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Staff picks: Super Wildcat Weekend



Arizona baseball vs. UCLA
The Wildcats just picked up arguably their biggest win of the season at ASU on Wednesday. Now Arizona must take that momentum into this weekend when it faces the defending national champion, UCLA. The Bruins have been inconsistent this season, but should still win the series.
UCLA 2 games, Arizona 1

El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Reno Aces
These two teams opened up the season by splitting a four-game series against one another at Aces Ballpark. El Paso and Reno are evenly matched, and it should be a competitive series. Tucson should be grateful there’s another chance to catch a few Triple-A ball games.
Chihuahuas 2 games, Aces 2

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
Baseball’s greatest rivalry of all time is ready to unfold another chapter. Both teams have gotten off to a sluggish start, but the Red Sox have the bigger expectations this season as the defending World Series champions. Boston is the better team and will take the series.
Red Sox 3 games, Yankees 1

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Arizona baseball vs. UCLA
The Arizona baseball team won its first conference series last weekend and beat ASU on Wednesday, so I think the players have the confidence they need to win the series against UCLA. Despite the fact that the Bruins are third in the Pac-12, I think Arizona’s offense can get the job done.
Arizona 2 games, UCLA 1

El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Reno Aces
I’m not a fan of a baseball team having a Chihuahua as a mascot, so I’m rooting for the Reno Aces. The Chihuahua does look pretty scary, and the Chihuahuas did in fact win the series against the Aces the last time the teams faced each other, but I think the Aces have this one.
Aces 3 games, Chihuahuas 1

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
It’s not even a question that the Red Sox are going to beat the Yankees this weekend. I’m not a Red Sox fan, but I know what they are capable of. Even though the Yankees have the home field advantage, I’m pretty sure it won’t matter for the Red Sox.
Red Sox 3 games, Yankees 1

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Arizona baseball vs. UCLA
In the battle between the last two NCAA Champions, No. 22 UCLA is coming off a rough couple of outings against Long Beach State, but will be relentless toward the struggling Wildcats. UCLA has won the last eight Pac-12 series against Arizona, and this matchup will be no different.
UCLA 2 games, Arizona 1

El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Reno Aces
While I know absolutely nothing about Triple-A baseball, I do know the El Paso Chihuahuas and the Reno Aces will battle in Tucson for what is to be a homecoming-esque experience for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross. El Paso won the first series between these foes and will win this one as well by a few runs.
El Paso 3 games, Reno 1

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
One of the most intense sports rivalries of all time opens this weekend in what will be a pretty even matchup. The New York Yankees are in a three-way tie for third place with the Red Sox and Orioles. Look for the Red Sox’s David Ortiz to bomb some home runs and for Derek Jeter to rock his final Yankees opener. Yankees 2 games Red Sox 2

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