Ranking the Playoff Contenders' Starting Rotations

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Ranking the Playoff Contenders' Starting Rotations
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The best pitcher in the game leads the best rotation in the game.

Now that the trading deadline has come and gone, it's time to take a look at how the contenders stack up against one another.

In October the importance of strong starting pitching becomes even more significant, which makes it a good place to start,

The way that these rankings are compiled is a formula that gives the most importance to a team's top guy, because that's the guy that will see the most starts in a playoff series. Then the formula weighs the second and third guys before giving minimal value to a fourth starter.

Obviously a team with a strong top two guys will have rank high, but the highest ranked teams are going to be the most balanced throughout the rotation.

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