2011 MLB Pitching Rotation Rankings *UPDATED*

Ryan WolcottContributor IIJanuary 18, 2011

2011 MLB Pitching Rotation Rankings *UPDATED*

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra
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    The 2010-2011 MLB offseason has seen many changes in the locations of starting pitchers, and pitchers in general.

    This week, we learned that the all-time save record holder, Trevor Hoffman, decided to retire. Cliff Lee left a large amount of money on the table to rejoin the Philadelphia Phillies, making himself a teammate of the 2010 NL Cy Young Award winner and creating the best pitching rotation that baseball has seen in at least a decade.

    Andy Pettitte's retirement is still pending. Zack Greinke was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. Matt Garza was traded to the Chicago Cubs. Brandon Webb signed with the Texas Rangers. Javier Vazquez was signed by the Florida Marlins, and Jon Garland was signed by the LA Dodgers.

    These are among the highlights of the pitcher changes this offseason.

    This article will cover how each team's pitching looked last year statistically. The article will show the present rotations for each of the teams and how each pitcher in their rotation performed last year statistically to see how those pitchers may perform this coming year.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 21:  Paul Maholm #28 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game on September 21, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    5.00 ERA, 57-105 Record, 1026 K's, 538 Walks, 1.49 WHIP, 1.91 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Paul Maholm: 9-15 Record, 5.10 ERA, 102 K's, 62 Walks, 1.56 WHIP, 1.65 K/BB

    Ross Ohlendorf: 1-11 Record, 4.07 ERA, 79 K's, 44 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 1.80 K/BB

    Charlie Morton: 2-12 Record, 7.57 ERA, 59 K's, 26 Walks, 1.73 WHIP, 2.27 K/BB

    James McDonald: 4-6 Record, 4.02 ERA, 68 K's, 29 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.34 K/BB

    Kevin Correia: 10-10 Record, 5.40 ERA, 115 K's, 64 Walks, 1.49 WHIP, 1.80 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    26-54 Record, 5.23 ERA, 423 K's, 225 Walks, 1.59 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

    Additional Facts

    Kevin Correia was signed by the Pirates this offseason to a two-year, $8MM contract.

Kansas City Royals

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    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 20:  Vin Mazzaro #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum  on August 20, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.97 ERA, 67-95 Record, 1035 K’s, 551 Walks, 1.46 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Jeff Francis: 4-6 Record, 5.00 ERA, 67 K's, 23 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.91 K/BB

    Luke Hochevar: 6-6 Record, 4.81 ERA, 76 K's, 37 Walks, 1.43 WHIP, 2.05 K/BB

    Kyle Davies: 8-12 Record, 5.34 ERA, 126 K's, 80 Walks, 1.56 WHIP, 1.58 K/BB

    Sean O'Sullivan: 4-6 Record, 5.49 ERA, 43 K's, 31 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.39 K/BB

    Vin Mazzaro: 6-8 Record, 4.27 ERA, 79 K's, 50 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.58 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    24-30 Record, 4.98 ERA, 391 K's, 221 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.77 K/BB

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 06:  Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy #31 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on September 6, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Giants defeated the Diamondb
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.81 ERA, 65-97 Record, 1070 K’s, 548 Walks, 1.43 WHIP, 1.95 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Ian Kennedy: 9-10 Record, 3.80 ERA, 168 K's, 70 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 2.40 K/BB

    Joe Saunders: 9-17 Record, 4.47 ERA, 114 K's, 64 Walks, 1.46 WHIP, 1.78 K/BB

    Daniel Hudson: 8-2 Record, 2.45 ERA, 84 K's, 27 Walks, 1.00 WHIP, 3.11 K/BB

    Barry Enright: 6-7 Record, 3.91 ERA, 49 K's, 29 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 1.69 K/BB

    Zach Duke: 8-15 Record, 5.72 ERA, 96 K's, 51 Walks, 1.65 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    40-51 Record, 4.07 ERA, 511 K's, 241 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.12 K/BB

    Additional Facts

    Brandon Webb left the Diamondbacks to sign with the Texas Rangers this offseason.

Baltimore Orioles

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    ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 29:  Jeremy Guthrie #46 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the ninth inning at Angel Stadium on August 29, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.59 ERA, 66-96 Record, 1007 K’s, 520 Walks, 1.41 WHIP, 1.94 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Jeremy Guthrie: 11-14 Record, 3.83 ERA, 119 K's, 50 Walks, 1.16 WHIP, 2.38 K/BB

    Brian Matusz: 10-12 Record, 4.30 ERA, 143 K's, 63 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 2.27 K/BB

    Rick VandenHurk: No Decision Record on 1 Start, 5.09 ERA 18 K's, 8 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.25 K/BB

    Chris Tillman: 2-5 Record, 5.87 ERA, 31 K's, 31 Walks, 1.53 WHIP, 1.00 K/BB

    Jake Arrieta: 6-6 Record, 4.66 ERA, 52 K's, 48 Walks, 1.53 WHIP, 1.08 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    29-37 Record, 4.75 ERA, 363 K's, 200 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 1.82 K/BB

Milwaukee Brewers

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    ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 11:  Zack Greinke #23 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on August 11, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.58 ERA, 77-85 Record, 1258 K’s, 582 Walks, 1.44 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Zack Greinke: 10-14 Record, 4.17 ERA, 181 K’s, 55 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 3.29 K/BB

    Yovani Gallardo: 14-7 Record, 3.84 ERA, 200 K’s, 75 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.67 K/BB

    Shaun Marcum: 13-8 Record, 3.64 ERA, 165 K’s, 43 Walks, 1.15 WHIP, 3.84 K/BB

    Randy Wolf: 13-12 Record, 4.17 ERA, 142 K’s, 87 Walks, 1.39 WHIP, 1.63 K/BB

    Chris Narveson: 12-9 Record, 4.99 ERA, 137 K’s, 59 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.32 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    62-50 Record, 4.16 ERA, 825 K’s, 319 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.59 K/BB

    Additional Facts

    Zack Greinke was acquired through trade from the Kansas City Royals this offseason to strengthen the Brewers rotation.

Detroit Tigers

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    ST. PETERSBURG - JULY 27:  Pitcher Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on July 27, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.30 ERA, 81-81 Record, 1056 K’s, 537 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 1.97 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Justin Verlander: 18-9 Record, 3.37 ERA, 219 K’s, 71 Walks, 1.16 WHIP, 3.08 K/BB

    Max Scherzer: 12-11 Record, 3.50 ERA, 184 K’s, 70 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.63 K/BB

    Rick Porcello: 10-12 Record, 4.92 ERA, 84 K’s, 38 Walks, 1.39 WHIP, 2.21 K/BB

    Brad Penny: 3-4 Record, 3.23 ERA, 35 K’s, 9 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 3.89 K/BB

    Phil Coke: No Starting Decision, 3.76 ERA, 53 K’s, 26 Walks, 1.44 WHIP, 2.04 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    44-41 Record, 3.76 ERA, 575 K’s, 214 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.69 K/BB

Cleveland Indians

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    CLEVELAND - JULY 28:  Fausto Carmona #55 of the Cleveland Indians throws a first inning pitch while playing the New York Yankees on July 28, 2010 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.30 ERA, 69-93 Record, 967 K’s, 572 Walks, 1.43 WHIP, 1.69 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Fausto Carmona: 13-14 Record, 3.77 ERA, 124 K’s, 72 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 1.72 K/BB

    Justin Masterson: 6-13 Record, 4.70 ERA, 140 K’s, 73 Walks, 1.50 WHIP, 1.92 K/BB

    Jeanmar Gomez: 4-5 Record, 4.68 ERA, 34 K’s, 22 Walks, 1.65 WHIP, 1.55 K/BB

    Carlos Carrasco: 2-2 Record, 3.83 ERA, 38 K’s, 14 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.71 K/BB

    Josh Tomlin: 6-4 Record, 4.56 ERA, 43 K’s, 19 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.26 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    31-38 Record, 4.31 ERA, 379 K’s, 200 Walks, 1.42 WHIP, 1.90 K/BB

Toronto Blue Jays

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    ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 15:  Ricky Romero #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on August 15, 2010 in Anaheim, California. The Blue Jays defeated the Angels 4-1.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.22 ERA, 85-77 Record, 1184 K’s, 539 Walks, 1.35 WHIP, 2.20 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Ricky Romero: 14-9 Record, 3.73 ERA, 174 K’s, 82 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 2.12 K/BB

    Brandon Morrow: 10-7 Record, 4.49 ERA, 178 K’s, 66 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.70 K/BB

    Brett Cecil: 15-7 Record, 4.22 ERA, 117 K’s, 54 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 2.17 K/BB

    Kyle Drabek: 0-3 Record, 4.76 ERA, 12 K’s, 5 Walks, 1.35 WHIP, 2.40 K/BB

    Jesse Litsch: 1-5 Record, 5.79 ERA, 16 K’s, 15 Walks, 1.46 WHIP, 1.07 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    40-31 Record, 4.60 ERA, 497 K’s, 222 Walks, 4.60 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 2.24 K/BB

Boston Red Sox

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25:  Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees during their game on September 25, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.19 ERA, 89-73 Record, 1207 K’s, 580 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.08 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Jon Lester: 19-9 Record, 3.25 ERA, 225 K’s, 83 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 2.71 K/BB

    Josh Beckett: 6-6 Record, 5.78 ERA, 116 K’s, 45 Walks, 1.54 WHIP, 2.58 K/BB

    John Lackey: 14-11 Record, 4.40 ERA, 156 K’s, 72 Walks, 1.42 WHIP, 2.17 K/BB

    Clay Buchholz: 17-7 Record, 2.33 ERA, 120 K’s, 67 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 1.79 K/BB

    Daisuke Matsuzaka: 9-6 Record, 4.69 ERA, 133 K’s, 74 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 1.80 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010:

    65-39 Record, 4.09 ERA, 750 K’s, 341 Walks, 1.35 WHIP, 2.20 K/BB

Chicago Cubs

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 05: Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on September 5, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs 18-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.18 ERA, 75-87 Record, 1268 K’s, 605 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 2.10 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Ryan Dempster: 15-12 Record, 3.85 ERA, 208 K’s, 86 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.42 K/BB

    Randy Wells: 8-14 Record, 4.26 ERA, 144 K’s, 63 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 2.29 K/BB

    Matt Garza: 15-10 Record, 3.91 ERA, 150 K’s, 63 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.38 K/BB

    Tom Gorzelanny: 7-9 Record, 4.09 ERA, 119 K’s, 68 Walks, 1.50 WHIP, 1.75 K/BB

    Carlos Zambrano: 11-6 Record, 3.33 ERA, 117 K’s, 69 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.70 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    56-51 Record, 3.89 ERA, 738 K’s, 349 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.11 K/BB

    Additional Facts

    Matt Garza was acquired by the Cubs from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade this offseason.

Colorado Rockies

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    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - MARCH 10:  Ubaldo Jiminez #38 of The Dominican Republic pitches against  The Netherlands during the 2009 World Baseball Classic Pool D match on March 10, 2009 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  (Photo by Al Bello/G
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.14 ERA, 83-79 Record, 1234 K’s, 525 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 2.35 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Ubaldo Jimenez: 19-8 Record, 2.88 ERA, 214 K’s, 92 Walks, 1.15 WHIP, 2.33 K/BB

    Jorge De La Rosa: 8-7 Record, 4.22 ERA, 113 K’s, 55 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.05 K/BB

    Jason Hammel: 10-9 Record, 4.81 ERA, 141 K’s, 47 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB

    Jhoulys Chacin: 9-11 Record, 3.28 ERA, 138 K’s, 61 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.26 K/BB

    Aaron Cook: 6-8 Record, 5.08 ERA, 62 K’s, 52 Walks, 1.56 WHIP, 1.19 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    52-43 Record, 4.05 ERA, 668 K’s, 307 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 2.18 K/BB

Washington Nationals

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    WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 24:  Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 24, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.13 ERA, 69-93 Record, 1068 K’s, 512 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.09 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Livan Hernandez: 10-12 Record, 3.66 ERA, 114 K’s, 64 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 1.78 K/BB

    John Lannan: 8-8 Record, 4.65 ERA, 71 K’s, 49 Walks, 1.56 WHIP, 1.45 K/BB

    Jason Marquis: 2-9 Record, 6.60 ERA, 31 K’s, 24 Walks, 1.70 WHIP, 1.29 K/BB

    Jordan Zimmermann: 1-2 Record, 4.94 ERA, 27 K’s, 10 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.70 K/BB

    J.D. Martin: 1-5 Record, 4.13 ERA, 31 K’s, 11 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 2.82 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    22-36 Record, 4.80 ERA, 274 K’s, 158 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 1.73 K/BB

Chicago White Sox

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    BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 05:  Mark Buehrle #56 of the Chicago White Sox reacts after giving up a two run homer to Victor Martinez of the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning on September 5, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Ima
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.09 ERA, 88-74 Record, 1149 K’s, 490 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.34 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Mark Buehrle: 13-13 Record, 4.28 ERA, 99 K’s, 49 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 2.02 K/BB

    Gavin Floyd: 10-13 Record, 4.08 ERA, 151 K’s, 58 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.60 K/BB

    John Danks: 15-11 Record, 3.72 ERA, 162 K’s, 70 Walks, 1.22 WHIP, 2.31 K/BB

    Edwin Jackson: 10-12 Record, 4.47 ERA, 181 K’s, 78 Walks, 1.39 WHIP, 2.32

    Jake Peavy: 7-6 Record, 4.63 ERA, 93 K’s, 34 Walks, 1.23 WHIP, 2.74 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    55-55  Record, 4.24 ERA, 686 K’s, 289 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.37 K/BB

Houston Astros

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    CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 28, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 3-2 to clinch the NL Central Division title. (Photo by Joe Rob
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.09 ERA, 88-74 Record, 1149 K’s, 490 Walks, 1.39 WHIP, 2.21 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Wandy Rodriguez: 11-12 Record, 3.60 ERA, 178 K’s, 68 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 2.62 K/BB

    Brett Myers: 14-8 Record, 3.14 ERA, 180 K’s, 66 Walks, 1.24 WHIP, 2.73 K/BB

    J.A. Happ: 6-4 Record, 3.40 ERA, 70 K’s, 47 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 1.49 K/BB

    Bud Norris: 9-10 Record, 4.92 ERA, 158 K’s, 77 Walks, 1.48 WHIP, 2.05 K/BB

    Nelson Figueroa: No Decided Start, 3.29 ERA, 73 K’s, 34 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    40-34 Record, 3.67 ERA, 659 K’s, 292 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 2.26 K/BB

Florida Marlins

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    ATLANTA - JULY 02:  Pitcher Josh Johnson #55 of the Florida Marlins against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.08 ERA, 80-82 Record, 1168 K’s, 549 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.13 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Josh Johnson: 11-6 Record, 2.30 ERA, 186 K’s, 48 Walks, 1.11 WHIP, 3.88 K/BB

    Javier Vazquez: 10-10 Record, 5.32 ERA, 121 K’s, 65 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 1.86 K/BB

    Ricky Nolasco: 14-9 Record, 4.51 ERA, 147 K’s, 33 Walks, 1.28 WHIP, 4.45 K/BB

    Chris Volstad: 12-9 Record, 4.58 ERA, 102 K’s, 60 Walks, 1.41 WHIP, 1.70 K/BB

    Anibal Sanchez: 13-12 Record, 3.55 ERA, 157 K’s, 70 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 2.24 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    60-46 Record, 4.05 ERA, 713 K’s, 276 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.58 K/BB

New York Yankees

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees reacts after he struck out Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers to end the top of the sixth inning of Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 20
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.06 ERA, 95-67 Record, 1154 K’s, 540 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.14 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    CC Sabathia: 21-7 Record, 3.18 ERA, 197 K’s, 74 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 2.66 K/BB

    Phil Hughes: 18-8 Record, 4.19 ERA, 146 K’s, 58 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.52 K/BB

    A.J. Burnett: 10-15 Record, 5.26 ERA, 145 K’s, 78 Walks, 1.51 WHIP, 1.86 K/BB

    Ivan Nova: 1-2 Record, 4.50 ERA, 26 K’s, 17 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.53 K/BB

    Sergio Mitre: No Decided Starts, 3.33 ERA, 26 K’s, 16 Walks, 1.09 WHIP, 1.63 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    50-32 Record, 4.09 ERA, 540 K’s, 243 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.22 K/BB

Los Angeles Angels

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Pitcher Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.04 ERA, 80-82 Record, 1130 K’s, 565 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.00 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Jered Weaver: 13-12 Record, 3.01 ERA, 233 K’s, 54 Walks, 1.07 WHIP, 4.31 K/BB

    Dan Haren: 12-12 Record, 3.91 ERA, 216 K’s, 54 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 4.00 K/BB

    Ervin Santana: 17-10 Record, 3.92 ERA, 169 K’s, 73 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.32 K/BB

    Scott Kazmir: 9-15 Record, 5.94 ERA, 93 K’s, 79 Walks, 1.58 WHIP, 1.18 K/BB

    Joel Pineiro: 10-7 Record, 3.84 ERA, 92 K’s, 34 Walks, 1.24 WHIP, 2.71 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    61-56 Record, 4.12 ERA, 803 K’s, 294 Walks, 1.30 WHIP, 2.73 K/BB

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 24:  Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on September 24, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.01 ERA, 80-82 Record, 1274 K’s, 539 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 2.36 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Clayton Kershaw: 13-10 Record, 2.91 ERA, 212 K’s, 81 Walks, 1.18 WHIP, 2.62 K/BB

    Chad Billingsley: 12-11 Record, 3.57 ERA, 171 K’s, 69 Walks, 1.28 WHIP, 2.48 K/BB

    Ted Lilly: 10-12 Record, 3.62 ERA, 166 K’s, 44 Walks, 1.08 WHIP, 3.77 K/BB

    Hiroki Kuroda: 11-13 Record, 3.39 ERA, 159 K’s, 48 Walks, 1.16 WHIP, 3.31 K/BB

    Jon Garland: 14-12 Record, 3.47 ERA, 136 K’s, 87 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 1.56 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    60-58 Record, 3.39 ERA, 844 K’s, 329 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 2.57 K/BB

    Additional Facts

    The Dodgers acquired Garland and reacquired Kuroda from free agency this offseason.

Cincinnati Reds

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 08:  Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on October 8, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    4.01 ERA, 91-71 Record, 1130 K’s, 524 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Edinson Volquez: 4-3 Record, 4.31 ERA, 67 K’s, 35 Walks, 1.50 WHIP, 1.91 K/BB

    Bronson Arroyo: 17-10 Record, 3.88 ERA, 121 K’s, 59 Walks, 1.15 WHIP, 2.05 K/BB

    Johnny Cueto: 12-7 Record, 3.64 ERA, 138 K’s, 56 Walks, 1.28 WHIP, 2.46 K/BB

    Mike Leake: 8-4 Record, 4.23 ERA, 91 K’s, 49 Walks, 1.50 WHIP, 1.86 K/BB

    Homer Bailey: 4-3 Record, 4.46 ERA, 100 K’s, 40 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    45-27 Record, 4.10 ERA, 517 K’s, 239 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB

Minnesota Twins

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 6: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins reacts during game one of the ALDS against the New York Yankees on October 6, 2010 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.95 ERA, 94-68 Record, 1048 K’s, 383 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 2.74 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Francisco Liriano: 14-10 Record, 3.60 ERA, 201 K’s, 58 Walks, 1.26 WHIP, 3.47 K/BB

    Scott Baker: 12-9 Record, 4.49 ERA, 148 K’s, 43 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 3.44 K/BB

    Kevin Slowey: 13-6 Record, 4.45 ERA, 116 K’s, 29 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 4.00 K/BB

    Nick Blackburn: 10-12 Record, 5.42 ERA, 68 K’s, 40 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.70 K/BB

    Brian Duensing: No wins or losses, 2.62 ERA, 78 K’s, 35 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 2.23 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    49-37 Record, 4.12 ERA, 611 K’s, 205 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.98 K/BB

Texas Rangers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30:  Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers looks down after giving up a home run to Andres Torres #56 of the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 30, 2010 in Arl
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.93 ERA, 90-72 Record, 1181 K’s, 551 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.14 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Colby Lewis: 12-13 Record, 3.72 ERA, 196 K’s, 65 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 3.02 K/BB

    C.J. Wilson: 15-8 Record, 3.35 ERA, 170 K’s, 93 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 1.83 K/BB

    Tommy Hunter: 13-4 Record, 3.73 ERA, 68 K’s, 33 Walks, 1.24 WHIP, 2.06 K/BB

    Derek Holland: 3-4 Record, 4.08 ERA, 54 K’s, 24 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.25 K/BB

    Brandon Webb (2009): No wins or losses, 13.50 ERA, 2 K’s, 2 Walks, 2.00 WHIP, 1.00 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    42-33 Record, 3.72 ERA, 488 K’s, 215 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.27 K/BB (Excluding Webb)

    Additional Facts

    The former Diamondback Webb was signed this offseason.

Seattle Mariners

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    SEATTLE - AUGUST 05:  Starter Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on August 5, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.93 ERA, 61-101 Record, 973 K’s, 452 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Felix Hernandez: 13-12 Record, 2.27 ERA, 232 K’s, 70 Walks, 1.06 WHIP, 3.31 K/BB

    Jason Vargas: 9-12 Record, 3.78 ERA, 116 K’s, 54 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

    Doug Fister: 6-14 Record, 4.11 ERA, 93 K’s, 32 Walks, 1.28 WHIP, 2.91 K/BB

    Erik Bedard (2009): 5-3 Record, 2.82 ERA, 90 K’s, 34 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 2.65 K/BB

    Luke French: 5-7 Record, 4.83 ERA, 37 K’s, 29 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 1.28 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    38-48 Record, 3.56 ERA, 568 K’s, 219 Walks, 1.22 WHIP, 2.59 K/BB

Tampa Bay Rays

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 12:  David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during Game 5 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on October 12, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.78 ERA, 96-66 Record, 1189 K’s, 478 Walks, 1.26 WHIP, 2.49 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    David Price: 19-6 Record, 2.72 ERA, 188 K’s, 79 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 2.38 K/BB

    James Shields: 13-15 Record, 5.18 ERA, 187 K’s, 51 Walks, 1.46 WHIP, 3.67 K/BB

    Wade Davis: 12-10 Record, 4.07 ERA, 113 K’s, 62 Walks, 1.35 WHIP, 1.82 K/BB

    Jeremy Hellickson: 4-0 Record, 3.47 ERA, 33 K’s, 8 Walks, 1.10 WHIP, 4.13 K/BB

    Jeff Niemann: 12-8 Record, 4.39 ERA, 131 K’s, 61 Walks, 1.26 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    60-49 Record, 3.97 ERA, 652 K’s, 261 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB

    Additional Facts

    Matt Garza was traded from the Rays to the Chicago Cubs this offseason.

New York Mets

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 28:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros on August 28, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.70 ERA, 79-83 Record, 1106 K’s, 545 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.03 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Johan Santana: 11-9 Record, 2.98 ERA, 144 K’s, 55 Walks, 1.18 WHIP, 2.62 K/BB

    Mike Pelfrey: 15-9 Record, 3.66 ERA, 113 K’s, 68 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 1.66 K/BB

    Jonathon Niese: 9-10 Record, 4.20 ERA, 148 K’s, 62 Walks, 1.46 WHIP, 2.39 K/BB

    R.A. Dickey: 11-9 Record, 2.84 ERA, 104 K’s, 42 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 2.48 K/BB

    Jenrry Mejia: No decided starts, 4.62 ERA, 22 K’s, 20 Walks, 1.69 WHIP, 1.10 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    46-36 Record, 3.66 ERA, 531 K’s, 247 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

Philadelphia Phillies

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 18:  Cliff Lee #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game Three of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 18, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by P
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.67 ERA, 97-65 Record, 1183 K’s, 416 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.84 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Roy Halladay: 21-10 Record, 2.44 ERA, 219 K’s, 30 Walks, 1.04 WHIP, 7.3 K/BB

    Cliff Lee: 12-9 Record, 3.18 ERA, 185 K’s, 18 Walks, 1.00 WHIP, 10.28 K/BB

    Cole Hamels: 12-11 Record, 3.06 ERA, 211 K’s, 61 Walks, 1.18 WHIP, 3.46 K/BB

    Roy Oswalt: 13-13 Record, 2.76 ERA, 193 K’s, 55 Walks, 1.03 WHIP, 3.51 K/BB

    Joe Blanton: 9-6 Record, 4.82 ERA, 134 K’s, 43 Walks, 1.42 WHIP, 3.12 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    67-49 Record, 3.25 ERA, 942 K’s, 207 Walks, 1.13 WHIP, 4.55 K/BB

    Additional Facts

    Cliff Lee was acquired in free agency this offseason in a deal that shocked all of baseball.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 5: Starter Chris Carpenter #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on September 5, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Reds 4-2.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.57 ERA, 86-76 Record, 1094 K’s, 477 Walks, 1.30 WHIP, 2.29 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Chris Carpenter: 16-9 Record, 3.22 ERA, 179 K’s, 63 Walks, 1.18 WHIP, 2.84 K/BB

    Adam Wainwright: 20-11 Record, 2.42 ERA, 213 K’s, 56 Walks, 1.05 WHIP, 3.80 K/BB

    Kyle Lohse: 4-8 Record, 6.55 ERA, 54 K’s, 35 Walks, 1.78 WHIP, 1.54 K/BB

    Jake Westbrook: 10-11 Record, 4.22 ERA, 128 K’s, 68 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

    Jaime Garcia: 13-8 Record, 2.70 ERA, 132 K’s, 64 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.06 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    63-47 Record, 3.82 ERA, 706 K’s, 286 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 2.47 K/BB

Oakland Athletics

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Dallas Braden #51 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Texas Rangers during a Major League Baseball game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 23, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Gett
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.56 ERA, 81-81 Record, 1070 K’s, 512 Walks, 1.28 WHIP, 2.09 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Dallas Braden: 11-14 Record, 3.50 ERA, 113 K’s, 43 Walks, 1.16 WHIP, 2.63 K/BB

    Brett Anderson: 7-6 Record, 2.80 ERA, 75 K’s, 22 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 3.41 K/BB

    Trevor Cahill: 18-8 Record, 2.97 ERA, 118 K’s, 63 Walks, 1.11 WHIP, 1.87 K/BB

    Gio Gonzalez: 15-9 Record, 3.23 ERA, 171 K’s, 92 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

    Rich Harden: 5-5 Record, 5.58 ERA, 75 K’s, 62 Walks, 1.66 WHIP, 1.21 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    56-42 Record, 3.62 ERA, 552 K’s, 282 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 1.96 K/BB

Atlanta Braves

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 11:  Pitcher Derek Lowe #32 of the Atlanta Braves against the San Francisco Giants during Game Four of the NLDS of the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Turner Field on October 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.56 ERA, 91-71 Record, 1241 K’s, 505 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.46 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Derek Lowe: 16-12 Record, 4.00 ERA, 136 K’s, 61 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.23 K/BB

    Tommy Hanson: 10-11 Record, 3.33 ERA, 173 K’s, 56 Walks, 1.17 WHIP, 3.09 K/BB

    Tim Hudson: 17-9 Record, 2.83 ERA, 139 K’s, 74 Walks, 1.15 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

    Jair Jurrjens: 7-6 Record, 4.64 ERA, 86 K’s, 42 Walks, 1.39 WHIP, 2.05 K/BB

    Mike Minor: 3-2 Record, 5.98 ERA, 43 K’s, 11 Walks, 1.57 WHIP, 3.91 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    53-40 Record, 4.16 ERA, 577 K’s, 244 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 2.36 K/BB

San Diego Padres

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 03:  Matt Latos #38 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on October 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.39 ERA, 90-72 ERA, 1295 K’s, 517 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Mat Latos: 14-10 Record, 2.92 ERA, 189 K’s, 50 Walks, 1.08 WHIP, 3.78 K/BB

    Clayton Richard: 14-9 Record, 3.75 ERA, 153 K’s, 78 Walks, 1.41 WHIP, 1.96 K/BB

    Tim Stauffer: No decided starts, 1.85 ERA, 61 K’s, 24 Walks, 1.08 WHIP, 2.54 K/BB

    Aaron Harang: 6-7 Record, 5.32 ERA, 82 K’s, 38 Walks, 1.59 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB

    Dustin Moseley: 4-4 Record, 4.96 ERA, 33 K’s, 27 Walks, 1.42 WHIP, 1.22 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    38-30 Record, 3.76 ERA, 518 K’s, 217 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.39 K/BB

    Additional Facts

    Harang was acquired this offseason when the Cincinnati Reds declined his option.

San Francisco Giants

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  (L-R) Aubrey Huff #17 and Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants walks back to the dugout against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlin
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    2010 Team Stats

    3.36 ERA, 92-70 Record, 1331 K’s, 578 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.30 K/BB

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Tim Lincecum: 16-10 Record, 3.43 ERA, 231 K’s, 76 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 3.04 K/BB

    Matt Cain: 13-11 Record, 3.14 ERA, 177 K’s, 61 Walks, 1.08 WHIP, 2.90 K/BB

    Jonathan Sanchez: 13-9 Record, 3.07 ERA, 250 K's, 96 Walks, 1.23 WHIP, 2.14 K/BB

    Madison Bumgarner: 7-6 Record, 3.00 ERA, 86 K’s, 26 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 3.31 K/BB

    Barry Zito: 9-14 Record, 4.15 ERA, 150 K’s, 84 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 1.79 K/BB

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    55-41 Record, 3.43 ERA, 644 K’s, 247 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.61 K/BB (Excluding Sanchez)

2011 Starting Rotation Rankings with Pitchers' 2010 Averages

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 15:  Cole Hamels #35 and Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies stretch during a workout before the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park on October 15, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jef
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    1. Philadelphia Phillies

    3.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 4.55 K/BB

    2. Los Angeles Dodgers

    3.39 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 2.57 K/BB

    3. San Francisco Giants

    3.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 2.61 K/BB

    4. Seattle Mariners

    3.56 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 2.59 K/BB

    5. Oakland Athletics

    3.62 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 1.96 K/BB

    6. New York Mets

    3.66 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

    7. Houston Astros

    3.67 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 2.26 K/BB

    8. Texas Rangers

    3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 2.27 K/BB

    9. Detroit Tigers

    3.76 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2.69 K/BB

    10. San Diego Padres

    3.76 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 2.39 K/BB

    11. St. Louis Cardinals

    3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 2.47 K/BB

    12. Chicago Cubs

    3.89 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 2.11 K/BB

    13. Tampa Bay Rays

    3.97 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB

    14. Florida Marlins

    4.05 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2.58 K/BB

    15. Colorado Rockies

    4.05 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 2.18 K/BB

    16. Arizona Diamondbacks

    4.07 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 2.12 K/BB

    17. New York Yankees

    4.09 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2.22 K/BB

    18. Boston Red Sox

    4.09 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 2.20 K/BB

    19. Cincinnati Reds

    4.10 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB

    20. Los Angeles Angels

    4.12 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 2.73 K/BB

    21. Minnesota Twins

    4.12 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2.98 K/BB

    22. Milwaukee Brewers

    4.16 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2.59 K/BB

    23. Atlanta Braves

    4.16 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 2.36 WHIP

    24. Chicago White Sox

    4.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 2.37 K/BB

    25. Cleveland Indians

    4.31 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 1.90 K/BB

    26. Toronto Blue Jays

    4.60 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 2.24 K/BB

    27. Baltimore Orioles

    4.75 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 1.82 K/BB

    28. Washington Nationals

    4.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 1.73 K/BB

    29. Kansas City Royals

    4.98 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 1.77 K/BB

    30. Pittsburgh Pirates

    5.23 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

Why the Phillies Rotation Is No. 1

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  Roy Oswalt #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates after ending the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadelphi
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    This offseason we have heard that the Phillies have the best rotation in baseball. When we examine the numbers that all of the starting pitchers produced in 2010, we can see why.

    The pitchers for the Phillies' 2011 rotation have the lowest WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched), the highest by nearly double the ratio of strikeouts to walks (K/BB) and, most importantly, the lowest earned run average (ERA).

    Collectively, the Philadelphia Phillies' starting rotation for 2011 topped the numbers produced by all other teams.