What do most of the teams that have recently won the World Series have in common? They have multiple "closer" type pitchers, or at the very least, one dominate, shut-down closer. When it's the case of the former, they are usually an established guy and a young up-and-comer that becomes a star soon after, but sometimes they are both established relievers.
- The Yanks started this trend in '96 with Wetteland and Mariano, with Mo later becoming one of the top closers in the game.
- 2001, the D-Backs had Byung-Hyun Kim and Matt Mantei
- 2002, the Angels had Troy Percival and that K-Rod guy
- 2003, the Marlins had Braden Looper and Ugueth Urbina (pre machete-wielding burning people alive incident)
- 2004, the Red Sox had Keith Foulke (who was just flat nasty) and Scott Williamson (he was the closer in Cincy before coming to the Sox)
- 2005, the White Sox had Dustin Hermanson and Bobby Jenks
- 2006, the Cardinals should not have won the World Series. I'm sorry, it's just true.
- 2007, the Red Sox had Jonathan Papelbon (who was unstoppable) and Hideki Okajima (who was great in the postseason, aside from the Series. Honestly though, Papelbon could have pitched all 9 innings of every game by himself, he was that good - 10.2 IP, 5 H 0 ER)
- 2008, the Phillies had Brad Lidge who was equally as dominant, but their entire bullpen performed well
Look, I'm just sayin'...Great bullpens = postseason success. I am not making any predictions based on SOMETHING that might have just happened at the winter meetings, but you can't blame me for being excited. Go Omar, Go!!