We often see phrases like “the Pirates don’t have a number one starter”, or “Player A has the upside of a #2 starter”, with no real number attached to the rotation labels. The following polls present some options for ERAs from the five rotation spots. For each spot, pick the option that you think best fits the expectations for a pitcher in that role. Note that we’re looking for the major league average expectations, and not any extremes, such as super rotations like the Phillies have (Halladay/Lee/Oswalt/Hamels) or some of the poor rotations in the majors like the Pirates had last year. Instead, we’re looking for the expectations you would have if you said “Prospect A projects to be a (insert rotation spot here) starter”. Try to go off your expectations, without any research. I’ll be reviewing the answers tomorrow and expanding on this topic throughout the week.