Ranking the playoff closers

Closers are crucial in October, and Boston, Atlanta have the edge

Updated: October 4, 2013, 11:01 AM ET
By Jared Cross | ESPN Insider

Koji Uehara AP Photo/Elise AmendolaKoji Uehara has a rare closer combination of dominance and an ability to pitch more than an inning.

In general, closers are overrated during the regular season, when their impact is typically overstated. After all, you can have only so much value pitching an inning at a time with a lead of one to three runs.