MLB Game Picks – Sunday: September 28, 2014

The last day of the regular season. Or is it? There is a possibility of three ties today if the Cards, Tigers and Oakland lose and the Mariners, Royals and Pirates win. You cannot get much more exciting than that!

I went 9-6 yesterday which isn’t bad considering how crazy this all is and how a lot of teams are just playing out the string. The one big takeaway from the season was the party Chicago threw for Paul Konerko. Well done, White Sox. He deserved such a grand exit.

It should be an interesting day!  The picks:

  • The Rays over the Indians: This will be a low scoring game I think. T.J. House has been pitching well and the Rays don’t hit lefties particularly well. I have to go with Alex Cobb who has been terrific this season.
  • The Blue Jays over the Orioles: R.A. Dickey is another pitcher that has baffled me when picking his games. I am never correct with him. I think the Orioles will hit him. But I think the Blue Jays will hit Miguel Gonzalez too. Two great offenses.
  • The Tigers over the Twins: David Price hasn’t exactly been shut-down for the Tigers on most occasions. And Kyle Gibson can make you hit into a lot of outs. But I can’t see the Twins winning this one and the Tigers always tease us and then take the division anyway.
  • The Astros over the Mets: There is a lot going on in this game. Nick Tropeano is from the New York area and will want to do well. He has looked good in his handful of starts. Bartolo Colon is always a mystery. His 14-13 record tells you that. He’s ether decent or he’s very generous. Who knows.
  • The Pirates over the Reds: Johnny Cueto goes for his 20th win. That would be cool. It’s not going to happen. Gerrit Cole will pitch even better and the Pirates will force the Cardinals to win and waste Wainwright…well, not waste him, but have to use him.
  • The Phillies over the Braves: Two teams going home after today. I got this pick wrong yesterday. Cole Hamels is not A.J. Burnett and James Russell is a loogy who has relieved 65 times this year…and he is the starter!?
  • The Nationals over the Marlins: Sure, Henderson Alvarez has had a terrific season. His team faces Jordan Zimmermann who will match him for zeroes, and then what happens? It won’t be good for the Marlins.
  • The Yankees over the Red Sox: The last time Micheal Pineda pitched against the Red Sox, the infamous pine tar incident played out. Jeter’s last game, Pineda’s revenge and one more Clay Buchholz meltdown and the season will be over for both teams.
  • The Royals over the White Sox: Chris Bassitt messed up the Tigers in his last outing with a great performance. Can he do it again against the Royals? Maybe, but he will be more than matched with Yordano Ventura who will come through today where Duffy did not yesterday.
  • The Athletics over the Rangers: I have to admit that I am rooting for a tie between the A’s and the Mariners. But I don’t think it will happen. The A’s will beat the Rangers behind Sonny Gray simply because Nick Martinez will not be able to hold back the A’s.
  • The Giants over the Padres: Chris Heston had very good numbers in the Pacific Coast League, which is impressive since that league eats up pitchers for breakfast. I think he’ll have a big day in his first MLB start. Robbie Erlin can be decent.
  • The Dodgers over the Rockies: I’m not sure why the Dodgers are starting Zack Greinke. Is that necessary for them to do so? But that’s what the pitching line says. The Dodgers win then against Christian Bergman.
  • The Mariners over the Angels: The Mariners have only one chance to win the wild card, which means they have to win. That also means Felix Hernandez has to get it done. The M’s season is on the line. Hernandez’s CYA is on the line. It should be interesting because the Angels are not going to play dead. Cory Rasmus pitches for the Angels.
  • The Cardinals over the Diamondbacks: This game has two scenarios: First, getting the late game, the Cards will know whether the Pirates won or not. If the Pirates won, then Adam Wainwright will have to start to win the division. So that would be one pick. If the Pirates lose, the Cards win the division without even playing, put a scrub pitcher in there and Josh Collmenter wins. Tough call for a game picker.

And the Game of the Day:

  • The Brewers over the Cubs: Mike Fiers makes the ultimate impression and seals his spot in the rotation for next year. I still can’t understand why it took the Brewers half the year to get him in there in the first place. Jacob Turner will keep improving with the Cubs. But he will get beat today.

Yesterday: 9-6, Sept.: 226-149, Games of the Day: 103-67 (-2), Season: 1356-1083

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