2013 Sports The Best Current MLB Pitchers  

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List Rules Only active pitchers. No minor leaguers or recently retired players

Who are the best current MLB pitchers? Who's the most dominant pitcher of the entire season? That remains to be seen, but for now, these pitchers are among the best. They are also among the best current baseball players. Vote for the current MLB pitchers you believe are the best, vote down any who aren't performing well and feel free to add new potential breakout stars, too. You can also re-rank this list in any order you choose.

Any list of the best current MLB pitchers should include one of the highest paid pitchers in the MLB, Justin Verlander. Other great starters on the list include Clayton Kershaw (one of the best left-handed pitchers), Zack Greinke, and the Phillies' Jake Arrietta. But this list is not limited to the best starting pitchers. Closers like Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, and Trevor Rosenthal deserve as much credit to their teams’s success as anyone on the starting rotation. 

That's what this list is about: The MLB pitchers that you think are worth the big bucks, because they are, quite simply, the best. Will any of the current good MLB pitchers on this list ultimately wind up on a list of the greatest baseball players of all time? For now, cast your votes for who you think are the best pitchers in baseball right now.

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1,863 715
Clayton Kershaw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Los Angeles Dodgers

2
1,058 696
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals

3
1,070 624
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago White Sox

4
1,039 766
Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
San Francisco Giants

5
761 425
Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cleveland Indians

6
820 634
Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
slaft added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs

7
627 513
Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added New York Mets

8
760 445
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros

9
808 953
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Seattle Mariners

10
695 702
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

11
553 215
Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Noah Syndergaard New York Mets

12
554 417
Stephen Strasburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Washington Nationals

13
619 772
David Price is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays

14
523 424
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs

15
407 347
Dallas Keuchel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
MattBryant added Houston Astros

16
352 419
Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
zacharyneill added Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros

17
475 472
Johnny Cueto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

18
410 673
Matt Harvey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets

19
394 270
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds

20
458 540
Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
hawkster.steve added St. Louis Cardinals

21
470 512
Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

22
290 285
Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Pittsburgh Pirates

23
316 274
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
JCallaway11 added Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox

24
266 408
Sonny Gray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics

25
279 331
Cole Hamels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

26
230 398
Jordan Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals

27
240 341
Michael Wacha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
TerryRansom added St. Louis Cardinals

28
253 295
Masahiro Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
New York Yankees

29
160 175
Carlos Martinez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
EricFischer added St. Louis Cardianls

30
141 340
James Shields is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres

31
172 168
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
JNino added Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals

32
159 325
Shelby Miller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Arizona Diamondbacks, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves

33
147 212
Gio Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals

34
143 136
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Tom Andersen added Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox

35
140 386
Clay Buchholz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks

36
111 211
Julio Teherán is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Atlanta Braves

37
142 80
Marcus Stroman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mckib5816 added Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays

38
114 237
Lance Lynn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals

39
96 285
Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

40
113 139
Danny Salazar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
slaft added Cleveland Indians

41
126 250
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

42
142 154
Dellin Betances is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added New York Yankees

43
129 251
Doug Fister is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals

44
111 217
Hisashi Iwakuma is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Seattle Mariners

45
130 260
Aníbal Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers

46
114 146
Jeurys Familia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
jonathan-guerra added Oakland Athletics, New York Mets

47
98 108
José Quintana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

48
95 170
Zack Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
muzziac added New York Mets

49
89 183
Garrett Richards is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
surag added Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

50
99 244
Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants