The definition needs to change. People are still working on the same set of criteria to define a #1, #2 and so on starter that they used when baseball had 14 teams. That doesn't work anymore. There are 30 teams. Each team uses a 5 man rotation. That means there are 150 starter positions available in the game of baseball at any given time.

I'm not Frank Einstein or anything, but math tells us that the top 30 guys, evenly distributed to each team would be #1 guys, then the next 30 are #2 guys, the next 30 guys are #3 guys and the next 30 are #4 guys and the last 30 are #5 guys.

When ideas don't jive with reality, then it's time to change the ideas. There may only be a handful of aces out there, but there are 30 #1 starters out there. It's math.