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Six-man rotation a fit for Mariners?

Last Sunday’s captivating debut by New York Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz signaled the start of the team’s plan to use Matz – along with Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Noah Syndergaard, Jon Niese, and Jacob deGrom – as part of a six-man rotation. New York’s motivation to use an extra pitcher is based on their desire to manage the workload for both their young starters and veteran arms. Reducing the number of innings would permit the Mets to improve the availability of their entire starting staff through the end of…

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Who’s in, Who’s out: NL East

It wasn’t one of the busier divisions over the last several months, but the National League East still saw plenty of transactions. Each of the teams, with the exception of the Miami Marlins, acquired a solid rotation arm via free agency or trade. In an almost surprising move, the Marlins hung on to their core roster players and made some additions to help team in 2014 and beyond. Let’s take a look at what each team gained and lost over the winter in the NL’s Eastern Division. Atlanta Braves |…

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Top 2014 Cy Young Candidates

The 2013 Cy Young Awards went to Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer. It was Kershaw’s second and while it’s Scherzer’s first, the Tigers are certainly not unfamiliar with Cy Young winners since their ace Justin Verlander is, well, Justin Verlander, and he’s a contender every year — and the 2011 winner. Pitching, in general, is on the upswing over the past few years; some believe that is due in part to the riddance of performance enhancing substances, but in the end there’s simply…

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