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. LatosHomeDiamondbacks6. VerlanderHomeTwins6. ShieldsHomeWhite Sox6. StrasburgAwayCubs6. CainHomePirates6. KellyHomeBraves6. WoodHomeNationals6. LockeAwayGiants5. QuintanaAwayRoyals6. PettitteHomeBlue Jays6. MaholmAwayCardinals5. KendrickHomeRockies6. CahillAwayReds5. HappAwayYankees4. AlvarezHomeDodgers6. AlbersAwayTigers6. BettisAwayPhillies4.
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