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How do the top left-handed starters in Major League Baseball stack up? That question has been answered by our experts in the latest installment of the Baseball Tonight 100 (#BBTN100), a project to rank the top players across all 30 teams. We'll reveal a new position each day and unveil the overall 1-100 rankings March 27.

Do you agree with the experts' take on lefties? Simply click on the images of the top 10 below to submit your ballot.

Rank: #BBTN100 Top Left-Handers

Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner

San Francisco Giants
BBTN Rank: 5

Gio Gonzalez

Gio Gonzalez

Washington Nationals
BBTN Rank: 8

Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels

Philadelphia Phillies
BBTN Rank: 6

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers
BBTN Rank: 1

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee

Philadelphia Phillies
BBTN Rank: 4

Jon Lester

Jon Lester

Boston Red Sox
BBTN Rank: 7

Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano

Pittsburgh Pirates
BBTN Rank: 10

David Price

David Price

Tampa Bay Rays
BBTN Rank: 2

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia

New York Yankees
BBTN Rank: 9

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

Chicago White Sox
BBTN Rank: 3

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Max Scherzer has been near perfect through his first 20 starts, notching a 19-1 record and on the brink of becoming the first pitcher since Roger Clemons in 2001 to start the season 20-1. But does Scherzer's record mean he's a better pitcher than the MLB ERA leader Clayton Kershaw? Click the images below to set your rankings!

Baseball's best pitchers

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

Athletics
14-5, 2.97 ERA

Patrick Corbin

Patrick Corbin

Diamondbacks
13-4, 2.79 ERA

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

Rangers
12-5, 2.68 ERA

Jorge De La Rosa

Jorge De La Rosa

Rockies
14-6, 3.28 ERA

Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez

Marlins
10-5, 2.30 ERA

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke

Dodgers
13-3, 2.86 ERA

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

Mets
9-5, 2.27 ERA

Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez

Mariners
12-8, 2.97 ERA

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers
13-8, 1.72 ERA

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda

Yankees
11-10, 2.89 ERA

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee

Phillies
11-6, 3.07 ERA

Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano

Pirates
14-6, 2.74 ERA

Mike Minor

Mike Minor

Braves
13-5, 2.99 ERA

David Price

David Price

Rays
8-5, 3.28 ERA

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

White Sox
10-12, 2.99 ERA

Anibal Sanchez

Anibal Sanchez

Tigers
11-7, 2.61 ERA

Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer

Tigers
19-1, 2.73 ERA

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

Tigers
12-10, 3.73 ERA

Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals
15-8, 2.96 ERA

Jordan Zimmerman

Jordan Zimmerman

Nationals
15-7, 3.32 ERA

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Are the Pirates baseball's best?

The Pirates have long been something of a joke -- ever since Sid Bream slid in ahead of Barry Bonds' throw in Game 7 of the NLCS, the team has struggled to find an identity. That's changed this season. After a two-game sweep of the rival Cardinals, the Pirates are 1.5 games up in the NL Central race and, perhaps more importantly, owners of the best record in all of baseball. Not bad for a team that lost 105 games three seasons ago.

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  • Will the Pirates (64-42) finish the season with baseball's best record?

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  • Who has been a bigger factor in the Pirates' success this season?

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  • Do the Pirates need to make a deal at the trade deadline?

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