American League better watch out for N.Y.

May 01, 2001 10:54 AM
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The three-game sweep by the Yankees over Oakland is an indication that it’s going to be a long season for Boston, Toronto, Minnesota, Seattle and the rest of the American League. That weekend wake up call will put to rest that the Yankees are finished.

Games for week ending May 6:

L.A. Dodgers at Chicago Cubs: Yankees not the only team to turn things around the past weekend. Dodgers swept three from red hot Phillies and cemented their hold on first place in the N.L. West. Dodgers continue their hot hand versus Chicago beating Kerry Wood and Manny Aybar.

Houston Astros at Montreal Expos: Expos return home and hope for better things to happen for them. Astros could be lost from the friendly confines of Enron Field. Double play against Shane Reynolds and Jose Lima who can’t get out of his own way.

S.F. Giants at Philadelphia Phillies: Phillies glad to be back in Philadelphia after disastrous road trip to the West Coast. Livan Hernandez of the Giants has been hammered of late (pitched too many innings the past couple of years); some of the same here. Sean Estes and Mark Gardner pick up a pair for the Giants.

Milwaukee Brewers at Florida Marlins: Brewers have been double tough at home, soft on the road. Marlins give Brewers fits in this series. Ryan Dempster and Matt Clement good for a couple of wins.

Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates: Pirates are a better team than have shown thus far in 2001. Pittsburgh gets strong pitching from Jim Anderson and Omar Olivares.

San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds: Reds have been tough on the road and have right team to help them maintain that toughness at home. Take Elmer Dessens and Jim Browers for two wins.

Arizona Diamondbacks at N.Y. Mets: Over-age batting order (Arizona), and over-rated pitching staff (Mets), battle for survival; money on New Yorkers. Diamondbacks can’t help Schilling and Randy Johnson too much.Going with Curt Schilling, double play. Should Glendon Busch be his mound opponent, his luck has run out.

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves: Braves seem to be turning things around; however, pitching a problem. Braves should fatten up on mediocre Cardinal pitching. Tom Glaving starting to pitch better and Greg Maddux can handle this crew.

N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore Orioles: Yanks sweep of the A’s and dynamite play of Chuck Knobluch has perked up New York. Roger Clemens and Todd Lily win a couple.

Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Indians pitching has fallen on hard times but hitters have picked up the slack. Bartolo Colon came up with a good effort versus Texas, could be turning things around. Dave Burba, along with Chuck Finley and Colon sweep Devil Rays.

Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers: White Sox fluke record of the year 2000 did not carry over to 2001. Mariners exposed White Sox in the playoffs, and they haven’t been the same since. Rick Helling and Darren Oliver compound their woes.

Minnesota Twins at K.C. Royals: What’s keeping the Twins up in the high rent district? Twins will be around all year. However, Royals slow them down this trip. K.C. hitting coming around will beat Mark Redmon and Joe Mays in two of the games.

Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners: Two of the hottest teams in baseball meet in Seattle for three. Home field favors Mariners in pitcher friendly park. Blue Jays at a disadvantage against torrid Mariners who will throw Freddy Garcia and John Halama and in a pinch Jamey Moyer. Could be a sweep.

Boston Red Sox at Oakland A’s: Red Sox generally do well at Oakland, but iffy proposition when they visit the A’s this trip. Barry Zito and Tim Hudson over Tomo Ohka and Paxton Crawford.

Detroit Tigers at Anaheim Angels: Tigers haven’t lived up to expectations thus far though season is young. Angels have disappointed also. They are five games under .500 with no daylight in sight. Tigers, with Jeff Weaver and Dave Mlicki, ready to start a winning streak.

NBA

L.A. Lakers exposed Portland Trailblazers as the fraud of the NBA. Over-paid and under-contributors fell to the Lakers in three.

Charlotte wiped out Miami Heat and are waiting for their next opponent while Knicks and Raptors in a "dog fight" that could go five games. Whenever you think Knicks are down, they bounce right up.

Sacramento Kings could end the series with Phoenix in their next match-up. San Antonio was a big favorite to end the Wolves season Monday.

Milwaukee and Orlando could go to five games along with Utah and Dallas. Jazz an old team who comes to play in these games. Will be tough for the Mavericks who are a scrappy bunch.