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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fantasy baseball: Updated pitcher rankings

Before we get to the second of our two sets of position rankings, here are a few links:

-- The updated batters rankings we published last week can be found here.

-- Our late May batter rankings can be found here, and the pitching rankings from five weeks ago are here.

Got all that? Then it's on to the starting pitchers and closers.

As we have explained, players on the disabled list at the time of the rankings are not considered. Players are ranked at each position at which they are eligible, according to's criteria.

On to the rankings ...

1. Roy Halladay, Phillies
2. Justin Verlander, Tigers
3. Jered Weaver, Angels
4. Cliff Lee, Phillies
5. CC Sabathia, Yankees
6. Cole Hamels, Phillies
7. James Shields, Rays
8. Jair Jurrjens, Braves
9. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
10. Dan Haren, Angels
11. Tommy Hanson, Braves
12. Josh Beckett, Red Sox
13. Tim Lincecum, Giants
14. Michael Pineda, Mariners
15. Gio Gonzalez, Athletics
16. Jaime Garcia, Cardinals
17. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
18. C.J. Wilson, Rangers
19. David Price, Rays
20. Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks
21. Ryan Vogelsong, Giants
22. Anibal Sanchez, Marlins
23. Alexi Ogando, Rangers
24. Matt Cain, Giants
25. Jhoulys Chacin, Rockies
26. Trevor Cahill, Athletics
27. Ricky Romero, Blue Jays
28. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers
29. Shaun Marcum, Brewers
30. Kyle Lohse, Cardinals
31. Jeremy Hellickson, Rays
32. Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks
33. Josh Tomlin, Indians
34. Philip Humber, White Sox
35. Bartolo Colon, Yankees
36. Jason Vargas, Mariners
37. Max Scherzer, Tigers
38. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
39. Johnny Cueto, Reds
40. Wandy Rodriguez, Astros
41. Zack Greinke, Brewers
42. Colby Lewis, Rangers
43. Jeff Karstens, Pirates
44. Dillon Gee, Mets
45. Justin Masterson, Indians
46. Scott Baker, Twins
47. Ricky Nolasco, Marlins
48. Madison Bumgarner, Giants
49. Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies
50. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
Last ones out: Carlos Carrasco, Indians; Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers; Jonathon Niese, Mets; Tim Stauffer, Padres; Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals

Disabled list: Jon Lester, Red Sox; Brett Anderson, Athletics; Clay Buchholz, Red Sox; Roy Oswalt, Astros; Jonathan Sanchez, Giants; Josh Johnson, Marlins; Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies; Johan Santana, Mets; Carlos Zambrano, Cubs; Aaron Harang, Padres; Erik Bedard, Mariners

1. Craig Kimbrel, Braves
2. Heath Bell, Padres
3. Joel Hanrahan, Pirates
4. Brian Wilson, Giants
5. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
6. Drew Storen, Nationals
7. John Axford, Brewers
8. Huston Street, Rockies
9. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
10. Sergio Santos, White Sox
11. Neftali Feliz, Rangers
12. Carlos Marmol, Cubs
13. Jordan Walden, Angels
14. Fernando Salas, Cardinals
15. Chris Perez, Indians
16. Kyle Farnsworth, Rays
17. Jose Valverde, Tigers
18. Joakim Soria, Royals
19. Leo Nunez, Marlins
20. Francisco Cordero, Reds
21. Andrew Bailey, Athletics
22. Francisco Rodriguez, Mets
23. Brandon League, Mariners
24. Antonio Bastardo, Phillies
25. David Hernandez, Diamondbacks
Last ones out: Kevin Gregg, Orioles; Frank Francisco, Blue Jays; Joe Nathan, Twins

Disabled list:
J.J. Putz, Diamondbacks; Ryan Madson, Phillies; Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers; David Aardsma, Mariners; Brad Lidge, Phillies; Vicente Padilla, Dodgers; Brandon Lyon, Astros

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