MLB Game Picks – Monday: July 22, 2013

Sunday included only eight correct picks out of fifteen, so it was not a great day. I need to understand with my picking that CC Sabathia is no longer an ace. But Madison Bumgarner is and he lost too. Then I had two aces against each other in Jordan Zimmermann and Clayton Kershaw and picked the wrong one. I had two other aces in Matt Harvey and Bartolo Colon (yeah, weird to put those two in the same category) and they won. But I guess James Shields is not an ace and I picked him like he was. And then I picked against Wily Peralta and he had an ace like day.
Speaking of which, the Marlins did not score a single run against the Brewers. Has that ever happened before for a team to get shut out in a series? Remarkable. Do you give a bit hat tip to the Brewers’ pitching or a stink eye to the Marlins’ offense?
There are fourteen games on the schedule today, which is weird too. Everybody had enough rest during the break but two teams did not? What?  Monday’s picks:

  • The Rangers over the Yankees: Yu Darvish has been shut down a while with a sore shoulder. So that makes him suspect. But he is still good enough to shut down the Yankees’ woeful attack. But the Rangers have not been hitting either and Ivan Nova has looked pretty good. So we’ll see.
  • The Pirates over the Nationals: That was a big win for the Pirates yesterday. They needed that. Today is a real corker with Charlie Morton against Dan Haren. Ugh. What do you do there? The Nats are really scuffling, so Pirates.
  • The Blue Jays over the Dodgers: I know that the Dodgers are hotter than a pistol. And Hyun-jin Ryu is a good pitcher. But his left-hand throwing works in favor of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Plus, Josh Johnson is a guy I believe in despite his 1-5 record.
  • The Braves over the Mets: Remember, Julio Teheran wins every other start and then loses every other start. He lost last time. So I have to go with the pattern. He wins today. I hate to pick against Dillon Gee as doing so always burns me. But there it is.
  • The Bay Rays over the Red Sox: This is going to be an interesting series. I think the Rays take the first game because of Matt Moore. The Red Sox do have the ability to wait him out. But the Red Sox also have guys that strike out a lot. Besides, the Red Sox seem to be at a disadvantage with Brandon Workman on the mound. But if the latter wins, will it be a Workman like effort? Apologies.
  • The Orioles over the Royals: The Orioles are one heck of an impressive team. And if Scott Feldman pitches well, they should win this game. But that is a big “if.” I like the O’s chances of hitting Wade Davis though.
  • The Tigers over the White Sox: Chris Sale is good. Very good. And the White Sox actually had a good weekend. But my horse has been Max Scherzer and I am going to keep riding him.
  • The Padres over the Brewers: The Brewers have not given up a run in like forever. But that cannot last and Tom Gorzelanny is pitching, so it should not. Andrew Cashner is capable of shutting down a team, but he is inconsistent. Man, anything can happen in this one.
  • The Rockies over the Marlins: Ugh. Tom Koehler and Drew Pomeranz? There will be runs in this one, especially at Coors. The Rockies should win a slugfest.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Cubs: Yes, Matt Garza will pitch a good game and keep the scouts drooling and his trade value singing. But his teammates have to score and I am not sure they will against Tyler Skaggs. So the pick goes to the D-backs.
  • The Angels over the Twins: Sam Deduno looks like the Twins’ best pitcher right now. But that is not saying much. But this pick means that Joe Blanton is getting a pick and he is 2-12. Uh… But the Angels are home and should score some runs.
  • The Mariners over the Indians: The M’s suddenly have an offense and the pitching has been decent too. Aaron Harang is okay in a big ballpark and he has that at home. But then again, Ubaldo Jimenez is not having that bad a season if you take away his first three starts. But still…
  • The Giants over the Reds: Another game to make you think twice. Tim Lincecum is coming off a no-hitter. Has not every pitcher in the last couple of years stunk after their no-hitters? Maybe Lincecum will be okay at home. The Reds go with Bronson Arroyo who is a BABIP guy who can allow homers. Maybe I should have picked the Reds…

And the Game of the Day:
  • The Athletics over the Astros: Sooner or later, the Astros are going to win another game. But picking them is a losing proposition. Dallas Keuchel is not the guy to pick for a win. Tommy Milone is not great either, but the A’s are the better team with or without Cespedes (who should not have been in the home run derby).

Yesterday: 8-7
Week: 18-12
Month: 145-98
Season: 822-634
Games of the Day: 64-42  -1
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