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Five bold predictions for this week

Updated: October 18, 2011, 10:44 AM ET
By Adam Jones | ESPNBoston.com

Editor's note: Adam's bold predictions appear each week on ESPNBoston.com. You can listen to Adam Jones and Drew Brooks on ESPN Boston Radio every weekday live from noon to 2 p.m. and again from 2 to 4. (Listen HERE)

1) The Cardinals win the World Series

Everyone seems to be on the Rangers bandwagon. Not me. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this exactly how the Cardinals won it all in 2006? Once again, they barely sneak into the playoffs, but prove they belong by taking care of the two best teams in the National League. Albert Pujols is the best positional player in the series and will garner the most headlines, but the key to the series is Chris Carpenter. He's the best starting pitcher in the series (sorry C.J. Wilson) and will prove it in Game 1 on Wednesday night. The Cardinals beat the Tigers in five games in 2006. I say they'll need an additional game to dispatch the Rangers this time around.

2) The Bruins finally awake from their slumber

After a brief two-game road trip, the Bruins return to TD Garden for three home games this week against the Hurricanes, Maple Leafs and Sharks. They haven't exactly impressed during the initial portion of their title defense, but they appeared to turn a corner with a nice win Saturday night in Chicago. I say the B's pick up five points this week, thanks in large part to their top line.

3) Kessel remains quiet against former club

Though his production improved slightly against the Bruins last season, Phil Kessel still only has a line of 2-4-6 in 12 games against his former team. He has a plus-minus ratio of -7 in those contests. I expect that trend to continue on Thursday.

4) The Red Sox finally cave on compensation talks

Red Sox fans are begging ownership to shoot for the moon in their discussions with the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Theo Epstein. Names like Starlin Castro, Matt Garza and Brett Jackson have all surfaced. Or at the very least, Theo Epstein could take John Lackey (and his contract) with him to Chicago. None of which is happening. At the end of the day, the Red Sox are likely to get a couple of marginal prospects in exchange for Epstein. Not sure that will appease a restless fan base.

5) No more radio interviews for Henry

Red Sox principal owner John Henry has been busy the last couple of weeks taking to the local airwaves. Though he deserves credit for holding himself accountable -- while also proving to fans that he remains emotionally invested in the team -- he shot himself in the foot more often than not (especially without right-hand man Larry Lucchino). The guess here is we've heard the last from Henry for a while, so those of you hoping for him to swing by our Gillette Stadium studios unannounced probably shouldn't hold your breath.

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