Yeah this comes as no shock since I am an unapologetic homer, but I feel pretty confident that this ballyhooing is accurate. CC, Fausto, Cliff Lee, Jake Westbrook, Aaron Laffey and Paul Byrd. 44 2/3 straight innings without giving up a run. Cliff has an ERA of 0.67. If Fausto can find the strike zone he's untouchable. The only hope against big number 55 is that he walks you. Oh yeah and CC is the reigning Cy Young winner and has regained that form after a rocky start. They lead the majors in Quality Starts (27) and in ERA (3.26). The ERA number is made more impressive by the fact that the bullpen has an ERA a full point higher (4.25).
This rotation was good last year, now they are scary. Brandon Webb? Oh he's just 9-0. Dan Haren? Yeah I guess he's ok. An old, but still intimidating as hell Randy Johnson. And Babe Ruth, I mean Micah Owings. I was surprised to see that they are only 8th in the majors in ERA, but the top 4 is pretty legit. In all reality this is probably Randy's last year, but he still makes most batters want to crap their pants because you never know when he's going to airmail one over your head. I'm not sure what is more impressive, Brandon Webb starting the season 9-0 or Cliff Lee's ERA. Either way, Webb has been dealin. This rotation is going to give teams fits in the postseason. Basically they have 2 number one starters and 2 number two starters. Normally a recipe of success.
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