MLB: Revealing the American League East’s 4 Best Starting Pitchers

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Aug 3, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the San Francisco Giants 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The American League East has some quality starters. Not a ton, but a good handful.

The Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees all have respectable-to-good rotations. Boston now stands above all with the addition of Jake Peavy.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays both have rotation ERAs north of 4.60, naturally earning them both bottom-five ranks in baseball.

The Orioles traded for Bud Norris at the trade deadline, but they still lack a No. 1 starter (Wei-Yin Chen is approaching that level). Toronto, on the other hand, has suffered through a season of underachieving-type performances from Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle.

But, let’s take a look at four individuals who are thriving, and thus represent the AL East’s best pitchers.