In the American League, as much as the networks crave a Red Sox return to the Fall Classic, I like the Tigers. Both teams certainly have pitching, but the Tigers' starting staff is simply more dominant. And in a short series, that usually is the most important factor to look at.
As for the offensive aspect of the two teams, both have strong lineups, but again, the Red Sox don't have anything close to the "dominant" one-two punch of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
I like Detroit in six games.
As for the NLCS, while I think way too much credit is being given to the Dodgers, they have the most dominant player, period, in Clayton Kershaw. And because LA wrapped up their series early with Atlanta, Kershaw is ready and able to go three times if necessary. The same cannot be said for Cardinals' ace Adam Wainwright, who was need to go nine innings in a fifth and final game against Pittsburgh the other night.
The Cardinals have the experience and October heroes, but I like LA in seven games in a very tight series. Best of all, Don Mattingly gets his first taste of a World Series.
As for the World Series, I like the Tigers in a classic seven game series. They learned a lot from last year's sweep and will know doubt benefit from the experience.