Head-to-Head: Diamonds, Pucks, Hoops and Tiger Woods
by Jordan Adams and Drew Mangione - 04/05/2007
Each week two of Doc's Sports gambling aficionados will give their alternating perspectives on the key games and interesting issues in the game at both the college and professional levels. You may not agree, they may not agree, but it should be interesting!
(Editor's Note: Jordan and Drew will be on sabbatical until next fall. Don't worry though, you can still hit the archives to go back and revisit some of your favorite unbelievable, off-base predictions from these two over the past seven months. They'll be back once football gets underway and will be amped up for a few more rounds against both each other and national embarrassment!)
Here are this week's topics:
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves (7:30 p.m., Friday, April 6)
Drew: This match-up of an old dynasty versus a new empire-in-waiting pits a pair of pitchers that have never lived up to the talent contained in their left arms. Mark Redman was taken 12th overall in 1995 and is now with his sixth team in eight Big League seasons, while Oliver Perez's lively pitches are still getting credit for the 2.98 ERA he sported in '04. Don't be surprised if this one is low scoring, but I'm banking on an offensive explosion because talent is far different than performance.
Prediction: Mets 8, Braves 7
Jordan: The probable pitchers are Oliver Perez vs. Mark Redman, and the only thing that really favors is the over. Both teams have question marks with the back end of their rotations, but in this match-up the tough Mets lineup is the way to go. Both teams should put up at least four runs, but I'll roll with Reyes, Wright and the two Carlos boys over Andruw and Chipper Jones, as well as the free-swinging Jeff Francoeur.
Prediction: New York 6, Atlanta 4
Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels (10 p.m., Friday, April 6)
Drew: Another bottom-of-the-rotation match-up. If it were the political patriarch who exploited the pre-Great Depression stock market to make it big, I might have faith in Joe Kennedy's left arm against rookie right-hander Dustin Moseley. Still, I'll take the rookie and the Angels offense, especially considering it's far too early in the season for The Bay's AL team to take winning seriously. I see a different era politico getting the upper hand in this one: Vlad the Impaler will send the Irishman yard.
Prediction: Angels 10, A's 4
Jordan: The Halos have big time issues with Jared Weaver being on the DL, as well as an unreliable Bartolo Colon, so many questions still remain beyond their aces of the staff. But while the Angels have pitching needs, Oakland seems like a team that will have trouble scoring runs this season. The A's don't have too much home run power, and I don't see anyone clubbing over .320 for this team. Through the first couple of days Vladimir Guerrero looks in prime form and the AL arms better be ready for a giant of a season from this Dominican.
Prediction: Los Angeles 5, Oakland 2
Who will win the Masters?
Drew: I sent my minions in the form of a 31-year-old small business owner down to the links for the practice rounds. Stuffed on $1.50 egg salad sandwiches washed down with $1.50 drinks in commemorative cups, the O-Dog, as we'll call him, followed Vijay Singh around. Everyone's talking about Tiger and Phil's scoring average, but this is the year I think Vijay might jump from eighth to first for his 32nd career win and second green jacket. Besides, he'll be relaxed since there are no women slated to play.
Prediction: Vijay and Jose Maria Olazabal, who had last year's lowest Sunday round of 66, will round out the top five with Tiger, Phil and Fred Funk.
Jordan: Not to sound like a clown, but I don't watch golf, I don't care about it nor do I even think it's a sport. All we hear is the talk of Tiger and Phil, but they never make any normal discussion about the rest of the PGA. How about some depth? Or maybe it's because they have none. Seriously, just call it Tiger's Association, because he is the sport as far as the media is concerned. I really could care less if he or Lefty slips into another green jacket. I did use to work out at the same fitness center as Jeff Sluman, so I'll go with him.
Prediction: Tiger is has crazy athleticism, but hearing that attribute being labeled with so many other golfers is a joke of a statement. Look at Phil Mickelson's physique and you see nothing of the sort.
Cleveland at Detroit (1 p.m., Sunday, April 8)
Drew: "Me, being with the Nets, we hold our standards high." The Sneaker Snob and his Cavs team probably don't want to play the Nets in the first round, yet the top seed is almost out of reach. However, I expect the hungry young team to keep scrapping, even if the Pistons have another division title all but sealed. As for this game's biggest star, it's not the shoes. If you hold your standards so high, LJ, why are your sneakers so ugly? I own the Starburys, and they're as comfortable as any Nikes I've owned. Oh, and they don't look like moon boots.
Prediction: Cavs 102, Pistons 98
Jordan: I'm a conscientious objector to this game because it's too close to playoff time to be getting amped up about regular season games.
Prediction: LeBron James will do something that makes people, "Oooohhhhh!!!"
Vancouver at San Jose (4 p.m., Saturday, April 7)
Drew: Sometimes I think back to the awful fashions that spanned my time in junior high school: the Skidz and other forms of "MC Hammer" pants that colorfully covered my legs, right on to the overalls with one strap down that sometimes found their way onto my body backwards. Thankfully they went away, but the awful black and electric blue colors in that cheap San Jose Sharks logo has not disappeared. Yet most perplexing may be how the Canucks decided they were Sharks too, even though their team name is a jovial term for their countrymen. On principle, I can't pick a winner.
Prediction: Canucks 4, San Jose 4. What year is this?
Jordan: Some major swapping of playoff seeds could easily happen with so few games left. Not to mention how close the points race is in the Western Conference. The Canucks are in third place but they sit just one point behind fifth-seeded San Jose. Vanco is just as tough on the road as the Sharks have shown to be at home. But San Jose has lit up the net at a much higher rate this year. San Jose will climb the West standings with a big-time victory.
Prediction: San Jose 4, Vancouver 3
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