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MLB · a month ago

Ranking the Best MLB Pitchers in 2023

Zachary Cook

Zachary Cook

Ranking the Best MLB Pitchers in 2023

Justin Verlander was the best pitcher last year, winning his third Cy Young Award and second AL ERA crown. He also helped the Houston Astros to a second World Series title in six seasons.

Who will be the best MLB pitcher in 2023? Here are the updated rankings (as of September 6):

MLB Pitcher Rankings for 2023

1. Blake Snell – Padres

It’s difficult not to be impressed with what San Diego Padres lefty Blake Snell has accomplished. The left-hander has set the bar in the big leagues in the second half and has led the charge as the game’s top arm. Snell has registered a 12-9 record throughout 28 starts with a 2.50 ERA and 201 strikeouts. Snell last pitched on September 2 against the San Francisco Giants, throwing six shutout innings and striking out eight. 

2. Justin Steele – Cubs

Justin Steele is not a name that many thought would be in the conversation as one of MLB’s best arms this season, but get to know him. The crafty left-hander has compiled a 16-3 record over 26 starts with a stunning 2.55 ERA and 153 strikeouts. Steele is coming off baffling the San Francisco Giants on Monday night and tied his career-best mark by striking out twelve. 

3. Gerrit Cole – Yankees 

If you want consistency at the top of the rotation, Gerrit Cole brings it. The New York Yankees flamethrower brings a dynamic pitch mix as the club’s ace, and his numbers have backed that up. Cole has continued to be a solid threat to win the AL Cy Young and is coming off a start last night against the Detroit Tigers, where he pitched six innings and allowed one earned run. Cole has registered a 13-4 record over 29 starts with a 2.90 ERA and 195 strikeouts. 

4. Kyle Bradish – Orioles 

A new entrant inside the top five is Baltimore Orioles youngster Kyle Bradish. In his second year in the big leagues, Bradish has already established himself as one of the game’s top starters. The Orioles have continued to sit on top of the AL East, and a big reason for that is the dominance Bradish has demonstrated. The right-hander has tallied a 10-6 record over 25 starts with a 3.03 ERA and 136 punchouts. 

5. Kodai Senga – Mets

In the offseason, the New York Mets signed right-handed Japanese star Kodai Senga to a five-year deal worth $75 million. It took some time for him to get accumulated to the big leagues, but he’s settled in nicely and has been flat-out dominant for the Mets in the second half. Senga has posted a 10-7 record over 25 starts with a 3.08 ERA and 176 strikeouts.