In the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of no-hitters in Major League Baseball, giving rise to the belief we are in a new pitcher’s era. Whether it has anything to do with ramped up performance-enhancing drug testing or higher quality hurlers is anyone’s guess. What’s certain is how well some pitchers are doing at stymieing opponents. Here are 10 MLB pitchers set to dominate lineups in 2014.
1. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies
Though he played on a disappointing Phillies team in 2013, Cliff Lee had a spectacular season. The southpaw posted an earned-run average of 2.87, a walks-hits-to-innings-pitched (or WHIP) ratio of 1.01, and 222 strikeouts versus just 32 walks. That’s an absurd 7:1 ratio of Ks to walks. Judging by the wins-against-replacement stat known as WAR, the only MLB pitcher who had a better 2013 was Clayton Kershaw, winner of the National League Cy Young award. Expect Lee to dominate and spark plenty of trade rumors in 2014.