MLB Game Picks – Thursday: August 7, 2014

I thought August had turned a corner with that good day on Tuesday. But Wednesday fell down again to the depression level. Chris Sale lost for crying out loud. Dan Haren pitched great. Dan Haren!? Toronto beat Baltimore and the Yankees beat the Tigers with the exact same score of 5-1. I got them both wrong. I went one game too many with the Marlins.

But the worst blow was that my Sonny Gray lost badly. It was Sonny Gray Day and it went pffftt.

Thursday’s picks:

  • The Nationals over the Mets: Jacob deGrom is one of my favorite picks. I liked him so much I picked him up on my fantasy team. I’ve always liked Jordan Zimmermann too. So who to pick? Zimmermann has only given up four total runs in his last four home outings. I have to go that way.
  • The Tigers over the Yankees: The Yankees have faced three former Cy Young Award winners in a row and won two of those games. And now they face Rick Porcello who has won thirteen games already. Somehow, the Yankees keep pitching these no-names and the job has gotten done. I just don’t see Shane Greene being better than Porcello. It also makes a big difference when Mark Teixeira cannot play.
  • The Brewers over the Giants: Is Jake Peavy snake bit or what? He doesn’t deserve a 1-11 record and he won’t deserve to lose today. But he will. Wily Peralta at home is a good pick.
  • The Cubs over the Rockies: This pick didn’t go well yesterday, so why pick the Cubs? Kyle Hendricks has been terrific in his last three starts for the Cubs, but two of them have been in big ballparks. Today he is at Coors. Yohan Flande goes for the Rockies and he has been decent at times but is 0-3. He is a lefty and the Cubs have a nice split against lefties.
  • The Astros over the Phillies: Now I am going all nuts here. Collin McHugh is a strikeout pitcher going against a team that strikes out. Roberto Hernandez is due for a smack down game. The Astros haven’t been hitting though. I’m probably an idiot.
  • The Pirates over the Marlins: I don’t like this pick either way. Brian Flynn was part of the deal that sent Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers. He has made five big league starts that haven’t gone well. His control has been the problem. Edinson Volquez has a proven track record of bad pitching, but has been decent in 2014. I don’t know…
  • The Blue Jays over the Orioles: J.A. Happ has beaten the Orioles already this season and seems to match up well against them. Miguel Gonzalez is still the Orioles’ weakest member of the rotation.
  • The Reds over the Indians: Homer Bailey can be such a Jekyll and Hyde guy. You never know what to expect out of him. T.J. House had a good outing his last time out so for this pick, Bailey better be on his good side today.
  • The Cardinals over the Red Sox: Adam Wainwright has been on the every other game plan lately with a great start followed by a bad start. He is due for a great one, so that’s the pick. Brandon Workman goes for the Red Sox.
  • The Royals over the Diamondbacks: Vidal Nuno has pitched well for the Diamondbacks with nothing to show for it. So it’s hard to pick him here. My only problem with that is expecting Jeremy Guthrie to win. That isn’t appealing either.
  • The Dodgers over the Angels: This game really is too close to call. On the one hand, Hyun-jin Ryu can be terrific but he is a lefty and the Angels hit those well. On the other hand, C.J. Wilson has not been pitching well. I have no idea who will win this one.
  • The Mariners over the White Sox: The White Sox’ pitching has fallen apart lately and Scott Carroll can probably keep the White Sox in the game. But what happens after he is out of the game? If Adam Eaton is going to miss the game, which is most likely, then Roenis Elias won’t have many problems facing the White Sox.

And the Game of the Day:

  • The Athletics over the Twins: Jon Lester gets his second start for the A’s and though the first one did not go that well, he still won the game. He will be better today against the Twins and Yohan Pino won’t get in the way of a win for the A’s.

Yesterday: 7-8, August: 43-39, Games of the Day: 67-52 (+2), Season: 937-786

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