City wars favor LA, Yanks, Cubs

June 11, 2002 10:17 AM
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Games for week ending June 16.

Big winners in first week of interleague play are D’backs, who swept the Red Sox, Braves (swept Texas), Athletics (swept Houston) and Phillies (sweep of Detroit).

Red Sox at Braves: Boston goes out of the frying pan into the fire. Another sweep by the Braves would be a disaster. Going with Atlanta and Tom Glavine on Sunday and against Pedro Martinez, who should pitch for Boston in the series.

Orioles at Phillies: Baltimore is a different team from the early-season pushover. The Phillies take two with Brando. Duckworth and Vincente Padilla leading the way, but it won’t be easy.

Jays at Expos: High-flying Expos bring their heavy lumber and classy pitching in their Battle of Canada. Toronto counters with Roy Halladay and Luke Prokopec. Going with Halladay and Montreal’s Javier Vazquez in another. Should they hook up, no play.

D’Rays at Marlins: This series could be a slugfest. Going with A.J. Burnett, who is on top of his game at this time. Spot starter Kevin Olsen may get the ball for Florida in this series. Going against him.

Royals at Cards: Back to back matchups favor St. Louis. Going back to Simontacchi and Matt Morris for two victories.

Twins at Brewers: The Twins have a four-game lead in the AL Central and can pad that margin in this series. Taking Minnesota with Johan Santana and Rick Reed.

Chisox at Cubs: The White Sox are slumping, while the Cubs are picking up the pace and playing like contenders for the first time this year. Mark Prior and Jon Lieber show Cub fans they can make a race of it in the NL Central.

Rangers at Astros: The only interest is in Texas. Both teams are disappointments and the outlook isn’t good for change. Cozy ballpark, shoddy pitching and above average hitting make for plays on the OVER.

Indians at Rockies: Colorado believes there’s a chance to win the NL West even though three teams are ahead of the Rockies. Still, there’s opportunity to gain ground against Cleveland. John Thomson and Shawn Chacon win a couple for husting Rockies.

Tigers at D’backs: Detroit is fodder for Arizona cannons. Look for the Tigers to get swept here and keep their losing ways in stride.

A’s at Giants: Oakland has a tough row to hoe to get back in the AL West, but made headway against Houston. Giants ran into a tartar in New York, where Yanks won two of three. Giants with Jason Schmidt and Russ Ortiz grab two wins.

Angels at Dodgers: Though LA in contention in NL West, the pitching is suddenly shaky. Angels can give the Dodgers trouble. Give edge to light-hitting Dodgers with Odalis Perez and Ishii leading the way.

M’s at Padres: Seattle hitting in a season-long slump, but has the pitching to win here. Padres hitting along with pitchers Brian Lawrence and Bobby J. Jones can give Mariners some more headaches.

Yanks at Mets: The Mets get their wish, having Roger Clemens batting against them. However, they should worry more about the Rocket’s pitching. Clemens continues that excellent mound work versus Mets, along with hard-luck pitcher Ted Lilly.

Pirates at Reds: Continue to prophesize Reds falling out of first place and they keep making me look bad. Look for Pittsburgh to slug its way to a couple of victories with Kip Wells and Kris Benson on the mound.