MLB Game Picks – Sunday: June 8, 2014

Yesterday was disappointing. The picks were 6-2 at one point and things were looking pretty good. Chris Sale was coming up as was Sonny Gray. Those are usually two locks. But Mike Trout took care of Sale and Gray was not on at all and I went 1-6 the rest of the way. Ouch.  And worse yet, the Game of the Day, after climbing back from the depths with four straight, went wrong with an extra inning loss. In fact, there were three extra inning games and they all settled out against the picks.

Sunday’s picks:

  • The Blue Jays over the Cardinals: Even in his better days, Jaime Garcia wasn’t very good on the road and his being a lefty doesn’t hurt the Blue Jays with their power right-handed bats. Drew Hutchison has to throw well though or this pick will again be wrong.
  • The Reds over the Phillies: The Phillies game yesterday was typical for them this season. Rollins hit a homer, Howard had a good game at the plate, and they still lost. Homer Bailey drives me crazy, but he is the pick over David Buchanan.
  • The Pirates over the Brewers: Jeff Locke had a pretty good season a year ago. So I was somewhat confused over why he was languishing in the minors all season. He hasn’t done that well there this season, but I’m thinking he steps it up back in the Majors. Yovani Gallardo hasn’t looked good his last two starts.
  • The Athletics over the Orioles: This pick was wrong yesterday, but I just don’t trust Ubaldo Jimenez. I do trust Scott Kazmir though.
  • The Mariners over the Rays: This game feels like a setup. I thought sure that Cobb would be good yesterday, but he was terrible. I think Chris Archer will be good today, but he faces Felix Hernandez. The Rays have been so bad, but I bet they beat King Felix just to mess around with my head.
  • The Astros over the Twins: Samuel Deduno hasn’t been as bad a starter the last five outings as I thought he was. But I have kind of a man-crush on Collin McHugh and George Springer. Deduno has only given up two homers in 55+ innings, which is pretty impressive.
  • The Yankees over the Royals: Yeah, James Shields is pitching for the Royals and he is supposedly their ace and everything. But the Yankees have always dealt pretty well with him. Hiroki Kuroda likes pitching during the day and always does better when the sun is shining.
  • The Marlins over the Cubs: It’s just too hard to pick against Henderson Alvarez right now. He is really pitching well. Jake Arrieta gentille Arrieta can have a good day, but the odds are more against it.
  • The Rangers over the Indians: I can tell my confidence is not strong. I never know what Justin Masterson is going to show up and every time I pick against Joe Saunders (which is always the right call), he makes me look stupid.
  • The Angels over the White Sox: C.J. Wilson is really overlooked for how solid a starter he has been. I think he gets discounted because he always faltered in the post season. he should flourish at home and Jose Quintana will yield a few runs.
  • The Giants over the Mets: I’d like to think that Zack Wheeler made a positive step in his last start. That would be good for him because of his talent. But the Giants always win these days and it won’t matter that Tim Lincecum is starting. He’ll get by.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Braves: Chase Anderson has been a good luck talisman for the Diamondbacks thus far. And when was the last time that Aaron Harang won a ballgame? April?
  • The Dodgers over the Rockies: Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball and he has struck out nine batters in four of his last five starts. But I am awfully worried about him pitching at Coors. Jorge De La Rosa can be pretty good too.
  • The Tigers over the Red Sox: John Lackey has pitched really well his last three games. But the Tigers have gotten well this weekend at the expense of the Red Sox whose woes continue. Besides, Anibal Sanchez is a pretty good pitcher himself.

And the Game of the Day:

Yesterday: 7-8, June: 50-44, Games of the Day: 31-33, Season: 506-421

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