Yesterday’s picks could not have gotten much worse. They were terrible. Everything about what I wrote yesterday was wrong. King Felix was out-pitched by Garrett Richards. Kirk Gibson thought Heath Bell was a good idea in a tie game. Similarly, the Marlins went to Chad Qualls and they were ahead after a great game by Tom Koehler. Qualls quickly blew the game. I should know better than to ever think the Yankees could win in St. Pete and that wasteland dome of theirs. Everything was bad. Everything was wrong. Turn the page.
- The Dodgers over the Red Sox: The Dodgers’ victory yesterday was certainly impressive. And now the Red Sox get Hyun-jin Ryu, who is nearly impossible to beat at his home ballpark. David Ortiz will probably sit. Jon Lester has been pitching well. But so did Lackey yesterday. It did not matter.
- The Tigers over the Mets: Frankly, this game could go either way. Two of the best pitchers on the planet in Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer can take over the game. All it will take is two or three runs by the winning team. It depends on which ace is more ace-like today. The Tigers have the better offense.
- The Phillies over the Diamondbacks: Andrew Martin. I am picking him? Well, not really. I am picking a hot team in the Phillies and against a dumb team in the Diamondbacks. A couple of Goldschmidt homers could make this pick look silly. But that is the only thing that will. Randall Delgado is pitching by the way.
- The Indians over the Twins: This pick did not exactly work out yesterday. But then again, what did? I like the Indians at home with Zach McAllister on the mound. I do not like the Twins without Mauer and with Liam Hendriks on the mound.
- The Marlins over the Rockies: Just keep Qualls out of the game, okay? Jose Fernandez is at home. I have said it before and I will say it again: He is a lock at home. The Rockies go with Jeff Manship. Oy.
- The Reds over the Brewers: Another pick that was bad yesterday, but I am nothing if not stubborn. Bronson Arroyo has been very reliable and Wily Peralta has not. I am scared of this Khris Davis kid though even if his parents could not spell.
- The Bay Rays over the Yankees: Okay, I learned my lesson. No more Yankee picks in St. Pete. David Price over CC Sabathia. Price better not give Alfonso Soriano a fastball though.
- The Rangers over the White Sox: Another mistake I am not going to make twice. Hector Santiago. How did a Hispanic kid get a name like Hector anyway? Yu Darvish should win if he has his usual stuff.
- The Blue Jays over the Astros: How low can the Blue Jays sink? Pretty low, it seems. The Astros sure did destroy them yesterday. And Chien-Ming Wang is making yet another comeback attempt. At least he knows what he is doing even if he cannot always do it. Brad Peacock has never pitched well.
- The Nationals over the Royals: The Royals confuse me so much that picking their games is like throwing grass up and seeing which way the wind blows it. Wade Davis looks bloody awful and then pitches a great game. Who knows when or why. Jordan Zimmermann has lost his he-man status, but he is still the pick.
- The Braves over the Cardinals: I cannot remember the last time the Cardinals won a game that Shelby Miller started. He has not always pitched poorly, but they always seem to lose (at least lately). Julio Teheran is the real deal–that is if the Cards don’t force him to have a bad day. Sigh.
- The Cubs over the Padres: I do not know anymore. Jeff Samardzija and Eric Stults have probably combined to make 42 starts. I might have picked four of those starts correctly between the two of them. My tea leaves have turned into coffee grinds.
- The Pirates over the Giants: I just finished writing about Francisco Liriano, so I better pick him, right? And it would not be a bad pick as he has been fabulous. Tim Lincecum is still capable of a shut down game. But those odds are less than 50/50.
- The Mariners over the Angels: Another crappy game I do not want to pick. Jason Vargas? Ugh. Erasmo Ramirez? Ugh. At least ole’ Erasmo is 4-0 for some reason. Geez, anything can happen today.
And the Game of the Day:
- The Orioles over the Athletics: It is really tough to beat the Orioles at home. And it is especially tough when Chris Tillman is pitching. Poo-poo him if you want. The Orioles win when he pitches. Jarrod Parker is really better at home. He is an iffy on the road.
Games of the Day: 82-57 -1