Within the diamond the gems shine the brightest on the hill for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cole Hamels and 4 other franchises. Which of the other 4 is the strongest to you?
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The Other Comparison:
Two big trades have changed this campaign with regard to the best rotations in the majors.
Clearly, the red pinstripes have one of the best staffs for either league, but other than the NL East, which organizations are pitching rich? My divisional stats cover those squads, and this statistical analysis involves the top 4 rotations from the other 25 clubs. This April begins with the stacked decks of the Dodgers and the Blue Jays. Los Angeles took on the Boston’s heavy contracts, while Toronto freed Miami of many big commitments.
The Dodgers are juggling 8 hurlers for 5 slots with health concerns aplenty. They have added Zack Greinke behind Clayton Kershaw for their top 2, and picked up Korean starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is known to be a fierce competitor. Dating back to 2005, Josh Beckett has alternated good years with bad ones, and 2013 would produce the winning outcome if he continues the same career pattern. Favorite Chad Billingsley or Ted Lilly currently on rehab assignments are the first two for the fifth spot, while veterans Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang are in the mix as well.
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The Blue Jays acquired R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle, which is a powerful threesome. Johnson has lost a few miles off his fastball, and will be opposing more difficult offenses plus that designated hitter as well. The original plan was that they would join Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero, which still might happen if Romero can fix his mechanical malfunctions. J.A. Happ will hold the fifth rung to open the 162, but Kyle Drabek could also make a 2nd-half appearance before September.
The Blue Jays:
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San Francisco is known for their mound dominance, but Tim Lincecum saw a drop in his velocity to the low 90’s during 2011. He struggled last season after reality caught up with his elite reputation, and he worked out of the bullpen during the postseason. Matt Cain has established himself as an ace and Madison Bumgarner is a solid two. Lincecum has now descended to the third slot in front of Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito.
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The Yankees boast a front three of C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte. Behind them they have Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova with David Phelps as a replacement for injury or poor performance. Meanwhile, Michael Pineda could return sometime in June, and this group also has a top-shelf relief corps behind it. Likewise, the Giants continue to count on solid bullpen contributions, while the Dodgers and Blue Jays will trust their starters more than their relievers.
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This is the complimentary article to the 2013 ERA for the MLB 5 at Game 4.
Of these 4 teams, which one is the best in your opinion?
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