MLB Game Picks – Sunday: June 1, 2014

Saturday’s results were so typical for the month of May here. I actually had a good day with a 10-5 record. But, of course, the Game of the Day feature was incorrect. Good riddance May and hello June!

Sunday’s picks:

  • The Indians over the Rockies: The Indians might as well sweep it out after having a very good weekend against a team that cannot seem to hit outside of Colorado. Josh Tomlin isn’t great, but he should be better than Jhoulys Chacin.
  • The Yankees over the Twins: Remember the Bugs Bunny cartoons when a character breaks up into chunks and falls apart after trying to catch Bugs? That is how I picture Phil Hughes coming back to Yankee Stadium. Hughes has done well for the Twins. But his return to the Bronx will remind him why he left. The only problem is Chase Whitley isn’t great either.
  • The Blue Jays over the Royals: Mark Buehrle is going to fall back to his four runs a game kind of guy sooner or later. But I have been riding him like a donkey all season. And the Blue Jays will be all over Jeremy Guthrie.
  • The Marlins over the Braves: Aaron Harang is tough to pick against this season. But so is Nathan Eovaldi at home. Giancarlo Stanton has been quiet the last couple of games. Time for him to go boom.
  • The Mets over the Phillies: I like any left-hander against the Phillies and Jon Niese is a good one. He has already pitched well against the Phillies twice this season. Might as well make it thrice. Cole Hamels again is the bad luck loser. Neither team will have much of a bullpen.
  • The Red Sox over the Bay Rays: The Red Sox will continue to bury the Rays, especially without Wil Myers in the lineup. Jon Lester over Erik Bedard.
  • The Nationals over the Rangers: This is an interesting game. Here is how I see it going down. The Nats score two early runs on Yu Darvish before he settles down. Then Tanner Roark makes them stand up. That’s how I see it happening.
  • The Orioles over the Astros: George Springer has gone cold against Baltimore, Nelson Cruz continues to be amazing. The Orioles get to old friend, Scott Feldman and Wei-Yin Chen has a good day.
  • The Brewers over the Cubs: This pick was wrong yesterday as the Cubs spanked the Brewers hard. Today, Jeff Samardzija and Kyle Lohse cancel each other out and the Brewers win late.
  • The White Sox over the Padres: I have been wrong on this pick both days they played together. Today feels pretty safe as Chris Sale far outshines Eric Stults.
  • The Cardinals over the Giants: The teams have split in this series and I have picked the Cards every day. Today Lance Lynn faces Tim Hudson and this is why I think the Cards win. Lynn should be good and Hudson will face a team very willing to go the other way with his softer tosses.
  • The Athletics over the Angels: The Angels had one of the biggest meltdowns in the history of meltdowns yesterday. They gave up ten runs in the 7th and 8th innings. Pathetic. Mike Trout has a sore back and Sonny Gray is going to bury the Angels and Jered Weaver.
  • The Reds over the Diamondbacks: Wade Miley hasn’t been bad his last three or so starts. But his lefty tosses will face a largely right-handed lineup that has been hot lately. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop on Alfredo Simon, but it hasn’t yet.
  • The Tigers over the Mariners: Yeah, this was wrong yesterday, but then I was depending on Smyly. Max Scherzer is another problem for the Mariners. And Roenis Elias would have to have an awful big day to shut down the Tigers.

And the Game of the Day:

Yesterday: 10-5, May final: 223-203, Games of the Day: 26-31, Season: 456-377

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