Ranking bullpens for October contenders 

September, 20, 2013
Craig KimbrelKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesCraig Kimbrel is arguably the best closer in baseball, but the rest of the Braves pen is pretty good, too.

A simple fact of the baseball postseason is you don’t get in without a strong bullpen, and you certainly don't survive without one.

These teams believe in their pens, and they tend to especially have supreme confidence in their closer. Almost invariably you look at the numbers and see that when these teams have the lead in the ninth inning, the game is over. And that kind of confidence must carry into the postseason.