Predictions for this round?
I'm going with Yanks in six, and also Phillies in seven.
I'm intrigued by the AL series; both the Yanks and Angels have some dudes who can swing the bat. However, I like the Yanks offense slightly more, especially if A-Rod can continue to come through with some big at-bats. I just don't think the Angels have someone who can put the rest of the team on their shoulders (although maybe Vlad Guerrero..), they seem to score a lot of their runs by getting guys on base and then hitting singles and doubles.
In terms of the pitching, I think Sabathia/Burnett/Pettite verse Saunders/Weaver/Lackey is actually a fairly even match-up. All these guys can do deep into games. I think the difference here is the bullpens, and ESPECIALLY the closer role. Rivera against Fuentes? That match-up could very much indeed decide this series.
In the NL, I'm really excited to see how the series unfolds. Both teams have some big hitters, although I put slightly more faith in Howard/Utley/Ibanez/Werth/etc than I do in Ramirez/Kemp/Either/Loney/etc. I actually like the Dodgers' pitching staff more than the Phillies' pitching staff. Cliff Lee is the best picture in this series by a fair bit, but Hamels is a huge question mark, and I'm not sure what role Happ, Blanton, Pedro or even Moyer might play here. Meanwhile, I think Kershaw, Wolf, Billingsley and Padella is slightly more reliable. Even if they're not, I trust the Dodgers' bullpen A LOT more. They contributed significantly to their series win over the Cards. I think it's too soon to say that Lidge has turned the corner, and I worry there could be some blown saves that might come back to haunt the Phillies. However, ultimately, I think Cliff Lee, Hamels (I say he gets back on track), Utley and Howard are the main reasons why Philadelphia will return to the World Series.