MLB 2011 Playoff Predictions: Can the San Francisco Giants Repeat?

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MLB 2011 Playoff Predictions: Can the San Francisco Giants Repeat?
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Can the San Francisco Giants defend their World Series title?

Note: Some of this material was originally written for Sports Haze Bay Area covering the San Francisco Giants.

After projecting the playoff teams and their seeds last week (the link will open in a new window), the few games that followed have only confirmed the predictions. Texas is on a roll and should get the second seed, while Milwaukee has take the lead in the NL Central.

One thing that should be noted from the predictions is the strength of the East Division in both leagues. Perhaps it is time for those of us outside of the Eastern Time Zone to stop whining about East Coast bias, at least as it pertains to Major League Baseball.

Not only are both wild card teams going to come from those divisions, but both will likely finish with better records than any of the other division winners. In fact, the Tampa Bay Rays have a potential to finish with the third-best record in all of baseball and miss the playoffs.

Three of the four playoff teams in the National League will have the same seed they had last season, leading to familiar matchups. San Francisco will host Atlanta, who by rule cannot play their division rival in the first round, and Philadelphia will host Milwaukee just as they did in 2008.

Meanwhile in the American League, the Red Sox will open against the Tigers and New York will be in Texas for another re-match. Here is how I see each series ending, right to the Fall Classic.

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