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How the 2013 MLB Playoffs Would Play Out If the Season Ended Today
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The MLB regular season is ending in less than three weeks, but we aren't nearly patient enough to wait that long to make predictions for who will go how far in the playoffs.

Maybe we can't open up our Christmas gifts just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't or won't shake the packages to try to figure out what's inside.

So if the season ended at this very moment and the playoff pairings were based on current standings, how would they play out?

The Reds might be in a position for a road game in the NL Wild Card game, but would that stop them from making it to the NLCS or beyond?

Boston has the best record in the majors and home-field advantage in the World Series thanks to an AL win in the All-Star Game, but will it be enough to bring a third championship to the city in the span of a decade?

We'll go series by series nominating key players and critical factors that will lead to the following projected outcomes.

 

*Unless otherwise cited, all statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com and Fangraphs.com and are accurate through the start of play on Tuesday, September 10.

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