Apparently, Major League Baseball's second-coming of the "Year of the Pitcher" doesn't extend into the playoffs. A second consecutive campaign dominated by the men on the mound has devolved into an explosive postseason laden with offensive fireworks and embarrassing pitching lines.
It's so often stated that "good pitching beats good hitting" in reference to playoff baseball, that we've grown accustomed to lowering our expectation of dynamic offensive displays in favor of low-scoring affairs which highlight the fine art of pitching.
This is often the case, as we routinely witness well-pitched duels between the league's best staffs striving to subdue some of the most potent lineups in baseball. Of course, there is always the occasional offensive eruption, when a contender removes all the drama from a particular game by scoring early and often.
More often than not however, October baseball reflects the finest of our beloved sport with crisply-pitched outings from the game's premier hurlers dominating the headlines as hitters struggle for answers in the short season of MLB's playoffs.
The regular season was another in a streak of MLB campaigns to witness declines in offensive production after the perhaps artificially enhanced explosion of the 90's and early 00's. With power numbers and offense in general once again on the downward trend, many expected the trend to continue into the postseason.
However, the 2011 postseason has already included numerous blowouts, record-setting offensive performances, and many poorly pitched games from some of the game's elite hurlers. Some of the top arms in the game have combined to serve up generous amounts of home runs and uncharacteristically high hit totals, contributing to the offensively explosive postseason we are currently in the midst of.
While the playoffs are clearly a small sample size, and a start, two or three is too little to draw any definitive conclusions from, let's take a look at six established "aces" that have fared surprisingly poorly in the 2011 MLB playoffs.