I knew the picks were in deep trouble last night when they started 1-6 and despite the late rally, they finished at 4-7. Lonnie Chisenhall had one heck of a night with three homers and nine RBIs (and 15 total bases!) which certainly blew apart that pick. I didn’t expect the Rays to get blanked again! Something is totally weird going on down there and David Price can’t buy a win. I guess Gavin Floyd had a good game. Stranger things have happened. It was just a night full of bad picks.
But…the Game of the Day was right and I have climbed back to .500 with that feature. Let’s see if that nightmare is finally over.
- The Diamondbacks over the Astros: It is very difficult to pick against the Astros these days. That team is on fire and they are having fun. This pick was wrong yesterday, but I still hate picking Brad Peacock. I don’t really like picking Bronson Arroyo at his home park either. Maybe I should just pick the Astros every day for the rest of the season.
- The Orioles over the Red Sox: I was totally shocked by Bud Norris last night, but that guy’s career has always baffled me. Chris Tillman has to be so fine to be good, but he has a better chance of that happening than for Brandon Workman to shut down the O’s attack.
- The Pirates over the Cubs: I keep picking Francisco Liriano like it was 2013. But it is 2014 and he is 1-6. So I have been wrong a lot with him. But I am stubborn if nothing else. He has the ability to shut down the Cubs. He faces a tough competitor in Travis Wood though.
- The Padres over the Phillies: The Phillies are just a bad team. They keep sinking to lower depths and what can they do? A.J. Burnett was a mistake signing with occasional brilliance every fourth start or so. Today could be one of those days. Ian Kennedy goes for the Friars.
- The Blue Jays over the Twins: J.A. Happ and his mysterious +2 MPH fastball (where did that come from?) will shut down the lefty-struggling Twins. Kevin Correia is still in baseball and that’s all I’ll say there.
- The Dodgers over the Reds: The Dodgers decided to get well with Puig out and against the Reds? Seems so. Josh Beckett over Mike Leake.
- The Brewers over the Mets: The Mets are heading in the wrong direction after a promising start to the season. Daisuke Matsuzaka could give them a good outing. But I like Marco Estrada better.
- The Marlins over the Rangers: Tom Koehler has had three rough outings out of his last five starts. Colby Lewis has allowed ten earned runs in his last 10.2 innings pitched. Hmm..
- The Indians over the Royals: The Indians caught a bit of a bad break when the Royals got rained out yesterday because then they get Jason Vargas, who is pretty tough on them. But Corey Kluber has become an ace and I am riding him.
- The Tigers over the White Sox: John Danks has had three really good starts in a row. And Justin Verlander hasn’t been the ace of old. Miguel Cabrera is hobbling a bit. But I’m still going Tigers.
- The Rockies over the Braves: Mike Minor has been only so-so and I don’t like him at Coors. Juan Nicasio is the Rockies’ best pitcher at home. I was wrong with this same pick yesterday.
- The Athletics over the Angels: There are certain pitchers who are just good at losing. Hector Santiago is one of those. He is 8-16 in his career. Drew Pomerantz, on the other hand, has been winning, something I wondered if ever would happen for him.
- The Mariners over the Yankees: So the Yankees got rained out yesterday, which means they could skip their weakest starter in Vidal Nuno and go with the scheduled Tanaka. But no, they pushed back Tanaka depriving us of a Tanaka – Hisashi Iwakuma match up that would have been fun to watch. Heck yeah, let’s give Nuno all kinds of starts then.
- The Giants over the Nationals: This one could be decided by the bullpens because it wouldn’t surprise me if Doug Fister and Madison Bumgarner both threw up eight zeroes apiece.
And the Game of the Day:
- The Cardinals over the Rays: This is a trap, right? There are no games today that look more like a sure thing than this one. Adam Wainwright is the ace. The Rays can’t hit. Jake Odorizzi has done nothing. So why does this feel like a trap. It does. I can see it coming…
Yesterday: 4-7, June: 67-56, Games of the Day: 33-33, Season: 520-434