Baseball's Top 10 rotations

Updated: December 22, 2010, 10:22 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The Phillies' signing of Cliff Lee has created the best barstool debate of the winter, the kind of question that has no right answer but is awful fun to talk about:

Who has the best rotation in the majors?

Here's one humble ranking of the Top 10 rotations in the majors (and I'm going to cheat and list 11). Keep in mind: this reflects that a pair of guys who could at least alter this list -- Carl Pavano and Andy Pettitte -- remain uncommitted for 2011 as of this writing.

1. Philadelphia Phillies

Combine the 2010 results for Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee, and this is what you get:

Games: 126
Innings: 883.1
Hits: 773
Earned runs: 279
Walks (and this is the most incredible number): 164
Strikeouts: 808
Earned run average: 2.84
Average innings per start: About 7

Those statistics are very, very special.

2. San Francisco Giants