Man! There were a lot of games yesterday. When all was said and done, I finished at 11-6 for the day. I picked three of the four games of the double-headers correctly. The Pick of the Day was wrong (again) as Noah Syndergaard got roughed around by the Padres…a development I obviously did not expect. My best picks of the day were the Indians over the Royals and Clay Buchholz beating the Twins.
Sixteen more games on tap for tonight! The picks:
- The Red Sox over the Twins: I really like this Eduardo Rodriguez kid. He has poise and no fear and I think he will survive better today better than Phil Hughes does in Fenway Park.
- The Red Sox over the Twins: Yes, I am picking a sweep. I think the Red Sox will hit Trevor May and Rick Porcello will pitch well. The fire the manager talk will settle down for a day or so (unfortunately) .
- The Cardinals over the Brewers: Judging by how this week is going, the Cardinals will either win, 1-0 or love 1-0. I like John Lackey at home in St. Louis, but also think that Jimmy Nelson will pitch well.
- The Braves over the Diamondbacks: I have come to like Mike Foltynewicz because I learned how to spell his name without looking early on. He hasn’t pitched poorly either. Rubby De La Rosa goes for the D-backs. Caution: The D-backs have had their way so far this series.
- The Yankees over the Mariners: If the Yankees’ middle relief can hold up and bridge Masahiro Tanaka to the late inning guys, the Yankees should take care of the rest with just enough offense against Taijuan Walker.
- The Giants over the Pirates: The Giants will salvage one game of this series with a win today behind Tim Hudson. Francisco Liriano won his last outing, but so cannot be counted upon. The Pirates are hot as a team though.
- The Blue Jays over the Nationals: Taylor and Tyler seem to be the new cool names in baseball. I’m not sure they have overtaken the Brandons, but it seems close when combining those variations. There will be one less if Taylor Jordan doesn’t pitch better than he did last time. Mark Buehrle goes for the Jays.
- The Athletics over the Tigers: It’s Sonny Gray Day! That’s all I’ve got to say. Come what may from Anibal Sanchez‘s day, the A’s win will be this picking day’s halfway.
- The Cubs over the Marlins: Christian Yelich is in a terrible slump and Giancarlo Stanton is on a bit of a strikeout jag. Both of those facts could be exploited by Jon Lester today. Dan Haren has leveled off after a big start to the season.
- The White Sox over the Rangers: The Rangers are extremely hot right now and Nick Martinez has pitched well all season. But I just cannot pick against Chris Sale who is capable of no hitting a team on any given day.
- The Astros over the Orioles: I have no idea who is going to win this game. None. Lance McCullers has pitched really well, but doesn’t go deep in the game. Miguel Gonzalez is good sometimes and not sometimes. I have no idea.
- The Indians over the Royals: This is risky picking the Indians to beat the Royals twice in a row. But if Corey Kluber is dominant and the Indians get to Jason Vargas, it could happen.
- The Dodgers over the Rockies: I have been riding Mike Bolsinger so far for his young career and I will continue to do so here. I am, however, afraid of him pitching at Coors. Chad Bettis, meanwhile, almost pitched a no-hitter his last time out. Hmmm
- The Padres over the Mets: I would be hesitant to pick Dillon Gee at this point to win any game. But add James Shields to the mix and my hesitancy goes even higher.
- The Angels over the Rays: Nate Karns has had a pretty solid start to his MLB career. But I can’t pick him against the Angels’ offense. He is not Chris Archer, after all. Hector Santiago goes for the Angels.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Phillies over the Reds: Mike Leake has leaked a lot lately after a fine start to the season. I think it was because I jumped on him for my fantasy team. It was all downhill from there. Cole Hamels goes for the Phils.
Yesterday: 11-6, June: 16-10, Season: 394-363, Picks of the Day: 30-26