With baseball coming to an end, let’s take a look at the top five rotations heading to the postseason.
#5: New York Yankees
The Yankees have been a top-five pitching team this season. Gerrit Cole has been terrific, posting a 2.73 ERA and leading baseball in strikeouts. He is the favorite for the AL Cy Young award as he paces the Junior Circuit in wins, WHIP, and CG. Behind him, Jordan Montgomery has a spectacular 3.47 ERA with only 43 walks in 135 innings pitched. His record might only be 5-5, but that’s only because he has no run support.
Behind that potent 1-2 punch, Jameson Taillon, Domingo German, and Corey Kluber have all been effective starters. They are all solid options to start a game late in a playoff series. There is a concern about Taillon, as he has never pitched this many innings in a season due to his Tommy John surgeries. He has struggled as of late and is starting to look gassed.
Luis Gil can also be a big boost to this rotation. He has 15 2/3 scoreless innings under his big league belt in three starts, an MLB record.
The Yankees have a 3.62 ERA this season, good for fourth in baseball. If the pitching holds up, they might make some noise in October.
#4: San Francisco Giants
After being a Cy Young favorite in the first half of the season, Kevin Gausman might not be the ace of this team anymore. Logan Webb has exploded suddenly and over his last 15 starts has pitched to a 7-1 record with a 2.04 ERA. His season-long ERA of 2.56 would be good enough for sixth in all of baseball. Unfortunately, he hasn’t pitched enough innings to qualify for the ERA crown. Webb has pitched like an ace, but so has Gausman.
Even with a slow start to the second half of the season, Gausman is still one of the best pitchers in baseball. Armed with a devastating sinker and a 99 mph fastball, he has been dominant this year to the tune of a 2.52 ERA. With two bonafide aces, this is not a team you want to meet in October.
However, they have some nice pitching depth as well. Anthony DeSclafani has been remarkable, posting a 3.24 ERA on the year. Even behind him Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto both have combined for a 4.08 ERA on the year. Every starter on the team can go out and win an important game. That’s a luxury that not many teams can say they have.
#3: Los Angeles Dodgers
Walker Beuhler and Max Scherzer are arguably the most dynamic duo in the league. Both of them have sub-2.40 ERA’s and are top seven in strikeouts in the NL. They might even finish as the top two in Cy Young voting. Behind them is another Cy Young hopeful, Julio Urias. Urias leads all of baseball in wins and has a 3.11 ERA, forcing his way into Cy Young talks. He would be the ace of almost any other team, but not the vaunted Dodgers rotation.
This team would be even better, but the losses of Trevor Bauer, Clayton Kershaw, and Dustin May have really stung.
Behind the three-headed monster, it has mostly been bullpen games from LA. However, the three at the top of the rotation make this a top rotation headed into the stretch run.
#2: Chicago White Sox
Lance Lynn and Carlos Rodon have been two of baseball’s best this year. Before both landing on the IL for various reasons, they were the top dogs in the Cy Young race. Lynn set the tone with a homer-opener shutout to begin the year and hasn’t slacked off since. Rodon has picked up right where he left off since his return from the IL, having not given up more than two runs in a start since he came back.
Behind the two aces, Lucas Giolito and Dylan Cease are both rising stars who have shown flashes of greatness. After breaking out last season, Lucas has slightly underperformed this year. Even so, he still has posted a 3.69 ERA coupled with 180 strikeouts. Cease has broken out this season after coming to the South Siders in the infamous Eloy Jimenez trade. He’s got a 98 mile per hour fastball and a nasty slider as well.
This can be a team that only needs to score five runs in an entire series and still end up with the win.
#1: Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers have a legit claim to owning three of the top ten pitchers in baseball this year. Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Freddy Peralta have all been phenomenal this year. Burnes especially have been utterly dominant. He went on a recent run going 5-0 with a 0.81 ERA in five starts, and his cutter is one of baseball’s best pitches.
Behind the three-headed monster, Milwaukee has got Adrian Houser, Brett Anderson, and Eric Lauer who have combined to go 16-18 with a 3.64 ERA. It’s mind-blowing for the three through six starters to have a 3.64 ERA.
This team has it all. They’ve got three aces plus three other pitchers who would be excellent choices to start a game four in a playoff series.
The Brewers really have it all.