Let the trades begin. The offseason wheeling and dealing always creates surprises. Teams scramble to fill gaps. Players look for the most money and a chance a to win. With Sabathia guaranteeing he will finish his career in New York, the thought arose: If a team could have a mock draft of current starters only, who would be the five that make up the super rotation? Primarily based on 2011 performances, here is my starting rotation:
1) Roy Halladay. The Phillies starter should be everyone’s number one. Aside from his stats, his presence on the mound is commanding. Philadelphia knew what they were doing when they acquired Halladay.
2) Justin Verlander. No one can argue with 24 regular season wins in 2011. Reservations about Verlander are on the leadership front, but he can pitch any day of the week.
3) Cliff Lee. Everyone knows Lee’s ability to be lights out. He’s one of the premiere pitchers in baseball, but on this super lineup he’s number 3.
4) CC Sabathia. The Yankees ace has a habit of dominating opposing lineups. Not to mention he is a work-horse. 3.00 ERA in 2011 shows his ability to keep a team in the game. He could rank higher but his inability to reach 20 wins holds me back.
5) Clayton Kershaw. Really the bright spot for the Dodgers in 2011. With a 2.28 ERA and 21 wins, not a bad way to tie up the rotation.
One could make arguments for Verlander being number one. I could see Ian Kennedy possibly breaking into this rotation based on 2011. Who knows what 2012 will bring, but wouldn’t it be nice to have this be your starting rotation?