

9. Jack Flaherty, St.Louis Cardinals 2020: 7

2020: 9 games, 40.1 IP, 4.91 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 49 Strikeouts, 4-3 Record

Despite a down year that was hindered by COVID, Jack Flaherty remains a top ten starting pitcher in baseball. Looking at what he did in 2018 and 2019, Flaherty has elite control, rarely allowing multiple walks in a given outing. 

8. Yu Darvish, San Diego Padres 2020: NR

2020: 12 games, 76.0 IP, 2.01 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 93 Strikeouts, 8-3 Record

After disappointing seasons in 2018 and 2019, Yu Darvish regained his Texas Rangers’ form as he finished second in the NL Cy Young voting. Now with San Diego, Darvish should fit in nicely in a pitchers-friendly ballpark. 

7. Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies 2020: 12

2020: 12 games, 71.1 IP, 3.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 96 Strikeouts, 5-5 Record

After a down year in 2019, Aaron Nola was able to regain the form that saw him finish third in the Cy Young voting in 2018. Nola has a filthy curveball and strikes out a ton of batters, recording a ridiculous K/9 of 12.1 last season. 

6. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Toronto Blue Jays 2020: 5

2020: 12 games, 67.0 IP, 2.69 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 72 Strikeouts, 5-2 Record

In his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays, Hyun-Jin Ryu proved that he was worth the money as he finished third in the AL Cy Young voting. Ryu has a nasty sinker, and his ability to limit baserunners is the reason he is one of the best pitchers in baseball. 

2021 MLB Rankings: 5-1

5. Trevor Bauer, Los Angeles Dodgers 2020: NR

2020: 11 games, 73.0 IP, 1.73 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 100 Strikeouts, 5-4 Record

Trevor Bauer is extremely polarizing, but whether or not you love or hate the guy, you can’t disregard his talent. The NL Cy Young winner in 2020, Trevor Bauer now joins the reigning World Champs in Los Angeles for 2021. 

4. Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees 2020: 4

2020: 12 games, 73.0 IP, 2.84 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 94 Strikeouts, 7-3 Record

In his first season on a massive contract with the Yankees, Gerrit Cole had another great season in 2020, as he finished fourth in the AL Cy Young race. Cole is arguably the toughest pitcher to hit, as he regularly finishes among the leaders in strikeouts. 

3. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals 2020: 1

2020: 12 games, 67.1 IP, 3.74 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 92 Strikeouts, 5-4 Record

2020 was a down year for Max Scherzer, who struggled with his control, out of pocket from what we have seen throughout his career. Regardless, at age 36, Scherzer is still one of the best pitchers in baseball and should get back on track in 2021. 

2. Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians 2020: NR

2020: 12 games, 77.1 IP, 1.63 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 122 Strikeouts, 8-1 Record

Shane Bieber was far and away the best pitcher in MLB last year as he ran away with the AL Cy Young nomination. At only age 26, Bieber has an extremely bright future with unhittable stuff and could challenge Jacob deGrom for the top spot. 

1. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets 2020: 2

2020: 12 games, 68.0 IP, 2.38 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 104 Strikeouts, 4-2 Record

Factoring in that 2020 was a shortened season, there should be no doubt at this point that Jacob deGrom is the best pitcher in MLB. deGrom was second in strikeouts, only behind Bieber, as he finished third in the NL Cy Young voting in 2020.

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