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Starting Rotation: American League Central

January 19, 2010

Yesterday, I looked at the starting rotations of each American League East team. Today, I will look at the starting rotations for each American League Central team.

The American League Central is home to some of the best young pitchers in the game. As a matter of fact, five out of the last six AL Cy Young award winners have come from the Central.

Here are the starting rotations of each American League Central team as presently constructed.

Minnesota Twins

1. Scott Baker, RHP

2. Nick Blackburn, RHP

3. Kevin Slowey, RHP

4. Carl Pavano, RHP

5. Francisco Liriano, LHP

Quick Take – This rotation is littered with No.2 and No.3-type starters. However, Liriano can be a No.1 if he can regain his form prior to Tommy John surgery. Despite their lack of a true No.1 starter, this rotation has plenty of depth.

Chicago White Sox

1. Jake Peavy, RHP

2. Mark Buehrle, LHP

3. Gavin Floyd, RHP

4. John Danks, LHP

5. Freddy Garcia, RHP

Quick Take – The White Sox have the best pitching staff that nobody ever talks about. Danks is a very good No.4 starter. I will be interested to see how Peavy adjusts to the AL over the course of an entire season. Garcia will battle Dan Hudson for the No.5 starter spot in spring training.

Detroit Tigers

1. Justin Verlander, RHP

2. Rick Porcello, RHP

3. Max Scherzer, RHP

4. Jeremy Bonderman, RHP

5. Armando Galarraga, RHP

Quick Take – This rotation has more questions than answers going into 2010. Verlander threw more pitches than any other pitcher in baseball last season (3,937). How is that going to affect him in 2010. Will Porcello experience a sophomore slump? Can Bonderman and Galarraga bounce back in 2010?

Kansas City Royals

1. Zack Greinke, RHP

2. Gil Meche, RHP

3. Luke Hochevar, RHP

4. Kyle Davies, RHP

5. Brian Bannister, RHP

Quick Take – This staff is led by the great Greinke, who was last year’s AL Cy Young award winner. Nobody expects him to repeat last year’s performance in 2010, but he shouldn’t be that far off. The Royals need Hochevar to step up. This is a big year for him.

Cleveland Indians

1. Jake Westbrook, RHP

2. Fausto Carmona, RHP

3. Justin Masterson, RHP

4. David Huff, LHP

5. Aaron Laffey, LHP

Quick Take – For the most part, this is a young rotation, but it’s not very good right now. Carmona has been one of baseball biggest mysteries over the last couple of years. Having watched Masterson over the last couple of years with the Red Sox, I feel be is better suited to be in the bullpen.

Tomorrow, I will look at the American League West. The West is home to one of the top young pitchers in the game Felix Hernandez. Not only will teams in the West have to worry about Hernandez in 2010, but will have to contend with him for years to come.

More on that story later.

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Mets Add Garcia…

January 23, 2009

The New York Mets taking a page out of the Boston Red Sox book of signing “low-risk, high-reward” free agents, today signed pitcher Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract.

I like this signing by the Mets for a couple of reasons:

1. You can never have too much pitching. In this day and age most teams are forced to use 6 or 7 starters because of injuries. The more depth a team has headed into the season, usually the more successful they are. Garcia gives the Mets a little more depth than they had before.

2. As John Heyman pointed out in his blog today, the reason Garcia signed with the Mets is because he believed he had a better opportunity to pitch in the majors with them. With the Mets pitching as of today constructed the way it is, Garcia might find himself in the starting rotation by the end of Spring Training. Here is the Mets rotation as of today:

                        Johan Santana

                        John Maine

                        Mike Pelfrey

                        Tim Redding

                        Bobby Parnell

Now the Mets will probably sign either Oliver Perez or Ben Sheets. Even so, if Garcia proves to be healthy and proves he can still pitch like he did for the Tigers last year then there is a good chance he will can better than anything the Mets have now at the back end of their rotation.

3. Freddy Garcia showed at the end of last season he can still pitch. In 3 September starts with the Tigers, Garcia was 1-1 with a 4.20 era and in 15 innings gave up 11 hits, struck out 12 and had a whip of 1.133. Anytime you can give up less than a hit per inning and strike out almost a batter per inning, you can still pitch in the majors.

It will be interesting to see how the Mets round out their rotation but for now adding a “low-risk, high-reward” free agent like Garcia gives the Mets depth they didn’t have before.