Which Pitchers Have the Best Chance to Win 20 Games in 2012?

Pitchers With The Best Chance to Win 20 Games in 2012Major League Baseball has a lot of great pitchers—that’s certainly no secret. This is where the best of the best gather to show their stuff and to use their talent to take their teams to the top. However, some pitchers—even when you’re talking about the very best players in the nation—really take the cake when it comes to talent and skill. These are the pitchers that have the best shot at winning 20 games this season, and they are the ones we’re rooting for and putting our money on!

First up, we’ve got Ian Kennedy, who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. His 2011 season was just to die for, even though he spent a long time working up to it. Obviously, that was time well spent because he ended up with a 2.88 earned run average for the season. He also had a lot to do with the team’s surprising win at the National League West Championship. Kennedy is a young pitcher, still in his twenties, meaning he has a long and fruitful career ahead of him. In addition to likely taking home 20 game wins, he’s reportedly a shoe-in for the NL Cy Young Award.

Let’s jump to the Baltimore Orioles and their pitcher, Jake Arrieta. Arrieta just barely made our list, but we felt, in the end, he was worthy of a spot. Yes it’s true that, last season, he made some mistakes and ended up with a 5.05 earned run average, but his past still speaks loud and clear. He won an impressive ten games last year, and there’s no reason he can’t double that this season.

We’ve also got to show some love to Matt Garza of the Chicago Cubs. Though he almost found himself off the team, Garza is still around—and thank goodness for that! He is a fan pick for competing in the NL  Central, and he had a very remarkable 3.32 earned run average last season.  Of course, his odds of winning those twenty games could be hurt due to the fact that the Cubs, as a whole, have some work to do. If they can step up their game, though, Garza might just have a chance. Let’s hope so for his sake.

Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds is also one to watch. Even though all eyes have been on Mat Latos this season, Cueto has been the one with all the right moves. Despite an injured shoulder, he has a super low earned runs average, and his team suffered greatly during his absence last season. That just goes to show how necessary he is to the team and that he’s got what it takes to make a twenty game win easy as pie.

A few other notable pitchers who deserve at least a mention on our list include Justin Masterson of the Cleveland Indians, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, and Bruce Chen of the Kansas City Royals. As for which of these pitchers will make the cut first, however, you’ll just have to wait and see!

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