I have to laugh. What else can I do? It totally amazes me how badly the start of my picking season has gone. I can’t do anything right (except predict the Yankees will lose). Guys like Kershaw lose. I’m just shell shocked. A large part of me wants to just give up. But what the heck. It’s hard to give up a feature you’ve been writing for five plus years now.
So the only option is to keep plodding along and hope people want to stop by just to rubberneck at the car crash.
- The Tigers over the Indians: Probably the only fan base unhappier than the one in the Bronx is in Cleveland where the Indians were supposedly a contending team. It’s way early to say they are not, but they don’t look very good. Two erratic lefties go today. T.J. House goes for the Indians and in the age of the pitcher, he has a career WHIP of 1.46. And Kyle Lobstein goes for the Tigers.
- The Cardinals over the Reds: While Carlos Martinez has not convinced me he is a starting pitcher, I know nothing about Reds’ starter, Raisel Iglesias, other than he was signed out of Cuba in the off season and did not have blow away numbers in Cuba.
- The Marlins over the Bay Rays: Nathan Karns wasn’t very good for the Rays his first time out, but he’ll probably be better today. Henderson Alvarez was a hard-luck loser his first time out. If his team scores a few runs, he’ll win.
- The Mets over the Braves: Picking for or against Bartolo Colon is a crap shoot. I picked against him his first outing and burned for it. Now I will probably burn picking him. Alex Wood is a good pitcher for the Braves.
- The Orioles over the Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison pitched very well his first time out, but that was against the Yankees, who can’t hit. The Orioles almost always win when Chris Tillman starts. So that is the pick.
- The Nationals over the Phillies: Sean O’Sullivan has given up 40 homers in 132 big league innings. That is quite amazing. The Nats should feast on that. Meanwhile, Max Scherzer goes for the Nats.
- The White Sox over the Twins: The White Sox will get a boost from Chris Sale‘s first start of the season. He might be a bit rusty and not pitch deep into the game. Phil Hughes has become a good pitcher for the Twins but is still prone to the homer.
- The Brewers over the Pirates: The Pirates with a hurt Andrew McCutchen are not the same team. Casey Sadler makes his first MLB start after a cup of coffee in unsuccessful relief last year. Kyle Lohse is somewhat reliable at home.
- The Astros over the Rangers: The Rangers have had their way the first two games of this series. But I like Dallas Keuchel and Colby Lewis always scares me. A reverse happens today and the Astros win.
- The Royals over the Angels: C.J. Wilson was excellent his first time out. And so was Yordano Ventura. So which one will keep the hot streak going? I’m goin
- g with the Royals.
- The Mariners over the Athletics: Felix Hernandez in Oakland is not as much of a lock as King Felix in Seattle. And Jesse Hahn is better than what he did his first start. I’m still going with the Mariners.
- The Rockies over the Cubs: Kyle Hendricks makes his first start of the year for the Cubs who won yesterday. And Hendricks was great last season. But I’m going with Jordan Lyles in this one as he seems to know how to pitch in Coors.
- The Dodgers over the Diamondbacks: The Dodgers’ bullpen has been brutal thus far and that has to be a huge concern. That said, I think Zack Greinke will have a good day and will out pitch Josh Collmenter.
- The Red Sox over the Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka does need to prove he can still pitch like last year. Even so, he didn’t do well against the Red Sox. Clay Buchholz looks like an ace again and the Yankees cannot hit.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Padres over the Giants: I have no faith in Jake Peavy making his first start of the season. I have a lot more faith in Tyson Ross at home.
Yesterday: 6-9, Season: 32-44 (man…), Picks of the Day: 1-5. Pathetic.