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2011 MLB Preview: Power Ranking Roy Halladay and The Best Pitchers In Baseball

Adrian FedkiwAnalyst IIIFebruary 22, 2011

2011 MLB Preview: Power Ranking Roy Halladay and The Best Pitchers In Baseball

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    Check out last week's rankings here.

    In the year of the pitcher, the Giants proved that they had the best overall staff in baseball by winning the World Series.

    The Phillies counter-punched in the offseason with the acquisition of Cliff Lee.  On paper, the Phillies now have the best starting rotation in baseball.

    Depth-wise, the Yankees starting rotation is pitiful.  

    After Lee signed with Philadelphia, the Bronx Bombers instead addressed the bullpen with the signing of Rafael Soriano. 

    With a solid pen and a deadly lineup, Yankee starters won't have to do much.  Soriano and Mariano Rivera shorten the game.

     

    I give each player a number. Here's the layout:

    10: Best player/pitcher in baseball

    9-plus: Superstar, MVP/Cy Young Candidates

    8-plus: Consistent All-Star

    7.5: Periodical All-Star

    7.25: Solid Starter

    7: Average Player

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Starting Pitchers (1-25)

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    1. Roy Halladay (Phi) 10
    2. Tim Lincecum (SF) 9.5
    3. Felix Hernandez (Sea) 9.5
    4. CC Sabathia (NYY) 9
    5. Cliff Lee (Phi) 9
    6. Josh Johnson (Fla) 9
    7. Adam Wainright (Stl) 9
    8. Jon Lester (Bos) 8.5
    9. Justin Verlander (Det) 8.5
    10. David Price (TB) 8.5
    11. Zack Greinke (Mil) 8.25
    12. Cole Hamels (Phi) 8.25
    13. Jered Weaver (LAA) 8.25
    14. Ubaldo Jimenez (Col) 8.25
    15. Matt Cain (SF) 8.25
    16. Chris Carpenter (Stl) 8
    17. Trevor Cahill (Oak) 8
    18. John Lackey (Bos) 8
    19. Tommy Hanson (Atl) 8
    20. Mat Latos (SD) 8
    21. Francisco Liriano (Min) 8
    22. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 8

    23. Dan Haren (LAA) 7.75

    24. Wandy Rodriguez (Hou) 7.75

    25. Yovani Gallardo (Mil) 7.75

Starting Pitchers (26-50)

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    1. Roy Oswalt (Phi) 7.75
    2. Ricky Romero (Tor) 7.75
    3. Josh Beckett (Bos) 7.75
    4. Johan Santana (NYM) 7.75
    5. Tim Hudson (Atl) 7.75
    6. Max Scherzer (Det) 7.5
    7. Matt Garza (Chc) 7.5
    8. Clay Buchholz (Bos) 7.5
    9. Chad Billingsley (LAD) 7.5
    10. Madison Bumgarner (SF) 7.5
    11. John Danks (Chw) 7.5
    12. Brandon Morrow (Tor) 7.5
    13. Jeremy Hellickson (TB) 7.5
    14. Brett Anderson (Oak) 7.5
    15. Brett Myers (Hou) 7.5
    16. Mark Buehrle (Chw) 7.5
    17. Brandon Webb (Tex) 7.25
    18. Shaun Marcum (Tor) 7.25
    19. Hiroki Kuroda (LAD) 7.25
    20. Daniel Hudson (Ari) 7.25
    21. Gavin Floyd (Chw) 7.25
    22. Gio Gonzalez (Oak) 7.25
    23. Rick Porcello (Det) 7.25
    24. Brian Matusz (Bal) 7.25
    25. James Shields (TB) 7.25

Starting Pitchers (51-75)

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    1. Carl Pavano (Min) 7.25
    2. Jeremy Guthrie (Bal) 7.25
    3. Johnny Cueto (Cin) 7.25
    4. Mike Pelfrey (NYM) 7.25
    5. Jake Peavy (Chw) 7.25
    6. Ian Kennedy (Ari) 7.25
    7. Derek Lowe (Atl) 7.25
    8. Wade Davis (TB) 7.25
    9. Phil Hughes (NYY) 7.25
    10. Joel Pineiro (LAA) 7.25
    11. Dallas Braden (Oak) 7.25
    12. C.J. Wilson (Tex) 7.25
    13. Jhoulys Chacin (Col) 7.25
    14. Jaime Garcia (Stl) 7.25
    15. Bronson Arroyo (Cin) 7.25
    16. Javier Vazquez (Fla) 7.25
    17. Scott Baker (Min) 7.25
    18. Jair Jurrjens (Atl) 7.25
    19. Kyle Drabek (Tor) 7.25
    20. Jonathan Sanchez (SF) 7.25
    21. Jon Garland (LAD) 7.25
    22. Edwin Jackson (Det) 7.25
    23. Edinson Volquez (Cin) 7.25
    24. Brian Duensing (Min) 7.25
    25. Carlos Zambrano (Chc) 7.25

Starting Pitchers (76-100)

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    1. Ervin Santana (LAA) 7.25
    2. Fausto Carmona (Cle) 7.25
    3. R.A. Dickey (NYM) 7.25
    4. Clayton Richard (SD) 7.25
    5. Jorge De La Rosa (Col) 7.25
    6. Ricky Nolasco (Fla) 7.25
    7. Annibal Sanchez (Fla) 7.25
    8. J.A. Happ (Hou) 7.25
    9. A.J. Burnett (NYY) 7
    10. Rich Harden (Oak) 7
    11. Homer Bailey (Cin) 7
    12. Travis Wood (Cin) 7
    13. Jeff Niemann (TB) 7
    14. Joe Blanton (Phi) 7
    15. James McDonald (Pit) 7
    16. Nick Blackburn (Min) 7
    17. Colby Lewis (Tex) 7
    18. Joe Saunders (Ari) 7
    19. Jake Westbrook (Stl) 7
    20. Randy Wolf (Mil) 7
    21. Jonathon Niese (NYM) 7
    22. Carlos Carrasco (Cle) 7
    23. Randy Wells (Chc) 7
    24. Jason Hammel (Col) 7
    25. Scott Kazmir (LAA) 7

Closers

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    1. Mariano Rivera (NYY) 9
    2. Brian Wilson (SF) 9
    3. Joakim Soria (KC) 8.25
    4. Heath Bell (SD) 8.25
    5. Joe Nathan (Min) 8
    6. Andrew Bailey (Oak) 8
    7. Neftali Feliz (Tex) 8
    8. Aroldis Chapman (Cin) 7.75
    9. Jonathan Papelbon (Bos) 7.5
    10. Carlos Marmol (CHC) 7.5
    11. Jose Valverde (Det) 7.5
    12. Brad Lidge (Phi) 7.5
    13. Jonathan Broxton (LAD) 7.25
    14. Chris Sale (CHW) 7.25
    15. Francisco Rodriguez (NYM) 7.25
    16. Huston Street (Col) 7.25
    17. Leo Nunez (Fla) 7.25
    18. John Axford (Mil) 7.25
    19. J.J. Putz (Ari) 7.25
    20. Ryan Franklin (Stl) 7.25
    21. Brandon Lyon (Hou) 7
    22. David Aardsma (Sea) 7
    23. Chris Perez (Cle) 7
    24. J.P Howell (TB) 7
    25. Frank Francisco (Tor) 7
    26. Evan Meek (Pit) 7
    27. Kevin Gregg (Bal) 7
    28. Fernando Rodney (LAA) 7
    29. Craig Kimbrel (Atl) 7
    30. Drew Storen (Was) 7

Setup Men

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    1. Mike Adams (SD) 7.75
    2. Rafael Soriano (NYY) 7.5
    3. Daniel Bard (Bos) 7.5
    4. Kerry Wood (Chc) 7.5
    5. Hong-Chi Kuo (LAD) 7.5
    6. Ryan Madson (Phi) 7.25
    7. Francisco Cordero (Cin) 7.25
    8. Matt Capps (Min) 7.25
    9. Tyler Clippard (Was) 7.25
    10. Matt Thornton (Chw) 7.25
    11. Jeremy Affeldt (SF) 7.25
    12. Michael Wuertz (Oak) 7.25
    13. Jason Motte (Stl) 7.25
    14. Mike Gonzalez (Bal) 7.25
    15. Matt Belisle (Col) 7.25
    16. Joaquin Benoit (Det) 7
    17. Kevin Jepsen (LAA) 7
    18. Joel Hanrahan (Pit) 7
    19. Brandon League (Sea) 7
    20. Matt Lindstrom (Hou) 7
    21. Bobby Parnell (NYM) 7
    22. Jonny Venters (Atl) 7
    23. Clay Hensley (Fla) 7
    24. Octavio Dotel (Tor) 7
    25. Darren Oliver (Tex) 7
    26. Kameron Loe (Mil) 7
    27. Kyle Farnsworth (Bal) 7
    28. Robinson Tejeda (KC) 7
    29. Juan Gutierrez (Ari) 7
    30. Tony Sipp (Cle) 7

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