Sunday, December 16, 2007

If the season started today...

I've received a lot of emails from Dodger fans & detractors alike (like my cousin the Padre fan) who think the Dan Haren trade will have a significant impact on the NL West and the NL in general. While I agree that it was quite a coup for the D-Backs you also have to take into account who they gave up and who the Dodgers and other teams for that matter still have. Therefore I have compiled the starting rotations for the entire NL if the season were to start today.


  • Brandon Webb
  • Danny Haren
  • Doug Davis
  • Micah Owings
  • Billy Buckner
  • Brad Penny
  • Derek Lowe
  • Chad Billingsley
  • Hiroki Kuroda
  • Jason Schmidt/Esteban Loaiza
  • Barry Zito
  • Matt Cain
  • Noah Lowry
  • Tim Lincecum
  • Kevin Correia
  • Jake Peavy
  • Chris Young
  • Greg Maddux
  • Randy Wolf
  • Justin Germano/Glendon Rusch/Shawn Estes
  • Jeff Francis
  • Aaron Cook
  • Josh Fogg
  • Ubaldo Jimenez
  • Franklin Morales
When it comes to depth the Dodgers are just as deep as anyone in the division. With the signing of Kuroda & the hopeful re-emergence of Schmidt I would match that rotation up with anyone's in the division. The Rockies rotation has some young stars in waiting (Francis, Cook) & the Padres have perhaps the best pitcher in the NL in Peavy. After Webb and Haren the D-backs' rotation is not that strong.


  • Roy Oswalt
  • Woody Williams
  • Wandy Rodriguez
  • Brandon Backe
  • Chris Sampson/Brian Moehler
  • Ben Sheets
  • Dave Bush
  • Jeff Suppan
  • Yovani Gallardo
  • Claudio Vargas/Carols Villanueva
  • Adam Wainwright
  • Mark Mulder
  • Braden Looper
  • Ryan Franklin
  • Joel Pineiro
  • Carlos Zambrano
  • Ted Lilly
  • Rich Hill
  • Jason Marquis
  • Sean Marshall
  • Ian Snell
  • Tom Gorzelanny
  • Zach Duke
  • Paul Maholm
  • Tony Armas Jr./Matt Morris
  • Aaron Harang
  • Bronson Arroyo
  • Homer Bailey
  • Matt Belisle
  • ???
The NL Central is the worst division in all of baseball & the pitching is extremely suspect for every team. The Pirates have the potential to have great pitching, but right now I'd have to give the nod to Chicago. Zambrano, Hill & Lilly are a solid trio, especially in this garbage division.


  • John Smoltz
  • Tim Hudson
  • Tom Glavine
  • Chuck James
  • Buddy Carlyle/Mike Hampton

Who cares? The Marlins are the worst team in baseball history.

  • Pedro Martinez
  • El Duque
  • John Maine
  • Orlando Hernandez
  • Mike Pelfrey
  • John Patterson
  • Shawn Hill
  • Jason Bergman
  • Matt Chico
  • Tim Redding/Joel Hanrahan/Tyler Clippard
  • Cole Hamels
  • Jamie Moyer
  • Kyle Kendrick
  • Adam Eaton
  • J.D. Durbin
The Marlins & Nationals aren't going anywhere. The Mets have to hope Pedro can give them something, but right now the Braves have the best rotation. Too bad they're not going anywhere.

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