My prediction for the World Series? Yankees and the Braves.
AL Champions: New York Yankees
They might have lost Matsui, but they replaced him with .400 OBP DH hitter Nick Johnson, who will provide run scoring opportunities for the 3-4-5 hitters. Damon was replaced by Winn and Gardner. They both have different abilities, but if they share time, it's be fine. Javier Vasquez was an improvement and if you have him as your #4 starter, you know your rotation's good. Other than that, there were no changes, and the Yanks will have a chance to repeat.
NL Champions: Atlanta Braves
This year will be legendary manager Bobby Cox's last year. This year, he wants a world championship, a great way to end a career. The players know it, too and will not give up. Even though they lost Vasquez, they still have a healthy Hudson, Lowe, Hanson and Jurrjens. Along with the rotation, they have a strong pen led by Billy Wagner. He still has his stuff, so don't be afraid if he can still close or not. Saito is underrated because of the fact that he was injured last season, but can be effective when healthy. Everyone seems to forget about Nate McClouth, too. He was injured part time last year, but can produce All-Star numbers. Escobar is clutch in RBI situations, and Glaus: well, you know him: he can hit 30HRs when healthy. These talented players will be led by Chipper Jones. Don't forget about Melky (Cabrera) too, because he can be one hot player.
WINNER: Atlanta Braves in 7 games
AL East Winner: Boston Red Sox
AL Central Winner: Minnesota Twins
AL West Winner: Seattle Mariners
AL Wild Card Winner: New York Yankees
NL East winner: Philadelphia Phillies
NL Central Winner: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West Winner: San Francisco Giants
NL Wild Card Winner: Atlanta Braves
If you want to know why it was these 8 teams that I chose, comment below and I will break it sown for you.