The Cutter stories in the SI Vault

Second To One By Michael Farber, April 16, 2007 A perfectionist, a prankster and the best pitcher in the AL not named Johan Santana: That's Roy Halladay, whose recent success makes it easy to forget how far he once fell.

The Possible Dream? By Tom Verducci, October 29, 2007 The wait is finally over for the amazing Rockies, who, after enduring the longest-ever layoff between playoff series, face their most formidable opponent yet in the Red Sox. Behind Josh Beckett, the best postseason pitcher of his generation, Boston is in the midst of an October surge of its own.

Mariano Saves By Tom Verducci, October 05, 2009 As the gates swing open upon another October, baseball will once again attempt to divine one of the game's great mysteries: how a man, closing fast on 40 and armed with but a single pitch, continues to dominate in the clutch like no other player.

The Sure Thing By Tom Verducci, November 11, 2009 Mariano Rivera has found perfection in one unhittable pitch.

No Offense ... By Joe Sheehan, June 07, 2010 But a wave of pitching talent is dominating hitters in both leagues. Another perfect game? It's no fluke.

Can You Say Cliff Hanger? By Tom Verducci, November 01, 2010 History hasn't been kind to San Francisco or Texas. But both teams retooled on the fly this season, setting up an evenly matched, if unlikely, Fall Classic showdown. The difference maker: the Rangers' ace for the ages.

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