MLB Postseason: Ranking the Starting Rotations
1) Los Angeles Dodgers
Starters xFIP: 3.69 (Rank among postseason teams: 1st)
Starters SIERA: 3.77 (1st)
Strikeout Minus Walk Rate (K-BB%): 17.4% (1st)
Even with the best pitcher on the planet limited to a mere 21 starts this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers take the top spot in ranking the postseason rotations by virtue of leading pacing baseball in starters xFIP, SIERA, and strikeout-minus-walk rate.
Kershaw's well-known -- and over exaggerated -- bugaboo of postseason struggles are well documented. In the playoffs, he is a mere 2-6 with a 4.59 ERA over 66 2/3 innings pitched. Four of those six losses are to the St. Louis Cardinals, who won't be participating this offseason.
Hill, the mid-season acquisition this year from the Oakland Athletics (along with Josh Reddick), has been fantastic yet again this year. Over 110 innings pitched, he has recorded a 3.26 SIERA and 29.4% strikeout rate.
Maeda, the last member of the trio, has been the most durable of the three. He recorded 32 starts this year in his MLB debut and recorded a strong 3.69 SIERA. Perhaps the only concern with Maeda is a dip in strikeout rate in the second half (down 1.7%) and a slight rise in hard hit rate (up 1.0%).
While Kershaw and Hill have seen some injury issues in 2016, the Dodgers' strong peripherals and the best pitcher on the planet pitching twice in a short series gives them the top spot.