Starting Rotation: National League East

Earlier in the week, I took a look at the starting rotations for each American League team. Now it’s time to switch gears and focus on the National League.

I will start in the National League East and go from there. The NL East is home to perhaps the two best pitchers in baseball in Roy Halladay and Johan Santana. Not only are there superstar pitchers in this division, there are also some great young arms like Josh Johnson and Tommy Hanson.

Here are the starting rotations for each National League East team as presently constructed.

Philadelphia Phillies

1. Roy Halladay, RHP

2. Cole Hamels, LHP

3. Joe Blanton, RHP

4. JA Happ, LHP

5. Jaime Moyer, LHP

Quick Take – The Phillies made the big move this offseason trading for Halladay. In doing such, they had to trade playoff hero Cliff Lee. While I have no doubt Halladay will be a Cy Young candidate in 2010, this rotation will only be as good as Hamels is. They really need him to bounce back this year.

Atlanta Braves

1. Derek Lowe, RHP

2. Jair Jurrjens, RHP

3. Tim Hudson, RHP

4. Tommy Hanson, RHP

5. Kenshin Kawakami, RHP

Quick Take – This rotation has so much depth, that the Braves were able to trade Javier Vazquez. I like this rotation because it’s a good mix of young (Jurrjens and Hanson) and old (Hudson and Lowe). If the Braves give him any run support, Jurrjens could be a Cy Young candidate in 2010.

New York Mets

1. Johan Santana, LHP

2. Mike Pelfrey, RHP

3. John Maine, RHP

4. Oliver Perez, LHP

5. John Niese, LHP

Quick Take – This rotation reminds me of those Boston Red Sox rotations back in the late-90’s. They had Pedro Martinez and a bunch of question marks. This is a big year for Pelfrey. Perez is reportedly got in the best shape of his life this offseason, so let’s see if that translates to his performance on the mound.

Florida Marlins

1. Josh Johnson, RHP

2. Ricky Nolasco, RHP

3. Anibal Sanchez, RHP

4. Sean West, LHP

5. Chris Volstad, RHP

Quick Take – This rotation is young, tall, and talented. Johnson leads this staff and is an early favorite to win the NL Cy Young award in 2010. At 6’8″, 240 lbs, West has a ton of potential. This staff also has top pitching prospect Andrew Miller waiting in the wings.

Washington Nationals

1. John Lannan, LHP

2. Jason Marquis, RHP

3. Scott Olsen, LHP

4. J.D. Martin, RHP

5. Craig Stammen, RHP

Quick Take – The addition of Marquis will help this staff, but overall, it’s still pretty weak. I really like Lannan. He is a good pitcher, who unfortunately plays on the worst team in baseball. Of course, all eyes will be on the development of Stephen Strasburg. There is a chance he could join this staff by the end of the year.

Tomorrow, I will take a look at the National League Central.


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5 Responses to “Starting Rotation: National League East”

  1. Johnny Says:

    If I had to rank the rotations, I’d go:
    1. Braves
    2. Phillies
    3. Marlins
    4. Mets
    5. Marlins

    The Braves and Phillies are close, but the back end of the Braves’ rotation is better. Tommy Hanson is a stud.

  2. Coach (2011 or Bust) Says:

    I agree, on paper my Braves appear to have the best starting five.

    However, when it comes depth they are severely lacking in this department. Beyond Kris Medlen and Jo-Jo Reyes the Braves have no other reliable sixth and seventh options for their rotation, and Reyes is out of options ( traded or DFA’d real soon?). Reyes either makes the team out of the bullpen or he’s gone.

    So why bring this subject up? Because the average ML baseball team will use eight starters in the course of the 162 game marathon. Which is exactly how many starters Atlanta utilized last season. The 2010 Braves appear to have six in Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens, Lowe, Kawakami and Medlen.

    Here is to hoping they all stay healthy.

    • Adam Bernacchio Says:

      Hi agree with you Coach 100%

      I have been saying this very thing for the last 3 months. There is no such thing in baseball and in sports for that matter, as having too much depth.

      I have gone on record as saying the Braves will be searching for a starter come the trade deadline.

  3. Tim Says:

    You guys are forgetting James Parr. Remember how great he pitched at the end of the 2008 season? Had like 14 scoreless innings in his first 2 major league starts.

    • Adam Bernacchio Says:

      Hey Tim,

      I don’t think anyone is forgetting James Parr. I just don’t think he will be part of the Braves rotation in 2010. He will most likely start the year in the minor leagues

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