Former college football coach Erik Russell once said, “If we score, we might win. If they never score, we’ll never lose.” The same adage applies to baseball and how important starting pitching is to a team’s success. It’s no coincidence that the last 3 World Series Champions – Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants – all had stellar rotations. Heading into the 2014 MLB season, many teams have deep, talented, starting rotations. However, the question is, will they all live up to the hype? The 2013 Blue Jays had a dominant staff, on paper. On the mound, it was a disaster. This season, the Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, and Los Angeles Dodgers, among others, hope to take their talented rotations from paper, to the mound, and prove that they are one of the best in the league. Injuries may complicate matters, but when healthy, these are the 10 best rotations for the 2014 season.
It is only a matter of time before the Mariners are back atop the AL West, and their pitching will play a big role in leading them there. Felix Hernandez (pictured below) and Hisashi Iwakuma are a dominant 1-2 punch and a nightmare for opponents. At the age of 28, Hernandez is entering his 10th major league season. No, that wasn’t a typo; King Felix has been dominant for a decade and has shown no signs of slowing down. If Taijuan Walker and James Paxton are as good as advertised – and all indications say they are –the Mariners will make some noise within their division. Regardless of whom the 5th starter ends up being, this rotation has an immense amount of talent and should catch the attention of other teams.