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MLB Opening Day 2016: Projecting starting rotations for all 30 teams

Our Opening Day coverage continues with a look at the starting rotations.

The first pitch of the 2016 season will likely be thrown by Francisco Liriano
The first pitch of the 2016 season will likely be thrown by Francisco Liriano
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On Monday, we began our Opening Day coverage by discussing what the batting lineups might be. Now it's time to take a look at what each team's starting rotation might look like.

On the Sunday before Opening Day, three games are scheduled. First, the season will open with the two best teams of 2015 going head-to-head: the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. A modern NL Central rivalry, both the Cardinals and Pirates should contend for postseason spots, and their journeys will begin at 1:05 pm ET. Barring injury, we know that Francisco Liriano and Adam Wainwright will be taking the bump against each other.

An AL East and international matchup will follow at 4:05 pm ET with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. That will likely be Marcus Stroman versus Chris Archer. And, if that isn't enough, how about a rematch of the World Series with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets for the evening game at 8:37 pm ET. For the Mets, Matt Harvey will take the hill while the Royals still might have a couple options but Yordano Ventura seems to be the most likely candidate.

As we get closer, lineups become a bit more official. Here are our projected starting rotations for all 30 teams, sorted by division and our standings predictions:

AL East

Boston Red Sox: David Price, Clay Buchholz, Eduardo Rodriguez, Rick Porcello, Joe Kelly

Toronto Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, R.A. Dickey, J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez

New York Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Luis Severino, CC Sabathia

Tampa Bay Rays: Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly, Erasmo Ramirez, Matt Moore

Baltimore Orioles: Chris Tillman, Yovani Gallardo, Kevin Gausman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Mike Wright

AL Central

Cleveland Indians: Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Cody Anderson, Josh Tomlin

Kansas City Royals: Edinson Volquez, Yordano Ventura, Ian Kennedy, Chris Young, Kris Medlen

Chicago White Sox: Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon, Mat Latos, John Danks

Detroit Tigers: Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann, Anibal Sanchez, Mike Pelfrey, Shane Greene

Minnesota Twins: Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes, Kyle Gibson, Tommy Milone, Ricky Nolasco

AL West

Houston Astros: Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Mike Fiers, Doug Fister, Scott Feldman

Texas Rangers: Cole Hamels, Martin Perez, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Nick Martinez

Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker, Wade Miley, Nate Karns

Los Angeles Angels: Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, Hector Santiago, Jered Weaver, Matt Shoemaker

Oakland Athletics: Sonny Gray, Jesse Hahn, Rich Hill, Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman

NL East

New York Mets: Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Bartolo Colon

Washington Nationals: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Joe Ross, Tanner Roark

Miami Marlins: Wei-Yin Chen, Jose Fernandez, Jarred Cosart, Tom Koehler, Adam Conley

Philadelphia Phillies: Jeremy Hellickson, Aaron Nola, Charlie Morton, Jerad Eickhoff, Vincent Velasquez

Atlanta Braves: Julio Teheran, Matt Wisler, Bud Norris, Williams Perez, Manny Banuelos

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Hammel, Kyle Hendriks

Pittsburgh Pirates: Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Jon Niese, Juan Nicasio, Jeff Locke

St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, Mike Leake

Milwaukee Brewers: Wily Peralta, Jimmy Nelson, Matt Garza, Taylor Jungmann, Chris Anderson

Cincinnati Reds: Anthony DeSclafani, Raisel Iglesias, Brandon Finnegan, Alfredo Simon, Jon Moscot

NL West

Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw, Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda, Alex Wood, Brandon Beachy

San Francisco Giants: Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Jake Peavy, Matt Cain

Arizona Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke, Patrick Corbin, Shelby Miller, Rubby de la Rosa, Robbie Ray

San Diego Padres: Tyson Ross, James Shields, Andrew Cashner, Robbie Erlin, Colin Rea

Colorado Rockies: Jorge De La Rosa, Chad Bettis, Tyler Chatwood, Jordan Lyles, Jon Gray

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