MLB Playoffs Predictions: Predictions for All 3 Game 5 Contests

Manny Randhawa@@MannyBal9Correspondent IIIOctober 6, 2011

MLB Playoffs Predictions: Predictions for All 3 Game 5 Contests

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    After it looked as if most, if not all, of the league division series would be one-sided affairs, there are suddenly three do-or-die Game 5 matchups in this year's opening round of the MLB playoffs.

    So who will survive, and who will go home? Will the mighty Phillies and Yankees fall prematurely? Will the Diamondbacks complete the comeback from two games down to the Brewers?

    Here are predictions for all three decisive contests ...

Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

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    Despite dropping both games at Chase Field after jumping out to a two-games-to-none lead over Arizona in the NLDS, the Brewers are back at Miller Park Friday, where they had the best home record in the baseball (57-31).

    It's actually no surprise that Milwaukee lost both games of the NLDS on the road, as they had the poorest regular season road record of any team that made it to the playoffs (39-42).

    With the tremendous home-field advantage and the do-or-die mentality demanded of them, the Brewers will take Game 5 and move on to the NLCS.

Tigers vs. Yankees

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    When the Tigers got a split in the first two games of the LDS in the Bronx, they knew they had a fighting chance against the Yankees.

    Now, with the scene shifting back from Detroit to New York, the Tigers have one more road win in them to get them to the ALCS.

    Miguel Cabrera will be a big factor, and the Tigers will hit their way into the next round.

Cardinals vs. Phillies

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    The Phillies couldn't close out the Cards in Game 4 at Busch Stadium, but now, back at Citizens Bank Park, with their season on the line, the club with baseball's best record, as well as one of the game's best starters on the mound in Roy Halladay, will win the day.

    Halladay will step up when it counts Friday night, and he will shut down the Cardinals' offensive attack. Though his start in Game 1 wasn't stellar, it was solid, as Halladay yielded three runs in eight innings while fanning eight.

    Albert Pujols, who was 4-for-5 in Game 3, was hitless in Game 4 and will have his hands full with the Doctor.

    Halladay's counterpart, Chris Carpenter, will start for St. Louis. He is coming off a very rough outing against Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park in Game 2, when he gave up four runs on five hits in just three innings pitched.

    The Phillies will qualify for their fourth straight NLCS.