Posted: Friday June 8, 2012 3:39PM ; Updated: Friday June 8, 2012 3:39PM
Eric Mack

Injuries, performance alter rankings of top starting pitchers

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Shoulder injuries have sent the stock of many top starting pitchers plummeting

Ubaldo Jimenez is among struggling starters who may rebound in second half

Matt Cain has emerged as the Giants ace this season over Tim Lincecum

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Giants ace Tim Lincecum has struggled this season, allowing at least four earned runs in eight of his 12 starts.
Giants ace Tim Lincecum has struggled this season, allowing at least four earned runs in eight of his 12 starts.
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This is a new fantasy baseball world we live in, this 2012. R.A. Dickey is the highest-scoring pitcher to date, rubber-armed Roy Halladay finally succumbed to injury and Tim Lincecum just can't string quality starts together.

Raise your hand if you saw any of that three happening by the end of the first week of June. Seriously, put your hand down if you were cheeky enough to raise it; no one believes you.

Heck, it might be time to send Lincecum packing. The problem you will run into there is it is unlikely you will get a Top-20 starter for him now. You might as well cross your fingers he can rediscover himself like Dickey, Jake Peavy and Johan Santana (all high risers below).

You don't need yet another warning about how risky big investments in pitching can be, but you probably could use a re-ranking of the Top-50 at the notoriously volatile starting pitcher position. As we move to the midway point of head-to-head fantasy baseball regular season, we give you just that in this week's pitching report.

The list below is ordered for the potential return here on out, so use it to consider working deals.

Here are some of the key notes from the reordering of the top 50:

1. Bad shoulders are devastating. Dropping out of the top 30: No. 2 Roy Halladay (shoulder, out until at least late July), PHI; No. 25 Michael Pineda (shoulder, out for the season), NYY; and No. 30 Chris Carpenter (shoulder, out until at least late July). You cannot expect much of Halladay or Carpenter, even down the stretch.

2. Also failing to stay in the Top 50, but perhaps good candidates to buy low on: Ubaldo Jimenez, CLE; Jaime Garcia, STL; Tim Hudson, ATL; Derek Holland, TEX; Ervin Santana, LAA; Trevor Cahill, ARI; Justin Masterson, CLE; and Hiroki Kuroda, NYY.

3. Some Top 50 starters still worth buying low on: Cliff Lee, PHI; Jon Lester, BOS; Lincecum, SF; Ian Kennedy, ARI; Yovani Gallardo, MIL; and Josh Beckett, BOS.

4. Among the breakthroughs to consider selling high on: Gio Gonzalez, WAS; Brandon Morrow, TOR; Brandon Beachy, ATL; Dickey and Chris Capuano.

5. The Giants' Matt Cain has emerged as the Giants' ace amid Lincecum's struggles, and a Top-10 fantasy starter for the first time. This is a coming of age for a 27-year-old ace. Don't sell high here. He is this good.

Top 50 Starters Reset
Rank Starter Team March Rank H2H Rank
1 Justin Verlander DET 1 5
2 Clayton Kershaw LAD 3 15
3 Cole Hamels PHI 8 3
4 Jered Weaver LAA 9 12
5 CC Sabathia NYY 4 11
6 Cliff Lee PHI 6 58
7 Felix Hernandez SEA 7 31
8 Matt Cain SF 18 2
9 David Price TB 10 10
10 Zack Greinke MIL 13 17
11 Stephen Strasburg WAS 15 18
12 Madison Bumgarner SF 21 20
13 Jake Peavy CHW 63 4
14 Jon Lester BOS 14 78
15 Johan Santana NYM 77 25
16 Gio Gonzalez WAS 37 9
17 Brandon Morrow TOR 48 7
18 Ricky Romero TOR 28 21
19 C.J. Wilson LAA 23 23
20 Johnny Cueto CIN 31 22
21 Jeremy Hellickson TB 34 32
22 Tim Lincecum SF 5 126
23 Ian Kennedy ARI 17 41
24 Dan Haren LAA 11 55
25 Yovani Gallardo MIL 12 64
26 James Shields TB 16 38
27 Tommy Hanson ATL 20 54
28 Josh Beckett BOS 22 60
29 Chris Sale CHW NR 14
30 Carlos Zambrano MIA 52 26
31 Dan Hudson ARI 24 137
32 Brandon Beachy ATL 42 19
33 Yu Darvish TEX 33 46
34 Josh Johnson MIA 26 79
35 Adam Wainwright STL 27 80
36 Jordan Zimmermann WAS 43 44
37 R.A. Dickey NYM 84 1
38 Lance Lynn STL 126+ 2
39 Matt Moore TB 29 110
40 Max Scherzer DET 35 83
41 Anibal Sanchez MIA 38 30
42 Shaun Marcum MIL 39 35
43 Matt Garza CHC 32 68
44 Mat Latos CIN 19 81
45 Roy Oswalt TEX 100 NR
46 James McDonald PIT 126+ 13
47 Chris Capuano LAD 97 8
48 Wade Miley ARI 126+ 24
49 Clay Buchholz BOS 41 86
50 Trevor Bauer ARI 126+ NR

Eric Mack writes fantasy for If you miss his Monday baseball trends, Wednesday prospect report or Friday pitching review, you can also find him on Twitter, where you can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him for fantasy advice @EricMackFantasy. He reads all the messages there (guaranteed) and takes them very, very personally (not really).
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