Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Get these pitcher ranks a day in advance and grab waiver wire starters before your league does!If you’re looking for a day to go all-in on starting pitchers, Friday’s the day. A whopping 22 of the 30 starters slated to go on Friday rate as league average or better thanks to some very nice matchups for pitchers who ordinarily hover right around average. As usual, here’s my trio of notes for Friday’s probables:There are a lot of big names in the top 10, but Burch Smith isn’t one of them. That said, he checks in at number 9 due to a nice matchup at home against the Rockies, who play poorly away from Coors. Smith has struck out over a batter per inning at every stop in the minors, and with 15 K in 12.2 innings with the Padres this year, that trend has continued with the big club. Yes, his ERA is over 11.00. I don’t really care. Allowing five homers in just over 12 innings will do that to you. Still, pitching at PETCO should help.Speaking of pitchers going at PETCO, how about Juan Nicasio? His 4.82 ERA leaves much to be desired (and his 5.43 road ERA leaves much more to be desired), but the Pads at PETCO is about as cushy as it gets.Chris Capuano gets the start in place of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who’s getting skipped in the rotation again with a troublesome back. Ryu was a start on the road at Cincy. Capuano probably isn’t.For Thursday’s rankings, click here.For an in-depth explanation of how these rankings were compiled, click here.For a 5-day look at the upcoming week in starting pitchers, click here.RankPitcherH/AOpponentProj. IPProj. ERProj. KGame ERAGame K/9Game Rating1Jose FernandezHomeNationals6.11.76.82.5310.11149.32Cliff LeeHomeBraves7.02.57.03.238.94134.43A.J. GriffinHomeAstros6.32.26.43.219.16128.54Anibal SanchezAwayRoyals6.32.26.23.118.80127.85Alex CobbAwayMariners6.42.56.53.489.15124.56Mike MinorAwayPhillies6.42.46.13.408.66122.37Hisashi IwakumaHomeRays6.62.45.63.217.61119.68A.J. BurnettAwayCardinals6.42.76.43.849.00118.59Burch SmithHomeRockies5.82.06.93.0310.66115.310James ShieldsHomeTigers6.82.34.73.036.25114.111Patrick CorbinAwayGiants6.72.55.23.316.92113.712R.A. DickeyAwayTwins6.63.16.14.278.35110.113Zack WheelerAwayIndians5.92.55.53.818.40109.714Joe KellyHomePirates6.02.24.73.307.11108.915Scott KazmirHomeMets5.42.45.63.969.29108.516Matt GarzaAwayAngels6.63.15.94.237.98108.517Scott FeldmanHomeWhite Sox6.02.24.43.256.57106.718C.J. WilsonHomeRangers6.32.54.83.546.85106.019Felix DoubrontAwayYankees6.02.65.33.967.97105.520Dallas KeuchelAwayAthletics7.33.55.34.356.50100.921Dan HarenAwayMarlins5.62.54.83.947.67100.422Andy PettitteHomeRed Sox6.02.54.33.736.5298.323Juan NicasioAwayPadres5.22.34.43.877.4996.524Yusmeiro PetitHomeDiamondbacks6.02.64.33.866.4395.525John DanksAwayOrioles6.42.84.03.985.6691.726Chris CapuanoAwayReds5.42.64.04.316.7687.927Kyle LohseAwayCubs6.12.83.74.205.5185.728Mike LeakeHomeDodgers6.33.03.64.245.1984.229Chris RusinHomeBrewers5.52.83.64.665.9680.030Mike PelfreyHomeBlue Jays5.32.63.04.325.0376.6
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