FANTASY BASEBALL: Top 40 starting pitchers for the 2020 season … whenever that may be

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom has claimed back-to-back Cy Young trophies in the National League, posting a two-year average of 10 wins, 262 strikeouts, a 2.05 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.

The start of the baseball season might be an open-ended question, thanks to the dreaded Coronavirus.

However, that won’t stop us from churning out or updating certain positional fantasy rankings.

Today’s listing revises the top 40 starting pitchers for 2020 — factoring in the crucial categories of wins, strikeouts, WHIP and opponents’ batting average (OBA).

POSITIONAL FANTASY RANKINGS
TOP 50 OUTFIELDERS
TOP 25 FIRST BASEMEN
TOP 30 SHORTSTOPS
TOP 25 SECOND BASEMEN
TOP 30 THIRD BASEMEN
TOP 20 CATCHERS

TOP 40 STARTING PITCHERS FOR 2020

PITCHER #1

JACOB DEGROM, METS
2019:
11-8, 2.43 ERA, 255/44 K-BB, 0.97 WHIP, .207 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 12 wins, 2.53 ERA, 274/54 K-BB, 1.02 WHIP

PITCHER #2

MAX SCHERZER, NATIONALS
2019:
11-7, 2.92 ERA, 243/33 K-BB, 1.03 WHIP, .222 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 15 wins, 2.64 ERA, 270/46 K-BB, 0.94 WHIP

PITCHER #3

GERRIT COLE, YANKEES
2019:
20-5, 2.50 ERA, 326/48 K-BB, 0.89 WHIP, .186 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 16 wins, 3.20 ERA, 266/56 K-BB, 1.06 WHIP

PITCHER #4

WALKER BUEHLER, DODGERS
2019:
14-4, 3.26 ERA, 215/37 K-BB, 1.04 WHIP, .223 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 11 wins, 2.98 ERA, 183/37 K-BB, 1.01 WHIP

PITCHER #5

JACK FLAHERTY, CARDINALS
2019:
11-8, 2.75 ERA, 231/55 K-BB, 0.97 WHIP, .192 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 10 wins, 3.01 ERA, 206/57 K-BB, 1.03 WHIP

PITCHER #6

STEPHEN STRASBURG, NATIONALS
2019:
18-6, 3.32 ERA, 251/56 K-BB, 1.04 WHIP, .210 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 14 wins, 3.15 ERA, 204/47 K-BB, 1.07 WHIP

PITCHER #7

JUSTIN VERLANDER, ASTROS
2019:
 21-6, 2.58 ERA, 300/42 K-BB, 0.80 WHIP, .172 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 18 wins, 2.55 ERA, 295/40 K-BB, 0.85 WHIP

PITCHER #8

BLAKE SNELL, RAYS
2019:
6-8, 4.29 ERA, 147/40 K-BB, 1.27 WHIP, .241 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 14 wins, 2.78 ERA, 184/52 K-BB, 1.09 WHIP

PITCHER #9

PATRICK CORBIN, NATIONALS
2019:
14-7, 3.25 ERA, 238/70 K-BB, 1.18 WHIP, .227 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 12 wins, 3.20 ERA, 242/59 K-BB, 1.12 WHIP

PITCHER #10

ZACK GREINKE, ASTROS
2019:
18-5, 2.93 ERA, 187/30 K-BB, 0.98 WHIP, .228 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 17 wins, 3.11 ERA, 200/39 K-BB, 1.04 WHIP

PITCHER #11

CLAYTON KERSHAW, DODGERS
2019:
16-5, 3.03 ERA, 189/41 K-BB, 1.04 WHIP, .222 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 14 wins, 2.69 ERA, 182/33 K-BB, 1.01 WHIP

PITCHER #12

SHANE BIEBER, INDIANS
2019:
15-8, 3.28 ERA, 259/40 K-BB, 1.05 WHIP, .230 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 13 wins, 3.72 ERA, 188/32 K-BB, 1.15 WHIP

PITCHER #13

CHARLIE MORTON, RAYS
2019:
16-6, 3.05 ERA, 240/57 K-BB, 1.08 WHIP, .215 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 15 wins, 3.24 ERA, 201/57 K-BB, 1.14 WHIP

PITCHER #14

AARON NOLA, PHILLIES
2019:
12-7, 3.87 ERA, 229/80 K-BB, 1.27 WHIP, .233 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 14 wins, 3.23 ERA, 212/62 K-BB, 1.14 WHIP

INJURY HOLDUP

MIKE CLEVINGER, INDIANS
2019:
13-4, 2.71 ERA, 169/37 K-BB, 1.06 WHIP, .209 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 13 wins, 2.96 ERA, 171/55 K-BB, 1.15 WHIP

PITCHER #15

NOAH SYNDERGAARD, METS
2019:
10-8, 4.28 ERA, 202/50 K-BB, 1.23 WHIP, .256 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 12 wins, 3.73 ERA, 178/44 K-BB, 1.22 WHIP

PITCHER #16

LUIS CASTILLO, REDS
2019:
15-8, 3.40 ERA, 226/79 K-BB, 1.14 WHIP, .202 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 12 wins, 3.82 ERA, 196/64 K-BB, 1.18 WHIP

PITCHER #17

LUCAS GIOLITO, WHITE SOX
2019:
14-9, 3.41 ERA, 228/57 K-BB, 1.06 WHIP, .205 OBA

PITCHER #18

ZACK WHEELER, PHILLIES
2019:
11-8, 3.96 ERA, 195/50 K-BB, 1.26 WHIP, .258 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 12 wins, 3.65 ERA, 187/52 K-BB, 1.19 WHIP

PITCHER #19

JOSE BERRIOS, TWINS
2019:
14-8, 3.68 ERA, 195/51 K-BB, 1.22 WHIP, .251 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 13 wins, 3.80 ERA, 179/53 K-BB, 1.20 WHIP

PITCHER #20

SONNY GRAY, REDS
2019:
11-8, 2.87 ERA, 205/68 K-BB, 1.08 WHIP, .196 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 11 wins, 3.67 ERA, 160/61 K-BB, 1.24 WHIP

PITCHER #21

MAX FRIED, BRAVES
2019: 
17-6, 4.02 ERA, 173/47 K-BB, 1.33 WHIP, .270 OBA

PITCHER #22

TREVOR BAUER, REDS
2019:
11-13, 4.48 ERA, 253/82 K-BB, 1.25 WHIP, .230 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 13 wins, 3.68 ERA, 223/66 K-BB, 1.24 WHIP

PITCHER #23

EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ, RED SOX
2019:
19-6, 3.81 ERA, 213/75 K-BB, 1.33 WHIP, .253 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 16 wins, 3.81 ERA, 180/60 K-BB, 1.30 WHIP

PITCHER #24

JAKE ODORIZZI, TWINS
2019:
15-7, 3.51 ERA, 178/53 K-BB, 1.21 WHIP, .234 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 11 wins, 4.05 ERA, 156/61 K-BB, 1.27 WHIP

PITCHER #25

HYUN-JIN RYU, BLUE JAYS
2019:
14-5, 2.32 ERA, 163/24 K-BB, 1.01 WHIP, .234 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 9 wins, 2.71 ERA, 123/28 K-BB, 1.12 WHIP

PITCHER #26

MADISON BUMGARNER, DIAMONDBACKS
2019:
9-9, 3.90 ERA, 203/43 K-BB, 1.13 WHIP, .245 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 6 wins, 3.57 ERA, 138/35 K-BB, 1.15 WHIP

PITCHER #27

TYLER GLASNOW, RAYS
2019:
6-1, 1.78 ERA, 76/14 K-BB, 0.89 WHIP, .186 OBA

PITCHER #28

MATTHEW BOYD, TIGERS
2019:
9-12, 4.56 ERA, 238/50 K-BB, 1.23 WHIP, .247 OBA
TWO-YEAR AVERAGE: 9 wins, 4.48 ERA, 198/50 K-BB, 1.20 WHIP

PITCHER #29

CHRIS PADDACK, PADRES
2019: 
9-7, 3.33 ERA, 153/31 K-BB, 0.98 WHIP, .204 OBA

PITCHER #30

ROBBIE RAY, DIAMONDBACKS
2019:
12-8, 4.34 ERA, 235/84 K-BB, 1.34 WHIP, .234 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 11 wins, 3.72 ERA, 206/75 K-BB, 1.28 WHIP

PITCHER #31

KENTA MAEDA, TWINS
2019:
10-8, 4.04 ERA, 169/51 K-BB, 1.07 WHIP, .202 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 10 wins, 4.03 ERA, 154/43 K-BB, 1.16 WHIP

PITCHER #32

COREY KLUBER, RANGERS
2019:
2-3, 5.80 ERA, 38/15 K-BB, 1.66 WHIP
3-YEAR AVERAGE (2016-18): 19 wins, 2.77 ERA, 238/42 K-BB, 0.97 WHIP

PITCHER #33

MIKE MINOR, RANGERS
2019:
14-10, 3.59 ERA, 200/68 K-BB, 1.24 WHIP, .244 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 11 wins, 3.62 ERA, 140/43 K-BB, 1.16 WHIP

PITCHER #34

MIKE SOROKA, BRAVES
2019:
13-4, 2.68 ERA, 142/41 K-BB, 1.11 WHIP, .236 OBA

PITCHER #35

LANCE LYNN, RANGERS
2019:
16-11, 3.67 ERA, 246/59 K-BB, 1.22 WHIP, .243 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 12 wins, 3.90 ERA, 187/71 K-BB, 1.31 WHIP

PITCHER #36

MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ, BRAVES
2019: 8-6, 4.54 ERA, 105/37 K-BB, 1.25 WHIP, .244 OBA
THREE-YEAR AVERAGE: 10 wins, 3.94 ERA, 150/55 K-BB, 1.26 WHIP
IT’S WORTH NOTING: After the All-Star break last year, Foltynewicz resembled his dominant self of 2018, posting a 6-1 record, 2.65 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 55/17 K-BB rate over a 10-start period.

PITCHER #37

ZAC GALLEN, DIAMONDBACKS
2019:
3-6, 2.81 ERA, 53/18 K-BB, 1.26 WHIP, .232 OBA

PITCHER #38

MARCUS STROMAN, METS
2019:
10-13, 3.22 ERA, 159/58 K-BB, 1.31 WHIP
GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS: Stroman notched a strong post-All-Star break K-BB ratio of 78/26 … but the opponents’ batting average during this stretch was .268. He’ll need to clean that up during his first full year in New York.

PITCHER #39

SEAN MANAEA, ATHLETICS
2019 (MLB):
 4-0, 1.21 ERA, 30/7 K-BB, 0.78 WHIP, .160 OBA
2019 (minors): 3-3, 4.71 ERA, 53/10 K-BB, 1.01 WHIP

PITCHER #40

DINELSON LAMET, PADRES
2019:
3-5, 4.07 ERA, 105/30 K-BB, 1.26 WHIP, .226 OBA

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