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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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Kansas City, Meet Kyle Farnsworth…

April 7, 2009

After just 1 inning the Kansas City Royals now know what the Cubs, Braves, Yankees and Tigers knew about Kyle Farnsworth….he can’t be trusted. After Gil Meche pitched 7 solid innings, Royals manager Trey Hillman summoned Kyle Farnsworth out of the bullpen to pitch the 8th inning and to be the bridge to Joakim Soria. Well, 4 hits and a Jim Thome 3 run moonshot later, the Royals never got to Soria.

Farnsworth was in midseason form today

Farnsworth was in midseason form today

The Royals went on to lose today’s game 4-2 thanks to Farnsworth’s 8th inning implosion. I am not a believer that a loss on opening day is a disaster, but I did think this was an important game for the Royals. The Royals are used to losing so a loss like this might bring up the “here we go again” mentality that the Royals need to get rid of. A nice 2-1 win, on the road, against your division rival would have been a nice start to the season and would set a winning mentality going forward.

It’s easy to second guess Trey Hillman after the fact, but why didn’t Juan Cruz start the 8th inning? I would think he would be a much better option than Farnsworth. Maybe the Royals need to justify Farnsworth’s ridiculous 2 year $9.25MM contract that he received in the offseason.

One more thought about this game. This game is another example why I don’t think a pitcher is going to win 300 games ever again. Gil Meche should be 1-0 but instead he got a ND because his bullpen blew it. As long as starting pitchers routinely go 6 or 7 innings, wins are becoming more and more difficult to come by. Getting 300 of those wins in today’s era might be impossible.