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2012 Projected Rotation:
- RHP Jered Weaver
- RHP Dan Haren
- LHP C.J. Wilson
- RHP Ervin Satana
- RHP Jerome Williams
Surprise, surprise. The Los Angeles Angels have overtaken the Phillies as the top rotation in baseball. No. 1 through 4, there is not a better quartet of pitchers in baseball.
Not too often a pitcher goes 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP and is overshadowed, but that's exactly what happened to Jered Weaver last year, thanks to Justin Verlander's 24-win campaign. Weaver finished second in votes for the Cy Young Award and is one of the top 5 pitchers in baseball. He is deceptive and unpredictable on the mound and has a real mean streak about him.
Dan Haren is one of the more underrated pitchers in the game. He would be an ace on many MLB clubs, and is an absolute workhorse who you can count on for 200-plus innings every year.
C.J. Wilson, the Rangers' No. 1 last season, will pitch in the No. 3 spot this season—a true testament to the depth of this rotation. Wilson won 16 games with a sub-3.00 ERA last season, and moving out of the hitter-friendly ballpark at Arlington will only help his game.
Don't forget about Ervin Santana either. He is by no means consistent, but has the capable of being a nasty pitcher. Last season's no-hitter in Cleveland proved that when Santana is on, he knows how to deal with the best of them.