October is about pitching.
It's about front-line starters like Jon Lester and Clayton Kershaw and airtight bullpens like those of the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners. Since teams are consistently facing off against the best pitching in baseball, October is also the time of year when lineups have to scratch out runs by any means necessary. Clubs have to be capable of scoring in a variety of ways, from clutch home runs to perfectly executed small ball.
What follows is a rundown of the six MLB teams who check all those boxes and are designed for deep playoff runs. The list includes three squads from the American League and three from the National League. The teams are ranked in order of how likely they are to actually pull off just such a run during the 2014 postseason.