2011 MLB Playoffs: Who, Why, and How They Will Win

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2011 MLB Playoffs: Who, Why, and How They Will Win
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Longoria's second dinger of the game sent the Rays to Texas, and the Sox packing.

They say baseball is a game of inches.

After centuries of play, including Wednesday night's fiasco, nobody can ever dispute that claim.

What if Dan Johnson's line drive went a few inches right? Does it go foul? What if Evan Longoria's line drive was a few inches lower? Does it still clear the fence? What if Carl Crawford's glove was just a few inches lower? Does he make the catch and keep Boston's playoff hopes alive for another inning? What if Jonathan Papelbon's pitch was a few inches off? Does Robert Andino even hit it? On that note, would anybody even know who Robert Andino is?

Anyone who tuned in to a baseball game late Wednesday night watched arguably the best hour of baseball in the last decade, if not longer.

What Wednesday night did was something baseball desperately needed—action and attention. It had diehard Yankee fans praying the Bombers would lose to a division rival, and Red Sox fans flashing back to 1918, 2003, and everything in between. People, let's face it, baseball is not the easiest sport to just sit and watch. It is, for the most part, a relatively boring game...with the exception of last Wednesday night.

With the playoff field set, baseball goes into the postseason with its highest anticipation in years. And without further adieu, here are my predictions for who will win, why the will win, and how they will win.

Enjoy, and play ball!

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