Gio Gonzalez Traded to Nationals: Ranking MLB's Best 1-2 Combos

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Gio Gonzalez Traded to Nationals: Ranking MLB's Best 1-2 Combos
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With the Washington Nationals trading for Oakland A's ace Gio Gonzalez, the Nats now have a 1-2 combination at the top of the starting rotation that's worth mentioning.

With any team, a strong ace and No. 2 are vital to a season of success.

A bad ace or No. 2 starter could spell disaster at any point during the season, especially down the stretch.

Case in point, last year the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox had historic collapses in September. Hitting was one story, but so was starting pitching.

For the Braves, Derek Lowe lost his last five starts, hurting his team when they needed him most. Meanwhile, the Red Sox saw Jon Lester and Josh Beckett lose five of their last six starts on their way to a collapse.

So, where does their 1-2 combination of Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg rank among the rest in Major League Baseball.

In the next 30 slides, I will give my rankings of all team's No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers in their starting rotation, starting with No. 30...

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