New York @ Texas
I actually had a prediction that would have been a shocker to most folks.
Rangers win in 5.
True, it requires three more Rangers wins in a row, but it does not seem all that inaccurate. My prediction was based on the pitching matchups they had. I fully believed that C. J. Wilson could, and would, outpitch C. C. Sabathia and win Game 1. After that, Colby Lewis could definitely handle the Yankees longer than Phil Hughes could handle the Rangers. Then you have Cliff Lee in game 3. Lee is solid enough to win any day. And then, in Game 4, you have Tommy Hunter vs. either A.J. Burnett or C.C. (most likely the latter had Texas won game 1) and although CC would most likely win that one, the Rangers would then face Burnett in game 5 with C. J. on the mound, and if I believed C. J. could beat C. C., I most certainly believe he could beat Burnett.
Unfortunately, the Texas bullpen let me down in Game 1, but that means that Burnett will likely pitch game 4, with Sabathia and Wilson in game 5. If Texas wins 3 and 4, they have a shot at winning 5, and even if they don't, game 6 matches up Hughes and Lewis again.
To me, the Rangers still have the advantage with the better staff.Giants @ Phillies
Oswalt brought the world, and the NLCS, back into balance tonight by shutting down SF in all but Cody Ross' home run, so now we go to the West Coast with Hamels on the mound against Cain. A terrific matchup that...
The Phillies will win. In fact, they'll win both of them, says I. Game 5 will be won by Lincecum at home, but just barely, while the Giants fall in Game six as the O in H2O shuts down the Giants for the second time, back in Philly.
*hides from the Giants fans reading this*