Originally posted on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 8/21/13
Check out our all new 5-Day Starter Forecaster! Our new tool offers a graphical view of the week’s upcoming starters, ranked according to our matchup ratings formula.Looking for probable starter analysis for Thursday? You’ve come to the right place! Here are some assorted thoughts on the rankings you see below:The gap between Clayton Kershaw (147.7) and everyone else should remind any Kershaw owners of just how lucky they are to have him. Of course, facing the Marlins can make anyone look like Kershaw, but watching the Marlins face Kershaw is like watching Albert Pujols hit off Jenny Finch.Joe Kelly finds himself the only non-ace above the league average of 100.0 for Thursday. I say start with confidence. Even though the Braves have been rolling, their offense in August is just slightly above the league average in terms of runs scored.If I had to gamble on a lower-tiered SP on Thursday, it would be Kyle Kendrick at home against the Rockies. Colorado is pitiful away from Coors.For Wednesday’s rankings, click here.For an in-depth explanation of how these rankings were compiled, click here.RankPitcherH/AOpponentProj. IPProj. ERProj. KGame ERAGame K/9Game Rating1Clayton KershawAwayMarlins7.32.07.32.469.04147.72Mat LatosHomeDiamondbacks6.42.56.33.448.78115.33Justin VerlanderHomeTwins6.42.86.93.939.77114.44James ShieldsHomeWhite Sox6.72.35.33.037.13113.75Stephen StrasburgAwayCubs6.12.76.24.019.16106.86Matt CainHomePirates6.12.76.13.989.01106.17Joe KellyHomeBraves6.02.25.03.377.62104.78Travis WoodHomeNationals6.32.54.83.606.7798.59Jeff LockeAwayGiants5.82.13.73.285.7093.610Jose QuintanaAwayRoyals6.02.44.03.585.9691.411Andy PettitteHomeBlue Jays6.02.43.73.625.6288.512Paul MaholmAwayCardinals5.92.63.73.915.7084.713Kyle KendrickHomeRockies6.22.63.63.825.2684.614Trevor CahillAwayReds5.62.84.34.536.9083.215J.A. HappAwayYankees4.92.33.84.166.9782.316Henderson AlvarezHomeDodgers6.42.83.33.904.6280.817Andrew AlbersAwayTigers6.03.22.74.824.1165.818Chad BettisAwayPhillies4.62.11.94.203.8564.6
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Texans owner wants team to draft a top quarterback

Subban undergoes larynx surgery, out at least eight weeks

Report: Raiders staying in Oakland for 2016 season

Cavaliers showing trade interest in Kings’ Ben McLemore

Report: Rockets shopping Dwight Howard

Jim Fassel takes issue with Cam Newton's warmup MVP cleats

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: NFL upholds Vontaze Burfict’s three-game suspension

NFL owners reportedly concerned with Raiders-gang connections in LA

T'Wolves getting calls about Rubio ahead of trade deadline

Jarryd Hayne wants to return to NFL

Jones: I ‘scream in my pillow’ being at Super Bowl, not in it

Phil Jackson reportedly does not have opt-out until 2017

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

Franchise tag has been a useful tool for John Elway, Broncos

The 16 best NBA All-Star Game sneakers ever

Eight most potentially combustible MLB clubhouses

Matt Barnes coyly denies IG post was shot at Derek Fisher

NHLers who should be dealt to contenders before deadline

Robert Kraft compares Tom Brady to Peyton, Eli Manning

WATCH: Markieff Morris appears to flip the bird to heckler

Prediction for each NBA award heading into the All-Star Break

Did Clippers reenact Paul Pierce stabbing during pregame intros?

Kobe Bryant gives LeBron James his game-worn Kobe 11s

Terrell Owens tells Skip Bayless to stop ‘misinforming’ people

8-year-old Panthers fan writes adorable letter to Cam Newton

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker