MLB Game Picks – Friday: April 18, 2014

Yesterday was brutal. The picks got their butts paddled like those guys in the movie, “Turning 21.” Yes, the things we will watch for our teenage children. The Twins? What is with the Twins!? Sabathia was good while David Price was bad!? A.J. Burnett, who has looked like the Yankees’ version all season thus far throws a gem!? Why would I pick the Astros to win!? And there were two great pitching match-ups yesterday. Both went against me.

But, we move on. Baseball is an every day sport. So, like Joe Maddon said in his tweet last night, “When you let it bother you, that’s when it gets more profound.” Okay, Joe.

Friday’s picks:

  • The Reds over the Cubs: Alfredo Simon has been incredibly good thus far as a starter. Will that continue? Not likely. But the Cubs can’t hit. Jeff Samardzija spits into the wind.
  • The Pirates over the Brewers: Yesterday’s whipping kind of rips away the Brewers’ 2014 mystique. Charlie Morton over Kyle Lohse. I’m not sure about this pick because Morton is always a scary deal.
  • The Nationals over the Cardinals: Left handed pitching has the Cards a more of a chance to lose than the opposite and Gio Gonzalez is a good one. Michael Wacha can shut the Nats down though and if that happens, anything can happen.
  • The Indians over the Blue Jays: The Blue Jays got spanked by Minnesota. So you would think the Indians could beat them too, especially at home. Justin Masterson has to pitch well and Drew Hutchison can be very good at times too.
  • The Tigers over the Angels: Jered Weaver has looked awful. Watch him throw a gem tonight. Heh. Drew Smyly <–the Emoticon goes for the Tigers.
  • The Mets over the Braves: There is no way that Aaron Harang is this good. The coach has to turn into the pumpkin and it has to be midnight soon. Jonathon Niese isn’t a great option either.
  • The Yankees over the Bay Rays: The Yankees have caught the Rays in a down time. Erik Bedard is the wild card here and Hiroki Kuroda needs to be good for the pick to come in.
  • The Marlins over the Mariners: Nathan Eovaldi is starting to convince me. Chris Young can’t put two good performances in a row in, can he?
  • The Rangers over the White Sox: Martin Perez has been very good. Felipe Paulino has been very bad. Thus are the basis of some picks made.
  • The Red Sox over the Orioles: The Red Sox are starting to look resilient again. You didn’t think they were going to stay bad, did you? John Lackey over Chris Tillman.
  • The Royals over the Twins:  I keep rubbing my eyes and when they clear, the Twins keep winning and I keep picking against them. We all have our weaknesses. Jason Vargas over Ricky Nolasco.
  • The Phillies over the Rockies: You just know that the score of this one will be like 10-9 or something, right? Jonathan Pettibone versus Tyler Chatwood means a wild night at Coors.
  • The Athletics over the Astros: You know that Sonny Gray is my guy, right? I never pick against him. He is like that Strat-O-Matic baseball pitcher that you pitch every night and he wins 30 games in a season. Jerred Cosart has his good moments.
  • The Giants over the Padres: Tyson Ross was very good in his last start and so was Matt Cain. So this is a tough call. I’m going with the Giants.

And the Game of the Day!

  • The Dodgers over the Diamondbacks: The Dbacks haven’t beat the Dodgers all year and are 4-14. They face Zack Greinke. They pitch Wade Miley. None of this is looking good.

Yesterday: 4-8 Oof, Games of the Day: 7-7 Come on now! Season: 135-96

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