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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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 14:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch against the New York Mets on August 14, 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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    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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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 03:  (L-R) San Francisco Giants pitchers Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Brian Wilson speak to fans outside San Francisco city hall during the Giants' victory parade and celebration on November 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Th
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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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    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 20:  Jeremy Hellickson #58 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum  on August 20, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees walks on the field during Game Six of the ALCS against the Texas Rangers in the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ste
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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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    SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Starting Pitcher Clayton Richard #33 of the San Diego Padres throws from the mound against  the Cincinnati Reds during their MLB game on September 26, 2010 at PETCO Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Get
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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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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 15:  Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees celebrates after defeating the Texas Rangers by a score of 6-5 to win Game One of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 15, 2010 in Arlingt
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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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    DENVER - APRIL 10:  Relief pitcher Mike Adams #37 of the San Diego Padres delivers against the Colorado Rockies during MLB action at Coors Field on April 10, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Padres defeated the Rockies 5-4 in 14 innings.  (Photo by Doug Pens
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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