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Postby RynMan » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:17 am

No. 5 -- Chicago White Sox
The White Sox are younger than they were this time last year, and yet they still have four starters who combined for 54 wins, 815 innings and a 4.65 ERA in Jose Contreras, Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland and Javier Vazquez. The question mark is projected fifth starter Gavin Floyd, who has made just 19 career starts and had a 7.29 ERA last season though he possesses an above average arm.

No. 4 -- San Diego Padres
The Padres' rotation led the National League in ERA last year (4.10) and should be even better this time with Greg Maddux (15-14, 4.20 ERA, 210 innings last year) joining Jake Peavy (11-14, 4.09 ERA, 202 1/3), Chris Young (11-5, 3.46 ERA, 179 1/3), Clay Hensley (11-12, 3.71 ERA, 187) and veteran David Wells (3.49 ERA in five starts after coming over from Boston).

No. 3 -- Los Angeles Angels
The Angels' rotation is once again deep and talented even with Bartolo Colon on the mend. Angels starters had the second-best ERA (4.16) of any rotation in the American League last season, gave up fewer homers (109) and held opposing hitters to a lower batting average (.259) than any team in the AL. John Lackey (13-11, 3.56 ERA, 217 2/3), Kelvim Escobar (11-14, 3.61 ERA, 189 1/3), Ervin Santana (16-8, 4.28 ERA, 204) and Jered Weaver (11-2, 2.56 ERA, 123) are all potential 20-game winners. Joe Saunders is expected to handle the other rotation spot until Colon returns.

No. 2 -- Cleveland Indians
Three lefties and two right-handers. Five guys who answer the bell, with the fewest missed starts of any team in baseball last year, and a proven ability to succeed at the Major League level. The Indians have all that in C.C. Sabathia (12-11, 3.22 ERA, 192 2/3), Jake Westbrook (15-10, 4.17 ERA, 211 1/3), Cliff Lee (14-11, 4.40 ERA, 200 2/3), Paul Byrd (10-9, 4.88 ERA, 179) and Jeremy Sowers (7-4, 3.57 ERA in 14 starts last year).

No. 1 -- Detroit Tigers
The Tigers' rotation ERA of 4.00 was the best in baseball last year, and the unit also set the standard in wins (75) and winning percentage (.615). Ace Kenny Rogers (17-8, 3.84 ERA, 204) once again heads up an exceptional rotation that will also include Jeremy Bonderman (14-8, 4.08 ERA, 214), Nate Robertson (13-13, 3.84 ERA, 208 2/3), Mike Maroth (5-2, 4.19 ERA, 53 2/3) and Justin Verlander (17-9, 3.63 ERA, 186).


Interesting. Sorry, but I just don't see the Tigers as the best rotation. Nor do I think Cleveland are anywhere near number 2. I would take Anaheim over both of those....
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:23 am

Cleveland doesn't belong on this list. Sabathia is great but they don't have another above average SP. The Angels are the best IMO. Then I'd go with the Padres and Tigers. The WhiteSox are good but nothing special. The Dodgers have a nice rotation and the Red Sox, Phillies, A's could be right there if things go their way.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:47 am

I would take the Angels and Padres over Tigers and Indians.
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Postby jlm53089 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:54 am

if liriano was there i would take the twins easy
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Postby 05worldserieschamps » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:28 am

I think it's a good list, except for one thing. I like it better like this:

5. White Sox
4. Red Sox
3. Padres
2. Tigers
1. Angels

5. Your right, the White Sox are nothing special, but there are no dominant pitching teams in baseball anymore. And Dont forget, we talked pre-season last year about this being one of the best staffs ever. Their Bullpen is alot more solid this year.
4. This is a big chance. They could be the best starting staff in baseball with 2 aces if Schilling stays healthy and Dice-K turns out good. Papelbon could be a great #3, The only problem is Bullpen, if Pinero can have a decent year, the BoSox should be in great shape.
3. The Bullpen is what gets them this high. It's so good and with one of the Best Closers ever in the Back, Top Heavy. Also, Peavy and Young make out a good 1-2 punch.
2. Their age is what gets them here. Bonderman and Verlander have a scary good future ahead of them, and the Bullpen looks just as good with Zumaya. But Zumaya had plenty of problems last year and if Jones dosen't have the same year that he did last season. But still plenty of upside for this team.
1. Angels- I like their pitching alot. Santana and Weaver make for a very good young duo of pitchers with one of the more underrated players in baseball, John Lackey, coming in also. The Bullpen is solid with K-Rod and Shields among others and I think they have safest, best staff in baseball.

Top 5 staffs based on Up-Side
5. Angels
4. Indians
3. Red Sox
2. White Sox
1. Tigers
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Postby Ender » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:31 am

I'd take Sheets, Capuano, Bush, Suppan, Vargas/Villaneuva, Gallardo over the White Sox rotation. Typical of small market teams that a team like Seattle gets a mention in the article and the Brewers don't.
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Postby Strong08 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:33 am

I think the Philles are right up there as well, Myers, Garcia, Hamels, Moyer and either Eaton or Lieber is a pretty nice staff.

I really like the dodgers staff as well who were failed to be mentioned on the list with Schmidt, Lowe, Penny, Wolf, and Billingsly.

Just a few other teams I thought I'd mention that I like..
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Postby jcobb79 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:49 am

Cleveland!!! I really cannot believe that anybody put them at No 2. The Red Sox really should be on that list. And one could make an arguement for the Phillies over the White Sox but I could go either way on that.
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Postby Yoda » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:51 am

lol Cleveland...
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Postby Ender » Fri Mar 09, 2007 2:25 pm

He just put up a list of best OF's and put the Angels at #2, this guy is a complete joke. Anderson and Mathews most likely will be below average this year and while Vlad is great he's not going to be #2 all by himself.
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