MLB's top 10 pitching rotations per Buster Olney:
1. Detroit Tigers
2. Washington Nationals
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Philadelphia Phillies
5. Cincinnati Reds
6. Tampa Bay Rays
7. Toronto Blue Jays
8. Atlanta Braves
9. San Francisco Giants
10. Oakland Athletics
Once again the Giants get disrespected by ESPN here. im not saying their the best in baseball, but 9th?? If Lincecum bounces back, they could end up number 1. In fact, if there was ever a time to OVERrate the SF rotation, it would be now, not underrate it. Their 2 crappiest guys are fresh off dominant postseasons. Apparently 2 years of top tier pitching from Vogelsong still isnt enough to prove hes more than a fluke? Anyways, theyre still top 5, especially considering most of the good rotations are front loaded now. SF is one of the very few teams who can send a solid pitcher to the mound every night.
Dodgers at 3 because of 2 guys? Beckett BLOWS. Ryu is a total question mark, and Capuano is no sure thing either.
I brushed up and looked through all the rotations again, and there is no way SF is 9th with the proven ability and depth they have from 1 through 5. Olney is high. If hed rather take Grandpa Hudson, Kris Medlen, Paul Maholm, Mike Minor, and out for half the season Brandon Beachy over the Giants 5, he can be my guest.
[ Edited by Niners99 on Jan 1, 2013 at 3:57 AM ]