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2011 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: Divisional Round

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Welcome to the 2011 MLB Playoffs. We were all treated to a very thrilling final day on Wednesday, and it didn’t go too well for the collapsing Red Sox and Braves. As for us here at Sports of Boston (and for the first time in the MLB Pick ‘Em, Sports of New York), it’s time to make our annual selections for how the first round will go.

The Yankees and Rangers are strong choices for our panel, but the Brewers are even more popular, and the Phillies are unanimous. Overall, it looks like the Phillies will get the most rest, while the AL winners will be considerably more exhausted. All bodes well for the NL and their home-field advantage in the World Series.

In the first round, picking the winner of each series is worth two points, while picking how many games it will take is worth one point. Check below to see how everyone thinks the first round will go, and be sure to chime in if you have an opinion. Boston writers are in red, while New York writers are in green. And be sure to check back once the first round is complete for the results.

Yankees vs Tigers Rangers vs Rays Phillies vs Cardinals Brewers vs Diamondbacks
Name Winner Series Length Winner Series Length Winner Series Length Winner Series Length
Brian K Yankees 4 Rangers 4 Phillies 3 Brewers 4
Edward Yankees 4 Rangers 5 Phillies 3 Brewers 4
John Tigers 4 Rangers 5 Phillies 3 Brewers 3
Josh C Yankees 4 Rangers 4 Phillies 3 Brewers 5
Josh S Yankees 4 Rays 3 Phillies 5 Brewers 3
KC Yankees 5 Rangers 5 Phillies 3 Brewers 4
Kristine Yankees 5 Rangers 4 Phillies 4 Diamondbacks 5
Mike C Tigers 5 Rays 4 Phillies 4 Brewers 3
Taylor Tigers 4 Rangers 5 Phillies 5 Brewers 4
Zach Yankees 4 Rangers 5 Phillies 4 Brewers 5

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