The Minimalist's Guide To The MLB Playoffs

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The MLB Playoffs start tonight.The Phillies are the favourite. The D-Backs are the long-shot. And everyone else is vying to become this year’s San Francisco Giants.

Here’s what you need to know about the offenses and pitching staffs of all eight MLB teams going into October.

Arizona Diamonbacks (pitching): An underrated staff led by Ian Kennedy, but none of these pitchers has ever thrown a pressure inning (Odds to win W.S.: 12/1)

Arizona Diamonbacks (offence): A lot of power in the middle of the order, but not the type of team that's going to consistently put up a lot of runs (12/1)

St. Louis Cardinals (pitching): Not a lot of power arms and questions in the bullpen, but the staff is hot going into October (10/1)

St. Louis Cardinals (offence): Potent during the season, but key piece Matt Holliday is banged up and could miss some games (10/1)

Tampa Bay Rays (pitching): They'll throw rookie phenom Matt Moore into the fire in Game 1, and he'll be backed up by perhaps the deepest staff in the AL (10/1)

Tampa Bay Rays (offence): One of the weaker lineups in the AL, but they have a ton of speed and are really manufacturing runs late in the year (10/1)

Milwaukee Brewers (pitching): Four quality starters and the most stable bullpen in the NL (8/1)

Milwaukee Brewers (offence): Probably the best in the NL with Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder raking in the middle of the order (8/1)

Detroit Tigers (pitching): Verlander is the best pitcher in the game, but there's not a whole lot behind him to last a seven game series (7/1)

Detroit Tigers (offence): Really strong, but can be contained by power starting pitching (7/1)

Texas Rangers (pitching): Some quality lefty starters led by C.J. Wilson and a fantastic bullpen (6/1)

Texas Rangers (offence): One of the two best in the playoffs, they can drop bombs and play small ball too (6/1)

New York Yankees (pitching): EXTREMELY thin rotation with C.C. Sabathia and not much else, but a solid bullpen (9/2)

New York Yankees (offence): The other best offence in the playoffs, it'll have to be potent to make up for shaky starting pitching (9/2)

Philadelphia Phillies (pitching): A historically great rotation with three legit aces, they'll have the pitching advantage in every game they play (8/5)

Philadelphia Phillies (offence): They've been way better since getting Hunter Pence, but they really struggle against good pitching and go on severe cold streaks (8/5)

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