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.
A power hitter. A starting pitcher. Bullpen help. With the trading deadline slowly approaching, several contending teams are in need of roster upgrades.
Besides pitching, hitting and fielding, health is also part of the equation for postseason contenders.