Brandon Kintzler

Bullpens looming large again for this year's postseason

Around this time last year, the Cleveland Indians were providing a preview of the American League postseason.

Manager Terry Francona was using newly acquired reliever Andrew Miller in all sorts of situations, and for more than one inning if necessary. It was an approach that eventually helped the Indians win the American League pennant, with Miller the MVP of the AL Championship Series.

The Indians are only the latest team to show how important a good bullpen can be in the playoffs, but not everybody has a tireless star like Miller. Here's a look at four other teams that are almost certain to be in the postseason this year — and how they might use their relievers.

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