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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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Deals at the MLB trade deadline?

The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, and teams are looking to find good deals in a thin market. Jake Peavy has gone to Boston, but he might not be the only one on the move; Cliff Lee, too is on the market. The rest of the field lacks big names, but given how tight some playoff races are this year, it may not take acquiring a Hall of Fame talent to make a difference.

Will the Phillies trade Cliff Lee before the trade deadline?

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  • Which infielder would you most want your team to trade for?

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Papelbon calls out reeling Phillies

Just two years removed from the National League Championship Series and three from their second straight World Series trip, the Philadelphia Phillies find themselves 49-56 and on the list of deadline sellers. Think this sits well with outspoken closer Jonathan Papelbon? You guessed it: No. "I definitely didn't come here for this," he said. It's safe to say Phillies fans feel similarly.

Should the Phillies trade Cliff Lee if they get a reasonable offer?

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  • Which of these Philadelphia teams will make the playoffs first?

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The Phillies seemed to be letting their age finally catch up with them, but a 7-3 record in their last 10 games might be giving fans pause. Cliff Lee capped off their excellent run Wednesday with a three-hit shutout, and though it was agains the hapless Marlins, SweetSpot's David Schoenfield is seeing reasons for Philadelphia to be buyers at the trade deadline. They're just below .500, but even a single cold streak from one of the teams ahead of them could make them contenders for a wild-card spot -- or, wonder of wonders, the top spot in the fragile National League East.

What do you think? Leave your comments below.


Playoff contenders?

Despite a weak offense and a near-unfathomable 1-7 start from Cole Hamels, the Phillies have managed to keep treading water. If their bats wake up, they could be quite dangerous.

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Will the Phillies (23-24) make the playoffs?

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