World Series predictions: Six of 7 like Texas

CBSSports.com staff
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Who will win the World Series? Texas or San Francisco? Danny Knobler, Scott Miller, Gregg Doyel, Mike Freeman and the rest of the CBSSports.com team gives you their predictions ... and none of them are calling for a sweep.

Danny Knobler Danny Knobler -- CBSSports.com Senior Writer

San Francisco vs. Texas
Date Site Time
Wed., Oct. 27 at Giants 7:57 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 28 at Giants 7:57 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 30 at Rangers 6:57 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 31 at Rangers 8:20 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 1 at Rangers-* 7:57 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 3 at Giants-* 7:57 p.m.
Thur., Nov. 4 at Giants-* 7:57 p.m.

Yes, the Giants can pitch. Yes, they deserve credit for holding the Phillies to just 20 runs in six games in the NL Championship Series, and for their incredible 1.78 staff ERA in the final month of the regular season. Fine, I just gave them credit. What I can't do is give them the World Series, because to win that, they need to score a few runs. And I just don't see how they're going to do it. Yes, I know, they found a way to beat the Phillies' Big 3 starters three times in the NLCS. But the scores of those three games were 4-3, 3-0 and 3-2. In five of their seven postseason wins, the Giants scored three runs or fewer. They won't beat the Rangers doing that. And that means they won't beat the Rangers at all. Rangers in 5

Scott Miller Scott Miller -- CBSSports.com Senior Writer

What a fun thing it is to have two fresh faces in the Fall Classic. Other than Cliff Lee, slated for a Game 1 duel with Tim Lincecum, it's not like you can point to either team and give it an edge in World Series experience. This is new for both clubs, aside from a couple of individual players (Bengie Molina, Aaron Rowand). Three keys: 1. If Lee continues as the postseason machine he's been, this becomes a best-of-5 series because he'll get Games 1 and 5. 2. Giants starters must make their pitches against Texas' explosive lineup. Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner did a beautiful job against the Phillies (except for Sanchez in Game 6), but these Rangers hitters are hotter than Philadelphia's (17 homers in 11 playoff games). 3. Bullpen matchups will be a key, as they always are in the late innings of postseason games. Jeremy Affeldt could be a boon for the Giants after his NLCS Game 6 work, but aside from lefty Javier Lopez, the Giants 'pen was a bit wobbly. Even with designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero marooned in San Francisco -- he'll probably play the outfield in one of the first two games there. Rangers in 7

Gregg Doyel Gregg Doyel -- CBSSports.com National Columnist

Do I think the Giants can beat the Rangers four times in seven games? Sure I do. But do I think San Francisco can win four out of five? Nope. But that's what the Giants would have to do to win this World Series, given that Cliff Lee will start two games for the Rangers, which means two wins for the Rangers. I hear you: The Giants starter opposite Lee will be Tim Lincecum, and he's great as well. True. But I don't care if the Giants were starting Roger Clemens at the height of his steroid use powers. Lincecum ain't beating Lee, either. Not in October. I've got the Rangers splitting the four, non-Lee games with San Francisco -- meaning ... Rangers in 6

Mike Freeman Mike Freeman -- CBSSports.com National Columnist

Six games might actually be generous, but I'm in a generous mood. What the Rangers did to the Yankees was a complete demolition job. That series felt more like a sweep. Except for one brief moment, the Rangers were wholly dominant. Much of America -- and many in the media -- truly underestimated how good they were. Some might be doing the same now. While I'm not a believer in destiny, the Rangers are special. It just feels like their time. Besides, the Dallas area needs the Rangers to win. What else are sports fans there going to watch? The Cowboys? Rangers in 6

David Andriesen -- CBSSports.com Facts & Rumors Blogger

These are two teams that are easy to like, filled with great stories. The Rangers have the offensive edge and the Giants the defensive advantage, though looking at the numbers I don't think either gap is overwhelming. In the regular season, Texas scored 4.86 runs per game with a 3.93 ERA; the Giants scored 4.30 runs with a 3.36 ERA. My gut feeling tells me the Rangers will win. They seem like this year's Team of Destiny rolling toward a first title, and remind me a lot of the 2002 Angels. The Giants are from the Island of Misfit Toys and feel like the 2007 Rockies -- the gutsy team that put it all together to get there, but in the end didn't have the firepower. Either way, I think we're in for a great Series. Rangers in 6

Evan Brunell -- CBSSports.com Facts & Rumors Blogger

MLB Playoffs

The Giants have the deeper, more battle-tested rotation. Pair that with a sturdier bridge to closer Brian Wilson and the ability to hide some of their defensive butchers (Pat Burrell, Pablo Sandoval) at DH during Games 3-5, and San Francisco has the clear edge when it comes to pitching and defense. There's a reason why the maxim of pitching and defense winning championships exists, and as has been seen through the postseason so far, S.F. has just enough in its bats to squeak out wins. Texas, on the other hand, will pitch Cliff Lee at least twice, if not three times, and while Lee and Tim Lincecum essentially cancel each other out, one can't discount the amazing postseason numbers Lee has put together. With his ability to go nine innings without breaking a sweat, side-by-side comparisons of each team's strengths and weaknesses maybe irrelevant. Giants in 6

C. Trent Rosecrans -- CBSSports.com Facts & Rumors Blogger

A prediction? That's easy. Phillies over the Yankees in six. Oh, wait. I was wrong last round, so you're probably better off picking the opposite of my Fall Classic forecast. I always go with pitching over hitting, except when there's little hitting vs. a lot of hitting and the pitching isn't quite as overwhelming as it could be. Does that make sense? If you don't have that fancy Rosetta Stone stuff -- it means Texas will outscore San Francisco, and the best way to win a series is to score more runs than the other team in four of the seven games. Rangers in 6

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