As I said last week, I'm not really serious about predictions. That said:
NLCS: I think the Dodgers are going to win because until I actually see Ryan Howard and Chase Utley play in the postseason like they played in the regular season, I'm not going to believe they can. You can only rely on Shane Victorino so long. In contrast, I have this feeling that the thousands of little Martians that live inside and operate the manlike-machine that is Manny Ramirez are motivated to return to Boston for the end-of-days confrontation with Red Sox fans, so they'll no doubt program him to rake.
ALCS: Not that the Red Sox will necessarily make it. Indeed, I'm inclined to believe that the Rays will prevail here. Why? They give me Florida Marlins vibes. I think Scott Kazmir is going to be Josh Beckett circa 2003, and of course, Josh Beckett isn't Josh Beckett anymore. Youkilis, Pedroia, and Ortiz were all cold in the ALDS. That doesn't mean they'll stay that way in this series -- unlike Howard and Utley, they all have track records of turning it on when it matters -- but I just kinda have a feeling that, like, two of them won't.
Of course I'm a sucker for the big story just like everyone else is, so seeing a Dodgers-Red Sox matchup will probably be how my very casual rooting interests lean, but I'm certainly not going to be a fanatic about it.