Rating the AL Playoff Rotations

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Rating the AL Playoff Rotations
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The playoffs are upon us.

It was an exciting end to the regular season in the American League, and the playoffs promise to be just as intense.

As we prepare for the postseason, now is a great time to take a closer look at the rotations of the playoff teams. 

To come up with these rankings I rated the teams on major statistical categories: ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, walks and opponents batting average.*

I chose to leave out wins and losses because I don't think wins and losses are a great barometer for the quality of a pitcher. I used the depth charts on the teams' websites to select the top four starters for each team.  

 

*Opponents batting average was calculated using the following formula: [hits / (batters faced - walks - hit batters)]. This calculation provides a slightly different OBA then MLB.com, but I believe it serves the intended purpose. 

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