Well, what do you think? Is two out of four good, bad or indifferent when it comes to predicting playoff series?
For the conference semifinals, I predicted the Lynx over the Storm and the Sparks to beat the Mercury in the West. In the East I picked two upsets, Indiana over Chicago and Washington over Atlanta.
I was half right.
We’ll get into this more as the week goes on, but after watching the Phoenix-L.A. game last night my first impression is that this Mercury team plays much better defense with Russ Pennell as their head coach, and I think they will be a very formidable opponent for the Lynx. The Mercury is 11-5, including playoffs, since Pennell took over for the fired Corey Gaines, and Phoenix is playing with a lot of confidence.
The Lynx went 5-0 vs. Phoenix this season, but they haven’t played since Pennell took over, so it will be a different Mercury team this time around. I haven’t decided how I’m going to predict this series yet.
But in the east…
Indiana is in the process of duplicating its playoff run last year. The situation is so similar. A so-so regular season. Injuries to overcome. But the Fever’s rough-and-tumble, defensive style is well-suited to the playoffs. Watch out for the Fever.
Atlanta showed nice balance winning last night in a game where Angel McCcoughtry struggled with her shot. But I’ll say it now. I believe the Fever, led by Tameka Catchings will shut down McCoughtry and the Dream and advance to the finals to defend its title. I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets done in two games.
That’s about it for now. I’ll get back to you after practice this afternoon.
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||4||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann||3|
|Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle||5||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||0|
|LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson||2||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer||5|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Norris||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Tazawa||4|
|Minnesota - LP: K. Correia||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: B. Chen||5|
|Cincinnati - LP: T. Cingrani||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: E. Jackson||8|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: D. Otero||4|
|Milwaukee||1||Top 3rd Inning|
|Atlanta||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|NY Yankees||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Seattle||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Chicago WSox - J. Quintana||7:05 PM|
|Texas - C. Lewis|
|Philadelphia - K. Kendrick||7:10 PM|
|Colorado - J. Lyles|
|Arizona - M. Bolsinger||7:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - D. Haren|
|San Francisco - T. Hudson||7:40 PM|
|San Diego - E. Stults|
|Atlanta||28||1st Qtr 0:01|
|Columbus||1||1st Prd 8:53|
|San Jose||0||2nd Half 25:00|
|Los Angeles||0||1st Half 25:00|
|Toronto FC||7:30 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City|
|Real Salt Lake|