MLB Game Picks – Sunday: May 24, 2015

As good as Friday was for picking baseball games, Saturday was just as bad on the flip side. Everything that went right on Friday went wrong on Saturday. There were three extra-inning games. They all went against me. Matt Harvey was rocked. CC Sabathia was rocked (thanks also to bad defense). The Rays and Cardinals lost pitching duels. It was a bad, bad day. Oh, and for the thousandth time, Stephen Strasburg pooched the bed for me.

But we keep on going. Sunday’s picks:

  • The Blue Jays over the Mariners: Two young pitchers in this one with all kinds of talent struggling to find their way. Which one will perform? I’m going with Aaron Sanchez at home and the Jays are due to win a game. Taijuan Walker is the other young gun.
  • The Tigers over the Astros: Anibal Sanchez is really struggling. But if he can figure some things out, he can get lots of strikeouts today. Roberto Hernandez is Roberto Hernandez.
  • The Orioles over the Marlins: The Orioles might be a little upset about the pine tar thing last night. Frankly, the whole things is ridiculous since every pitcher does it. Some are just better at hiding it. Miguel Gonzalez over Tom Koehler.
  • The Indians over the Reds: Raisel Iglesias isn’t exactly mowing down MLB hitters and gets his second start of the season. I’d prefer to go with Trevor Bauer, which is saying something since Bauer is inconsistent at best.
  • The Angels over the Red Sox: I went back and forth on this one so it will probably be wrong. First, Wade Miley isn’t as good as the Yankees made him look. Secondly, the Red Sox have trouble with left-handed pitching which is what Hector Santiago is. But, the Red Sox beat a lefty yesterday.
  • The Braves over the Brewers: Mike Foltynewicz was folty his last time out. But he should do better this time at home. My big problem here is that Jimmy Nelson was great his last time out against the Tigers. hmm…
  • The Mets over the Pirates: Funny how the Mets and Yankees crashed and burned at the same time. Jon Niese is still a good pitcher though and Francisco Liriano is about as reliable as a Ford Pinto.
  • The Phillies over the Nationals: The Phillies are also suspect against lefty pitchers, but Gio Gonzalez hasn’t been very good thus far. And I can’t pick against Aaron Harang because he kills me when I do.
  • The White Sox over the Twins: This one is a complete toss up. Jose Quintana is a quality pitcher. Kyle Gibson has his moments. I have no idea which team will win this game.
  • The Royals over the Cardinals: Whenever I pick aces lately, it doesn’t work out for me. And the odds are that a pitcher who is 6-0 is going to lose some time, right Michael Wacha? I don’t want him to, but…he might be bettered today by Yordano Ventura, who I don’t like at all because of his demeanor.
  • The Cubs over the Diamondbacks: I just can’t get myself to pick a team that pitches Jeremy Hellickson. Jason Hammel goes for the Cubs.
  • The Dodgers over the Padres: The Giants sweep the Dodgers. The Dodgers sweep the Padres. And baseball goes round and round. Carlos Frias, like Bolsinger, has saved the Dodgers so far. I like him over James Shields today.
  • The Rockies over the Giants: The thought of Tim Hudson at Coors is a bit frightening for me. So I’m not going there. Chad Bettis has been decent enough for the Rockies in his two starts. I’ll go that way.
  • The Yankees over the Rangers: No wonder baseball fans complain about the Yankees being on national television so much. This isn’t exactly a marquis match-up between these two teams right now or the two pitchers, Chris Capuano and Yovani Gallardo. But that’s what the nation will get tonight. Oh goody.

And the Pick of the Day is:

  • The Athletics over the Rays: I’m going back to my guy, Sonny Gray to take the A’s over the Rays, all of which rhymes of course. You don’t want to expose Erasmo Ramirez for too long because the ceiling will cave in eventually.

Yesterday: 5-11, May: 157-133, Season: 321-298, Picks of the Day: 25-21

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MLB Game Picks – Saturday: May 23, 2015

It is the first day of Memorial Day Weekend and I woke up early to play golf…and it is snowing. What!? Snowing!? Sheesh.

Anyway, my picks are snowballing too as I went 12-3 yesterday after going 9-3 the day before. I’ll take a 21-6 run. The only three incorrect picks were two emotions driven ones. I had the Yankees and they couldn’t pitch or field. I had the Cubs and they couldn’t hold a lead and I had the Rockies who were beat by the voodoo-driven Giants.

Saturday’s picks:

  • The Yankees over the Rangers: I know. The Yankees are terrible lately. I know. But amidst that terrible is CC Sabathia who has been pitching really well. I’m going with him over Nick Martinez. Martinez has been very consistent and decent for the Rangers.
  • The Mariners over the Blue Jays: Robinson Cano hits a homer off of Mark Buehrle and James Paxton continues his good pitching of late.
  • The Mets over the Pirates: A.J. Burnett has been pitching really well for the Pirates but in this case, I have to go with Matt Harvey. Harvey has simply been outstanding.
  • The Nationals over the Phillies: This pick makes me a bit nervous because picking Stephen Strasburg never works out for me. But he does do better at home and the Nationals are being carried on Bryce Harper‘s shoulders. Cole Hamels goes for the Phillies.
  • The Tigers over the Astros: The Tigers don’t have the offense they had a year ago, but they score enough to win if they get good pitching. Kyle Lobstein has been inconsistent, but I like him in this one over Lance McCullers.
  • The Indians over the Reds: Well, welcome back Mr. Corey Kluber. Where have you been? Judging from Kluber’s last performance, picking against him would be stupid. Anthony DeSclafani is going in the wrong direction for the Reds.
  • The Braves over the Brewers: Probably the only thing that could stop the Brewers right now is a very good Shelby Miller. Mike Fiers would have to match him. I don’t know, this is a tough one.
  • The White Sox over the Twins: You didn’t expect the Twins to be that good, right? Chris Sale over Trevor May.
  • The Giants over the Rockies: Charlton Chris Heston has been a nice story for the Giants. How will he do at Coors? He faces Jordan Lyles who hasn’t been as good as last year. Giants…
  • The Giants over the Rockies: Yeah. I’m going with a sweep. Yusmeiro Petit is a nice swing man for the Giants to have. Meanwhile, the Rockies have to dip and give David Hale a start. Not pretty.
  • The Marlins over the Orioles: Dan Haren is 2-0 at home in Miami with a 1.80 ERA there. That seems like a good pick even though Mike Wright was outstanding for the Orioles in his debut start.
  • The Angels over the Red Sox: I’m not buying Steven Wright as a starter for the Red Sox. And the Red Sox cannot hit lefties. Though Rusney Castillo might help there. I’m going with the Angels behind C.J. Wilson.
  • The Cardinals over the Royals: It’s hard to pick against the Royals these days. And John Lackey versus Edinson Volquez is a tough pick. I’m going to pick the Cardinals. And much to Bob’s surprise, I have been fairly accurate with my Cards picks this season.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Cubs: The Diamondbacks are playing well right now and Rubby De La Rosa has been very good. Jake Arrieta gentille Arrieta hasn’t been as fine as last year to this point.
  • The Dodgers over the Padres: Mike Bolsinger has been terrific for the Dodgers. Ian Kennedy is your average fourth starter. He’ll keep the Padres in the game. No more, no less.

And the Pick of the Day:

  • The Rays over the Athletics: Shield your eyes. The A’s are gruesome right now. And Kendall Graveman has a good name to be pitching for them. Nate Karns or Nathan Karns, whichever B-R wants for it’s linker, has been very consistent for the Rays.

Yesterday: 12-3, May: 152-122, Season: 316-287, Picks of the Day: 25-20

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MLB Game Picks – Friday: May 22, 2015

Finally! It took my son’s birthday to get me on track! I only got three wrong for the day yesterday for a much needed boost to my picking morale. Now, if I can keep this going, I would be most thankful!

Friday’s picks:

  • The Pirates over the Mets: Noah Syndegaard has been everything the Mets had hoped he’d be. But Gerrit Cole is everything the Pirates hoped he’d be too. As the starters cancel each other out, I’ll go with the home team.
  • The Yankees over the Rangers: The Yankees get some much needed home cooking after a brutal road trip and have their best pitcher on the mound. The Rangers go with Colby Lewis, who I will no longer bad-mouth.
  • The Mariners over the Blue Jays: Let’s see…would you go with Felix Hernandez or Marco Estrada? No brainer right? Those are always the ones that trip me up though.
  • The Tigers over the Astros: I love me some Collin McHugh. But here’s the thing: The Astros ONLY hit homers. They have like a .200 batting average. The Tigers’ home park is massive. So not many homers are hit there. I’m going with Alfredo Simon and the Tigers.
  • The Orioles over the Marlins: The Marlins have gone from bad to worse under their new manager. What a dumb organization that is. Anyway, I like Ubaldo Jimenez‘s chances in Miami better than Henderson Alvarez as he is currently pitching.
  • The Indians over the Reds: The Reds have hit hard times of late and Mike Leake is leading the way with quite a drop off in production since his early starts. Carlos Carrasco is a quality starter.
  • The Angels over the Red Sox: The Red Sox are reeling and can’t seem to hit lately. They keep tinkering with things and they should just get something they believe in and leave it alone for a while. But anyway, I like Garrett Richards over Mike Porcello here.
  • The Rays over the Athletics: Disaster has struck the A’s as they have sunk to the depths of the AL. Boom goes the division championship dreams! Scott Kazmir hasn’t been at fault. But I think Chris Archer is the difference here.
  • The Brewers over the Braves: The Brewers are a hot team right now, so I’m sticking with them while they are sizzling. Shame on Fredi Gonzalez for the pine tar incident. That was a cheap shot.  Wily Peralta and Alex Wood are the starters.
  • The White Sox over the Twins: Phil Hughes and Jeff Samardzija have been encouraging to their respective teams with their last starts. I simply like the threat of the long ball against Hughes by the White Sox hitters.
  • The Rockies over the Giants: The Giants just made the Dodgers look like silly putty. So why pick against them? Because baseball is funny. I don’t like either starter here in either Ryan Vogelsong or Kyle Kendrick. But one of them has to win.
  • The Royals over the Cardinals: You have to admit that everything is going right for the Royals when they sign Chris Young and he starts out going 3-0. They are charmed right now. They are also the perfect offense against Lance Lynn as they don’t strike out and sit on fastballs.
  • The Cubs over the Diamondbacks: The D-backs have been playing some good baseball of late. Jon Lester, however, has been coming on strong for the Cubs. Josh Collmenter was good his last time out but isn’t as good as Lester.
  • The Dodgers over the Padres: The Padres are going to pay for what happened to the Dodgers in San Francisco. Again, that’s baseball. Speaking of baseball, Andrew Cashner has had quality starts in six of his last seven outings and is 1-7. Ouch. Zack Greinke goes for the Dodgers.

And the Pick of the Day

  • The Nationals over the Phillies: Sean O’Sullivan shut me up his last outing and pitched really well. But he runs up against Max Scherzer. And the Nats are hot and Bryce Harper got thrown out of his last game. Look out.

Yesterday: 9-3, May: 140-119, Season: 304-284, Picks of the Day: 24-20

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MLB Game Picks – Thursday: May 21, 2015

Doggonit! Another sub-.500 day! And the Pick of the Day was wrong again. Geez, Louise! I should have picked the Giants as the pick of the day since they ALWAYS beat the Dodgers.  At least I got that pick right. And look at Houston go! How fun!

Happy birthday to my son, Bill. I can’t believe you are 36!

Thursday’s picks:

  • The Diamondbacks over the Marlins: First of all, that was a dumb managerial choice by the Marlins. Secondly, will Mat Latos really pitch since his shin is so bruised up? Thirdly, I like Archie Bradley.
  • The Orioles over the Mariners: This pick didn’t work out yesterday, but I’m nothing if not stubborn. J.A. Happ never thrills me. But Chris Tillman isn’t pitching that well either. The Orioles really miss that big slugger playing in the other dugout.
  • The Tigers over the Astros: David Price is just too good not to pick and even though the Astros are winning every day, they have to lose some time. Scott Feldman goes for the Astros.
  • The Cardinals over the Mets: Jaime Garcia is pitching? How novel. They might get a few decent starts from him and I like lefties against the Mets. Jacob deGrom has been inconsistent.
  • The Rockies over the Phillies: The Rockies have been terrible. Just terrible. And the Phillies are playing well. But I’m still going with Jorge De La Rosa against Jerome Williams.
  • The Giants over the Dodgers: And so Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw go at it again. Why do teams match their aces like that? You know the Giants are going to win. You just know it.
  • The Angels over the Blue Jays: I’ve been saying it for a long, long time. The Blue Jays hired the wrong manager. They need to fix that. Matt Shoemaker over R.A. Dickey.
  • The Athletics over the Rays: The fall of the Athletics has been stunning. They are really bad this year. The Rays aren’t playing much better this week. I’m not big on Jesse Chavez or Alex Colome. It’s a toss up.
  • The Rangers over the Red Sox: The Red Sox are not hitting left-handed pitchers. And though Wandy Rodriguez is left-handed, it’s not like he’s great or anything. Clay Buchholz was very good his last time out. We’ll see what that means.
  • The Indians over the White Sox: The Indians are a really strange team and it is hard to figure them out. I like Danny Salazar though and I’m going with him over John Danks who, after all, is John Danks.
  • The Cubs over the Padres: Odrisamer Despaigne has been really creamed in his last three appearances. I mean, he has been hammered! Watch him pitch great today. Heh. But I’m going with another bad appearance and a win by the Cubs behind Kyle Hendricks.

And the Pick of the Day:

  • The Braves over the Brewers: The Brewers have been playing well, but so have the Braves. So it will be an interesting series. I’m liking Julio Teheran over Matt Garza in this one.

Yesterday: 7-8, May: 131-116, Season: 295-281, Picks of the Day: 23-20

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MLB Game Picks – Wednesday: May 20, 2015

Tuesday was one of my worst picking days EVER! I only picked three games out of fifteen correctly. I can use the excuse that I was short on time and was basically throwing darts. But nah, I just stunk up the joint.

Wednesday’s picks:

  • The Astros over the Athletics: Gee, how can you pick against the Astros these days…or for the A’s? The world is upside down and the Astros are leaving the park at an alarming rate. Dallas Keuchel vs. Jesse Hahn.
  • The Pirates over the Twins: This pick was, of course, wrong yesterday. But I’ll go with it again today. I like lefties against the Twins more than the other way around and Jeff Locke has been decent most of the time. I’m not sure how Mike Pelfrey is doing what he’s doing so far. There has to be a painting in his attic.
  • The Nationals over the Yankees: Dellin Betances won’t be available for he Yankees after two innings yesterday. Adam Warren usually needs relief help, so that’s not good. I think the Nats win big with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound.
  • The Orioles over the Mariners: I like this match-up for the O’s. I wouldn’t be surprised if they swept the series. Wei-Yin Chen should be better than Roenis Elias.
  • The Blue Jays over the Angels: This game completely depends on which Drew Hutchison shows up. If it is the good one, no problem. If not, then the Blue Jays must score a lot against Jered Weaver to not blow up this pick.
  • The Brewers over the Tigers: The Brewer bats have woken up in a big way and I think they will get to Shane Greene. Then it will depend on how much dipsy doo Kyle Lohse has tonight.
  • The Marlins over the Diamondbacks: Another former Yankee pitcher, David Phelps, goes in Miami. I like him in a big ballpark. Chase Anderson is still chasing his first win of the season.
  • The Cardinals over the Mets: Bartolo Colon is either brilliant or terrible. He is more often brilliant, but it is knowing when the clunkers are going to come. He had one last time out and I think he has another one tonight. Carlos Martinez could learn from him though.
  • The Bay Rays over the Braves: Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Williams Perez. Yeah, my hand is definitely not up. The Venezuelan is making his first MLB start. Let’s hope it goes better than his relief work. I’ll go with Jake Odorizzi.
  • The Red Sox over the Rangers: I have no faith in Joe Kelly at this point. But at least he is a known quantity. Phil Klein, on the other hand, has 18 MLB appearances, all in relief. He is the Rangers’ starter. That doesn’t look like a good option to me.
  • The Royals over the Reds: Jason Marquis and Jeremy Guthrie will see who can out-crafty the other. There won’t be many strikeouts here.
  • The White Sox over the Indians: This pick didn’t work out yesterday. But I like Carlos Rodon here and I think Ken Harrelson will be saying, “Put it on the board….Yes!” a lot tonight with Shaun Marcum on the mound.
  • The Phillies over the Rockies: I don’t know how Severino Gonazalez will do at Coors. Then again, I don’t know how Eddie Butler will do there either. Somebody has to win the game.
  • The Giants over the Dodgers: The Giants have some deal with some evil power. I know they do. The Dodgers cannot beat them in San Francisco. It is impossible. Tim Lincecum is making a strong push toward Comeback Player of the Year thus far. Brett Anderson has pitched well.

And the Pick of the Day:

  • The Padres over the Cubs: I really like Tyson Ross at home. I don’t like him much on the road. But at home, he’s usually very tough. For the Cubs, Tsuyoshi Wada comes off the DL to make this start. I never like those situations.

Yesterday: 3-12 (ouch), May: 124-108, Season: 288-273, Picks of the Day: 23-19

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MLB Game Picks – Tuesday: May 19, 2015

I was supposed to get up early for an early meeting and somehow, did not not. So I have only a few minutes to list out my picks without comments. I apologize.

And the Pick of the Day:

Yesterday: 4-3, May: 121-96, Season: 285-261, Picks of the Day: 23-18

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MLB Game Picks – Monday: May 18, 2015

Sunday was a 9-6 day. The Pick of the Day (the Angels) was wrong. I just couldn’t imagine Garrett Richards losing. But Mike Wright, making his MLB debut out-pitched him and threw up nothing but zeroes. Heck of a debut! I guess I’ll need to take another look at A.J. Burnett as the old guy is making me look badly. I did pick Shelby Miller and I cannot believe he was one out away from a no-hitter and then threw that unfortunate first-pitch fastball. So close!

Monday’s picks:

  • The Blue Jays over the Angels: The Blue Jays as a team feasts on left-handed pitching and that is the arm C.J. Wilson throw from. Besides, Aaron Sanchez is starting to live up to the expectations he has for his career.
  • The Brewers over the Tigers: I’m going to get stupid here and pick a lousy team to beat a great team. First, Mike Fiers is getting better. You could even say two of his last three starts have been brilliant. Secondly, Kyle Lobstein can be had and was not very good his last time out.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Marlins: The Marlins will have a new manager. By the way, if you look at yesterday’s post, I called that firing. I’m going with the Diamondbacks because I have picked against Rubby De La Rosa every game and he is 4-2 and has beaten two very good teams in his last two outings. Dan Haren goes for the Fish.
  • The Indians over the White Sox: Wow! What a match-up! Corey Kluber verses Chris Sale! That will be fun to watch. Kluber looks like he found whatever he was missing in his last start against the Cardinals. He was amazing. Sale is one of the best in the AL too. Flip a coin!
  • The Astros over the Athletics: For the Astros, the prospects just keep on coming. Tonight features the debut of 2012 first-round draft pick, Lance McCullers Jr. McCullers has a big arm and has baseball pedigree as his father was a pretty darned good pitcher in the 80s. The A’s just keep losing and will start Drew Pomeranz, who knows all about being a stud prospect and the perils therein.
  • The Rockies over the Phillies: I know. I keep picking against the Phillies. But I can’t help it. Cole Hamels has struggled at Coors Field over the course of his career and Jordan Lyles seems to do okay there. That is the rational.

The Pick of the Day:

  • The Mets over the Cardinals: The Cards had to travel after a late game and then have to face Matt Harvey? Good luck with that. John Lackey can be very good too. But I’m going with Harvey.

Yesterday: 9-6, May: 117-93, Season: 281-258, Picks of the Day: 22-18

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MLB Game Picks – Sunday: May 17, 2015

Oops! I slept in late, so now I’m in a rush! I had another 8-7 day yesterday, the second in a row. Zack Greinke lost. Felix Hernandez lost. What!? I would have picked the Giants if I knew Hunter Pence was coming back. Ah well, the perils of picking baseball games.

I better get right to Sunday, since it’s so late here:

  • The Braves over the Marlins: Okay, Braves, you win. I’m not getting anywhere picking against you. My gut is telling me that the Marlins’ manager will be fired soon. Anyway, Shelby Miller over Henderson Alvarez.
  • The Mets over the Brewers: Did I pick the Brewers yesterday? I must have gotten carried away with myself. Wily Peralta goes for them today. He has been nowhere near as effective as last year. Noah Syndergaard gets his first MLB win.
  • The Giants over the Reds: There is definitely some kind of magic going on in the Giants’ clubhouse. How they keep winning with so-so talent is beyond me. Oh, and Reds, just keep throwing Brandon Crawford first-pitch fastballs. Way to look at your stats guys. Charlton Chris Heston over Anthony DeSclafani.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Phillies: The Phillies are giving me fits lately. They aren’t supposed to win games. So stop it already. I can’t imagine them winning a game started by Sean O’Sullivan. But I could be wrong. Josh Collmenter goes for the D-backs.
  • The Royals over the Yankees: Chris Capuano is back for the Yankees. Oh goodie. I can’t go there. I’ll go with Edinson Volquez instead. Besides, I’m getting nervous picking all these visiting teams to win.
  • The Twins over the Rays: I have no idea how the Twins and Kyle Gibson win. But they do.  Chris Archer hasn’t been overly ace-like in his last couple of starts.
  • The Astros over the Blue Jays: I like Collin McHugh. I have made that clear enough. I also smile at Mark Buehrle because of how he wins. My problem here is that the Blue Jays’ bullpen is a colossal mess.
  • The Cubs over the Pirates: Boy, am I having fun watching the Cubs play. All that youth! I wish other teams wouldn’t hold down their young players (ahem, Yankees). Jake Arrieta gentille Arrieta over A.J. Burnett.
  • The Indians over the Rangers: Both of these teams have horrible bullpens as we saw yesterday. Which one will score more? That’s the question. I’m going with the Indians and Carlos Carrasco over Nick Martinez.
  • The Athletics over the White Sox: The A’s will break their slide today with a win behind Scott Kazmir. Jeff Samardzija may have good stuff for the White Sox, but he is a right-handed pitcher and the A’s love that.
  • The Mariners over the Red Sox: Steven Wright, the knuckleball pitcher, not the comic or my stepbrother, goes for the Red Sox. While I root for him as a knucksie, I have to go with James Paxton, who finally put it together his last start.
  • The Dodgers over the Rockies: Mike Bolsinger has been surprisingly good. That makes me nervous here. Kyle Kendrick has been kicking my butt for years here.
  • The Nationals over the Padres: Why hasn’t Stephen Strasburg become the star that I thought he would be? I don’t know really. All I know is that I get killed whenever I pick him. But I keep doing it. Ian Kennedy is solid enough, but the Nats should mash him.
  • The Cardinals over the Tigers: The Cards have not figured out how to stop Miguel Cabrera. If they can keep him in the yard, they can win, especially with Lance Lynn on the mound. Alfredo Simon has made me look foolish before though.

And the Pick of the Day:

  • The Angels over the Orioles: Mike Wright makes his MLB debut for the Orioles. That is something I hardly ever pick for. Garrett Richards is the bomb anyway, so I have to go that way.

Yesterday: 8-7, May: 108-87, Season: 272-252, Picks of the Day: 22-17

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MLB Game Picks – Saturday: May 16, 2015

The picks struggled to finish a game above .500 yesterday, but I’m okay with that. They were way down after the Yankees got trounced and I think it was like 2-6 at that point. Bartolo Colon had his clunker. I should have gone with the Orioles. But the day finished with a flourish of correct picks to go 6-1 for the late games to save the day. I had a big day in my fantasy league too.

Saturday’s picks:

  • The Marlins over the Braves: Yeah, I know. This pick did not work out yesterday. But I like it today despite Mat Latos starting. Alex Wood goes for the Braves.
  • The Twins over the Rays: Trevor May has surprised me. Heck, the Twins period have surprised me. I’m going with them again today as Alex Colome is coming off a bad start against the Yankees.
  • The Tigers over the Cardinals: I got this one right yesterday and I think the Tigers will score another ten runs (for the third straight day) against Tyler Lyons and company. Besides, David Price is pitching today.
  • The Cubs over the Pirates: I hate to pick against Gerrit Cole right now. But the Cubs have been hot and Jon Lester is coming on to be what they expected.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Phillies: The Phillies are winning too many games lately. That has to end. Jerome Williams is as good a pick at making that happen as anyone. And Archie Bradley looks really good at times.
  • The Orioles over the Angels: Ubaldo Jimenez has resurrected himself and I like his chances at home. The Angels go with Matt Shoemaker who hasn’t gelled into last year’s form yet.
  • The Brewers over the Mets: The Brewers have gotten hot since the managerial change (maybe sometimes it works) and the Mets have skidded a bit. Jacob deGrom has been spotty and (heaven help me) I’m going with Matt Garza.
  • The Yankees over the Royals: This is probably the Yanks’ best chance this series with Danny Duffy pitching. CC Sabathia will need a good BABIP day though.
  • The Reds over the Giants: Assuming there will be no more fires today except in the Reds’ bats against Ryan Vogelsong, the Reds should win this one behind Mike Leake.
  • The Astros over the Blue Jays: The key question in today’s match-up is which pitcher, Marco Estrada or Scott Feldman will give up more homers than the other. I’m thinking Feldman will give up less.
  • The Indians over the Rangers: If Danny Salazar pitches like he is capable, the Indians should win. If not, woo boy, this pick is going to be embarrassing. Colby Lewis goes for the Rangers.
  • The Nationals over the Padres: The Nats are mashing right now and Max Scherzer is pitching. I suppose Andrew Cashner could put his impressive stuff together for a start, but I’m not going to pick that way.
  • The Mariners over the Red Sox: Will Felix Hernandez continue is really impressive pitching? Probably. Can Rick Porcello keep up with him and make it a bullpen game? Maybe. We’ll see.
  • The Dodgers over the Rockies: Zack Greinke has not lost this season and he makes a great one-two punch with Kershaw. Jorge De La Rosa has not pitched well for the Rockies.

And the Pick of the Day:

  • The White Sox over the Athletics: It’s hard to believe that the A’s are ten games under .500 right now. Wow. One of their big problems as a team is the inability to hit left-handed pitching. They have a .544 OPS against lefties this season. John Danks is no great shakes. But he is a lefty. Jesse Chavez goes for the A’s.

Yesterday: 8-7, May: 100-80, Season: 264-245, Picks of the Day: 21-17

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MLB Game Picks – Friday, May 15, 2015

Alas, my streak is over. As the Cal Ripken of bloggers, I hadn’t missed a game during the season for over four years. But the wifi at the hotel I stayed (The Senator Inn) was wofo and was unusable during the times I needed to get my posts done.  I was proud of that streak. Oh well.

Friday’s picks:

  • The Cubs over the Pirates: The Cubbies are hot and just swept the Mets. I’m not sure how well Kyle Hendricks will do, but I think the big bats of the Cubs will get to Jeff Locke.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Phillies: Chase Anderson has been pitching very well and although I root hard for comeback kids like Chad Billingsley, I think the D-Backs with this game.
  • The Orioles over the Angels: Jered Weaver tried to tell me his last time out that he was not done as a MLB pitcher. I’m not convinced. Wei-Yin Chen needs to pitch well to keep this pick on track.
  • The Marlins over the Braves: David Phelps has been holding his own and I’m sure he likes that big ballpark compared to Yankee Stadium. Julio Teheran is a tough customer though.
  • The Mets over the Brewers: The Legend of Shrek…er…Bartolo Colon continues, especially at home. Kyle Lohse will feel the Mets’ wrath after they were swept by the Cubs.
  • The Giants over the Reds: I have to go with Madison Bumgarner here even if he is pitching in that little band box in Cinci. Jason Marquis goes for the Reds.
  • The Rangers over the Indians: If you pitch with your left hand, you can pitch forever if you want to. Take Wandy Rodriguez and Bruce Chen. They still have jobs after throwing soft junk for years.
  • The Yankees over the Royals: Two undefeated pitchers who are both very tall. Michael Pineda versus Chris Young. There will be two Chris Youngs at the game. Confusing.
  • The Twins over the Rays: There are former Yankees everywhere! Too bad they can’t develop ballplayers and pitchers (sarcasm). Phil Hughes at home and not in April is a good pick here. Jake Odorizzi has been pitching pretty well.
  • The Astros over the Blue Jays: This pick isn’t against R.A. Dickey because last time I did that, he won and I was stupid. This is more a pick for Dallas Keuchel who has become one of the league’s best starters.
  • The Tigers over the Cardinals: The Tigers go flat once in a while, but when their offense is clicking (read Miguel Cabrera), they are pretty unstoppable. I think they will get to Carlos Martinez and Shane Greene will be good enough to win.
  • The White Sox over the Athletics: Carlos Rodon sure was impressive in his first start. I am excited about him. I am not as excited about Chaka Jesse Hahn. I’m going with the White Sox.
  • The Red Sox over the Mariners: The Red Sox have been playing well since their players only meeting. And Clay Buchholz pitched well his last time out. Besides, I think they will hit J.A. Happ.
  • The Dodgers over the Rockies: Clayton Kershaw pitching in Coors is one thing. Him pitching at home is another. He has to be the pick here. Eddie Butler has been hit or miss in his starts.

And the Pick of the Day:

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