Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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.Get these pitcher ranks a day in advance and grab waiver wire starters before your leaguemates!Thursday’s rankings are led by the likely AL Cy Young front-runner in what’s another limited MLB slate of games. When it comes to Scherzer, the question is whether or not you put stock into his win-loss record. Harold Reynolds has an opinion.The top two starters aren’t surprising, but check out number three — my preseason sleeper, Erasmo Ramirez. Injury slowed Ramirez early in the season, and lack of Ks has always been the knock on him, but that’s the kind of pitcher who can thrive against the Astros. As long as he keeps the ball down and doesn’t allow homers, he should be able to squeak out a usable amount of Ks good ratios. I say start with confidence.Despite a good outing last time out, I have zero confidence in Jon Lester against the Orioles.Looking for a sleeper for today (Ramirez aside)? Jordan Lyles at home against the Mariners intrigues me.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 Rating1Max ScherzerHomeAthletics6.93.07.33.949.60126.92David PriceHomeAngels6.92.55.83.277.58120.83Erasmo RamirezAwayAstros6.12.66.43.879.35117.94Gio GonzalezHomeMarlins6.02.66.33.879.52117.15Gerrit ColeHomeBrewers6.02.14.33.096.38108.06Ubaldo JimenezAwayBraves5.42.76.14.5110.16107.47Carlos TorresHomePhillies6.02.14.43.236.60106.58Ethan MartinAwayMets4.21.75.03.7210.70105.59Chris TillmanAwayRed Sox6.23.25.64.708.20100.910Yovani GallardoAwayPirates5.62.55.04.088.03100.711Kris MedlenHomeIndians6.23.05.14.337.4899.312Jon LesterHomeOrioles6.43.14.94.366.9997.113Jordan LylesHomeMariners5.82.54.43.946.8196.114Tom KoehlerAwayNationals6.43.24.84.556.8094.215Wade DavisAwayTwins5.22.95.25.018.9693.816Garrett RichardsAwayRays6.02.74.14.136.2390.817Jarrod ParkerAwayTigers6.33.23.64.585.1380.518Samuel DedunoHomeRoyals6.22.83.14.094.4680.1
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kentucky remains unbeaten after thrilling win over ND

Alabama DT arrested on domestic violence charges again

John Calipari blasted for postgame interview

WATCH: MJ, Tom Brady play pickup game in Bahamas

WATCH: Wrong national anthem played for El Salvador

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Russell Wilson smashes HR in Rangers BP

John Fox: Jay Cutler will have to earn starting QB job

Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Kurt Warner is helping to turn around Colin Kaepernick

Bizarre call allows Duke to cover spread against Utah

Saints love TE Josh Hill following Jimmy Graham trade

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Jim McElwain complains about Florida roster

Mark Few: I put Coach K up there with John Wooden

WATCH: Enes Kanter embraces boos in return to Utah

Mariners prospect dies from boat accident injuries

T.J. Ford sends heartfelt tweet about Rick Barnes

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

Tennessee fans show love for Bruce Pearl on campus rock

Louisville guard turned off phone after clutch NC State win

Steve Spurrier hung out with Kenny Chesney before concert

Winnipeg Jets prospect had a rough night on the ice

Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

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

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.