Yesterday was a decent day at 6-4. But the Pick of the Day was wrong….again. The Yankees have won four straight this year at Tropicana Field. Has that happened in the last half dozen years? I shouldn’t have picked against them. The Nationals are blasting the ball right now and it looks like they are ready to charge to where they were predicted to be before a slow start made people question them. It’s a long season.
- The Cardinals over the Indians: Carlos Carrasco is a tough customer, but so is Lance Lynn. Lynn, despite his 1-3 record, has only had one bad outing and he’s dealt with a lot of bad luck. I think the Cardinals win.
- The Pirates over the Phillies: Sean O’Sullivan has been a fringe MLB pitcher for several years now. He’s never bad enough to count out and never good enough to stick. A.J. Burnett is a total wild card every time he pitches. The Pirates have put together a little winning streak here and I expect that to continue.
- The Orioles over the Blue Jays: I have serious misgivings over both starters in this one. Chris Tillman has not started the season well after a great year last year. Mark Buehrle had a good outing last time out after getting blasted twice in a row. Which big offense takes advantage of a struggling pitcher tonight?
- The Tigers over the Twins: Alfredo Simon has looked good, but I still have a hard time buying it over the long season. Kyle Gibson has to have perfect location to succeed. Both pitchers are capable. The Tigers at home.
- The Reds over the Braves: The Reds are playing really well. But this one is hard to pick with the worst to spell pitching match-up ever. Anthony DeSclafani goes for the Reds against Mike Foltynewicz. Come on, guys, what’s with that!?
- The Rays over the Yankees: Chris Archer always pitches the Yankees tough and despite two clunkers in a row in his last two outings, I expect him to do it again tonight. Nathan Eovaldi has not lost a game, but he certainly looks shaky.
- The Royals over the Rangers: I was wrong about this pick yesterday, but I’ll keep going with the better team. Nick Martinez hasn’t lost a start yet, which is amazing. Edinson Volquez pitching in Texas is a bit frightening. But I’ll stick with my pick.
- The Cubs over the Mets: Mets fans will get their first chance to watch Noah Syndergaard, another tough name to spell. The kid makes his MLB debut tonight. I still go with Jake Arrieta gentille Arrieta.
- The White Sox over the Brewers: This same pick blew up in my face yesterday. But Chris Sale is a whole different story. The Brewers’ offense has come alive, but I’m going with Sale to slow them down. Mike Fiers goes for the Brewers and he has not been good thus far.
- The Astros over the Giants: Collin McHugh is my guy and I have to go with him nearly every time. It has certainly paid off thus far this season. “Charlton” Chris Heston goes for the Giants. Will Heston come out with guns blazing? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
- The Nationals over the Diamondbacks: I am worried about going with the Nats here with Stephen Strasburg on the mound. For one, I am concerned about his health. Secondly, he doesn’t pitch well on the road. But I think the Nats will knock Rubby De La Rosa all over the place.
- The Red Sox over the Athletics: The A’s have played really poorly thus far in May and the Red Sox are playing better. Much will depend on Justin Masterson. Drew Pomeranz will go for the A’s and he has struggled in his last few starts.
- The Marlins over the Dodgers: There are two reasons I’m going this way with this pick. First, Dan Haren has been really good and is home in California to pitch this one. Secondly, the Dodgers are forced to start Mike Bolsinger due to some attrition.
- The Mariners over the Padres: James Paxton has been much better his last two starts but has little to show for it. Ian Kennedy has looked pretty good thus far, but I think the Mariners will get to him.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Angels over the Rockies: I have a hard time ever picking the Rockies on the road. C.J. Wilson has been solid for the Angels. Kyle Kendrick should keep the Rockies in the game.
Yesterday: 6-4, May: 82-68, Season: 246-233, Picks of the Day: 19-17