Have you ever noticed that my picks are always more successful west of the Mississippi than they are east of it? For example, I started yesterday with the east coast and was 1-3 before my supper digested. I built that up to 5-5 and then did not get another game wrong the rest of the day. Weird. Maybe in the east, the teams are more on par and play closer games and in the west, there are more differences between the teams. Whatever it is, the west gave me a good night.
I did pick Collin McHugh and Houston to beat the Mariners. That was a nice pick. I was unfortunately correct about the Tigers though Joe Nathan made it interesting as he always does.. I did not see the Phillies beating the Pirates though.
- The Orioles over the Red Sox: Brandon Workman wants to start and not be in the bullpen. He hasn’t exactly made a case for himself. Wei-Yin Chen has a great record but it hasn’t changed much in a while. I just pick the Orioles every night and that seems to work pretty well.
- The Nationals over the Braves: Here we go again…picking Stephen Strasburg against the Braves. Hey, he has to have a good outing against them some time…even if it’s just lucky or something. Aaron Harang goes for the Braves.
- The Indians over the Twins: This pick did not work out yesterday. Mr. T.J. House has put it together, however, and has two really good outings in a row. Kyle Gibson wins more than he loses, but you got me as to how.
- The Pirates over the Phillies: I told you in the past that Jerome Williams‘ magic only lasts for a couple of starts with each new team. Then he turns into the guy his team wants to DFA. That’s just his history. Vance Worley isn’t grooving much better these days…
- The Rays over the Yankees: Jake Odorizzi over Chris Capuano. I don’t want to talk about it.
- The Blue Jays over the Cubs: Hmm…which great young pitcher will pitch better, Drew Hutchison or Kyle Hendricks? That’s a tough one. I turned it around to which team is better able to hit against each pitcher. There was my answer.
- The Tigers over the Royals: Poof. I knew this series would go down just like it did. Let’s see if I’m right through the end. Rick Porcello needs to be better than he has been lately. James Shields is “Big Game” except when it comes to the Tigers.
- The Mets over the Rockies: Location is everything. If Rafael Montero wasn’t pitching in vast Citi Field, I wouldn’t pick him. But since he is with his fly ball tendencies, he can get away with that and get his first big league win. Tyler Matzek grimly takes the ball every fifth day…
- The Cardinals over the Reds: Despite a bad loss last night in which the Cardinal twitter universe spewed all over manager, Mike Matheny, I am predicting a good game from John Lackey and a bad one from Alfredo Simon.
- The Angels over the Rangers: Until Derek Holland came back and with Darvish out, Nick Tepesch was the best of the Rangers’ young starters. That still wasn’t saying much. Matt Shoemaker is a machine. Does he have a flaw?
- The Marlins over the Brewers: The Brewers can’t do anything right and are sinking like a mafia swimmer. Wily Peralta has had a good season and maybe he can stop the bleeding. I wouldn’t count on it. Jarred Cosart has been really good for the Marlins.
- The Mariners over the Astros: Nick Tropeano is from West Islip, NY, so you have to say his name right. Turn your hand up and tough your thumb to your forefinger and say, “Nick Trop-ee-AH-no.” The young man, making his MLB debut, has impressive numbers for the PCL (a hitter’s league) and good control. Too bad he goes against Hisashi Iwakuma at home. Sorry about that.
- The Dodgers over the Padres: Dan Haren and Ian Kennedy both confuse and confound me, so I’ll just pick the home team.
- The Diamondbacks over the Giants: Josh Collmenter has really impressed me this season. Nice job, sir. Ryan Vogelsong has a very nice wife.
And the Game of the Day
- The Athletics over the White Sox: I hate to be a hound, but Chris Bassitt doesn’t have the command to beat a team like the A’s. Jeff Samardzija should feel at home back in Chicago.
Yesterday: 10-5, Sept.: 71-52, Games of the Day: 92-60 (+6), Season: 1201-986