I would like to make a correction to this post. I would also like to apologize to Blue Jays fans for making this error.
Shaun Marcum will be starting for the Blue Jays in 2010, not Dustin McGowan. Both are coming back from injuries in 2009, but Marcum will get a chance to earn his starting rotation spot back in spring training.
Again, I apologize for this oversight.
On the heels of our Starting Nine posts that debuted last week, I thought we would take a look at the other side of ball this week. This week, I wanted to take a look at each team’s starting rotation as presently constructed.
Like last week, each day I will look at one division in baseball until all the divisions are analyzed. And like last week, we will start this segment with the American League East.
The American League East lost one major pitcher this offseason (Roy Halladay), but also gained a pretty good pitcher (John Lackey). While the offenses in this division get most of the headlines, the pitching staffs are no slouches.
Here are the starting rotations for each American League East team as presently constructed.
New York Yankees
1. C.C. Sabathia, LHP
2. A.J. Burnett, RHP
3. Andy Pettitte, LHP
4. Javier Vazquez, RHP
5. Joba Chamberlain, RHP
Quick Take – The Yankees’ starting rotation got better in the offseason with the addition of Vazquez. He becomes a pretty impressive fourth starter. There is still some debate as to who will start in 2010–Chamberlain or Phil Hughes. I believe Chamberlain will start.
Boston Red Sox
1. Josh Beckett, RHP
2. Jon Lester, LHP
3. John Lackey, RHP
4. Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP
5. Clay Buchholz, RHP
Quick Take – Beckett might be the No. 1 starter, but this staff is really led by Lester. He will be a leading candidate for the Cy Young award in 2010. Lackey gives this staff incredible depth. Look for Dice-K to have a bounce back year.
Tampa Bay Rays
1. James Shields, RHP
2. Matt Garza, RHP
3. Jeff Niemann, RHP
4. David Price, LHP
5. Wade Davis, RHP
Quick Take – This rotation won’t miss the highly overrated Scott Kazmir in 2010. Garza has really turned the corner and has developed into a very solid No.2 pitcher. Starting rotation will only go as far as Price and Davis take them.
1. Kevin Millwood, RHP
2. Jeremy Guthrie, RHP
3. Brad Bergesen, RHP
4. Chris Tillman, RHP
5. Brian Matusz, LHP
Quick Take – The Orioles acquired Millwood to mentor this young staff and to eat up innings. Tillman and Matusz are two top prospects, who will have to earn their stripes pitching in the very tough AL East. The Orioles need Guthrie to really step up in 2010.
Toronto Blue Jays
1. Ricky Romero, LHP
2. Scott Richmond, RHP
3. Brandon Morrow, RHP
4. Brett Cecil, LHP
5. Dustin McGowan, RHP
Quick Take – Any time a staff loses a pitcher of Halladay’s caliber, they are going to experience a major drop off. It looks like Morrow is going to start in Toronto, so perhaps he can realize his potential. Romero (and I think he is good) becomes the Blue Jays’ No.1 starter by default.
So that’s it for the AL East. Tomorrow, I will take a look at the American League Central, home of the reigning AL Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke.
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