MLB Playoff Bracket 2011: Round-by-Round Predictions

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MLB Playoff Bracket 2011: Round-by-Round Predictions
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In what has been one of the craziest September's in recent baseball history, the postseason kicks off on Friday. The two best teams in baseball—the Phillies and Yankees—have been on cruise control this week, but will kick things into gear this weekend.

The wild card races in both leagues have turned into nail-biters. The Braves have been in a free fall this whole month, but it has gone largely unnoticed thanks to the collapse of the Boston Red Sox.

Neither team has done enough this month to show that they are capable of winning a series in the postseason if they were to get in. But, the beauty of baseball is that you play everyday, so you can turn things around in a hurry.

The Brewers, Diamondbacks, Tigers and Rangers—also known as the "others" in the playoffs—are just lying in the weeds letting everything unfold around them.

If the postseason is even half as interesting as the last four weeks of the season have been, we are in for a historic October.

Here is a round-by-round look at what we expect to happen when the postseason starts on Friday afternoon.

(Note: In this scenario, the Rays and Braves are the American and National League wild card teams, respectively.)

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