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Starting Rotation Update: National League West

The last rotations I will look at are the updated starting rotations of the National League West.

It’s no surprise that nine out of the last 11 NL Cy Young award winners have come from the West. With the divisions' big ballparks and offensively challenged lineups, the NL West is a pitcher’s dream. Any pitcher worth their salt, would love to pitch in this division.

Here are the updated starting rotations for each National League West team.

 

Colorado Rockies

1. Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP

2. Jeff Francis, LHP

3. Aaron Cook, RHP

4. Jorge De La Rosa, LHP

5. Jason Hammel, RHP

Quick Take – I like this rotation, but I don’t love it. I would have loved for the Rockies to add one more reliable pitcher in the offseason. Francis returns to the Rockies after missing the entire 2009 season with a shoulder injury. Cook is really underrated.

 

San Francisco Giants

1. Tim Lincecum, RHP

2. Matt Cain, RHP

3. Barry Zito, LHP

4. Jonathan Sanchez, LHP

5. Todd Wellemeyer, RHP

Quick Take – Linceum and Cain form one of the best one-two punches not only in the NL, but in all of baseball. Lincecum is aiming for his third straight Cy Young award. There is a big dropoff after Lincecum and Cain. I am not sold on Sanchez.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

1. Vicente Padilla, RHP

2. Chad Billingsley, RHP

3. Clayton Kershaw, LHP

4. Hiroki Kuroda, RHP

5. Ramon Ortiz, RHP

Quick Take – Which Billingsley will show up in 2010? The one that was an All-Star in the first half of 2009, or the one that faded in the second half? The Dodgers need him to come back strong next season. This rotation will miss Randy Wolf, who pitched well for them down the stretch last season.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

1. Dan Haren, RHP

2. Brandon Webb, RHP

3. Edwin Jackson, RHP

4. Rodrigo Lopez, RHP

5. Ian Kennedy, RHP

Quick Take – Can Webb come back in 2010? That is the big question surrounding this rotation. If he can, the Diamondbacks will be in business in 2010. Jackson needs to pitch like he did in the first half with the Detroit Tigers, not the second half. Kennedy thinks he is a great pitcher, now he gets a chance to prove it.

 

San Diego Padres

1. Jon Garland, RHP

2. Chris Young, RHP

3. Clayton Richard, LHP

4. Kevin Correia, RHP

5. Mat Latos, RHP

Quick Take – Gone is staff ace Jake Peavy, but in is Latos and Richard. Richard pitched well last year (5-2 with a 4.08 ERA) for the Padres after coming over in the Peavy trade. Latos is a top prospect who showed glimpses of brilliance in his first stint in the majors.

 

That concludes my National League updated starting rotation series for this week. Tomorrow, I will take a look at the American League, starting with the East.

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