The Venezuelan Paul Lopezthe Cuban guy Nestor Cortes and the Dominican Sandy Alcantara remained at the top of the ranking of the best Latin pitchers, in the seventh installment of “Al Rojas Vivo”, which for the 17th. consecutive year publishes ESPN Digital weekly during the regular season of the Major Leagues.
“Al Rojas Vivo”, which is published on Tuesday of each week, takes into account statistics for the entire year up to Monday’s games. Players are not considered by their salaries, level or fame, but by their performance throughout the current season.
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Pos.: Opener | Team: Miami Marlins | Previous Rank: 1
The Venezuelan is coming off his worst start of the season, in which he allowed four hits and three runs in three innings against Washington, but that did not affect his position as leader of the ranking. Lopez (4-1, 1.57 and 48 strikeouts in 46.0 innings) leads the NL in ERA and opponents’ batting average (.186) and is second in WHIP (0.91) in his first eight starts of the season.
Pos.: Opener | Team: New York Yankees | Previous Rank: 2
The Cuban remains firm in his plan to become one of the best Latino pitchers of the 2022 season. Cortés (3-1, 1.80) is third in batting average allowed (.180), fifth in ERA (1.80) and WHIP (0.88) and sixth in strikeouts (56) in the American League. The right-hander has walked 11 and four home runs in 45.0 innings through eight starts.
Pos.: Opener | Team: Miami Marlins | Previous Rank: 3
The Dominican pitched a complete game against the Atlanta Braves in his last appearance, when he climbed to the lead in innings pitched (59.2) in the major leagues. Alcantara (4-2, 2.11) ranks fourth in the NL in ERA and has 49 strikeouts and four home runs allowed in nine starts. The opposition is hitting .201 against him.
Pos.: Opener | Team: Texas Rangers | Previous Rank: 4
The Venezuelan is coming off throwing the third shutout (and fourth complete game) of his career in his last outing, against none other than the mighty Houston Astros. Perez (3-2, 1.64) has been wonderful for the Rangers in the first two months of the season. The left-hander is fourth in the American League in ERA and has 38 strikeouts and 12 free walks in 49 1/3 innings. He still hasn’t allowed his first home run.
Pos.: Opener | Team: Houston Astros | Previous Rank: 7
The Dominican returns to the Top 5 of the ranking of Latin American pitchers of the year with a streak of five starts in which he has allowed three or fewer runs. Valdez (3-2, 2.68) only gave up three or more runs twice this season. The Astros left-hander has 39 strikeouts, a 1.26 WHIP and 47.0 innings over eight starts in 2022.
REST OF THE RANKING
6- Louis SeverinoNew York Yankees (3-0, 3.02, 43 K, 11 BB, 41.2 IL)
7- Julius UriahLos Angeles Dodgers (3-3, 2.63, 31 K, 8 BB, 41.0 IL)
8- Joseph QuintanaPittsburgh Pirates (1-2, 2.43, 34 K, 15 BB, 40.2 IL)
9- Carlos CarrascoNew York Mets (4-1, 3.50, 39 K, 7 BB, 46.1 IL)
10- Luis GarciaHouston Astros (3-3, 3.38, 45 K, 14 BB, 42.2 IL)
eleven- Frankie MontasOakland Athletics (2-4, 3.55, 55 K, 13 BB, 55.2 IL)
12- Edwin DiazNew York Mets (1-0, 2.00, 10 SV, 34 K, 8 BB, 18.0 IL)
13- Danny JimenezOakland Athletics (1-1, 0.55, 8 SV, 17 K, 5 BB, 17.1 IL)
14- kenley jansenAtlanta Braves (2-0, 3.06, 10 SV, 25 K, 5 BB, 17.2 IL)
fifteen- Emmanuel ClassCleveland Guardians (1-2, 2.76, 7 SV, 16 K, 3 BB, 16.1 IL)
Note: Statistics updated until Monday’s games.
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