Starting Pitcher Shuffle Up: Max Scherzer shows the way

Max Scherzer has been a 200-inning man for five straight years (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

We roll along in the Shuffle Up series.

You’ll have to season the prices to taste. The numbers don’t matter in a vacuum; what matters is how the player prices relate to one another. Assume a 5×5 scoring system, as always. Everyone listed here has starting pitcher eligibility in the Yahoo game entering 2018. Players at the same cost are considered even.

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Have some disagreements? Have some major disagreements? That’s good! That’s why we have a game. I welcome your respectful disagreement anytime: @scott_pianowski on Twitter.

Just the prices for now. Comments will be added on the weekend. Check status on the asterisk players; I am not going to argue the merits of the injured (especially when it comes to injured pitchers). They’re worth whatever you want them to be.

Game on.

Note: Shortly after this initial posting, the Madison Bumgarner injury news broke. I’ve removed the lefty from the ranks for now, and will re-evaluate when more information is available. If I were drafting tonight, unless the price were silly low, I’d just let someone else have Bumgarner. That’s how I generally handle long-term injuries. 

$40 Max Scherzer
$39 Clayton Kershaw
$39 Chris Sale
$39 Corey Kluber
$33 Jacob deGrom
$33 Carlos Carrasco
$31 Justin Verlander
$31 Noah Syndergaard
$29 Stephen Strasburg
$26 Luis Severino
$24 Zack Greinke
$22 Yu Darvish
$22 Carlos Martinez
$21 Chris Archer
$21 Robbie Ray
$21 Aaron Nola
$19 James Paxton
$18 Dallas Keuchel
$18 Jose Quintana
$18 Gerrit Cole
$16 Masahiro Tanaka
$16 David Price
$14 Jake Arrieta
$14 Lance McCullers
$13 Shohei Ohtani
$13 Kyle Hendricks
$12 Jon Lester
$12 Alex Wood
$11 Luis Castillo
$11 Zack Godley
$11 Jose Berrios
$11 Sonny Gray
$10 Rich Hill
$10 Luke Weaver
$10 Garrett Richards
$10 Jameson Taillon

$10 Johnny Cueto
$10 Trevor Bauer
$9 Marcus Stroman
$9 Danny Duffy
$9 Taijuan Walker
$8 *Jeff Samardzija
$8 Jonathan Gray
$8 Chase Anderson
$7 Michael Clevinger
$7 Michael Fulmer
$7 Gio Gonzalez
$7 Charlie Morton
$7 Kenta Maeda
$7 Drew Pomeranz
$7 Dylan Bundy
$7 Blake Snell
$7 Dinelson Lamet
$7 Lance Lynn
$7 Julio Teheran
$6 Kevin Gausman
$6 J.A. Happ
$6 Jacob Faria
$6 Rick Porcello
$6 Aaron Sanchez
$5 Danny Salazar
$5 Sean Manaea
$5 Michael Wacha
$5 Cole Hamels
$5 Tanner Roark
$5 Patrick Corbin
$5 Jake Odorizzi
$4 Jordan Montgomery
$4 Lucas Giolito
$4 Brad Peacock
$4 Joe Musgrove
$3 Marco Estrada
$3 *Ervin Santana
$3 *Jimmy Nelson
$3 Tyler Chatwood
$2 Alex Cobb
$2 Felix Hernandez
$2 *Eduardo Rodriguez
$2 Zach Davies
$2 Miles Mikolas
$2 Hyun-Jin Ryu
$2 Matt Shoemaker
$2 Sean Newcomb
$2 CC Sabathia
$2 Brandon McCarthy
$2 Luis Perdomo
$1 *Carlos Rodon
$1 Daniel Straily
$1 Jake Junis
$1 Matt Harvey
$1 Steven Matz
$1 Ivan Nova
$1 Vincent Velasquez
$1 Michael Foltynewicz
$1 Tyler Skaggs
$1 Kyle Gibson
$1 Chad Kuhl
$1 Walker Buehler
$1 Jack Flaherty
$1 Nick Pivetta
$1 Andrew Triggs
$1 Brandon Woodruff
$1 Kendall Graveman
0 *Jerad Eickhoff
0 Mike Leake
0 Tyler Glasnow