Top five starting pitching rotations in baseball
Because the Super Bowl is finally here, baseball fans everywhere rejoice as they finally hear the sounds of spring in their dreams.
It's almost February which means the offseason is nearing an end and rosters can now finally be examined. Which teams improved drastically this offseason and which ones are sure to falter?
If 2014 taught us anything, it was reaffirming the fact that pitching still gets it done. If offense and homeruns put fannies in the seats, then pitching wins championships. The San Francisco Giants and stud pitcher Madison Bumgarner treated us oh so delightfully to that notion last October.
The team that led the National League in wins last year with 96 was the Washington Nationals. They were led by youngster Stephen Strasburg and a host of others to the tune of a 3.03 earned run average. Not surprisingly, that mark led the majors.
Ranking third in the league was Billy Beane's Oakland Athletics at 3.22. While they most definitely faltered down the stretch, their dominant pitching was the reason for their most of the season dominance. In fact, nine of the top 15 clubs clubs in the category of ERA made the postseason.
As the steroid era thankfully regresses more and more into the baseball-history vault, the need for power decreases while speed, pitching and defense increases. General managers have recognized this along with developing within your own organization as the new keys to success in the big leagues.
No more can the New York Yankees of the world buy aging, veteran sluggers and get away with making the postseason every year. It worked in the past, but now Brian Cashman is starting to regret the old, tired team that is slowly crippling his organizational development. They're stuck with hitters over the age of 30 and aside from Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances, have no pitching whatsoever.
Out with the old and in with the new.
So, who are the new pitching monsters of baseball? Check out my list of the top five starting rotations in baseball at the current moment.
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