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2012 Fantasy Baseball: National League-Only Starting Pitcher Rankings

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Five of the National League Divisional Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 7, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Matt Slocum-Pool/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2012

Here’s the 2012 LestersLegends Starting Pitcher Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.


1. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies 

Going 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 220 Ks is nothing to sneeze at.


2. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies 

Did not disappoint in his return to Philly, going 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 238 Ks.


3. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers 

Coming off a brilliant 21-5, 2.28 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 248 Ks season that resembled Verlander’s gem.


4. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants 

He had a sub-.500 winning percentage, but it's hard to argue with his 2.74 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 220 Ks. Look for him to bounce back.


5. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies 

Easy to undervalue him because of Halladay and Lee, but his 14-9, 2.79 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 194 Ks were plain nasty.

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Space Coast Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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6. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals 

The Nationals will be cautious, but Strasburg is nearly unhittable.


7. Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers 

Nasty stuff led to a 17-10, 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 207 Ks season.


8. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants 

Once again struggled to pick up wins (12) despite a 2.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 179 Ks. It’s a crime he can’t get better offensive support.


9. Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers 

The Brewers will find it tougher to score runs without Prince Fielder. If Greinke can avoid the early-season ineffectiveness that led to a 5.45 pre-All-Star Game ERA, he should be a force.


10. Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks 

Quietly produced a 21-4, 2.88 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 198 Ks season.


11. Josh Johnson, Miami Marlins 

MARYVALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26:  Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers poses for a portrait during a photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 26, 2012 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
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You know what he can do when he’s healthy. That is the big question mark though.


12. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds 

His new park is a far cry from PETCO, but when healthy, Latos can get the job done just about anywhere.


13. Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves 

Limited to 22 starts last year, but produced a solid 11-7, 3.60 ERA, 1.17 ERA and 142 Ks season.


14. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants 

Vogelson was the surprise last year, but Bumgarner has the potential. Finished 13-13 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 191 Ks. Posted a 2.52 ERA after the All-Star Break.


15.  Daniel Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks 

He turned in an impressive 16-12, 3.49 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 169 Ks season. He’ll turn just 25 next week. Definitely reason to believe he can build on his success.


16.  Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals 

JUPITER, FL - MARCH 18: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during a game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on March 18, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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It may take him some time to round into form, but he should still be one of the game’s elite pitchers.


17.  Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals 

His age makes him a risk, but he continually turns in solid performances.


18.  Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds 

He was brilliant (9-5, 2.31, 1.09, 104) in 24 starts. He has improved every year, but I expect he’ll be closer to his 2010 numbers (3.64, 1.28).


19.  Brandon Beachy, Atlanta Braves 

He was better than his final numbers indicate (7-3, 3.68, 1.21, 169).


20.  Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals 

Gonzalez (16-12, 3.12, 1.32, 197 Ks) forms a nice trio with Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.

 

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