Simon: Who is the world’s No. 1 starting pitcher?

From SABR member Mark Simon at ACTA Sports on May 9, 2019:

The role of the starting pitcher in 2019 is a little different than it was 20, 10, or even five years ago. Pitchers are rarely asked to go long into games as deep bullpens allow managers to pursue the most favorable matchups at the end of games.

But the role of starting pitcher is still important. Aces are still a notable part of the game. But who are the best of the best?

The Bill James World’s No. 1 Starting Pitcher Rankings attempt to answer that question. The rankings are based on the Game Score metric and a pitcher’s sustained excellence over a lengthy body of work. You can read more about the methodology here and here.

There is a tight race for the No. 1 spot with Nationals ace Max Scherzer trying to hold off former teammate Justin Verlander of the Astros.

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Originally published: May 10, 2019. Last Updated: May 10, 2019.