Maddux doesn't guarantee anything
Four teams -- Chicago, Philadelphia, Florida, and Houston -- are touting their rotations as the best in the NL.
But they did. While it didn't help that they scored 121 fewer runs the next year, only two of the five men in their vaunted rotation made a decent showing in '84. The veteran -- Tom Seaver -- who seemed like gravy when he was added, nearly turned out to be their ace.
Why are these Sox from two decades ago relevant today? With any number of teams banking on uber-rotations heading into the 2004 season, it's important to remember that there is nothing more tenuous in this world than a starting rotation. So many terrible things can happen to pitchers, that the idea that an entire rotation can go through the year intact while all performing at peak capacity is almost impossible to comprehend.
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