A Look into the Future: The 2009 MLB Playoffs

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IJune 7, 2009

A Look into the Future: The 2009 MLB Playoffs

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AL West

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    ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19:  Third baseman Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers at bat on April 19, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

AL Central

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    NEW YORK - MAY 17:  Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins dives to tag out Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees in the ninth inning on May 17, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Twins 3-2 in ten innin

AL East

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    NEW YORK - MAY 24:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 24, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

NL West

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    CHICAGO - MAY 29: Starting pitcher Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs on May 29, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Dodgers 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NL Central

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 31:  Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals walks up to bat during their game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 31, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NL East

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    NEW YORK - MAY 06:  Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies at bat against the New York Mets at Citi Field on May 6, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Divisional Playoffs

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 18:  Closing pitcherJonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Indians by a score of 7-1 to take Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Jacobs Field on October 18, 2007 in Clev

American League Championship Series

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National League Championship Series

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers swings at a pitch against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on May 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Padres 1-0.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

World Series

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates a 8-5 win with Manny Ramirez #99 and Andre Ethier #16 over the San Diego Padres after the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  The Do