Who is next in line to be swept by Lakers?

May 29, 2001 10:40 AM


The Los Angeles Lakers continue their march through the NBA playoffs like Sherman’s march through Georgia, only quicker.

L.A. is playing like no other team in playoff history and Milwaukee Bucks won’t stop them. Staying with the Bucks because the Philadelphia 76ers have no help on the horizon.

Lakers domination of San Antonio looked like men playing with boys. Bucks have game advantage and home-court edge. That gives them an opportunity to get blown out in four by L.A. Fellows, concentrate on 2002.


Memorial Day has come and gone with Twins, Phillies, Cubs, Brewers and Padres still hanging around. Who will be there on the Fourth of July?

Games for week ending June 3:

Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates: Good thing Pirates in the league or Braves would be in last place. Pirates haven’t beaten Braves all season, why should that change now.

New York Mets at Florida Marlins: Marlins will hammer Mets and continue the habit here. Ryan Dempster and Brad Penny gobble a win or two here.

Philadelphia Phillies at Montreal Expos: Phillies having good time at Montreal’s expense ends here. Javier Vasquez, who blew a big lead versus Phillies last time out, redeems himself. Britt Reames garners a victory.

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers: Cubs and Brewers renew their rivalry. Another dose of Kerry Wood is worse than a dose of castor oil, or how about another dose of Jon Lieber, who is also on a roll.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros: Jekyll and Hyde (Dodgers go on the road). Astros tough at home, L.A. not too tough on the road, Astros with Scott Elarton and Shane Reynolds squeeze out two wins.

Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals: Reds woes continue though they play better versus the Cards. Look for hitters on both teams to have big series. Going over in the total on Saturday and Sunday.

San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies: Rockies double tough versus Giants will continue that work at home. Look for Mike Hampton to reverse beating he absorbed in San Francisco, also Denny Neagle good for a win.

San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks: Bad blood between these two teams could erupt here when Curt Schilling takes the mound. Padres in over their heads come back to earth blowing all three games in Arizona.

Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees: Yanks love to face Indiana pitching; just like batting practice. Andy Pettitte goes for New York which means your pitcher better be on or it’s lights out. Look for Roger Clemens to notch another victory over one of his favorite patsies.

Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays: Blue Jays get to go against Pedro Martinez, who beats every one except the Yankees (and that’s only lately). Hideo Nomo who has been awesome of late, pitches another gem.

Baltimore Orioles at Oakland Athletics: Orioles, playing improved ball of late, go up against a team that has picked up their play in recent weeks. Both teams are 8-2 in last 10 games. Orioles pick up a victory with Sidney Ponson.

Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox: Tigers were in the process of turning things around when they ran into a buzz saw. White Sox stopped them cold in Detroit, continue their mastery in Chicago. Going with Rocky Biddle and Mark Buehrle just as potent.

Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers: Twins will get swept by Texas heat and Rangers’ bats. Going with Rangers against Brad Radke and Eric Milton.

Kansas City Royals at Anaheim Angels: Can’t see backing Kansas City after blowing 6-1 lead on Friday night versus the Mariners. Looking for hitters to steal the spotlight in this series. Look for overs, overs and more overs.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Seattle Mariners: Devil Rays can’t win at home, so how can you expect them to win in the most difficult park in the majors? Seattle pads their imposing record by sweeping hapless Rays.