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Why Paying for Elite Starting Pitching Is Overrated

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Why Paying for Elite Starting Pitching Is Overrated
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Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. The Philadelphia Phillies built one of the greatest staffs in MLB history this past offseason. Writers were handing them the World Series before pitchers and catchers had even met.

The Texas Rangers had been written off as soon as Lee turned them down to return to Philly. After all, how could they possibly get back to the playoffs with C.J. Wilson as the team's ace? Even Lance Berkman thought they were a fluke.

Guess again, Lance.

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