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Posted on: March 2, 2010 10:47 am
 

Starting Pitchers
1. Top 10 overall

Tim Lincecum remains atop the rankings, despite being outdone by King Felix and Zack Greinke in CBSSports.com's new standard scoring system... (I have a viz that shows what the new scoring system does to pitcher scoring, too)

1 Tim Lincecum  $33 SF
2 Roy Halladay  $32 PHI
3 CC Sabathia  $31 NYY
4 Zack Greinke  $29 KC
5 Felix Hernandez  $29 SEA 
6 Justin Verlander  $25 DET 
7 Dan Haren  $24 ARI 
8 Chris Carpenter  $24 STL ... Winningest player on CBSSports.com last year
9 Johan Santana  $24 NYM ... Former No. 1 coming off elbow surgery
10 Adam Wainwright  $23 STL ... Last year's third-year starting pitcher breakout

2. Top 5 Third year starters

So, genuis, who are the next Wainwright third-year starting pitcher breakouts that can enter that elite top 10...

RK  Pitcher  Age
1 Yovani Gallardo 24 *
2 Clayton Kershaw 22 *
3 Hiroki Kuroda 35
4 Kevin Slowey 25
5 Johnny Cueto 24

3. The second 10

Gallardo is in this next 10 aces and also a pair of Sox...

11 Jon Lester  $22 BOS
12 Josh Beckett  $22 BOS
13 Javier Vazquez  $21 NYY
14 Josh Johnson  $21 FLA * ... Third-year SP a year ago with even more potential
15 Cliff Lee  $21 SEA ... Ace moving to third team in less than a year
16 Jake Peavy  $20 CHW ** Former No. 1 off injury-plagued year... this year's Carpenter?
17 Matt Cain  $18 SF 
18 Cole Hamels  $17 PHI 
19 Yovani Gallardo  $17 MIL 
20 Tommy Hanson  $16 ATL * ... second-year starter with huge, huge upside

4. The third 10

We finally get to see your 3rd-year SP breakout Kershaw in this 10 and a trio of comeback candidates...
 
21 Ubaldo Jimenez  $16 COL * another 3rd-year from 2009
22 Jered Weaver  $15 ANA * He is not his brother
23 Wandy Rodriguez  $15 HOU
24 John Lackey  $15 BOS ... Changing coasts
25 Clayton Kershaw  $15 LAD 
26 Jair Jurrjens  $14 ATL ... dealing with a sore shoulder
27 Chad Billingsley  $14 LAD ... Comeback candidate
28 Scott Kazmir  $13 ANA ... Comeback candidate
29 Roy Oswalt  $13 HOU ... Comeback candidate
30 Ryan Dempster  $13 CHC

Out.

Emack.

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