Ace in Point: The 10 Best Big-Game Pitchers In MLB's Pennant Races

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Ace in Point: The 10 Best Big-Game Pitchers In MLB's Pennant Races
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"Who can I turn to to win this game?" It's a question managers have struggled with on the eve of a big matchup since the early days of professional baseball.

It's not just a matter of who's the best pitcher—it's about clutch. Dubious though many claims about players' abilities to perform under pressure may be, it's ridiculous to deny that some pitchers are better at coming through when it counts.

In this slideshow are the 10 pitchers currently involved in playoff races who, if I were rooting for their teams, I would most want to turn to for a big game—either during the regular season or beyond.

The names on this list were chosen first by skill and second by demonstrated performance in the playoffs or high-pressure situations. An average pitcher with a couple good October starts to his name won't be found on this list, but a low ERA with no record of being clutch isn't enough to get to the top.

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