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Meet Arizona Diamondbacks Starting 5 Pitchers

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Meet the Arizona Diamondbacks Starting 5 Pitchers

Jennifer Stewart-USA Today Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks will begin the 2013 season by returning three of their five starting pitchers from a season ago. They have Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill and Wade Miley returning to the staff in 2013.

The Diamondbacks last season had a 4.26 ERA from their starting rotation that had them ranked 12th in the National League in this category. The Diamondbacks starters will need to show some consistency this season if they hope to return to the playoffs.

The Diamondbacks decided that they needed a veteran starter on their staff this season to compliment the young pitchers that they have in their rotation. They went out and signed veteran free-agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy during the offseason.

The Diamondbacks still needed a fifth starter for their rotation, they had a competition in spring training between three pitchers that would earn an opportunity to be their fifth starter when the season began. The three pitchers that were competing for the final rotation spot are Patrick Corbin, Randall Delgado and Tyler Skaggs.

The Diamondbacks are in a division that features teams who have great offensive players to go along with even better starting pitchers. Arizona has a starting rotation which does not have one true ace, but the rotation as a whole will be competitive throughout the season.

The Diamondbacks do have one advantage that other clubs in the division do not have, and that is they have a minor league system that is loaded with pitching prospects.

So these will be the Diamondbacks starting five pitchers who will be on the mound when the season starts for the Diamondbacks on April 1.

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Patrick Corbin

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Corbin won the competition during spring training to earn the opportunity of being the Diamondbacks 5th starter in the rotation

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Wade Miley

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Miley will be expected to continue the success he had last season to the help the Diamondbacks win games this season. Miley will be the number four starter for the club this season.

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Brandon McCarthy

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McCarthy was signed by the Diamondbacks in the offseason to provide some veteran leadership to this young group of starting pitchers. He will be the number three starter for the rotation.

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Trevor Cahill

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Cahill had a good first season with the Diamondbacks, but will be expected to continue his development as a pitcher in the 2013 season. Cahill will occupy the number two slot in the rotation this season.

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Ian Kennedy

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Kennedy will be looked upon this season to be the Diamondbacks anchor of the starting rotation. Kennedy will be making his third straight opening day start for the Diamondbacks.