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MLB · 17 days 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 13):

MLB Pitcher Rankings for 2023

1. 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 27 starts with a stunning 2.49 ERA and 159 strikeouts. Steele last took the mound on September 9 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and pitched seven innings while allowing one earned run. 

2. Blake Snell – Padres

It’s difficult not to be impressed with what San Diego Padres lefty Blake Snell has accomplished. He 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 13-9 record over 29 starts with a 2.52 ERA and 209 punchouts. Snell is coming off posting his third victory in as many starts. 

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 the biggest threat to win the AL Cy Young. Cole has stellar numbers this year, posting a 13-4 record through 30 starts and a 2.96 ERA with 204 strikeouts. 

4. Kyle Bradish – Orioles 

Baltimore Orioles youngster Kyle Bradish has managed to keep his spot in the top five and has been precisely what this group has needed at the top of their rotation. In his second year in the big leagues, Bradish has already established himself as one of the game’s top starters. The right-hander has tallied an 11-6 record over 26 starts with a 3.03 ERA and 145 punchouts. 

5. Sonny Gray – Twins 

There comes a point when you must respect the numbers a pitcher puts out there every fifth day. Sonny Gray has continued to be excellent for the Minnesota Twins, posting elite numbers for the AL Central leaders. Gray has posted an impressive 7-7 record over 29 starts with a 2.96 ERA and 165 punchouts.