Where Would Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw Rank Among MLB's Best Pitching Duos?

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Where Would Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw Rank Among MLB's Best Pitching Duos?
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Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in the same rotation?

Yikes.

That's what the rest of Major League Baseball will likely be saying, if Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti gets his wish.

Two separate sources on Tuesday confirmed that the Dodgers are more than serious in their pursuit of Greinke.

Bowden was backed up by Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers would have two Cy Young Award winners at the top of their rotation, with five other veterans vying for the final three spots (Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano, Josh Beckett, Ted Lilly, Chad Billingsley).

Greinke and Kershaw at the top of the Dodgers rotation are a duo that would certainly be considered among the elite tandems in MLB.

But would they be the best?

We will take a look at baseball's best pitching tandems, taking into consideration several factors, including WAR, combined ERA, K/9 rate, BABIP and xFIP for the 2012 season.

 

Note: K/9 rate, xFIP and BABIP for each pitching duo are averaged based on individual totals. All statistics courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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