At any given time, there are probably no more than a dozen pitchers that are widely considered No. 1 starters. But, of course, that’s not right. There are 30 No. 1 starters in baseball.
The most glaring one missing, I will admit, is Matt Harvey. I wanted to put Matt Harvey in there but the formula I used simply would not allow it. In the formula, I calculated all sorts of statistics from the start of the 2014 season, with a heavier emphasis on this year. Well, Harvey obviously missed last season. And this year, while he has been good, he has not been great. I would take Harvey over several of the pitchers on this list. But I can’t list him as a No. 1 right now.