Now that the 2022 MLB season is starting to wind down, fans have a picture of who the top performers are. Some pitchers have been absolutely elite for their respective teams this season, while others have fallen by the wayside. Bleacher Report decided to rank them, and came up with a controversial list.
At the top is Max Scherzer for the New York Mets, who despite being injured, has been great this season. Scherzer is 9-3 with a 2.33 ERA through 18 starts this season. Pair this with him being on one of the best teams in the league, and he has an argument to be #1 on the list. However, some say that he is not even the best pitcher on his team, with Jacob deGrom's return earlier this month.
Following Scherzer are Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros and Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins. Verlander has defied father time by posting a league-leading 1.87 ERA at 39 years old. Alcantara has shown that he is one of the elite pitchers in the MLB, with his 2.19 ERA through 176.2 innings pitched. Many believe that Verlander should rank #1 on this list.
Shane McClanahan of the Tampa Bay Rays and Corbin Burnes are fourth and fifth on the list, respectively. Both have had Cy Young caliber seasons on potential playoff teams. However, since the Rays and Brewers are not the most elite teams in the MLB, Bleacher Report decided to rank them lower.
Perhaps one of the most underrated pitchers this season is Dylan Cease of the Chicago White Sox. Cease is 12-6 with a 2.27 ERA through 139 innings pitched. He already has 182 strikeouts, but somehow he was not even named to this year's MLB All-Star game. Cease ranked ninth on Bleacher's list, but many believed that he should have been higher.
New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole was ranked 10th on the list, and many thought this to be unfair. Although Cole was dominant early on this season, he has been experencing a rough patch in the second half.
There were also a few pitchers who have had a dominant season but failed to make the top 10. Tony Gonsolin of the Los Angeles Dodgers was ranked 15th, outraging fans.
Was Tony Gonsolin the biggest snub on the MLB Aces list?
Tony Gonsolin of the Los Angeles Dodgers currently has the best winning percentage in the MLB at a ridiculous .941. Gonsolin has 16 wins with one loss on the year. Although wins are not the be-all and end-all, this is still very impressive.
Through 23 starts, Gonsolin has a 2.10 ERA, which leads the National League. He is doing this on the best team in the MLB, with the Dodgers having an 86-37 record this year. It is safe to say that Gonsolin easily deserves to be in the top 10 of Bleacher's list.