Pitching wins. Especially in the playoffs.
That's one of those baseball adages, like the infield fly rule, that everyone simply accepts but no one has really proved.
"There's no question pitching's at a premium because every team in the postseason has a stud at the top of their rotation, and a two and a three and a four that are very good. It's just a common theme because you can't really get there without it," says
"Pitching is king," agrees General Manager
Kasten and Colletti should feel pretty good then, right? Because with Sunday's 2-1 win over the
The staff's top four starters — Greinke,
So if the Dodgers are going to the playoffs, and if pitching wins in the playoffs, why not just give the Dodgers the
Well, because in addition to "pitching wins," there's one other adage Kasten subscribes to.
"The postseason," he says "is a crapshoot."
Nobody knows that better than Kasten, who ran the
Still, the Dodgers will take their cue from their president and base their October hopes on pitching anyway — although some of them are keeping their fingers crossed just the same.
"Obviously our pitching is really what this thing's been built on," Manager
"You get a chance to win 2-1 and 3-2 and 1-0. So pitching really is what's going to take us forward."
It's also what's taking the Braves,
Still, the Dodgers may might be just a cut above the best.
"Their starting pitching is outstanding," says San Diego Manager
"In the playoffs, you have talented people. That's why they're in the playoffs."
What October really comes down to then isn't just pitching. Or hitting or fielding or baserunning. Kasten learned that much in Atlanta.
It's a crapshoot, remember?
"When you get into the playoffs, there's no guarantees," Black says. "All series come down to … a big pitch here or there. And it's not easy to win. It's not.
"The teams that win, things go their way."
But it all starts with pitching.