If you look at the one and two starters for major league baseball, there are some pretty good combinations. Teams such as the Phillies who have Roy Halladay and Cole Hammels or the Red Sox who have John Lackey and Josh Becket look to have great production from those spots. But look at the Seattle Mariners who have Cliff Lee (won the Cy Young award in 2008) and Felix Hernandez (runner up in Cy Young voting last year and is predicted to win the Cy Young this year by Baseball Digest).
Could the Mariners have the best one/ two in baseball? Those two guys are very good but teams such as the Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees and White Sox all have very good one/ two starters. Their rotations look like this
- Roy Halladay (last season won 17 games for Toronto)
- Cole Hamel's (looking to rebound from a poor 2009 season)
- John Lackey (last season won 11 games for the LA Angels after starting the season on the DL)
- Josh Becket (looking to find what he had in 2007 again)
- C.C. Sabathia (ended 4th in Cy Young voting last year)
- AJ Burnett (looking to find what he had in Toronto)
- Jake Peavy (was hurt most of last season in San Diego)
- Mark Buehrle (looking to throw another no hitter this year)
- Felix Hernandez (ended second in Cy Young voting last year)
- Cliff Lee (pitched very well last year in the playoffs for Philadelphia)
Now that you have seen all of those rotations you can decide who you think is the best or maybe another team will show up this year that hasn’t shown anything yet. I personally believe that with the Mariners playing in a total pitchers park, Cliff Lee trying to impress his new fans and Felix Hernandez entering his prime that the Mariners have the best 1/ 2 starters in baseball.