I normally eschew predictions for a couple of reasons. The primary reason is because they're almost always wrong, so what -- aside from providing fodder for some post-facto snark -- is the point?
Another reason is that making predictions works, however subtly, to affect one's analysis of events as they unfold. For example, though I don't ultimately care who wins the Red Sox-Angels series, if I pick one I will then have some level of rooting interest in the series that I wouldn't have otherwise had. That's fine to a point -- I often pick a favorite over the course of a series for silly reasons -- but I'd hate to do it simply so that my pre-series predictions were validated. I dunno, maybe that's silly.
With all of that said, all of the FanHouse bloggers made some predictions, so I joined in the party as well. The results can be seen here. Here's my more expanded version:
Rays over White Sox 3-1
Red Sox over Angels 3-2
Brewers over Phillies 3-2
Dodgers over Cubs 3-1, in what I'll call my upset special.
Rays over Red Sox 4-3
Brewers over Dodgers 4-2
Brewers over Rays 4-3
WORLD SERIES MVP: CC Sabathia, after he pulls a Mickey Lolich and wins three games and hits a home run.
I'll admit that outcome was based largely on (a) a perverse desire to see a really low-rated World Series combined with (b) my intense man-crush on CC Sabathia. By the cold light of day, however, I'm having a hard time seeing the Brewers and Rays making it that far.
But let's be clear here: aesthetically speaking, I'm having trouble constructing a World Series matchup that I wouldn't want to see. Cubs-White Sox has its obvious appeal, as does Cubs-Red Sox and Dodgers-Red Sox. The Rays are going to be a good story no matter what. Maybe an Angels-Phillies pairing would have the least color, for lack of a better term, but even those teams have a lot of interesting aspects to them compared to the slate we get in most seasons.
So I guess what I'm saying here is that my confidence and interest in my own predictions is profoundly shallow, and I'll be pretty happy no matter what comes out of the playoff mix this year.