MLB Game Picks – Saturday: April 19, 2014

Wow! I am in a slump. The last two days have gone 10-17. Yuck! I haven’t been able to pick a duck from a goose these last two days. I made a joke about Jered Weaver throwing a gem. He threw a gem. I picked the Mets to win!? Really? Of course, had I know they would trade Ike Davis on Passover, I would have known maybe. I stole that joke from Wendy Thurm. Come on, William, buckle down and let’s get this right.

Saturday’s picks:

  • The Cardinals over the Nationals: I have the same situation as I had with Weaver yesterday. Jordan Zimmermann has been terrible thus far. If today is his discovery day, the pick is messed up. Lance Lynn goes for the Cards.
  • The Indians over the Blue Jays: The Blue Jays won yesterday and I think Jose Reyes comes off the DL today. But I like Corey Kluber at home over Mark Buehrle.
  • The Tigers over the Angels: Mike Trout and Albert Pujols combined for ten total bases yesterday. If that happens again, the pick is dead. But again, I like Max Scherzer at home over C.J. Wilson.
  • The Red Sox over the Orioles: The Red Sox should jump all over Bud Norris (though he pitched well last time). My only concern is Felix Doubront who has been all over the place thus far.
  • The Royals over the Twins: Bruce Chen at home? Oh yeah, that’s a keeper. He has the most amazing home/road splits of all time. Kevin Correia doesn’t scare me on this pick.
  • The Reds over the Cubs: Tony Cingrani is pitching and I root for Italians. Hey, every prognosticator has their peccadilloes. Edwin Jackson is pitching for the Cubs and even if he does well, his team is not hitting.
  • The Athletics over the Astros: Poor Brett Oberholtzer has been pitching so well and is 0-3. Oh, the plight of a pitcher for a bad team. Teams like the A’s pick up guys like Scott Kazmir and they just work out. Pretty amazing that.
  • The Brewers over the Pirates: This is another Jered Weaver situation. Wandy Rodriguez has not been able to put it together. He has looked terrible. Will today be the day he puts it together? The Brewers best hitters are right-handed, so I don’t think it will happen. Matt Garza gets his first Brewers win.
  • The Yankees over the Rays: This pick is totally based on the good Ivan Nova to show up. If the bad one shows up. Uh oh. Plus, Chris Archer has had the Yankees’ number, but if I pick it that way, it will go the opposite way. Boy, two bad days really plays with your head.
  • The Mariners over the Marlins: Roenis Elias will be pretty darned close to his Cuban home in Miami. He’s been pretty good. Henderson Alvarez has not been good at all. The Marlins walked off yesterday. Today is a different day.
  • The White Sox over the Rangers: The Rangers should have saved some of those runs. They will need them today. Jose Quintana is a good pitcher and Colby Lewis scares me to death.
  • The Dodgers over the Diamondbacks: Mike Bolsinger is making his first MLB start. I never like those situations. So I am going with Dan Haren and the Dodgers, especially at home.
  • The Rockies over the Phillies: Jordan Lyles is inducing twice as many ground balls as fly balls. That is perfect for Coors. Kyle Kendrick at Coors doesn’t sound fun.
  • The Giants over the Padres: Tim Hudson was built to pitch in San Diego’s park. Eric Stults is a mystery.

And the Game of the Day!

  • The Braves over the Mets: Ervin Santana has been very good. Bartolo Colon has not been very good and his back hurts. Not good for the Mets.

Yesterday: 6-9, Games of the Day: 7-8, Season: 141-105

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