The Texas Rangers didn't get a win from a starting pitcher in the ALCS. OK, the importance of a pitcher's win total is overrated, you say. But also consider that, in six games against the Detroit Tigers, none of the Rangers' four starters went past the sixth inning. And only Matt Harrison could keep his ERA under 6.35.
Starting pitching didn't perform much better for the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. The Cards did get one win, from Chris Carpenter in Game 3. But none of their starters pitched more than five innings in any of the six games against the Milwaukee Brewers, and Carpenter had the lowest ERA — 5.40.
And yet, both teams are in the World Series despite their starting pitching woes, thanks to offense and outstanding work from their respective bullpens. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been surprised, and made a little uneasy, at how much his team and the Rangers have relied on their respective bullpens during the playoffs:
"It's been the weirdest postseason. I've neve...