BY Deidre Silva 07:00AM 06/13/2011

Crystal Balls: Predictions for the week

Mariners, Sounders and Storm carry the week, but Canucks flop in Beantown, then in V-town, and the Stanley Cup stays east.

Brad Evans looks to score on more than the pitch. / Kyle Scholzen, Sportspress Northwest

MLB:  Angels at Mariners, Monday – Wednesday; Phillies at Mariners Friday – Sunday (ROOT SPORTS)
Mariners take Angels series, 2-1, outscoring LA 8-5. Pineda rebounds strong against Philly.

The Mariners get to properly commemorate last week’s 25th anniversary of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” with a much-needed break Thursday, the team’s first day off since May 26. But there is no rest for the weary Phillies, who travel from the East Coast that day  only to face Pineda, who will redeem himself after Saturday’s bad outing against Detroit.

MLS: Sounders at Toronto, 4 p.m. Saturday, (KONG)
Sounders beat Toronto, 2-1; Disturbing dating debate rattles Emerald City fans

Everyone likes a bit of alliteration, but no one liked the “dramatic derby draw” that was Saturday night’s match against MLS expansion newbie Vancouver. Sounders fans take the team’s road trip as a chance to voice their discomfort over the fact that defender Jeff Parke – a guy who says he likes the color of blood – has a higher eBay bid amount than Brad Evans in this summer’s Date with a Sounder. (If this were an English footie team with a similar penchant for alliteration, they’d have called it “Snog a Sounder.”)

WNBA: Storm vs. Indiana Fever, 7 p.m. Friday, KeyArena

PREDICTION: Storm over Fever by 3; flop exposed.

The Fever and Storm sport big scorers, big rebounders and big All-Star names. The Fever’s Katie Douglas and Tamika Catchings combine to score 45 points. Impressive, but against Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson, it is lacking. Seattle’s duo puts up 47, including a double-double from Bird. Tight, fast-paced game. Over breakfast at Queen Anne’s Mecca, Bird is overheard agreeing with Jackson’s assertion that the evolution of the WNBA is positive, but the evolving art of the flop is not.

NHL Stanley Cup: Game 6, Vancouver at Boston, 5 p.m. (KONG)

PREDICTION: Bruins force Game 7, win, and Lord Stanley’s silverware goes to Boston.

If Vancouver’s Sedin twins haven’t figured out how to score on Boston goalie Tim Thomas by now, they aren’t going to figure it out this week. To complicate matters for the Canucks, Roberto Luongo’s gigantic body in goal once again acts more like sieve than plug. Poor guy leaves Game 6, looks for property in the Boston neighborhood of Somerset and develops a nasty cough, a la Dirk Nowitzki, to avoid going back to Vancouver to lose in in Game 7.


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