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David Lennon ranks baseball's top rotations

David Lennon ranks the top five starting rotations heading into the 2015 MLB season.

1. Washington Nationals

RHP Max Scherzer RHP Jordan Zimmermann RHP Doug
Photo Credit: AP / Carlos Osorio

RHP Max Scherzer
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
RHP Doug Fister
RHP Stephen Strasburg
LHP Gio Gonzalez
Skinny: The $210-million addition of Scherzer cemented the Nats as the consensus pick with four pitchers who would be potential aces on other clubs.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

LHP Clayton Kershaw RHP Zack Greinke LHP Hyun-Jin
Photo Credit: AP / Lenny Ignelzi

LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Zack Greinke
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
LHP Brett Anderson
RHP Brandon McCarthy
Skinny: Kershaw gives LA the overall top gun, but Greinke also is a perennial Cy candidate and it will be interesting to see if McCarthy duplicates his Yankees rebound.

3. Seattle Mariners

RHP Felix Hernandez RHP Hisashi Iwakuma LHP James
Photo Credit: AP / Lenny Ignelzi

RHP Felix Hernandez
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma
LHP James Paxton
RHP Taijuan Walker
LHP J.A. Happ
Skinny: Seattle has a proven 1-2 punch with the King and Iwakuma, but Paxton (26) and Walker (22) are coming fast.

4. Detroit Tigers

LHP David Price RHP Justin Verlander RHP Anibal
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LHP David Price
RHP Justin Verlander
RHP Anibal Sanchez
RHP Alfredo Simon
RHP Shane Greene
Skinny: Price in a contract year, with Verlander and Sanchez out to show they don't need Scherzer. Greene showed promise with Yankees last season.

5. San Diego Padres

RHP James Shields RHP Andrew Cashner RHP Tyson
Photo Credit: AP / Lenny Ignelzi

RHP James Shields
RHP Andrew Cashner
RHP Tyson Ross
RHP Ian Kennedy
RHP Brandon Morrow
Skinny: San Diego already was solid with trio of Cashner, Ross and Kennedy, but spending another $75 million for Shields puts an established workhorse at front of rotation.

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