I got smoked by the results yesterday. Wow. For every correct pick I had, there were two incorrect picks. Yeah, that’s bad. Congrats to young Mr. Jungmann winning his first MLB start and appearance. But I did not expect you to win. Congrats Chris Heston on your no-hitter, but I picked against you. Congrats Eduardo Gonzalez on another great start. But your team couldn’t score. It was a good day for rookies (if you don’t count Noah Syndergaard) and a bad day for me.
- The Reds over the Phillies: I have no idea about this one. Jon Moscot starts for the Reds and I know very little about him. I know Jerome Williams of the Phillies and he throws an occasional good game. But Joey Votto is on fire, so I’ll go with the Reds.
- The Blue Jays over the Marlins: This is another one to throw up my hands and go, “I don’t know!” Scott Copeland is an overachiever for the Blue Jays as a high round draft pick who worked quickly through the Blue Jays’ system. He doesn’t strike people out. The Marlins start Tom Koehler, but their team is in such disarray (besides Giancarlo Stanton) that I can’t trust them. Eight in a row for the Blue Jays?
- The Yankees over the Nationals: Speaking of eight in a row, that is what the Yankees are shooting for tonight. Nathan Eovaldi will either give them a good outing or get blown up by homers. There is no in between. Get the bullpen ready. Gio Gonzalez can be had right now.
- The Rockies over the Cardinals: Ugh! Another tough pick. Chad Bettis has been spectacular as has Carlos Martinez. Which one cracks tonight? The Cards have some injuries right now.
- The Orioles over the Red Sox: The Red Sox are doing slightly better against lefties lately, but are still poor overall. That’s why I give the edge to Wei-Yin Chen over Rick Porcello. The Orioles are hitting again.
- The Cubs over the Tigers: Shane Greene is still in the Tigers’ rotation after pitching terribly since the first month of the season. Not good. Meanwhile, Jake Arrieta gentille Arrieta can be very tough.
- The Rays over the Angels: You have to tip your cap to the pitching coach of the Rays. He stayed put while everyone left and look what he has done for Erasmo Ramirez. It’s quite remarkable, really. Jered Weaver remains my least favorite player in baseball. What a jerk on the field he is.
- The Braves over the Padres: Tyson Ross is a very talented pitcher whose control has been his worst enemy this season. If he puts it together, this pick is toast. If not, and if Williams Perez keeps being decent, the Braves should win.
- The Mets over the Giants: The young phenom, Matt Harvey, faces the borderline Hall of Fame pitcher, Tim Hudson. Interesting match-up. I have to go with Harvey.
- The Mariners over the Indians: Trevor Bauer pitched great for the Indians last time they faced the Mariners last week. But he lost. Will that change tonight? It all depends on Taijuan Walker, a kid everyone has been waiting for to put it together. If he does, look out.
- The Astros over the White Sox: Carlos Correa has been fantastic thus far. And Vincent Valasquez is making his MLB debut after blowing people away in the minors since he was drafted in 2010. I like his chances tonight against the White Sox and Jose Quintana.
- The Royals over the Twins: The Royals are just the better team here. That said, whenever I pick against Kyle Gibson, I look stupid. And picking Edinson Volquez still makes me queasy.
- The Rangers over the Athletics: The Rangers have been really surprising to me. That being the case, I’m picking them here behind Yovani Gallardo against the A’s and Jesse Hahn.
- The Diamondbacks over the Dodgers: Jeremy Hellickson has been on a nice roll and Brett Anderson has not been. So that’s the pick.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Pirates over the Brewers: This pick was wrong yesterday and I hate picking Charlie Morton. But he is another pitcher I don’t believe in that makes me look foolish all the time. He is 3-0 after all. Kyle Lohse goes for the Brewers.
Yesterday: 5-10 (ouch), June: 61-59, Season: 439-412, Picks of the Day: 34-29 (-2)