2011 MLB Predictions: Breaking Down Each Division Top to Bottom

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2011 MLB Predictions: Breaking Down Each Division Top to Bottom
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Predicting who will win the World Series is tough enough in September let alone in March before the regular season has begun. A lot of thought has to go into the predictions and, quite frankly, a lot of luck as well. 

Nonetheless, just about this time last year, on baseballchatter.net, I predicted the Giants would win the 2010 World Series on the back of their stellar starting pitchers. While I had no way of knowing just how good, and how important, players like Buster Posey and Cody Ross would be (and there is no doubt that the Giants don’t win without them), the Giants main reason for success came from none other than the starting rotation - just as I had said. 

In order to give yourself the best opportunity at predicting an upcoming season's final standings, and the playoffs, you have to factor in a plethora of variables: from the starting lineup and the rotation to the depth of the team and the likelihood of injuries, especially to key players.

With that, this slideshow is dedicated to analyzing each division and predicting its outcome, as well as the final outcome of the all the playoff matchups that would result from my regular season predictions. 

A quick note before you move on: I am not traditional in my predictions; by that I mean I do not pay attention to any other writers predictions and nor do I conform to popular thought. As you read on you may be surprised with some of my picks and that directly reflects my independent thinking. I urge you to challenge me. Nothing is more thought-provoking then getting to hear other people's predictions. Ultimately, no one knows what is in store for the 2011 season but it’s certainly fun to debate the points and, usually, along the way, we all tend to learn something new. 

With that said, here are my predictions and analysis for the 2011 Major League Baseball Season. Enjoy.

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