Great contest on MLB, thanks for pointing it out. My picks:
Red Sox over Angels in 4 Yankees over Twins in 4
Dodgers over Cardinals in 5 Astros over Braves in 4
Red Sox over Yankees in 7 (Shilling the WP) Dodgers over Astros in 6
Red Sox over Dodgers in 7 (and the world ends immediately afterwards).
Bottom line, I'm just not sold on the Yankee or Cardinal starters in a tough spot. Pitching and defense win games, and with the Sohilling on the Sox and Gagne closing for the Dodgers they both have excellent shots of making it through to the end.
"Remember, it's not a lie if *you* believe it." - George Costanza
Boston over Anaheim due to better starting pitching, though given Boston's propensity for making its fans sweat, it will take five games.
Minnesota over New York in five....get ready for Johan Santana, you front-running Yankee bitches.
Houston over Atlanta in five due to better starting pitching.
St. Louis over Los Angeles in five.....this one is my nerviest pick, since I'm very close to picking LA in an upset since the Cards have been on cruise control for a month and don't have a great staff.
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Boston over Minnesota in seven St. Louis over Houston in seven....this one could go either way.
WORLD SERIES Boston over St. Louis, ending the Curse.
It has been very interesting to see the difference in reactions to these players as opposed to the Yankee names. Although I can see how A-Rod garnered more reaction, since he is a heat magnet and a bigger star.