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

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1,044 689
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Max Scherzer Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals

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1,061 615
Chris Sale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox

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1,036 752
Madison Bumgarner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants

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754 421
Corey Kluber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians

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818 625
Jake Arrieta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
slaft added Jake Arrieta Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs

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622 506
Jacob deGrom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Jacob Degrom New York Mets

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803 949
Félix Hernández is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Félix Hernández Seattle Mariners

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748 443
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros

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693 695
Zack Greinke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Zack Greinke Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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551 209
Noah Syndergaard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Noah Syndergaard New York Mets

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550 411
Stephen Strasburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

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615 768
David Price is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
David Price Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays

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521 419
Jon Lester is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Jon Lester Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs

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402 346
Dallas Keuchel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
MattBryant added Dallas Keuchel Houston Astros

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474 466
Johnny Cueto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants

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347 418
Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
zacharyneill added Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros

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410 667
Matt Harvey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Matt Harvey Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets

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387 268
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Aroldis Chapman New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds

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457 535
Adam Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
hawkster.steve added Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals

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468 508
Yu Darvish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Yu Darvish Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

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290 282
Chris Archer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Chris Archer Pittsburgh Pirates

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312 273
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
JCallaway11 added Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox

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266 406
Sonny Gray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Sonny Gray New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics

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278 330
Cole Hamels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Cole Hamels Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

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229 397
Jordan Zimmermann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Jordan Zimmermann Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals

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240 338
Michael Wacha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
TerryRansom added Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals

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252 294
Masahiro Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees

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159 174
Carlos Martinez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
EricFischer added Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardianls

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141 338
James Shields is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added James Shields Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres

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171 167
Wade Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
JNino added Wade Davis Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals

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159 323
Shelby Miller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Shelby Miller Arizona Diamondbacks, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves

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146 211
Gio Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Gio Gonzalez Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals

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142 135
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Tom Andersen added Bartolo Colón Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox

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140 384
Clay Buchholz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks

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110 210
Julio Teherán is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Julio Teherán Atlanta Braves

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141 78
Marcus Stroman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mckib5816 added Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays

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113 236
Lance Lynn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Lance Lynn New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals

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95 284
Scott Kazmir is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Scott Kazmir Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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112 137
Danny Salazar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
slaft added Danny Salazar Cleveland Indians

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126 248
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Jeff Samardzija San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox

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142 152
Dellin Betances is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Baseballislove added Dellin Betances New York Yankees

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129 249
Doug Fister is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Doug Fister Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals

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111 215
Hisashi Iwakuma is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Hisashi Iwakuma Seattle Mariners

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114 144
Jeurys Familia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
jonathan-guerra added Jeurys Familia Oakland Athletics, New York Mets

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129 259
Aníbal Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
mickzellar added Aníbal Sánchez Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers

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97 107
José Quintana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
José Quintana Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

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94 169
Zack Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
muzziac added Zack Wheeler New York Mets

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89 181
Garrett Richards is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
surag added Garrett Richards Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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99 242
Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current MLB Pitchers
Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants