Yo, like…I was perfect. Whuh? Get out!? Yeah, look! I picked all seven games on the nose. The Mets and Yankees coming back from behind sealed it. In fact, the Mets came back twice, the second time in extra innings. Extra innings games never go my way. What does this mean? I do not know and it is best to not ask questions. 15-0 is like a hole in one or like bowling a 300. So 7-0 is like a hole in one in mini-golf. I will take it.
One of the picks was the Marlins and Jose Fernandez. I wrote about him the other day and he made my words sing with a brilliant eight innings. He is twenty years old. Amazing.
And one other note: Ryan Doumit (or Dumbmitt as I like to call him) has to be the worst defensive catcher in history. He could not block any of the pitches his pitchers threw in the dirt and then had a passed ball that allowed another run. He should not be given a catcher’s glove…ever.
- The Nationals over the Brewers: The Brewers seem to be just going through the motions. The Nationals, meanwhile, seem to be on the verge of a run. Stephen Strasburg should cruise in this one and Wily Peralta has been getting knocked around regularly.
- The Pirates over the Phillies: According to MLB.com, the Pirates have not yet announced their pitcher for today and a TBO is next to the pitching line. According to Yahoo Sports, Jeff Locke is scheduled. Which one is true? If Locke goes, it is a lock. If it is someone other than Locke, the Phillies still win. Jonathan Pettibone goes for the Phillies.
- The Blue Jays over the Tigers: Chien-Ming Wang made three good starts and then was knocked out in the second inning in his fourth start. Such are the vagaries of a BABIP pitcher. If his sinker is on, he wins. If not, this pick gets ugly with Doug Fister on the hill for the Tigers.
- The Diamondbacks over the Mets: Jeremy Hefner has turned his season around and is pitching well now. But he faces Patrick Corbin who has yet to lose this season and was terrific his last time out in a no decision.
- The Red Sox over the Padres: Robbie Erlin has pitched fifteen innings this season and has only walked one batter. That is impressive. But he faces the Boston Red Sox who have a very good one through nine lineup. The Red Sox, who never seem to play any games on the road, have John Lackey on the mound and Lackey has been very good.
- The Reds over the Giants: I hope the Reds have a super duty squeegee because their field was under water by the time they called that game yesterday. I will take Homer Bailey over Tim Lincecum, especially in Cincinnati.
- The Rangers over the Mariners: These are the games the Rangers have to win to keep up with the A’s. Too bad the Grimm family had not named Justin Grimm as Justis instead. Then people would say, “The Rangers’ Justis Grimm,” and people would wonder, “Just as grim as what?” Anyway, Joe Saunders goes for the Mariners.
- The Orioles over the White Sox: John Danks should have stayed on the disabled list until he was a free agent. The White Sox have to win a game some time. But today will not be it as the Orioles are tough. Jason Hammel with the win.
- The Indians over the Royals: I am not sure about this one. The Indians are in first place. Yes, that is right. The Indians. And Corey Kluber has been great…up until his last start when he was far from it. Luis Mendoza totally messes me up.
- The Yankees over the Twins: Phil Hughes actually pitched well at Yankee Stadium his last time out. That bodes well for an away start where he is usually better anyway. Sam Deduno can be good or he can be bad. He has the lowest WHIP of the Twins’ starters. Tough one.
- The Bay Rays over the Astros: The Rays are smart. What better way to bring back David Price from an injury than to face him against the Astros. Smart people. Erik Bedard won his last time out and can still miss bats occasionally.
- The Dodgers over the Rockies: Clayton Kershaw is not a lock at Coors Field but he has a better chance of winning than Roy Oswalt does. The Dodgers are playing really well right now.
- The Athletics over the Cubs: There will be scouts in the stands watching Scott Feldman pitch. He has been good this year. But I do not think he will beat the A’s as long as A.J. Griffin pitches a decent game.
- The Cardinals over the Angels: The Angels are playing well and Albert Pujols plays against St. Louis. And the Cardinals who were so good at batting guys in on the bases are suddenly scuffling in that department. Lance Lynn has to avoid one bad inning that seems to occur each game. If he does, he wins as the Cards eek out a couple against Jered Weaver.
And the Game of the Day:
- The Braves over the Marlins: Kris Medlen has won four of his last five starts and even the game he lost was not that badly pitched. He seems to be the obvious pick here. Tom Koehler has not been having a good time in his first experiences on the mound for Miami.
Games of the Day: 53-37