Power Ranking the Nationals Pitching Staff

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Power Ranking the Nationals Pitching Staff
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If there's one thing the Nationals are known and lauded for, it is their dominant pitching staff.

In their starting rotation alone, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Dan Haren have six All-Star appearances between them, with Gonzalez being the 2012 NL win leader and a Cy Young Award nominee. In their bullpen, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano are both one-time all-stars, and Soriano was the 2010 AL saves leader.

With the offense not where it needs to be, Washington is lucky to have such a phenomenal set of arms.

However, like the rest of the team, the Nats' pitchers have had a problem staying healthy early on. Strasburg, Ryan Mattheus and Ross Detwiler have all landed on the DL, causing Nats' skipper Davey Johnson to turn to his farm system to fill the gaps.

Based on performance so far this season, here are the power rankings for the Nationals pitching staff.

Note: Despite the fact that Fernando Abad, Xavier Cedeno, Erik Davis, Nathan Karns and Ian Krol are currently listed as active members of the pitching staff, they are not included on this list, as they have all pitched less than 15 innings and have only been very recently called up in the wake of other pitchers' injuries. The ranking is subjective to the opinion of the author.

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