Dewan: Scherzer on top

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on June 19, 2017:

On Friday night, Max Scherzer spun another gem with a 10-strikeout performance against the Mets in which he allowed one run over eight innings. With this outing, the remarkable has happened. Scherzer is now the No. 1 starting pitcher in Major League Baseball according to Bill James’ World’s #1 Starting Pitcher Rankings.

This isn’t the first time Scherzer has taken the top spot in the rankings, although it has been a while since his last visit there. In fact, it’s been more than a year—Clayton Kershaw has held the No. 1 ranking since July 7, 2015, when he took the spot back after Scherzer’s five-day reign. Since Kershaw first topped the leaderboard in May 2013, Scherzer is the only player to surpass him, doing so twice for a combined 40 days before Friday.

As it stands today, the two of them are stuck in a battle for the top spot, with the rest of the league trailing behind them. Here is the current top 10, while the full list can be viewed on Bill James Online.

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Originally published: June 19, 2017. Last Updated: June 19, 2017.