6 Reasons the Los Angeles Angels Rotation Trumps the Phillies' Rotation

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6 Reasons the Los Angeles Angels Rotation Trumps the Phillies' Rotation
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Entering the 2011 season, many people focused on the Philadelphia Phillies' starting rotation and the potential it had. At the start of the season the Phillies' rotation consisted of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton.

Rightfully so, this rotation was often compared to some of the best rotations in the history of baseball. With the exception of Oswalt, who suffered from back injuries throughout the season, the rotation lived up to much of the hype.

With the surprising emergence of 24-year-old Vance Worley, the Phillies' rotation was able to help the team earn yet another postseason berth.

One rotation, however, now stands above the stellar rotation that Phillies fans saw throughout 2011. That rotation belongs to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

In 2011, the Angels' rotation consisted of American League Cy Young runner-up Jered Weaver as well as Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. The No. 4 and 5 spots in the rotation remained in flux throughout much of the season.

After getting a late season call up, 30-year-old Jerome Williams stepped in to take solid control of one of the two open rotation spots. 

After the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Angels pushed hard to make their rotation even better. General manager Jerry Dipoto's hard work would pay off and the Angels would land lefty C.J. Wilson. This move not only made the Angels' rotation even stronger, but also gave them the best starting rotation in Major League Baseball.

Even better than the Philadelphia Phillies' rotation.

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