As with defense in football, there's a maxim about pitching winning championships in baseball. After watching this postseason, it'd be hard to argue with the merits of that sentiment.
The Tigers breezed through the (supposedly) Brobdingnagian bats of the New York Yankees on the strength of their impeccable pitching, holding them to only six runs in a four-game sweep. Whether the Yankees were culpable in their own demise is debatable, but it hardly matters: Detroit made them look like the Astros and now have an AL pennant to show for it.
But they aren't the only ones throwing heat this October. Let's take a look at the five most dominant pitchers this postseason.