Jesse Spector, SN national baseball writer
THE PICK: Cardinals in four
WHY THE CARDINALS WILL SWEEP: Yadier Molina, the last active Cardinal from the 2004 team that got swept by the Red Sox, gathers his teammates before Game 1 at Fenway Park. It's not difficult to assemble them, because the visitors' locker room is the size of a shoebox, and also because it's always easy for Molina to assemble the Cardinals — he just uses the telepathic brain implant that all Cardinals receive upon their arrival in St. Louis. "This is for the Cardinal Way," Molina explains. "You already know about Marlon Anderson and Kiko Calero, about Matt Morris and Woody Williams, about Cal Eldred. But there was another guy on that team. Mike Matheny. He's the same one who's our manager now." A hush falls over the room. "We do this for him," they say in unison. The Cardinals operate with the machine-like efficieny of the cyborgs that they have become, but each is still, at heart, a man with his own motivation. For Molina, it is revenge. For Adam Wainwright, it's a belief that beards are to be properly groomed and maintained. For Carlos Beltran, it's the last item on a lengthy career to-do list. For Joe Kelly, it's America. For Matt Adams, it's the promise of having a sandwich named after him at his neighborhood deli, a sandwich that he will get to eat free for life. For me, it's about having made a preseason pick that actually has a chance to be correct, and sticking with that. That's why it's Cardinals in four.