One of the beauties of postseason baseball is getting to watch an elite hitter face an elite pitcher when the games matter the most.
Obviously, the games in October are the crucible that forges legends. To cement their legacy, a star pitcher may have to go against a player that has dominated them over the course of their career and get a big out.
Of course, that could go the other way for a hitter that just can't seem to get any hits off a pitcher, let alone one that could swing the momentum of a game.
As the 2012 MLB postseason kicks off this afternoon, here's a look at 12 of the pitcher vs. hitter matchups that could wind up being deciding factors in the wild card and divisional rounds.