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2012 Position Preview: Starting pitcher

Updated: April 4, 2012, 12:06 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

It's all about perspective.

We've witnessed back-to-back seasons in which pitching dominated the headlines -- 2010 was termed the "Year of the Pitcher" by many, and 2011 regarded as the "Year of the Pitcher, Part II." It's true that pitching has enjoyed a return to glory of sorts. Major League Baseball averages the past half-decade back that up:

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All pitchersStarting pitchers YearERAWHIPERAWHIPQS%FIP 20074.461.414.631.4147.7%4.73 20084.321.394.441.3948.3%4.48 20094.311.394.451.3948.4%4.51 20104.071.354.151.3453.1%4.20 20113.941.324.061.3253.5%4.05

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