The Arizona Diamondbacks feature a starting rotation that has five solid starting pitchers, but not a typical ace that features on other teams that have playoff aspirations.
The rotation features Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley, Brandon McCarthy, and three rookies fighting to earn the fifth spot in the rotation. The three rookies are Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs, and Randall Delgado.
Kennedy won 21 games in 2011 and was presumed to be ace of the staff, but failed to repeat those same results in 2012. He won 15 games in 2012, but saw his ERA rise up to 4.02, a full run higher than it was in 2011. One guy who a chance to be the Diamondbacks ace in 2013 is Miley.
Miley was by far the team’s best starting pitcher on the staff this past season. He had 16-10 record, an ERA of 2.88, WHIP of 1.18, and he threw 194 innings. The main issue for the Diamondbacks starting rotation was that from one start to the next, they were not consistent with how they performed.
Miley was the lone member of the rotation who was consistent — he made 29 starts in first full season with the team, and in 12 of those starts, he threw at least seven innings. Miley was also the only player on the team to be selected to the All-Star game. He also finished second in the Rookie of The Year voting to Bryce Harper.
Look for Miley to be the Diamondbacks best pitcher in their starting rotation this season.
Chris Lacey is the Arizona Diamondbacks writer for RantSports.com.
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