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Postseason 2011: Which Pitchers will Become Legends?

As the 2011 Postseason draws nearer, I find myself wondering which pitchers will be the ones who dominate in October. Every season it seems that there are a couple of guys who find another gear and put together three or four weeks of dominating baseball. There is usually a young guy or two that makes a name for himself once the playoffs roll around - think Josh Beckett from all of those years ago. The question is, who will those guys be? Here is a list of some veterans and younger guys who I will be looking forward to watching in the Postseason, and the guy I want taking the ball in Game 7 of the World Series.

Veterans

Justin Verlander

He is the hands-down, no question leader in the AL Cy Young race, and could finish the season with 25 wins or more. He has been dominant all season long, but I'm curious to see how he performs in the Postseason. Will he continue to flirt with no-hitters on a seemingly weekly basis, or will the bright lights of October make him human? One thing is for sure - he is the reason no one wants to see the Tigers in the Division Series.

CC Sabathia

CC has played second fiddle to Verlander all season long, but if it weren’t for the Big Righty in Motown, we might be talking about the Big Man in the Bronx as the lock for Cy Young honors. He has 18 wins and a sub-3.00 ERA. Plus, with the rest of the Yankees’ rotation looking questionable at best and awful at worst, the Yankees will lean heavily on CC's massive shoulders. How will he respond?

Roy Halladay

In the first postseason start of his career last fall, he threw a no-hitter. Tough to follow that up, but if anyone can do it, Doc can. He was 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA during the Postseason last year, when the Phils got bumped in the NLCS. I want to see Doc pitch in a game seven, hopefully in the World Series, to see if he actually does have ice water flowing through his veins. He'll have Cliff Lee backing him up this time around, and I'm curious to see how those two perform.

Zack Greinke

Believe it or not, Greinke has been around for eight years. He has never pitched in the Postseason, but should get the opportunity with the Brew Crew this time around. I'll be watching him closely, considering his 2011 campaign has been somewhat up and down. He is 13-5 with a 4.05 ERA in his first season outside of Kansas City If he can use the playoffs to re-discover his form of three years ago, Brewers fans will be even more pleased with the offseason deal that brought him to Milwaukee.

Young Guns

Ian Kennedy

A once-highly touted prospect for the Yankees, Kennedy has become what everyone assumed he would become eventually. It took a move out to the desert to get there, but I'm sure Kennedy won't complain. He has been the best starter on a young, exciting team that is on the verge of upsetting the champs in the NL West. If he can continue his success in the Postseason, it will complete what has already been a coming out party of sorts for the young righty.

Ivan Nova

The Yankees are desperate for someone, anyone to step up and take hold of the number two spot behind Sabathia. It appears that highly-paid veteran A.J. Burnett is content to wander aimlessly through the woods searching for his command and confidence, and Phil Hughes has been up and down since coming back from a mysterious loss of velocity early on. The bargain basement boys, Colon and Garcia, may not have much left in the tank by the time October rolls around, so that leaves Nova: a young guy with a live arm and the ability to win games. But will he?

Jair Jurrjens

This young man has put together a very solid season, winning 13 games and posting a sub-3.00 ERA. If Atlanta hopes to contend for a title from the Wild Card spot, they'll need Jurrjens and Tim Hudson to come up huge, particularly if they find themselves in a series against division rival Philadelphia. At only 25, I'm curious to see if Jurrjens has what it takes to be a dominant starter when the pressure really turns up.

Who pitches Game 7 of the World Series for me?I have to take Halladay. I think with Lee and Hamels behind him, Halladay will finally reach a World Series, and there is no telling what this guy might do when he finally reaches baseball's biggest stage. Suffice it to say that we should assume nothing and expect everything and anything, because there is no one better than the Doc.

This #Postseason will feature some great pitching moments, and some terrible ones. Who do you think those guys will be? Tweet me @rwags614 and let me know.

As the 2011 Postseason draws nearer, I find myself wondering which pitchers will be the ones who dominate in October. Every season it seems that there are a couple of guys who find another gear and put together three or four weeks of dominating baseball. There is usually a young guy or two that makes a name for himself once the playoffs roll around - think Josh Beckett from all of those years ago. The question is, who will those guys be? Here is a list of some veterans and younger guys who I will be looking forward to watching in the Postseason, and the guy I want taking the ball in Game 7 of the World Series.

Veterans

Justin Verlander

He is the hands-down, no question leader in the AL Cy Young race, and could finish the season with 25 wins or more. He has been dominant all season long, but I'm curious to see how he performs in the Postseason. Will he continue to flirt with no-hitters on a seemingly weekly basis, or will the bright lights of October make him human? One thing is for sure - he is the reason no one wants to see the Tigers in the Division Series.

CC Sabathia

CC has played second fiddle to Verlander all season long, but if it weren’t for the Big Righty in Motown, we might be talking about the Big Man in the Bronx as the lock for Cy Young honors. He has 18 wins and a sub-3.00 ERA. Plus, with the rest of the Yankees’ rotation looking questionable at best and awful at worst, the Yankees will lean heavily on CC's massive shoulders. How will he respond?

Roy Halladay

In the first postseason start of his career last fall, he threw a no-hitter. Tough to follow that up, but if anyone can do it, Doc can. He was 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA during the Postseason last year, when the Phils got bumped in the NLCS. I want to see Doc pitch in a game seven, hopefully in the World Series, to see if he actually does have ice water flowing through his veins. He'll have Cliff Lee backing him up this time around, and I'm curious to see how those two perform.

Zack Greinke

Believe it or not, Greinke has been around for eight years. He has never pitched in the Postseason, but should get the opportunity with the Brew Crew this time around. I'll be watching him closely, considering his 2011 campaign has been somewhat up and down. He is 13-5 with a 4.05 ERA in his first season outside of Kansas City If he can use the playoffs to re-discover his form of three years ago, Brewers fans will be even more pleased with the offseason deal that brought him to Milwaukee.

Young Guns

Ian Kennedy

A once-highly touted prospect for the Yankees, Kennedy has become what everyone assumed he would become eventually. It took a move out to the desert to get there, but I'm sure Kennedy won't complain. He has been the best starter on a young, exciting team that is on the verge of upsetting the champs in the NL West. If he can continue his success in the Postseason, it will complete what has already been a coming out party of sorts for the young righty.

Ivan Nova

The Yankees are desperate for someone, anyone to step up and take hold of the number two spot behind Sabathia. It appears that highly-paid veteran A.J. Burnett is content to wander aimlessly through the woods searching for his command and confidence, and Phil Hughes has been up and down since coming back from a mysterious loss of velocity early on. The bargain basement boys, Colon and Garcia, may not have much left in the tank by the time October rolls around, so that leaves Nova: a young guy with a live arm and the ability to win games. But will he?

Jair Jurrjens

This young man has put together a very solid season, winning 13 games and posting a sub-3.00 ERA. If Atlanta hopes to contend for a title from the Wild Card spot, they'll need Jurrjens and Tim Hudson to come up huge, particularly if they find themselves in a series against division rival Philadelphia. At only 25, I'm curious to see if Jurrjens has what it takes to be a dominant starter when the pressure really turns up.

Who pitches Game 7 of the World Series for me?I have to take Halladay. I think with Lee and Hamels behind him, Halladay will finally reach a World Series, and there is no telling what this guy might do when he finally reaches baseball's biggest stage. Suffice it to say that we should assume nothing and expect everything and anything, because there is no one better than the Doc.

This #Postseason will feature some great pitching moments, and some terrible ones. Who do you think those guys will be? Tweet me @rwags614 and let me know.