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World Series predictions

Marc Topkin, St. Petersburg Times

Rays in 6: They don't know any better to be intimidated by the stage, and their homefield advantage will leave the Phillies hearing cowbells all winter.

John Romano, St. Petersburg Times

Rays in 6: Too much depth, too much flexibility, too much heart. The team that wouldn't quit finally reaches the finish line.

Gary Shelton, St. Petersburg Times

Rays in 7: What could be more dramatic than winning a Game 7 at home against the Red Sox? How about winning a world championship in a Game 7 at home?

Joe Smith, St. Petersburg Times

Rays in 7: Every time you count them out, they make you pay. And with starters like Matt Garza and Scott Kazmir getting back on track (and David Price a not-so-secret weapon), their pitching depth will carry them through.

Brant James, St. Petersburg Times

Rays in 5: The Rays should have their way if they keep Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino from creating too much chaos on the bases and Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Chase Utley in the ballpark.

Dave Scheiber, St. Petersburg Times

Rays in 6: A relaxed Rays team rides the emotional wave from beating Boston, benefiting from their high-decibel homefield advantage and a surging pitching staff bolstered by rookie phenom David Price.

Eduardo A. Encina, St. Petersburg Times

Phillies in 7: Door closers Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge shorten the game and end this year's run of late-inning Rays heroics.

Tom Jones, St. Petersburg Times

Rays in 6: The Bucs won their first Super Bowl. The Lightning won its first Stanley Cup. The Rays will win their first World Series. It's karma, baby.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN the Magazine

Rays in 7: They have speed, power, pitching and four games at home.

Peter Gammons, ESPN

Phillies in 7: I had the Rays in the first two series. I have the Phillies in this one and the biggest reason is the last two innings of the Phillies' bullpen, Madson and Lidge.

Tracy Ringolsby, Rocky Mountain News

Phillies in 6: Lidge makes the difference.

Harold Reynolds, MLB.com and TBS

Rays in 7: The key will be the bullpen. David Price and Edwin Jackson will play a big role.

Ken Rosenthal, Fox and FoxSports.com

Rays in 7: The AL is a stronger league and this is a strong, deep team.

Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

Rays in 5: No stopping them now.

Gerry Fraley, FoxSports.com

Phillies in 6: After a season in Philadelphia, playing in Tropicana Field seems like a no-stress holiday to the Phillies.

Dave Sheinin, Washington Post

Rays in 4: They steal Game 1 off Hamels and that's it. They have better pitchers in the next three.

Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News

Rays in 6: I think Hamels is the only pitching matchup in (the Phillies') favor at all.

Mel Antonen, USA Today

Rays in 6: I love their pitching and defense.

John Smallwood, Philadelphia Daily News

Phillies in 6: They've got to be patient at the plate and make the Rays starters throw a lot of pitches to get to the bullpen.

Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe

Rays in 5: Rays will destroy the Phillies' pitching after Hammels.

World Series predictions 10/21/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 27, 2008 1:50pm]

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