Teams that have the ability to hit quality pitching usually thrive in the postseason. That said, which lineups among serious playoff contenders are the best?
Factoring in depth, health, balance, experience and workload, Starting 9 ranks the bullpens of contending clubs.
With the Tigers, Indians, White Sox and Twins looking like contenders, the AL Central is shaping up to be baseball's toughest and deepest division.
The scarcity of starters might prompt several clubs to throw up their hands and go bullpen-shopping instead.