Tuesday was an 8-7 day. Blah. And the Game of the Day was wrong again. That feature is stuck in mud this season. There were two extra-inning games that could have gone either way. Both went the wrong way. Jose Fernandez was not at home, but he might as well of been as he was nearly perfect against the Braves. Madison Bumgarner could not get any run support. And the Astros beat the Mariners again as Collin McHugh was unbelievable. It was a Laodicea night. Big congrats to Albert Pujols for hitting homers 499 and 500.
Here are Wednesday’s picks:
- The Marlins over the Braves: I refuse to believe that Aaron Harang is real. I refuse to believe that Aaron Harang is real. I refuse…Oh well. I’m still going with Nathan Eovaldi.
- The Cubs over the Diamondbacks: What the heck, right? The Cubs have won both so far and the Dbacks look dead on arrival. I might as well go with Jeff Samardzija over Wade Miley.
- The Rockies over the Giants: I can tell that the Rockies are going to confuse me all season. If I pick Tyler Chatwood to do Tyler Chatwood things, he will pitch great. If I don’t…he will probably lose. Matt Cain has not looked pretty thus far.
- The Rangers over the Athletics: I always pick Sonny Gray. Always. But he faces Martin Perez tonight and Perez has been outstanding. Egads! This one could go either way.
- The Mariners over the Astros: It makes perfect sense in baseball’s nonsensical way that the Mariners would get their first win of the series with Chris Young on the mound. Jarred Cosart goes for the Astros.
- The Angels over the Nationals: It would make sense to pick Gio Gonzalez here except the Angels’ best players bat right-handed. And Jered Weaver is capable of being as good as Gio.
- The Reds over the Pirates: The Alfredo Simon bubble has to burst here some time. That’s what scares me here. And just when you count out Charlie Morton, watch him pitch well. Why did I start doing this five years ago?
- The Indians over the Royals: This pick all depends on how well Justin Masterson pitches. Jason Vargas will keep the Royals in the game. Ever since I wrote about Salvador Perez two weeks ago, he hasn’t had a hit since.
- The Blue Jays over the Orioles: Even if Chris Tillman is better than Dustin McGowan, the Orioles’ bullpen is so bad that it won’t matter. What a disaster for the O’s.
- The Tigers over the White Sox: The Emoticon, Drew Smyly hasn’t been great, but he should be tonight and Andre Rienzo is a fringe Major League pitcher. Miguel Cabrera is going to get hot now.
- The Bay Rays over the Twins: Jake Odorizzi should be fine in that horrible St. Pete dome. Mike Pelfrey, on the other hand will land in a pear tree.
- The Red Sox over the Yankees: Last night was too easy for the Yankees and makes me suspicious. John Lackey will have a good night and Michael Pineda will not. That’s the call.
- The Cardinals over the Mets: I sure wish baseball-reference.com would figure out how it wants to spell Jon Niese‘s name. No matter how they spell it, Niese should lose tonight to Michael Wacha, wacha, wacha.
- The Brewers over the Padres: Tyson Ross has pitched two outstanding games in a row for the Padres. But I can’t pick against Kyle Lohse at home.
And the Game of the Day:
- The Dodgers over the Phillies: Zack Greinke should be better than the first start of the year of Cole Hamels. It would be nice if Greinke could keep his pitch count down for a change so he can last longer than Hamels does.
Yesterday: 8-7, Games of the Day: 9-10, Season: 176-128