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Bobby V's BoSox have plenty of offense. Good thing too.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (ERA 3.60)
Jered Weaver (ERA: 2.80 K/9: 7.8 WHIP: 0.93) C.J. Wilson (2.90/8.3/1.27) Dan Haren (4.37/7.3/1.33) Ervin Santana (4.22/6.8/1.26)
Weaver is a true ace and Wilson has been just as advertised—perhaps better. The Angels' problems have little to do with their rotation; an aging lineup and a busted-up bullpen are the issues.
Toronto Blue Jays (ERA 3.74)
Brandon Morrow (2.63/7.9/0.96) Henderson Alvarez (3.30/2.7/1.23) Ricky Romero (3.64/6.4/1.28) Kyle Drabek (3.27/7.1/1.43)
The Blue Jays have a solid rotation and with Morrow and Drabek, they have two young, electric arms with front-of-the-rotation ability.
Chicago White Sox (ERA 3.87)
Philip Humber (5.31/8.4/1.35) Jake Peavy (2.39/7.7/0.91) Chris Sale (2.91/8.3/1.13) Gavin Floyd (4.66/7.9/1.18) *John Danks (5.70/5.0/1.50)
Jake Peavy has regained his ace form and that's been a key for the ChiSox as John Danks continues to regress. So far, Chris Sale has been outstanding in the rotation.
New York Yankees (ERA 4.15)
CC Sabathia (3.78/9.1/1.21) Ivan Nova (5.69/9.6/1.65) Hiroki Kuroda (4.56/5.7/1.48) Phil Hughes (4.94/8.5/1.37)
Andy Pettitte will be a welcome arrival, but will he be enough? The Yankees' pitching depth has been marred by injuries (Michael Pineda, Mariano Rivera) and ineffectiveness. Simply put, it's no longer an elite rotation in the AL.
Detroit Tigers (ERA 4.19)
Justin Verlander (2.14/9.1/0.80) Max Scherzer (5.73/11.7/1.58) Doug Fister (1.59/7.5/1.15) Drew Smyly (2.89/9.1/1.19)
Verlander is Verlander; arguably (inarguably?) the finest hurler in the league. Fister's return should be a boost. Max Scherzer has absolutely filthy stuff—maybe even better than Verlander's—but his command can be awful.
Had rookie Drew Smyly been in their rotation last season, the Tigers rather than the Rangers might have been AL Champions—he's that good.
Boston Red Sox (ERA 4.63)
Jon Lester (3.95/5.8/1.30) Josh Beckett (4.38/7.3/1.28) Clay Buchholz (7.84/4.9/1.91) Felix Doubront (3.96/9.0/1.42) *Daniel Bard (4.85/5.5/1.55)
The buzz around the DFW Metroplex since Feliz's injury has been about Roy Oswalt. Honestly, if any team needs Oswalt, it's Boston.
Lester is great and Beckett will be okay, but Buchholz has been terrible. Look for Daniel Bard—if he's not put back in the bullpen—to replace Buchholz in the postseason rotation if Boston can make it.
How these rotations stack up against the Texas Rangers
The Anaheim Angels have the only rotation here that is better from top to bottom. Stuff-wise, the Detroit Tigers are very close to the Rangers and obviously Justin Verlander would be an ace anywhere.
The Red Sox are way too erratic and I don't think that Beckett's best years are ahead of him. Jon Lester's a stud and better than any left-hander in the Rangers rotation.
The White Sox rotation doesn't feature one pitcher I'd take over anyone in Texas. Can Peavy stay sharp all season?
Toronto's Brandon Morrow reminds me of a right-handed Derek Holland; the stuff is there, but he's just too inconsistent.