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Maybe it's my American League bias. Perhaps it's my loyalty to New York State, where I have paid taxes continuously since the last time the Yankees were in the World Series. Or maybe -- and this is the choice most readers will opt for -- I'm a complete idiot when it comes to predicting major sports events.

At any rate, I like the Yanks. I know the Braves are on a scary roll. There's just something about these Yankees. Specifically, here are three things that should tip the balance in what promises to be a close, well-played Series:

1, Mariano Rivera. There is no one like him in the game; 2, The Yankees are loaded with smart hitters (Mariano Duncan, Joe Girardi, Derek Jeter) who will go the other way against Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine; 3, The home field. Yankees in seven.


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