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Arizona Diamondbacks: 10 Reasons Their Rotation Is Most Underrated in MLB
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When it comes to top pitching staffs heading into the 2012 MLB season, teams such as Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles (AL) and New York (AL) often lead the discussion.

Rarely featured are the 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks and for legitimate reason—the D-Backs rotation simply cannot compare to the elite NL staffs of San Francisco and Philadelphia.

However, this isn't to say the Diamondbacks staff is just average—with Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Trevor Cahill, Joe Saunders and Josh Collmenter expected to toe the starting rubber come April, Arizona's starters comprise a rotation that is among the most underrated in MLB—underrated because the Snakes staff slithers under the radar, overshadowed by NL West's dominant starting staff, the San Francisco Giants.

Because Kennedy and Hudson (presumably Arizona's one-two punch) became permanent full-timers relatively recently, the 2011 MLB season provides a fine framework to analyze this highly abstract question.

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