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Who will win the World Series? We asked more than a dozen experts from MLB.com and MLB Network to weigh in, and here are their round-by-round predictions.

JOE POSNANSKI
ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Red Sox
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Cubs
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: BOS-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: CHC-LAD -- Dodgers
WS: CLE-LAD -- Indians

Who will win the World Series? We asked more than a dozen experts from MLB.com and MLB Network to weigh in, and here are their round-by-round predictions.

JOE POSNANSKI
ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Red Sox
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Cubs
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: BOS-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: CHC-LAD -- Dodgers
WS: CLE-LAD -- Indians

JESSE SANCHEZ
The Dodgers and Astros are the best teams in their respective leagues, and nobody will be surprised when they are the last two teams left standing at the end of the month. Justin Verlander made a good Astros team a great one. The Dodgers are loaded with too much talent and experience to come up short.

ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Nationals
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Astros
NLCS: WSH-LAD -- Dodgers
WS: HOU-LAD -- Astros

ALYSON FOOTER
Six weeks ago, an argument could have been made for any number of runaway division winners to sail to the pennant -- the Dodgers, who had an unprecedented run of success over three months' time; the Nationals, with arguably the most complete roster in baseball; the Astros, once on pace to set a club record for wins; and the Indians, who got scorching hot after obtaining Jay Bruce and in September rode a 22-game win streak to the best record in the American League. This should make for a fascinating October.

ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Nationals
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- D-backs
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: ARI-WSH -- Nationals
WS: WSH-CLE -- Indians

KEVIN MILLAR
ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Twins
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: TBD-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Cubs
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Astros
NLCS: CHC-LAD -- Dodgers
WS: HOU-LAD -- Astros

DAN PLESAC
ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Yankees
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Cubs
NLDS: CHC-LAD -- D-backs
ALCS: NYY-HOU -- Yankees
NLCS: ARI-CHC -- D-backs
WS: NYY-ARI -- Yankees

RICHARD JUSTICE
This is as wide open as baseball's postseason has been in a long time. There's an easy case to be made for pretty much any of these teams to win the World Series. But it looks like it's Cleveland's time. The Indians have been scary good for more a month and are a team with virtually no weakness.

ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC --Cubs
NLDS: CHC-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: CHC-LAD -- Dodgers
WS: CLE-LAD -- Indians

JON PAUL MOROSI
The Cubs' World Series title last year was a once-in-a-century event, and there's a great chance history will be made this fall as well. The Astros are the second oldest franchise in major North American pro sports without a title. The Nationals represent a city with only one postseason series victory -- and that was won by the Washington Senators in the 1924 World Series. Then there are the Indians, who came within one swing of glory last year and are poised to win their first world championship since 1948.

ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Cubs
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: CHC-LAD -- Cubs
WS: CHC-CLE -- Indians

MARK DeROSA
ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- Rockies
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Nationals
NLDS: COL-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: WSH-LAD -- Dodgers
WS: CLE-LAD -- Dodgers

CLIFF FLOYD
ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: TBD-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Nationals
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: WSH-LAD -- Nationals
WS: WSH-CLE -- Indians

ANTHONY CASTROVINCE
Predicting the postseason is an impossible and thankless task. When in doubt, lean toward pitching depth and flexibility, which is why -- beyond the 22-game win streak and the general way it finished the regular season with a flourish -- I'm trusting the Tribe above all others.

ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Twins
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: MIN-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Nationals
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- D-backs
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: ARI-WSH -- Nationals
WS: WSH-CLE -- Indians

JIM DUQUETTE
I expect the teams that dominated the regular season to do the same in the postseason. The injury questions in Washington are too much to overcome against the Cubs, but the Dodgers will regain their swagger in October to win the National League pennant. Cleveland's depth and quality becomes too much for the AL competition, and they ride the momentum to their first WS since 1954.

ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- Rockies
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Cubs
NLDS: COL-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: CHC-LAD -- Dodgers
WS: CLE-LAD -- Indians

KEN ROSENTHAL
ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Nationals
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- D-backs
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: ARI-WSH -- Nationals
WS: WSH-CLE -- Indians

MIKE LOWELL
ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- Rockies
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Nationals
NLDS: COL-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Astros
NLCS: WSH-LAD -- Dodgers
WS: HOU-LAD -- Dodgers

MARK FEINSAND
The Indians won't catch anybody by surprise this October, but the Yankees might. Their bullpen is even better than Cleveland's and will represent the lone first-round upset. The Dodgers and Astros -- the two best first-half teams -- survived second-half stumbles and will make their way to the World Series. In the end, L.A. will prove to be too deep and win its first World Series title since 1988.

ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Yankees
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Nationals
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: NYY-HOU -- Astros
NLCS: WSH-LAD -- Dodgers
WS: HOU-LAD -- Dodgers

DAN O'DOWD
ALWC: MIN-NYY -- Yankees
NLWC: COL-ARI -- D-backs
ALDS: BOS-HOU -- Astros
ALDS: NYY-CLE -- Indians
NLDS: WSH-CHC -- Nationals
NLDS: ARI-LAD -- Dodgers
ALCS: HOU-CLE -- Indians
NLCS: WSH-LAD -- Dodgers
WS: CLE-LAD -- Dodgers