In baseball, the teams that make the playoffs are typically those that can hold their own with a bat during the regular season. They are the teams that got the hits and smashed the home runs, the teams that stretched singles into doubles and scored with runners on base.
Yes, the teams that make the playoffs are typically those with the best offenses. The thing is though, when it comes to postseason baseball, it is the teams with the best pitching that make it the farthest.
There is a saying that defense wins championships in football. In baseball, that saying is pitching wins championships. The teams that win the World Series are often those with a solid starting staff and bullpen. In fact, as the San Francisco Giants proved in 2010, sometimes you don't even need the consistent offense if your pitching is just that good.
With the importance of the pitchers and management of four-man starting staffs taking front and center seats as the postseason moves on, it is relevant to look at the potential starting pitching matchups that baseball fans might see as the AL and NLDS begin.
To start, the top two potential matchups are listed, and then the remaining 14 are listed in no particular order. The slides will preview 16 matchups based on the starters and No. 2 pitchers of each of the eight playoff teams.