Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 8/28/13
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.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
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