Which Staff is Better? 2011 Phillies or 2015 Nationals
In 2011 the Phillies had their four aces.
In 2015 the Washington Nations may have just one-upped them.
The Phillies rotation of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and rookie Vance Worley, who replaced an injured Joe Blanton, could be one of the best of all-time but when the Nationals signed former Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal worth more than $180 million, the Nats just might have an argument that their rotation is better.
With Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg the Nationals could challenge the 2011 Phillies rotation for one of the best ever.
To over take the Phillies, the Nationals will have to top the 102-win mark.
Halladay led the way with 19 wins, followed by 17 by Lee and 14 by Hamels - Oswalt and Worley combined for 20 more wins. The Phillies five aces combined for 70 of the Phillies 102 wins
The five projected Nationals starters in 2014 combined for 72 wins, add in Tanner Roark (who had a 2.85 ERA and 15 wins last year) who now becomes the team's sixth starter and the Nationals might have an argument to make that they are better.
One thing the Phillies five have going for them - hardware.
Between the five aces, they have three Cy Young awards (two for Halladay, one for Lee), two NLCS MVP awards (one for Hamels, one for Oswalt), and a World Series MVP (Hamels).
Meanwhile, the only hardware the Nationals five has assembled is the 2013 Cy Young Award by Scherzer that he won with the Tigers.
Entering the season I think the Phillies have the advantage, but by the time the 2015 season is all said and done, it could be the Nats who have the most important hardware, something the 2011 Phillies couldn't get - a World Series trophy.
So who staff is better the 2011 Phillies or the 2015 Nationals?