The Washington Nationals figure to have one of the best rotations in baseball this season with Doug Fister joining an already talented mix. It was a strength before, and Fister should make them even better.
But do the Nats now have the best group of starters in all of baseball? MLB.com thinks so.
Anthony Castrovince has ranked the game’s best rotations and at the top of the list is the Nats. Right behind them rank the Dodgers at second and the Tigers at third.
Here is what Castrovince says about the Nats’ rotation in particular:
I put them in this spot a year ago, and I'm sticking with it. Don't pin 2013's frustrations on the rotation, which again was one of the best in baseball despite being backed by an erratic bullpen and stifled offense…
Adding Fister to a mix that includes Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez gives the Nats four guys who have ranked in the top 20 in ballpark-adjusted ERA (as calculated by Baseball Reference) over the past three seasons.
Castrovince also notes the Nationals’ depth, a factor that looks much improved from last season. If Ross Detwiler earns the fifth spot, for instance, they’ll still have Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan behind him. Throw in prospects like Sammy Solis and Nathan Karns, and the Nats are very deep at starting pitching.
Behind their most ready prospects are guys like Lucas Giolito and A.J. Cole, both considered among the 100 best prospects in the game. Even after this season, the future is bright for Nationals' starting pitchers.
The Nats' rotation should be good once again this year, we’ll see if they can stack up as the very best.
For MLB.com's full rankings, click here.