There's a month and change to go, and the playoff picture is taking shape.
Even though the Phillies are on pace to win 100-plus games, the Braves are still within shouting distance. The two combatants face off in Atlanta during the last three games of the season. Whether or not those games matter, we'll see.
The most intriguing race remains out in the NL West. Will San Francisco right the ship? Can Arizona hang on? And finally, don't sleep on Colorado—'specially if San Francisco and Arizona continue to falter. The Rockies have been known to get hot during the final month. Just look at what they did in 2007 and 2009. The next two weeks will be critical for them.
In this list, I take a look at the most important pitchers down the stretch—not necessarily the best.