Two-start pitcher rankings for 5/23-5/29

The No-Doubters

1. Clayton Kershaw

2. Cole Hamels
3. Jered Weaver
4. Dan Haren
5. Justin Verlander

The Shoulds
6. Clay Buchholz – 20/3 K/BB in last three starts
7. Matt Cain
8. Jair Jurrjens – Showing great command this season
9. Josh Beckett – Neck stiffness makes him questionable for Tuesday
10.Ricky Nolasco
11. Jeremy Hellickson – Command surprisingly inconsistent
12. Yovani Gallardo – Command improving, still not quite there yet
13. Zach Britton – High GB% and low LD% continues to get the job done
14. Jorge De La Rosa – K’s and Velo down a bit in last two starts
15. Rickey Romero – 7 hits in last 15.2 innings with a 14/5 K/BB rate

The Gambles
16. Bud Norris – Outstanding K/BB rate, but getting too much of the plate in last two starts
17. Vance Worley
18. Johnny Cueto – .218 BABIP in three starts
19. Alexi Ogando – How long will luck last? (.196 BABIP, 90% LOB%, 21% LD%)
20. Justin Masterson – BOS and TB both with potent lefty hitters, though Masterson has faired better against 21. lefties so far this season
22. Kyle Loshe – 1.76 K/BB rate on the season, .224 BABIP, @COL on 29th
23. Jason Vargas – 1 ER in last three starts with 16/5 K/BB, but faces NYY on 29th
24. Bartolo Colon – Matchup against TOR worries me, but @SEA later in week
25. Ryan Dempster – Still too inconsistent to trust, though matchups are good

The Not-So-Much(s)
26. John Danks – Still struggling to find consistency, @TEX @TOR
27. Bronson Arroyo – Long ball has been a problem and @PHI, @ATL
28. Jonathan Neise – Solid in last outing, but inconsistent before that
29. Tom Gorzelany – ERA looks solid, but K/BB numbers inconsistent from game-to-game
30. Josh Outman – 6.45 BB/9 at triple-A, but strikeout ability against LAA and BAL
31. Carl Pavano
32. Phil Coke – Risky due to lack of K’s and gets TB and BOS this week

The Stay-Aways
33. Danny Duffy – Love his long-term potential, but risk in rookie @BAL and @TEX
34. Dustin Mosley
35. Joe Saunders
36. Carlos Villanueva