Why Have a 40-Man Roster? All You Need Is Ace, Closer, and Slugger

Posted: 20th October 2009 by Ash Marshall in MLB
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I was reading an article the other day where a baseball commentator said the qualities needed to make the playoffs arenÆt the qualities needed to succeed in the playoffs They said that deep starting pitching, production up and down the lineup, good middle relief and steady defense isn't nearly as important as having two dominant starters and a closer. Intrigued to know just how true this was, I began researching the topic, starting with the 2008 American League. LetÆs take a look at the four AL playoff teams and the qualities they showed to get to the postseason. Anecdotally, we speak about the teams being among the leagueÆs elite. Statistically, we know they are the squads with the best win-loss record. We know Carlos Quentin, Jermaine Dye, and Jim Thome hit more than 100 home runs b ...

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