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Dodgers coach Wallach makes WS prediction

LOS ANGELES -- In between interviews for managerial jobs, Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach said he picks the Mets to win the World Series.

"Mets in six games," said Wallach, whose club was eliminated by New York in the National League Division Series, followed by the departure of manager Don Mattingly that put his coaching staff in limbo.

Wallach, Mattingly's bench coach, has since interviewed for the vacant manager's job in Washington and is rumored to be a candidate for the openings in San Diego and Los Angeles as well.

The entire Dodgers coaching staff -- pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, hitting coach Mark McGwire and base coaches Ron Roenicke and Davey Lopes -- was told it could seek employment elsewhere.

Wallach said he'll be watching, unless he's busy interviewing.

"This series should be a good one," Wallach said. "I give the Mets the biggest advantage in starting pitching. Kansas City's bullpen is deeper, but [Mets closer Jeurys] Familia is so good.

"One thing about Kansas City, they don't strike out much. They put the ball in play and make you catch it. That's definitely a Kansas City advantage. They haven't run as much as they have in the past, but there might be guys they can take advantage of."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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