A solid ace is the most important part of any postseason rotation. In 2001, the Mariners were clearly the most talented team in the league, having won a record 116 games.

But they ran into the Yankees’ Roger Clemens and Mike Mussina and lost in a mere five games. Whatever team’s pitching proves most consistent will be the team that wins the World Series.

While the Padres are still mathematically in the race, their loss tonight has given them a nearly impossible task…and for that reason, their pitching has been left off this list.

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