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It takes more than a great closer to win in October. Strong 'pens need matchup specialists and setup men, too.

Originally Published: September 29, 2004
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

It takes more than a great closer to win in October. It takes matchup specialists and setup men, too. With a week to go, we ranked the contenders based on bullpen strength and simple math: if you've got the lead and you can get 27 outs, you win. We've factored in how many outs each team can expect from its starters and critical relievers, and just how good and deep these pens are. The AL locks are praying the Angels don't make the round of eight. Here's why.

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