Ranking the MLB Hero Sidekick combos
Every team needs their hero. And every hero needs a sidekick. This list will include both hitters and pitchers and will go in descending order from 30-1. This will either be a top of the rotation 1-2 punch or a 3-4 middle of the order pitchers nightmare. Especially important is the protection that the sidekick provides for the hero. Without it, he could be pitched around or waited out. Ready? Here we go! Enjoy!
10. Jose Reyes and David Wright
The perfect combo of speed and (what used to be) power. When healthy, these two guys can end up competing with each other for the NL MVP award.
9. Josh Beckett and Jon Lester
Both of these guys are interchangeable in the rotation in terms of 1 and 2. They can be aces in almost any other rotation in the MLB. The only problem is if Beckett has an off year which still is not that bad for him. Lester could explode this year and this could move up the list
8. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain
Any 1-2 punch with The Freak in it has to be on this list. Back-to-back Cy young winner Lincecum is arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Matt Cain can also do more than just hold his own too.
7. Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter
Any two guys that can finish in the top 3 in Cy young voting in the same season are amazing. Wainwright was definitely a surprise but remember Carpenter before surgery? This is not a fluke. These guys aren't the only cardinals ranking on this list though so keep your eyes peeled!
6. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley
Well, Howard: constantly 45 HR's, Utley: 35 HR's for a 2nd Basemen. Howard provides protection for Utley to get better pitches. These guys just kill the ball
Here is where it gets tough: 5. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau
2 MVP winners in the same lineup, hitting back to back, in the same lineup makes for some scary innings. If both are healthy, they will keep the twins afloat for years to come
4. Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee
This is crazy. Two pitchers on the same team one with a Cy young the other deserving of one pitching on back to back days should scare the crap out of any team. Hernandez is playing off a new contract and Lee is playing for a contract. This will be one exciting year of Mariners baseball
3. A-rod and Mark Texiera
Whether you like 'em or not (and I certainly don't) these guys could be debated up to the #1 spot easily. They are both constant for .300 and 40 HR's a year. Only problem is Tex's position wealth and A-rods injury and steroid distractions. When on their game, in their stadium, the ball will keep flying out.
2. Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun
Braun may be considered the 2nd best player in the game and Fielder may be the best power hitter in the game. Braun gets on and Fielder drives him in. That is the recipe for success. These guys will stick around for a while too!
1. Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday
The best player in the game and the 2nd best outfielder combine to make the best 3-4 punch in the majors. They both offer power and average and they will carry the team into the playoffs and farther for at least 3 more years.