It's been proven time and again that pitching wins championships. While the Boston Red Sox got to the postseason last year on the strength of the league's No. 1 offense, their pitching staff stepped up big in the playoffs and helped them claim the title.
At the beginning of spring training, I wrote an article ranking all 30 starting rotations. With the regular season finally getting underway, it's time to update those rankings.
So what follows is an updated look at how all 30 MLB rotations stack up at the beginning of the 2014 season.
It's important to note that these rankings are not based on what the rotation will be at midseason or come playoff time, but how they stand right now.
In other words, injuries have to be taken into account, and teams like the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Oakland A's have fallen way down the list because of the injuries they were dealt this spring.
I have included a look at injured pitchers who were projected to be part of the 2014 rotation, but those guys did not factor into the rankings, at least not in a positive way.