Happy Mothers Day everyone.
I picked both ends of a double-header correctly and was 5-2 with the first seven picks. Then the toilet flushed. I went 1-7 the rest of the way for a really bad day and another Pick of the Day down the tube. I don’t know if they will ever play in Denver again as the Rockies were postponed again.
- The Yankees over the Orioles: It seems the only team Bud Norris pitches well against is the Yankees. It’s just like Wei-Yin Chen, who turns into Kershaw against the Yankees. But I’m still picking the Yankees because of Michael Pineda.
- The Blue Jays over the Red Sox: I don’t know what to make of Clay Buchholz other than how I can’t watch him because of that greasy hair. It’s disgusting. He has been such a bust so far this year. R.A. Dickey is hard to trust as well. But he has had only one bad start in his last six, so I’ll go with the hot Jays over the cold Red Sox.
- The Indians over the Twins: It’s hard to pick against the Twins right now. They are playing amazing. But the match-up of Danny Salazar vs. Trevor May seems too much on the Indians’ side. It’s still tough picking against the Twins…
- The Rays over the Rangers: The Rays are another team playing pretty well. They are two games back of the Yankees. Jake Odorizzi should have a good day and Wandy Rodriguez will have trouble.
- The Nationals over the Braves: Like I said yesterday, Bryce Harper is out of his mind right now and the Nats are making their move. Jordan Zimmermann needs some run support and to have a good day, but that should happen against Alex Wood.
- The Mets over the Phillies: I really am rooting for Clay Billingsley. I am a sucker for comeback stories. But picking against Bartolo Colon has been unproductive lately for obvious reasons.
- The Pirates over the Cardinals: Jeff Locke has pitched pretty well against the Cards in his career. I am not overly confident that Tyler Lyons is an MLB pitcher and Matt Reynolds is a poor substitute for a highly missed Matt Carpenter.
- The Brewers over the Cubs: The Brewers are suddenly hitting. Or, the Cubs have stopped pitching. Whatever the combination, I have been slow on the uptake. I’ll go with Matt Garza (heaven help me) over Kyle Hendricks.
- The Reds over the White Sox: Michael Lorenzen has looked pretty good for the Reds and I think Todd Frazier will have a big day against John Danks.
- The Marlins over the Giants: Mat Latos was better his last time out and might be figuring it out. His five walks bother me though when he beat the Nationals. Ryan Vogelsong is what he is and will probably keep the Giants in the game at least.
- The Dodgers over the Rockies: Maybe they will get the game in today. Who knows. If they do (and I think the East Coast games will be more of a weather problem today), then Clayton Kershaw still beats Jorge De La Rosa.
- The Mariners over the Athletics: Do you want to pick against Felix Hernandez at home? I don’t. Jesse Chavez goes for the A’s.
- The Padres over the Diamondbacks: Andrew Cashner is 0-3 in his recent starts against the Diamondbacks. However, today, the D-backs don’t have a starting pitcher and from all accounts I’ve seen, are going with a bullpen day where the bullpen will pitch the entire game. That doesn’t sound very appetizing.
- The Tigers over the Royals: Oy. This series has become as unpredictable as they come. Shane Greene had a great start to his season, but has had three bad starts in a row. Chris Young gives up nothing but fly balls but that is a good thing the way the Royals’ outfielders can fly around. I have no idea…
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Angels over the Astros: This pick went bad yesterday. But I have to go with what looks right each day and try to forget about yesterday. Garrett Richards has looked strong and his knee is holding up thus far. I think he will be much better than Scott Feldman.
Yesterday: 6-9, May: 67-58, Season: 231-223, Picks of the Day: 18-16