The 4 MLB Pitchers Leading the Pack in 2014

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There are two positions on any given baseball team in any given inning that comprise the host of the action. The batter and the pitcher. It’s the great duel of American sports, a battle between a player throwing a small leather ball very quickly and very precisely, and another person trying to hit it. Everyone else is reacting accordingly.

But while batters cycle through to become baserunners, the pitcher remains constant, at least for about 100 throws a game. They’re the most visible players in the stadium — they’re in the center of the diamond. Why do you think Charlie Sheen’s character in Major League was a pitcher? Why is a no-hitter so awesome? Why is a pitcher blowing the game just as exciting in a completely different way?

It’s a complicated thing, the compelling nature of the major league baseball pitcher. However, fans know when they’re doing well, and fans know when they’re worth watching. Here are the four pitchers who put forth a claim as the best in the business over last season, and look to hold on to that crown as the 2014 season springs to life.

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