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Predictions: ALCS Game 1, NLCS Game 2

Playoff Predictions: ALCS Game 1, NLCS Game 2

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With familiar foes facing off in MLB's Final Four, will history be made, or will it simply repeat itself?

If the Phillies' victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series is any indication of what's to come, the top-seeded Yankees and Dodgers might not be on a World Series collision course after all.

Which brings us to Friday's action: Game 2 of the NLCS at 4:07 p.m. ET on TBS, and Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, scheduled for 7:57 p.m. ET on FOX.

Will veteran right-hander Vicente Padilla stop the bleeding and get L.A. back in the series in front of the Dodger Stadium faithful?

Or will the heavy-hitting Phillies take another step toward returning to the World Series behind legendary Game 2 starter Pedro Martinez?

In the ALCS, will ace CC Sabathia help the Yankees exact revenge on the franchise that's eliminated them from the postseason twice in the past eight years?

Or will the AL West champs continue to have the Yanks' number and return to the Fall Classic for the first time since they won it all in 2002?

Only time will tell.

In the meantime, the charts below break down how some of the game's leading experts from MLB.com and MLB Network see Friday night's action shaking out.

ALCS Game 1 Predictions
Greg AmsingerTMRHEReason
MLBNLAA490Abreu goes 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, BB.
NYY371
Hal BodleyTMRHEReason
MLB.comLAA280CC silences Halos with 10 Ks; A-Rod picks up where he left off in DS.
NYY5100
Sean CaseyTMRHEReason
MLBNLAA380CC keeps it going.
NYY490
Jim DuquetteTMRHEReason
MLB.comLAA270Sabathia shuts down Halos; Tex goes deep.
NYY480
Al LeiterTMRHEReason
MLBNLAA260CC dominates.
NYY5100
Jeff NelsonTMRHEReason
MLB.comLAA380Jeter's homer is the difference.
NYY491
Dan PlesacTMRHEReason
MLBNLAA1100CC rolls.
NYY370
Mitch WilliamsTMRHEReason
MLBNLAA6120Angels run wild.
NYY4110

NLCS Game 2 Predictions
Hal BodleyTMRHEReason
MLB.comPHI280Pedro unable to replicate form of golden years; Manny comes up big.
LAD690
Sean CaseyTMRHEReason
MLBNPHI6101Phils come out on top behind Pedro.
LAD470
Jim DuquetteTMRHEReason
MLB.comPHI6111Madson blows save; Ethier delivers walk-off hit.
LAD7121
Barry LarkinTMRHEReason
MLBNPHI252Padilla rolls in Game 2.
LAD481
Jeff NelsonTMRHEReason
MLB.comPHI290Pedro lasts only three innings.
LAD7150
Victor RojasTMRHEReason
MLBNPHI590Pedro exacts revenge on original team.
LAD381
Matt VasgersianTMRHEReason
MLBNPHI6100Pedro leads Phils to victory.
LAD281

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