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My Best 1-2 Punches In Baseball

David Price and James Shields are one of the more lethal 1-2 punches in baseball. They proved that they are also a lethal combination in the acting world when they filmed a lawyer commercial spoof during their visit to the Fan Cave. I'm telling you, these two guys have a future in entertainment whenever they decide to hang up the cleats.

Their visit got me thinking. Which team features the best 1-2 combination at the top of a rotation in the League? Mikey did a similar post back in April, and he chose the M's Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda. Those guys have done little to prove him false, but are they still the best 1-2 at this point in the season? I'm not so sure. Here are my top-3 pitching duos, in ascending order.

3. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain San Francisco Giants

The win/loss records don't reflect it, but these guys have been a solid 1-2 punch at the top of the Champs' rotation. Lincecum (9-9) and Cain (9-7) may not lead the league in wins, but they are both workhorses. Both have worked at least 149 innings in their 23 starts and have consistently put the Giants in a position to win each time they take the mound. Their ERAs are both under 3.10 and they have each struck out batters at a prolific rate. With these two at the top of the rotation, they will be a tough out for whoever they face in the playoffs.

2. Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies

I know that, technically, Hamels is the number three guy behind Cliff Lee, but all three have made an equal number of starts, so I figured they all count equally in this discussion. Halladay and Hamels have been as consistent a pitching duo as we have seen all season. Doc (14-4) and Cole (12-6) have a combined record of 26-10 with a combined ERA of about 2.60. Thats ridiculous even for these guys. Halladay has been his usual self, leading the league in wins, complete games, and innings pitched and seems destined for his second consecutive Cy Young Award. Hamels has had somewhat of a career year as well, and when you throw Lee into the mix,this rotation has been everything the Phillies could have hoped for and more.

1. Jered Weaver and Dan Haren Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The only reason that the Angels find themselves just one game out of first place at the start of play on Friday is because of these two guys. Weaver leads the league in ERA at 1.88 and has 14 wins. He has also thrown four complete games and two shutouts. Haren has countered with 11 wins of his own and has mirrored his teammate with four complete games and two shutouts. Aside from an ugly ejection for Weaver a couple of weeks ago, every bit of news for these two has been positive. If the Angels surpass the Rangers and make it to October, it will be because these two guys made it happen.

Who do you think is the most prolific pitching duo in baseball? Tweet me @rwags614 and let know!

David Price and James Shields are one of the more lethal 1-2 punches in baseball. They proved that they are also a lethal combination in the acting world when they filmed a lawyer commercial spoof during their visit to the Fan Cave. I'm telling you, these two guys have a future in entertainment whenever they decide to hang up the cleats.

Their visit got me thinking. Which team features the best 1-2 combination at the top of a rotation in the League? Mikey did a similar post back in April, and he chose the M's Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda. Those guys have done little to prove him false, but are they still the best 1-2 at this point in the season? I'm not so sure. Here are my top-3 pitching duos, in ascending order.

3. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain San Francisco Giants

The win/loss records don't reflect it, but these guys have been a solid 1-2 punch at the top of the Champs' rotation. Lincecum (9-9) and Cain (9-7) may not lead the league in wins, but they are both workhorses. Both have worked at least 149 innings in their 23 starts and have consistently put the Giants in a position to win each time they take the mound. Their ERAs are both under 3.10 and they have each struck out batters at a prolific rate. With these two at the top of the rotation, they will be a tough out for whoever they face in the playoffs.

2. Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies

I know that, technically, Hamels is the number three guy behind Cliff Lee, but all three have made an equal number of starts, so I figured they all count equally in this discussion. Halladay and Hamels have been as consistent a pitching duo as we have seen all season. Doc (14-4) and Cole (12-6) have a combined record of 26-10 with a combined ERA of about 2.60. Thats ridiculous even for these guys. Halladay has been his usual self, leading the league in wins, complete games, and innings pitched and seems destined for his second consecutive Cy Young Award. Hamels has had somewhat of a career year as well, and when you throw Lee into the mix,this rotation has been everything the Phillies could have hoped for and more.

1. Jered Weaver and Dan Haren Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The only reason that the Angels find themselves just one game out of first place at the start of play on Friday is because of these two guys. Weaver leads the league in ERA at 1.88 and has 14 wins. He has also thrown four complete games and two shutouts. Haren has countered with 11 wins of his own and has mirrored his teammate with four complete games and two shutouts. Aside from an ugly ejection for Weaver a couple of weeks ago, every bit of news for these two has been positive. If the Angels surpass the Rangers and make it to October, it will be because these two guys made it happen.

Who do you think is the most prolific pitching duo in baseball? Tweet me @rwags614 and let know!