Predicting Every MLB Team's Strikeout Leader on the Mound in 2013

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Predicting Every MLB Team's Strikeout Leader on the Mound in 2013
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R.A. Dickey will surprise the skeptics who believe the American League can adjust to his knuckleball.

MLB strikeout totals could reach all-time highs in 2013 as nearly every team has overpowering starting pitchers. Predicting which individuals will lead their rotations in K's is a tricky task.

Those who have done so in recent years obviously need to be considered. After all, one does not simply forget how to generate whiffs. The main challenges facing those pitchers are declining velocity and durability.

For inexperienced arms to become their club's top strikeout artists, there needs to be refinement of a certain pitch or the allowance to pitch more innings. Chris Sale and Stephen Strasburg—among others—will benefit from heavier workloads.

Assuming the following starters stay injury-free and off the trading block, they'll post gaudy swing-and-miss statistics.

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