Casey Feeney of CSNPhilly.com made an interesting argument about pitching strength in the postseason this week.
Feeney posits that Cliff Lee's loss in Game Two of the NLDS shows that it is more important to have a great bullpen than a great starting rotation once the playoffs roll around. To Feeney, Manuel left Lee in the game too long because he didn't trust his bullpen and that allowed Lee to dig a hole too deep for the Phillies to escape before the end of the game.
He buffets the argument by pointing to the Yankee teams that won four titles in five years on the back of a bullpen that featured Mariano Rivera, Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton in prominent roles. The 2002 Angels and 2008 Phillies -- and this year's winner, obviously -- are also cited as teams that used their bullpen as the foundation for their success.
That's what we call cherrypicking an argument. The Giants won last year because of starting pitching, the Red Sox won both their titles with superior rotations and the 20...