A dominant starting pitcher is a commodity that every MLB team seeks. They also often-times the highest compensated players on their respective teams. Why would a player who starts, barring injury, between 30 and 35 regular season games, be worth more than a position player who takes the field for most of the 162 regular season games? These guys below answer that question by themselves with their incredible statistics. Here are TSI’s top 5 starting pitchers in baseball.

5. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

2013: 12-10, 3.04 ERA, 216 K’s

2014 Projection: 19-3, 2.75 ERA, 240 K’s

4. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

2013: 15-4, 2.63 ERA, 148 K’s

2014 Projection: 21-3, 1.91 ERA, 232 K’s

3. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

2013: 16-9, 1.83 ERA, 232 K’s

2014 Projection: 9-3, 3.49 ERA, 115 K’s (missed most of April with injury)

2. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

2013: 21-3, 2.90 ERA, 240 K’s

2014 Projection: 20-3, 3.00 ERA, 277 K’s

1. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

2013: 19-9, 2.94 ERA, 219 K’s

2014 Projection: 25-6, 1.67 ERA, 245 K’s

*Projections from ESPN

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