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So that being said, Ah, before I get started into the topic mentioned below, I wanted to preface my stream that is planned for tomorrow.
So tomorrow was originally supposed to be opening day for baseball March 26.
I almost, you know, don't want to even discuss it because it makes me want to throw up that we don't have all these sports and especially baseball opening days, probably my favorite annual sporting event of the year.
So that being said, it's going to get moved back, We don't know when yet, So I thought tomorrow as a fun little exercise I would rank and a list my all time MLB lineup and that is hitters.
That is pictures and, you know, the whole shebang.
A little exercise, I thought would be a nice little debate topic.
You know, ranking players from, you know, this year all the way back toe, you know, early 19 hundreds.
So I thought that'd be pretty fun to do on opening day and give us a little something to look forward to tomorrow, since we don't have real baseball to watch.
So that being said, let's move right into our topic for this evening, which is the top five pitching rotations in baseball for the 2020 season.
My number five is the Washington team Washington Nationals.
The top half of this rotation is stacked, probably right up there towards the top of all of major league baseball.
You know, you start with Stephen Strasburg or Mac Shor's or whichever one you know, 12 and then Patrick Corbin.
Even as a three, which would be most teams you know, one or two pretty impressive top half of that rotation.
Now the bottom half has a little bit more question marks with Annabelle Sanchez and Joe Ross, but they also have Austin Both that is in the mix.
Here you see him kind of towards the bottom of the bullpen, and they've also added a few pieces in the bullpen like Will Harris and brought back Daniel Hudson.
And so I think, top to bottom bullpen and starting rotation This team is.
It's probably going to be the strength of the Washington Nationals this year after they lost Anthony Rend own in the top of that lineup.
But, you know, it's, Ah, good.
It's a good rotation AB.
So that is why they rank as my number five starting rotation.
My number four is the Cleveland Indians now, for those of you that follow the Indians closely, first of all, who you're rooting for the wrong team in Ohio.
Second, you know that the pitching staff is the strength of this team as well.
In fact, I think the Washington Nationals lineup might be a little bit better than the Indians, even top to bottom.
And while the you know the Indians have some stud hitters at the very top, the bottom really lacks.
So this pitching staff really is going to make or break how this, you know, season goes for the Indians, and I will say this delayed start to the season helps them tremendously because they already had a few guys towards the top of this list that you see down with injuries.
And they were not going to start the regular season if it was going to start tomorrow so that DeLay will probably help them get back healthy.
And that's exactly what they need.
So they start with Shane Bieber or Mike Levinger, you know, one to kind of go either way.
Then Carlos Carrasco, like I said in my team preview, one of the better stories in baseball last year he got diagnosed with, like leukemia, some sort of cancer.
I believe it was leukemia, though, and he ended up battling back and pitching towards the very end of the year.
Pretty cool story to look out for their this year again.
But he was injured, and I think this, you know DeLay will give him a little bit of time to rest up and get healthy.
And then they round out the bottom end of the rotation with Aaron, Somali and Zach, please, Zach with a decent but maybe not so great bullpen.
You know, Brad Hand has a track record of being a pretty good closer.
But other than that, I mean, they have Quran check, which has a good arm, and, you know, ah, few other names that we've seen before, but nothing that really sticks out.
So the starting rotation is great, and that is why they are at this number four spot.
But the bullpen could use a little bit of help.
So I will just say that let's move on to the number three rotation in baseball, and that is the better Ohio team.
Cincinnati Reds go Reds.
This is the strength of their team as well.
You'll notice a trend here, except I will say the hitting lineup for the Reds is probably projected to be better than both of the teams listed at number five and number four.
So the whole season doesn't hinge on this rotation.
You know, firing on all cylinders and being as good as they were last year.
But it is an important piece to the puzzle, and, you know, it starts right at the top here, Sonny Gray.
Luis Castillo, I personally would probably put Castillo at one move Sonny Gray to have Trevor Bauer, which is an extremely important piece this year.
If he pitches like he did a couple of years ago, this is going to be a very difficult team.
And why a lot of you know people are picking them to finish at the top of the N.
L. Central division this year.
And then you have Anthony DeSclafani and Wade Miley rounding out the starting rotation.
Now the difference in last year's team in this year's team is the bullpen.
I expect to be better.
They have a lot of talented arms, some that are even improving.
You have Tyler Malli down towards the bottom, which was a contributor from a starting pitching perspective last year for the Reds.
He had to start a lot of games, and, you know, if you watched all the games he started, one thing that really stuck out was he couldn't go deep into games.
You know he would pitch five or six innings and if they left them in longer than that, he'd start getting, you know, smacked around all over the ballpark.
And I think him moving to the bull pen will be helpful because he's not facing these teams.
You know he's not turning over the line up two or three times and having to face the teams you know multiple times through the lineup.
So I think he's a good addition to the bullpen.
Robert Stephenson? They added Pedro Strope in the offseason.
Amir Garrett, Michael Lorenzen and Russell Iglesias rounding it out as the closer.
You know, that's a pretty good bullpen.
In a pretty good starting rotation, they added.
Wade, Miley as well from Houston.
Uh, you know, the cheating Houston Astros.
So hopefully he doesn't bring any of those tactics to the new ball club.
But you know, they have five solid guys and, like we discussed, if they need a six, Tyler Malli can probably step in there.
So have some depth here all around.
So looking forward to this season is a Reds fan, and I think they're pitching.
Rotation should be up towards the top of the league.
Let's move to number two the Tampa Bay Rays now similar to the Reds.
This team has a stacked starting rotation and a very, very good bullpen as well, so it starts, you know, right up towards the top of the list with their top three.
Charlie Morton Blake Snow, Tyrell Glass.
Now all stud pitchers could be aces for a lot of teams, and then they round out the rotation with Janni, Torino's and Ryan Yarborough.
And I will preface this ah statement by saying they also have Brendan McKay, which is a, you know, an elite arm in the minors that they're going to probably start down in Triple A and if they have any injuries or they need some depth or, you know heck, maybe even these doubleheaders, you know, the baseball season they've been discussing since it's going to be a shortened season to maybe, you know, add in some doubleheaders here and there to make up some of the games that are lost.
So in that perspective, they're going to have, you know, that may even play to their advantage even more than we expect, because their bullpen is deep, really deep, and they have a really deep starting rotation as well in several options that can step in there in a pinch.
It they need him.
So, you know, moving down to the bullpen.
Nick Anderson, Diego Castillo, Jose Alvarado.
We don't really know who's gonna be the true closer.
But all of them have good stuff and can be closers and improving that in the past.
And then they also have, you know, great options in, like, six and seventh inning guys in Chazz Row Colin Posh specifically.
You know, those guys are going to allow, you know, depth problems and any issues that happen in the starting rotation.
Those guys will pick up the slack.
So I love the Rays pitching rotation, and I also love there lineup, and that is why I picked them to win the Strong A L East.
Let's move to the top number one spot, the L A. Dodgers.
For those that follow baseball closely, this won't not come as a surprise to you.
This team is stacked from top to bottom, probably the most talented league from a hitting perspective and a pitching's perspective.
And they're just not many flaws with this team starts out with the top end of the rotation.
Not gonna get much better than this.
Clayton Kershaw, Walker Bueller.
David Price, who they got from Boston in the off season and then some young guys.
Julio your eyes and Alex Wood is a little older and has some experience, but they have guys like dust and May in the minors, and you'll see down in their bullpen right now.
It says Ross crippling is there.
He can easily step in as a starter as well, so they're just so deep there, like seven or eight guys deep that they can go.
Even if they run into injuries and a shortened season, They, more than any other team in baseball, can afford tohave.
Guys go down and be able to replace them with guys that you know will basically master production.
So oh, it all stacked team, even the bullpen, they added.
Some guys like Blake Treinen from the A's.
You know, they have an elite, talented array of guys like Tony Gonsouland, and then they're bringing back guys, you know, like the steady Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez.
All those guys were there last year.
So you know, some veterans, some new guys, all in all elite talent and, you know, proven guys in that starting rotation and bullpen to make up the top overall number one starting rotation in baseball and relief pitching.
You know, total package rotation in the 2020 season.
So to recap, we had the Washington Nationals at number five.
We had the Cleveland Indians at number four.
We had the hometown Redlegs Cincinnati Reds.
At number three.
We had the Tampa Bay Rays at number two, and rounding out the top spot was the L A Dodgers.
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