MLB Playoff Predictions: The 10 Most Important Pitchers in Baseball's Playoffs

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MLB Playoff Predictions: The 10 Most Important Pitchers in Baseball's Playoffs
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On Friday, eight of baseball's best teams will begin the 2011 MLB playoffs with a common goal in sight. With the World Series weeks away, the division series round of the playoffs will begin with some very intriguing matchups.

Of course, it is not known for sure who will be the two wild card teams, but we can guess, right? In any case, the last few years have shown us that pitching plays an absolutely pivotal role in determining who survives in the playoffs and who goes home.

This year, pitching staffs will range from the almost unfair starters of the Phillies to the questionable rotation of the Yankees.

So, when it all comes down to it, which pitchers are the most important?

Let's take a look.

Author's note: This is not in any particular order

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