Best pitchers in MLB The Show 21

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Homeruns and diving catches may get the fans out of their seats, but it’s tough to win a World Series without some top-tier pitching coming out of the dugout. Thankfully, there are tons of options in MLB The Show 21 for you to build your lineup around. Below, you’ll find some of the best current-day options available for both Franchise and March to October modes. If you need Diamond Dynasty options, many of these will also serve you until you can drum up enough Stubs to pick up someone like Nolan Ryan, Pedro Martinez, or Mariano Rivera. It’s also important to note that players’ overall ratings fluctuate throughout the year. So, keep in mind these ratings are accurate as of April 21.

Starting Pitcher

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There are tons of top-tier starting pitchers out there. Jacob deGrom from the New York Mets is currently the highest rated, but he’s far from your only option. Cleveland’s Shane Bieber is an excellent option if you’re looking for a young, fire thrower for Franchise mode. And, older guys like Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer can do the job if you only need a season or two. Here are some of the absolute best players available at the position:

  • Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – 99 OVR – 32 years old
  • Shane Bieber – Cleveland Indians – 95 OVR – 25 years old
  • Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – 95 OVR – 33 years old
  • Gerrit Cole – New York Yankees – 95 OVR – 30 years old
  • Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – 94 OVR – 36 years old
  • Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – 93 OVR – 31 years old
  • Trevor Bauer – LA Dodgers – 93 OVR – 30 years old
  • Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies – 92 OVR – 27 years old
  • Justin Verlander – Houston Astros – 91 OVR – 37 years old
  • Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – 91 OVR – 32 years old
  • Zack Greinke – Houston Astros – 90 OVR – 37 years old

Past this crop of top-tier players, the starting pitcher position has even more solid players who have yet to hit their 32nd birthday. These are great options to bring into your lineup in Franchise mode and build a dynasty around.

  • Walker Buehler – LA Dodgers – 89 OVR – 26 years old
  • Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs – 88 OVR – 31 years old
  • Blake Snell – San Diego Padres – 88 OVR – 28 years old
  • Sonny Gray – Cincinnati Reds – 87 OVR – 31 years old
  • Mike Clevinger – San Diego Padres – 87 OVR – 29 years old
  • Dinelson Lamet – San Diego Padres – 87 OVR – 28 years old
  • Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – 87 OVR – 27 years old
  • Lucas Golito – Chicago White Sox – 87 OVR – 26 years old
  • Mike Soroka – Atlanta Braves – 87 OVR – 22 years old

Relief Pitcher

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The relief pitching position isn’t as deep with its quality talent as starting pitcher. That said, you can still find some gems here that can help you out in the middle innings. Here are some great options:

  • Nick Anderson – Tampa Bay Rays – 90 OVR – 30 years old
  • Chad Green – New York Yankees – 85 OVR – 29 years old
  • Seth Lugo – New York Mets – 85 OVR – 31 years old
  • Taylor Rogers – Minnesota Twins – 84 OVR – 30 years old
  • Devin Williams – Milwaukee Brewers – 84 OVR – 26 years old
  • Giovanny Gallegos – St. Louis Cardinals – 84 OVR- 29 years old

Closing Pitcher

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Finally, here are some closers to target for your squad. These players will come into a game and shut the other team’s bats down late. Again, the position isn’t as deep as starting pitcher, but there are still plenty of options.

  • Liam Hendriks – Chicago White Sox – 93 OVR – 32 years old
  • Kirby Yates – Toronto Blue Jays – 88 OVR – 34 years old
  • Aroldis Chapman – New York Yankees – 87 OVR – 33 years old
  • Kenley Jansen – LA Dodgers – 86 OVR – 33 years old
  • Brad Hand – Washington Nationals – 86 OVR – 31 years old
  • Ryan Pressly – Houston Astros – 85 OVR – 32 years old
  • Josh Hader – Milwaukee Brewers – 85 OVR – 26 years old
  • Edwin Diaz – New York Mets – 83 OVR – 27 years old