Six months and 2,430 games later, we have our 10 surviving teams. While I'd like to say that I predicted all 10 of these teams to make the playoffs -- that's my story as long as nobody looks back at what I wrote in March -- the playoffs are a new start.
Bullpen management in the playoffs is a different beast than during the spring and summer months. During the season, it's a balancing act, trying not to burn out your best relievers by the end of June. After all, just because you have a guy with a 2.50 ERA that can throw 98 mph doesn't mean that you can use him every time you'd like to.
In October, there's less of an emphasis on saving relievers for tomorrow, because there is, simply put, no tomorrow. So the late innings in playoff games become more of a chess game. When was the last time your opponent in chess said, "Oh, I can't use the queen, I moved her the last two turns."
10. Minnesota Twins
In fairness to the Twins, they never expected to be in this position and it would have been tomfoolery for a rebuilding team to put focus on building a championship-quality bullpen.
Remember, Minnesota traded its closer, Brandon Kintzler, to the Nationals at the deadline (which was still the right move, no matter what happened). Trevor Hildenberger was one of ZiPS favorite sleeper relievers coming into the season (projected 3.88 ERA for rookie season), and Matt Belisle and Taylor Rogers are good enough complementary pieces, but this isn't a top pen. Call me in 2019.