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A Look Ahead to the Aces in NL West in 2011

By Scott Allen

With Tim Lincecum taking the mound tonight in game 1 of the NCLS for the San Francisco Giants against the Philadelphia Phillies and Roy Halladay, that great matchup has me thinking about what great matchups we could see in the NL West next season.

Looking at the aces for 2011:

San Francisco Giants – obviously Lincecum is the number one, but he has a great rotation behind him too.  Lincecum didn’t need to be outstanding in the regular season.  He was still good, but not as dominant as last year.  Now that he is in the playoffs, he is turning it on.

San Diego PadresChris Young.  He was injured most of 2010, but if he is healthy, watch out.  The Dbacks can’t hit him, that’s for sure.  If Young can’t stay healthy, Jon Garland could be the guy.  He found new life in San Diego after a subpar year in Arizona and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles DodgersClayton Kershaw.  Their rotation behind Kershaw is pretty good too.  Kershaw just finished 13-10, but only had a 2.91 ERA.  Looks someone needs some run support and bullpen relief.

Colorado RockiesUbaldo Jimenez. Jimenez was lights out the first half of 2010.  Jimenez showed his vulnerabilities in the second half of the season.  He still is clearly number one in Colorado though.

Arizona DiamondbacksDaniel Hudson. You have to be impressed with Hudson.  How can he not be the number one going into spring training?  He was 8-2 with a 2.45 ERA in his short two months in Arizona after being traded by the Chicago White Sox.