After two good days in a row, all I could muster was an 8-8 record yesterday. And for the first time in a long time, the game of the day feature was incorrect. I was having a terrible time with that feature and at one point was six picks under .500 with it. I went from that to twelve picks over as of Friday, but it was finally wrong yesterday.
- The Reds over the Yankees: I’d like to predict a Yankee sweep here, but I don’t really believe it would happen. Hiroki Kuroda traditionally is good at home and during the daytime. But Johnny Cueto is one of the best pitchers around. I have to go with Cueto.
- The Blue Jays over the Rangers: I can’t see the Rangers winning this game today. Nick Tepesch against the Blue Jays lineup should not cut it and Mark Buehrle is consistently enough to keep giving the Jays a chance to win. Though, Buehrle hasn’t won much lately.
- The Tigers over the Indians: The Tigers are something else. They seem like the best team in the universe and then go out there and lose three in a row to the Indians at home with their best pitchers. So today, it would be easy to pick the Indians. But life is never that simple. Josh Tomlin goes for the Indians and The Emoticon, Drew Smyly goes for the Tigers.
- The Giants over the Marlins: The Marlins have had their pool dry up at home. They were nearly unbeatable there, but lately, it is not happening. Brad Hand is not going to beat Tim Lincecum.
- The Pirates over the Rockies: This pick is not a locke, but Jeff Locke will probably win. Tyler Matzek tries to prevent that from happening.
- The Red Sox over the Royals: I am one of the few people around who doesn’t think the Red Sox should sign Jon Lester long term. Yes, he’s been very good for them for much of his career. But it’s just too much of a risk for that kind of money. He’ll win today, however, and give Red Sox fans more angst about it. Yordano Ventura goes for the Royals.
- The Nationals over the Brewers: Both Gio Gonzalez and Yovani Gallardo are capable of shutting the other team down on a good day. The question is: Which one? I am going to go with Gio at home, but I don’t feel great about it.
- The Braves over the Phillies: I was wrong with this pick yesterday, but that was with Cole Hamels pitching. Hamels didn’t get any run support, but for this one time, he won. Kyle Kendrick is not Hamels. Alex Wood makes the pick riskier than it should be.
- The White Sox over the Astros: Jarred Cosart has given up six runs in his last two outings. That is not a good harbinger. The young Astros have stopped hitting and can’t stop striking out. John Danks isn’t a big strikeout guy, but he’ll do for today.
- The Angels over the Mariners: What a great game between these two last night with the two aces going! But there are no aces going today. It’s between Tyler Skaggs and Chris Young. I have to go with Skaggs.
- The Athletics over the Orioles: A battle of two young guns today as Sonny Gray goes against Kevin Gausman. I like Gausman, but Gray is my guy who hardly ever lets me down.
- The Cubs over the Diamondbacks: Jake Arrieta gentille Arrieta has been one of the best things to happen to the team this season. He has just been terrific. I look for him to continue that today and be better than Josh Collmenter. The only question is whether the Cubs bullpen can hold the lead.
- The Padres over the Mets: Dillon Gee lost yesterday and my whole world is shaken. That’s not supposed to happen! Zack Wheeler has been great lately, but this Odrisamer Despaigne guy never seems to have a bad game. I just wish I did not have to spell his danged name.
- The Dodgers over the Cardinals: I can never pick against Clayton Kershaw. Ever. And he may lose today, but the odds wouldn’t be good to predict that happening. Carlos Martinez has made good of his desire to start…mostly. Yasiel Puig will probably not play though.
And the Game of the Day:
- The Bay Rays over the Twins: The Twins haven’t looked like they had any chance in this series. The Rays are playing great. The question is whether they have dug themselves too big a hole in the AL East. Chris Archer will finish off the Twins and Kevin Correia will continue to make the Rays feel good about themselves.
Yesterday: 8-8, July: 123-94, Games of the Day: 56-45, Season: 806-669