It was about the fourth or fifth inning when Clayton Kershaw’s eventual no-hitter (that likely would have been a perfect game if not for Hanley Ramirez’ error in the seventh), seemed like a foregone conclusion. Going up against the Rockies, one of the best offenses in the league, Kershaw and the single best individual performance of his career. All of his pitches were working, as he notched at least one of his 15 strikeouts with each of them. Exactly three balls left the infield, none of which were hit hard. It may not have been a perfect game, through no fault of Kershaw’s, but his 102 Game Score was the second highest in MLB history, trailing only Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game against the Astros in his rookie year of 1998.
That outing alone was enough to put Kershaw at the top of this week’s SI.com Fantasy Baseball Power Rankings, but, as we’ll soon see, he had another start later in the week that would rate as a career start for plenty of pitchers in the MLB. For Kershaw, however, it was just another ho-hum domination of an overmatched opponent.
These rankings highlight the 30 best players in fantasy baseball from the previous week, not going forward. This might shine a light on a few players owners may not know about who are on a hot streak, potentially worth picking up to slot into the utility spot for a week or so, or help owners make decisions regarding a trade. All stats are from games played from June 18 to June 24.