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Ace pitchers have been bringing home World Series titles for decades. Every Yankee fan remembers Randy Johnson winning three of the Arizona Diamondbacks' four wins in the 2001 World Series.
The fact is, the loser of the AL Central race (Detroit or Chicago) has a decided edge over its playoff opponent, whether it be Oakland or Baltimore. In the best-case scenario for Oakland, it lines up Jarrod Parker to start the play-in game, owner of 29 career starts. The A's could also opt for Brett Anderson, who has pitched just 118.1 innings over the last two seasons combined.
The Orioles would likely choose either Wei-Yin Chen (31 career starts) or Jason Hammel (career record 42-51, 4.78 ERA). Out of all four options, Hammel is the only one with a postseason start.
For the Tigers, Justin Verlander has eight career starts and Max Scherzer has another three. Either would put Detroit at an advantage. For Chicago, Jake Peavy or Chris Sale would give the White Sox a leg up against the options for Baltimore or Oakland.
In the National League, Atlanta and St. Louis have impressive rotations with multiple options for must-win games. Adam Wainwright and the emerging Kris Medlen would be especially enticing to watch. Of course, if Philadelphia was to sneak in and steal one of their spots, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels would all merit consideration.