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100 reasons to be excited about MLB playoffs!

Updated: September 30, 2011, 10:26 AM ET
By David Schoenfield

1. Justin Verlander. It seems like this could be Verlander's year, much like 1988 belonged to Orel Hershiser or 1965 to Sandy Koufax or 2001 to Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. Now, it doesn't always work out this way: Bob Gibson, with his 1.12 ERA, lost Game 7 of the 1968 World Series; and Pedro Martinez couldn't carry the Red Sox past the ALCS in his dominant 1999 campaign. Verlander has thrown more innings and more pitches than any pitcher this year. Does he have five or six more ...

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