At least Carl Crawford is honest.
"As a prediction, I don't know who will win," he said with a laugh when asked by Carolyn Manno and Dave Briggs of the NBC Sports Network's SportsDash to predict a World Series champion.
But "I don't know" isn't an acceptable answer, so . . .
"If you were to ask me, I'd probably say the Cardinals because of their pitching, [which is] just so dominant."
Crawford should know; his Dodgers were shut down buy St. Louis' pitching in the just-completed NLCS, which the Cards won in six games. And since he played for the Red Sox in 2011 and '12, Crawford has a unique insight into this year's matchup:
"Well, I think, obviously, the Cardinals have the pitching. The Red Sox have the better lineup. It should be a good matchup, two powerhouse teams going against each other. It's going to be tough playing games [against] the Red Sox up in Boston; you never how the Cardinals might respond to that. It should be a good series."
The Sox' success is far cry from his sour experience in Boston, in which the Red Sox collapsed down the stretch in '11 and tumbled to a 93-loss season in '12. But he says he's "not that surprised" the Sox rebounded so strongly this year.
"[The] team's always good," he said. "Bobby Valentine came in (as manager in 2012), that kind of just threw things [in] a certain direction that the team probably didn't want to go. But the guys that [are] there, most of the guys were [on the team] that was winning the year before."