BY Deidre Silva 07:00AM 06/20/2011

Crystal Balls: Predictions for the week

Mariners sweep the lightweights of the NL East, Sounders aren’t in a NY state of mind, and Storm gets revenge

Mariners manager Eric Wedge and the boys seek to bust more moves against the NL East. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

“Charles Barkley” and “Speedo” are used in the same sentence. If that doesn’t make you shudder, I don’t know what will. Don’t be surprised if Brendan Ryan is seen playing pepper and shagging balls with local little leagues.

MLB: Mariners get more of the NL East: at Washington Tuesday-Thursday; Florida Friday-Sunday at Safeco (ROOT)
Mariners moonwalk through the muddlers.

After taking the weekend series, 2-1, from MLB’s winningest team, Philadelphia, the Mariners get the bottom feeders of the Phillies’ pathetically weak division, the Nationals in D.C., then back to play Marlins in a “road” series at Safeco  because a U2 concert displaced the home team from its own stadium. Mariners infielder Brendan Ryan, born to do little aside from breathing baseball, spends the night in the dugout, wakes up early to line the field and offers pointers on the backhand lob to stadium peanut vendors.

MLS: Sounders v. New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. Thursday, Qwest Field (ESPN2)
New York over Sounders, 2-0

Freddy Montero may have scored off a free kick in the 90th minute of last week’s 1-0 win against Toronto, but still can’t shake the “Strikers are supposed to score, right?” monkey off his back. This week, the Sounders look to avenge March’s 1-0 loss to New York and extend their winning streak to five games. But Montero fails to score without having the ball teed up for him.

WNBA:  Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx, 7 p.m. Friday, KeyArena
Storm beat Lynx 89-74

This is the Storm’s second look at the revamped 2011 Lynx and their No. 1 draft pick Maya Moore, who beat them soundly earlier this month. During this meeting, however, the Storm decides not to spot Minnesota 25 points going into the fourth quarter. With a rally unnecessary, the Storm is discombobulated on Lauren Jackson’s bobblehead night. Confusion aside, the Storm hold off the Lynx, even with Moore’s 24 points.

NBA: Charles Barkley v. Dan Le Batard: When? Trust me. You don’t wanna know.
National Guard evacuates South Beach
And you thought the NBA Final series was tough, well, the worst is yet to come. TV commentator and former Phoenix Suns wrecking ball, Charles Barkley, had an NBA Finals bet going with Miami Herald sports writer and radio host Dan Le Batard that involved the loser wearing a Speedo swimsuit and providing an interview on South Beach. Other than letting you know that Le Batard lost, I’ll let you do the rest of the research because I’m beginning to feel a little ill.


Comments are closed.