Let me start with a fizzle...
Number 3 Starters:
- Jason Schmidt
- Clay Hensley
- Matt Morris
- Rodrigo Lopez
- Doug Davis
Okay, that didn't work, let's try finding some warmth, any warmth..,
Bottom of the Rotation
- San Diego - Maddux/Wells
- Los Angeles - Penny/Tomko?
- Colorado - Hirsh/Fogg
- Arizona - Gonzalez/Owings
- San Francisco - Lowry/Ortiz
Truth be told, all five could be terrible this season and chances are that at the most only one or two will live up to their hometown's hopes in this. Right now, I like the hot pair on Arizona better than I have them ranked, but I'm so hesitant to move them based on misleading Spring numbers. Later in the season, this section will evolve into LA and Colorado's favor as Wells and Maddux won't go all year, Lowry and or/Ortiz will disappoint and Tim Lincecum won't be ready in time and Arizona will have Davis and Livan that they'll be desperate to get rid of. Los Angeles will be able to insert Billingsley and Hendrickson, Colorado Jimenez, Kim, Buchholz and/or Lawrence, none of the others have similarly skilled plan B's (or C's and D's in Colorado's case) when things go wrong.
alright, feeling a little better, what about the top, though?
Top of the Rotation:
- San Francisco - Zito/Cain
- Colorado - Cook/Francis
- San Diego - Peavy/Young
- Los Angeles - Lowe/Wolf
- Arizona - Webb/Hernandez
- San Diego - Hoffman, Meredith, Linebrink and a bunch of other solid guys.
- Los Angeles - Saito, Billingsley, and it will get better once people get back from injury.
- Colorado - Fuentes, Hawkins, solid RHP's, shaky LHP's.
- Arizona - Valverde, Cruz and several pitchers that could make this better than it looks right now, frankly.
- San Francisco - Not as bad as Armando Benitez makes it look, but still pretty bad.
- Los Angeles - Furcal/Pierre
- Colorado - Taveras/Matsui
- Arizona - ????/????? (likely Drew/Hudson)
- San Diego - Giles/Giles
- San Francisco - Roberts/Vizquel
- Colorado - Atkins, Helton, Holliday, Hawpe
- Arizona - Jackson, Byrnes, Tracy, Quentin
- Los Angeles - Garciaparra, Kent, Gonzalez, Martin
- San Francisco - Bonds, Durham, Aurilia, Feliz
- San Diego - Gonzalez, Bard, Cameron, Greene
- San Diego - Kouzmanoff/Sledge
- Colorado - Tulowitzki/Iannetta
- Arizona - Young/Snyder
- Los Angeles - Ethier/Betemit
- San Francisco - Molina/Winn
- Arizona - Callaspo/Hairston/Montero
- Los Angeles - Kemp/Loney/Lieberthal
- Colorado - Baker/Carroll/Torrealba
- San Diego - Padres bench guys
- San Francisco - Giants bench guys
- Colorado 89-73
- San Diego 86-76
- Los Angeles 83-79
- Arizona 80-82
- San Francisco 74-88