It's hard to pinpoint exactly why, but there is an added element of excitement surrounding the 2012 MLB playoffs. Maybe it's the new Wild Card game system, or the Oakland Athletics' improbable run, or the fact that newcomers like the Reds, Nationals, and Orioles are all getting their chance at the World Series.
No matter what happened in the regular season, however, the playoffs always comes down to one thing: pitching. It is said over and over, but it couldn't be more true. Whoever has the most consistent success on the mound will almost always come out on top in the end.
With that in mind, it's time to take a look at the most anticipated pitching matchups of the 2012 MLB playoffs.