MLB Opening Day 2011: Power Ranking All 30 Opening Day Starting Pitchers

Casey SchermickContributor IIIMarch 29, 2011

MLB Opening Day 2011: Power Ranking All 30 Opening Day Starting Pitchers

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    Opening Day is lurking right around the corner and teams are preparing themselves to make a run for the World Series.  Many people always say that pitching is the key to success, and that saying has held true for the past few seasons.  Here is a ranking of all 30 Opening Day starters.                                                                                                                                                            

30: Luke Hochevar

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    Team:  Kansas City Royals

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  6-6

    ERA:  4.81

    Strikeouts:  76

    WHIP:  1.43

29: Ian Kennedy

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    Team:  Arizona Diamondbacks

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  9-10

    ERA:  3.80

    Strikeouts:  168

    WHIP:  1.20

28: Jeremy Guthrie

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    Team:  Baltimore Orioles

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  11-14

    ERA: 3.83

    Strikeouts:  119

    WHIP:  1.16

27: Kevin Correia

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    Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  10-10

    ERA:  5.40

    Strikeouts:  115

    WHIP:  1.49

26: Livan Hernandez

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    Team:  Washington Nationals

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  10-12

    ERA:  3.66

    Strikeouts:  114

    WHIP:  1.32

25: Fausto Carmona

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    Team:  Cleveland Indians

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  13-14

    ERA:  3.77

    Strikeouts:  124

    WHIP:  1.31

24: Mark Buehrle

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    Team:  Chicago White Sox

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  13-13

    ERA:  4.28

    Strikeouts:  99

    WHIP:  1.40

23: Ryan Dempster

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    Team:  Chicago Cubs

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  15-12

    ERA:  3.85

    Strikeouts:  208

    WHIP:  1.32

22: Jered Weaver

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    Team:  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  13-12

    ERA:  3.01

    Strikeouts:  233

    WHIP:  1.07

21: Brett Myers

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    Team:  Houston Astros

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  14-8

    ERA:  3.14

    Strikeouts:  180

    WHIP:  1.24

20: Edinson Volquez

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    Team:  Cincinnati Reds

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  4-3

    ERA:  4.31

    Strikeouts:  67

    WHIP:  1.50

19: Justin Verlander

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    Team:  Detroit Tigers

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  18-9

    ERA:  3.37

    Strikeouts:  219

    WHIP:  1.16

18: Yovani Gallardo

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    Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  14-7

    ERA:  3.84

    Strikeouts:  200

    WHIP:  1.39

17: Mike Pelfrey

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    Team:  New York Mets

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  15-9

    ERA:  3.66

    Strikeouts:  113

    WHIP:  1.38

16: C.J. Wilson

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    Team:  Texas Rangers

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  15-8

    ERA:  3.35

    Strikeouts:  170

    WHIP:  1.24

15: Tim Stauffer

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    Team:  San Diego Padres

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  6-5

    ERA:  1.85

    Strikeouts:  53

    WHIP:  1.44

14: Derek Lowe

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    Team:  Atlanta Braves

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  16-12

    ERA:  4.00

    Strikeouts:  136

    WHIP:  1.37

13: Trevor Cahill

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    Team:  Oakland Athletics

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  18-8

    ERA:  2.97

    Strikeouts:  118

    WHIP:  1.11

12: Clayton Kershaw

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    Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  13-10

    ERA:  2.91

    Strikeouts:  212

    WHIP:  1.18

11: Ricky Romero

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    Team:  Toronto Blue Jays

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  14-9

    ERA:  3.73

    Strikeouts:  174

    WHIP:  1.29

10: Carl Pavano

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    Team:  Minnesota Twins

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  17-11

    ERA:  3.75

    Strikeouts:  117

    WHIP:  1.20

9: Jon Lester

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    Team:  Boston Red Sox

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  19-9

    ERA:  3.25

    Strikeouts:  225

    WHIP:  1.20

8: David Price

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    Team:  Tampa Bay Rays

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  19-6

    ERA:  2.72

    Strikeouts:  188

    WHIP:  1.20

7: C.C. Sabathia

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    Team:  New York Yankees

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  21-7

    ERA:  3.18

    Strikeouts:  197

    WHIP:  1.19

6: Ubaldo Jimenez

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    Team:  Colorado Rockies

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  19-8

    ERA: 2.88

    Strikeouts:  214

    WHIP:  1.15

5: Josh Johnson

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    Team:  Florida Marlins

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  11-6

    ERA:  2.30

    Strikeouts:  186

    WHIP:  1.10

4: Felix Hernandez

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    Team:  Seattle Mariners

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  13-12

    ERA:  2.27

    Strikeouts:  232

    WHIP:  1.06

3: Chris Carpenter

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    Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  16-9

    ERA:  3.22

    Strikeouts:  179

    WHIP:  1.18

2: Roy Halladay

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    Team:  Philadelphia Phillies

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  21-10

    ERA:  2.44

    Strikeouts:  219

    WHIP:  1.04

1: Tim Lincecum

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    Team:  San Francisco Giants

    2010 Stats:

    Record:  16-10

    ERA:  3.43

    Strikeouts:  231

    WHIP:  1.27