Here comes my favorite part.
The part where all the Phillies fans drop their jaw and their cheesesteak, scroll down to the comment section, and let me have it.
No, the Braves' starting rotation will not be better than the Phillies in 2011. Obviously, unless injuries come into play, Philadelphia has an edge in the rotation category, but at the end of the day, both rotations are magnificent and both will keep their team in the ball game for six or so innings.
Sure, Cy Young winner Roy Halladay can throw a shutout and Cliff Lee can dominate the next day, but don't Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson have the same potential?
Cole Hamels has one of the most impressive young resumes in baseball with a 3.53 ERA over five seasons, but doesn't Jair Jurjens have a 3.52 ERA over four seasons?
Then there's the weathered veteran with postseason experience in Roy Oswalt, who sports a career 3.39 postseason ERA over 10 starts. Atlanta's Derek Lowe has started 12 postseason games with an earned run average of 3.21.
As for the fifth man, I don't know about you, but I would rather have highly touted prospect Mike Minor than the overpaid and overrated Joe Blanton of the Phillies.
Yes, the Phillies rotation is incredible, but the Braves also have one of the best rotations in baseball and they are not as far behind from Philly as you may think they are.
Add Dan Uggla to the Braves and subtract Jayson Werth from Philly, and we have an interesting race on our hands.