It is no secret that a team's bullpen and its closer have the potential to be the difference between a good team and a World Series contender.
A perfect example is last year's Philadelphia Phillies. In the National League Championship Series, the Phillies lost in six games to the San Francisco Giants.
However, five of those games were decided by three or fewer runs. I'm positive that had the Giants bullpen been sub-par, the Phillies would have had a better chance of advancing to the World Series.
With the signing of Rafael Soriano, the Yankees now have two of 2010's best closers on their staff. There are very few teams in the league, if any, that can boast a late-inning staff as intimidating as the Yankees.
In this article, I will break down the league's deadliest bullpen duos. Whose eighth-and-ninth-inning relievers are the most consistent at finishing a game out?
Is there a duo more talented than that of the Yankees? How do the Padres, Red Sox and Phillies stack up?