I’ve never been fond of short schedule days. There is no margin for error and the picks can go south in a hurry. Predictably, I went 4-4 yesterday with an incorrect Pick of the Day. Chris Sale was as remarkable as I thought he would be. But I worried correctly about John Lackey, who was pounded. I enjoyed watching the draft last night except that it was drawn out to the nth degree. Wow, that was slow going! Good luck to all those drafted.
- The Red Sox over the Orioles: The Red Sox have a good one in Eduardo Rodriguez and he has certainly delivered. He faces Miguel Gonzalez who only seems dominant against the Yankees and no one else in the AL East.
- The Pirates over the Brewers: This pick did not work out yesterday. And it seems a little iffy tonight too. Francisco Liriano is always an adventure and the Brewers are giving a MLB debut to Taylor Jungmann, the team’s former #1 draft pick (2011). Jungmann has gotten bashed around a bit this year in the PCL, but that is a tough league for pitchers. Look for a lot of ground balls.
- The Yankees over the Nationals: The Yankees have made it a habit of spanking aces this year (while losing to stiffs) and can deliver their own ace in Masahiro Tanaka. If Tanaka can keep the ball in the stadium, I think he will out-duel Max Scherzer.
- The Blue Jays over the Marlins: I’ll take Mark Buehrle at home most of the time. Besides, the Marlins have sunk like a rock since they changed managers. Dan Haren goes for the Fish.
- The Cubs over the Tigers: Anibal Sanchez just doesn’t seem to be himself this season. He’s usually good in the first half and then fades. He’s faded since April. Jon Lester knows these Tigers well (and vice versa).
- The Rays over the Angels: The Rays just keep winning and Nate Karns has been part of that. Matt Shoemaker is capable of being tough though.
- The Reds over the Phillies: Aaron Harang might be safe enough to pick against. I will laugh if he wins though. The guy does do a number on my head. Anthony DeSclafani goes for the Reds.
- The Padres over the Braves: I hate picking against Mike Foltynewicz, especially since I finally memorized how to spell his name. But James Shields doesn’t lose. So I have to go with him.
- The Mets over the Giants: Two good young pitchers toil in this one and it could go either way. “Charlton” Chris Heston has been just fine for the Giants and Noah Syndergaard has shown flashes of brilliance.
- The Astros over the White Sox: Carlos Rodon is certainly capable of striking out fourteen more Astros tonight. But I have to go with Dallas Keuchel, one of my favorite pitchers in baseball.
- The Twins over the Royals: Trevor May has been a complete surprise to me this season as have the Twins as a whole. The Royals are tough but I am going with May over Chris Young.
- The Rockies over the Cardinals: The Rockies, thanks to the re-emergence of Troy Tulowitzki, are flat out raking right now and at home, I think they can still do the same to Michael Wacha. Jorge De La Rosa is the key to this game though.
- The Athletics over the Rangers: It’s a Sonny Gray day and that is enough for me, especially when he is home. The Rangers go with Nick Martinez, who has been very good himself this season.
- The Dodgers over the Diamondbacks: Robbie Ray has pitched wonderfully since his call up and has nine strikeouts to only one walk. The Dodgers are just a different team when Yasiel Puig is on the field. Carlos Frias pitches for them.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Indians over the Mariners: I don’t care if he is just 3-6. You can’t pick against Corey Kluber. I cannot say the same thing concerning Roenis Elias.
Yesterday: 4-4, June: 56-49, Season: 434-402, Picks of the Day: 34-28
Saturday was an up and down day with some good picks, some bad picks (I’m looking at you Jordan Zimmermann) and a perfectly mediocre 8-7 final tally with a correct Pick of the Day. I suppose the results are better than the alternative.
A very abbreviated schedule today with only eight games. The picks:
- The Pirates over the Brewers: I don’t think Ryan Braun‘s wrist is ever going to be the same. It’s a shame really because the Brewers invested so heavily in him and built a lineup around him. A.J. Burnett is having a terrific season. Jimmy Nelson is not.
- The Blue Jays over the Marlins: Jose Bautista is really heating up and that bodes well for the Blue Jays, especially for as long as Jose Reyes stays in the lineup this time. Two soft pitchers in this one though with Brad Hand going for the Marlins and Marco Estrada for the Blue Jays. Could be high scoring.
- The Phillies over the Reds: Mike Leake has been really off this past month. I had to drop him from my fantasy team! Cole Hamels continues to audition for other teams.
- The White Sox over the Astros: This is a real interesting game here. Lance McCullers has been great for the Astros. But anytime the White Sox have Chris Sale on the mound, that has to be the pick.
- The Royals over the Twins: Another interesting game. The Royals don’t walk and Phil Hughes doesn’t walk anyone. So what happens to the balls in play? That’s the key here. Jason Vargas goes for the Royals.
- The Cardinals over the Rockies: My only fear here is how well John Lackey will do at Coors Field. Otherwise, the Cardinals should have a hearty offensive day against David Hale.
- The Dodgers over the Diamondbacks: I have been doing really well picking Mike Bolsinger and he has been a nice addition to my fantasy team too! Rubby De La Rosa, on the other hand, after some good starts has begun to take a beating of late.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Braves over the Padres: I’m really surprised by how well the Braves are playing. Part of that equation is starting pitching and guys like Shelby Miller have really done well. Ian Kennedy is another story and has been knocked around pretty consistently.
Yesterday: 8-7, June: 52-45, Season: 430-398, Picks of the Day: 34-27 (+3)
Saturday was a pretty good picking day as most, if not all of the aces picked up their wins. I guess I really need to pay attention to the Padres as they are putting it together right now. Other teams are scuffling like the Mets and the Reds. All these trends need to be followed when doing this day after day.
Can someone tell me why you would bring Vance Worley into a game with that game on the line?
- The Yankees over the Angels: C.J. Wilson has good days and bad days. If he has a good one, that will break this pick. But the Yankees are hot and the Angels are not and hence the pick.
- The Astros over the Blue Jays: The Blue Jays have just destroyed the Astros the last two days. Will it continue with Collin McHugh? I don’t think so. How R.A. Dickey fares will be a big factor too.
- The Indians over the Orioles: The O’s are really scuffling right now. When they pitch, they don’t hit. When they hit, they don’t pitch. Carlos Carrasco is consistently good and Bud Norris is not. Nick Swisher is hot for Cleveland.
- The Reds over the Padres: This pick has been wrong every day, William. So why are you making it? But…but…but…Johnny Cueto is pitching! Oh, okay then, carry on. Odrisamer Despaigne goes for the Padres.
- The Red Sox over the Athletics: Clay Buchholz has emerged from a long, dark day and into the light. Kendall Graveman should get knocked around a bit by the Red Sox offense.
- The Giants over the Phillies: Madison Bumgarner once again puts the Giants back on balance and makes those behind him better. Ryan Vogelsong is today’s guy and I don’t think the Giants will struggle to hit Sean O’Sullivan.
- The Tigers over the White Sox: Jeff Samardzija is so confusing. Is he good? If so, then why does he get banged around so badly on a semi-regular basis? I just can’t trust him. Not that trusting Alfredo Simon is any more comforting.
- The Brewers over the Twins: Mike Fiers is my pick here. The guy came to life in his last start and pitched the way he did last year. If he continues there, there is no way the Twins win. That is unless Mike Pelfrey is just as good and it becomes a bullpen battle.
- The Royals over the Rangers: The Rangers have made me look foolish in this series and the pitching match-up of Jeremy Guthrie versus Colby Lewis makes me cringe. The Royals are the better team though.
- The Nationals over the Cubs: I got this wrong yesterday…doubly wrong because I called the Cubs, the Phillies. Yeah, nice one, William! Jordan Zimmermann has been awesome lately, and is especially good after a team loss. Kyle Hendricks is a good pitcher for the Cubs too.
- The Marlins over the Rockies: Despite the loss, Jose Urena was pretty good in his last outing for the Marlins. So I pick him and his team because Kyle Kendrick at home in Coors gives me the willies.
- The Diamondbacks over the Mets: The Mets’ offense has gone to sleep. As such, Josh Collmenter has a chance against Jacob deGrom even though I like deGrom a lot.
- The Mariners over the Rays: Mike Montgomery was pretty impressive against the Yankees and he pitches against the team that gave his career new life, and, of course, taught him the change-up. Chris Archer loses a close one.
- The Cardinals over the Dodgers: Lance Lynn will shut down the Dodgers and will get a few runs against Zack Greinke.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Pirates over the Braves: Despite the stupid managerial move yesterday, I’ll stick with the Pirates in this one because of Gerrit Cole. The pitcher is 8-2 after all. Alex Wood toils for the Braves.
Yesterday: 9-6, June: 44-38, Season: 422-391, Picks of the Day: 33-27 (+2)
How can you start a night at 5-0 and end up and 7-8? Somehow, that’s how my picking day went. How disheartening! But nothing is more disheartening than hearing about that woman in Boston that got injured with a piece of shattered bat last night. How awful and she was sitting there with her husband and son. Gosh, that is bigger than anything else that happened and more important. Let’s all pray that she will recover from this injury!
- The Nationals over the Phillies: The Nats are starting a rookie named Joe Ross and he is making his MLB debut. His MiLB numbers look good, so I am going with him. He was born in 1993. Gosh. Jason Hammel goes for the Phillies.
- The Blue Jays over the Astros: Is this where the Astros come back to earth? We’ve all been waiting for it while hoping the Cinderella story continues. I think Drew Hutchison makes a better pick than Brett Oberholtzer.
- The Twins over the Brewers: J.R. Graham has been a cracker (sorry, I had to) in long relief for the Twins, so it’s not stretch for him to start a game. He throws strikes, therefore, I like him. Matt Garza will never be in my good graces after his quote about pitching for the Cubs.
- The Royals over the Rangers: MLB.com does not list pitchers for this game, but Yahoo says it will be Yordano Ventura versus Wandy Rodriguez. If that is indeed the pitching line, I have to go with the Royals.
- The Red Sox over the Athletics: I think Joe Kelly will put it together this game. And the Red Sox score often against Jesse Chavez. That’s my pick and I’m sticking to it.
- The Indians over the Orioles: Matt Wieters came back in a good way, eh? And Adam Jones broke out of his slump last night. Normally, that would be good enough for me. But Danny Salazar is a special talent who can, on any given night, shut down anyone. Ubaldo Jimenez goes for the O’s.
- The Rockies over the Marlins: This pick did not work out too well last night. But I’ll try again. Chris Rusin has been very good in his two appearances. But both of those were away. How will he do at home in Coors? I assume it will be better than David Phelps.
- The Reds over the Padres: Another pick that was way wrong last night. But what the heck. Michael Lorenzen over Andrew Cashner.
- The Pirates over the Braves: I like that Jeff Locke is a lefty against Atlanta and I don’t like the mess that is the Braves’ bullpen. Unless Julio Teheran can go a complete game, I go with the hot Pirates.
- The Tigers over the White Sox: The Tigers are in a real funk right now. But David Price should help that and should shut down the White Sox. Meanwhile, the Tigers’ sluggish offense should get to John Danks.
- The Yankees over the Angels: All the odds here seem to be stacked against a Yankee win. Adam Warren does not strike fear into any heart and Garrett Richards is a stud. But the Yankees have beaten studs all season.
- The Mets over the Diamondbacks: Chase Anderson is pretty good for the Diamondbacks, but there is some kind of charm in watching Bartolo Colon pitch (and bat). So I’m going with Shrek here.
- The Dodgers over the Cardinals: The Cardinals hardly ever lose. But perhaps today against Clayton Kershaw, that might change. Jaime Garcia has been surprisingly effective thus far.
- The Mariners over the Rays: Felix Hernandez got off track when his home mound got muddy against the Yankees. But he should be back to his old self tonight against the Rays. Alex Colome has been up and down.
And the Pick of the Day:
Yesterday: 7-8, June: 35-32, Season: 413-385, Picks of the Day: 32-27
Beware of short schedules. They can hurt you and yesterday’s hurt me. I had a terrible picking day and not very much went correctly. The Picks of the Day are definitely in a slump and the month of June just took a decided hit. The sun is shining here this morning, however, and it is hard to get too upset. Besides, there is always another day.
- The Nationals over the Cubs: It seems the National’s offense should be better than it performs. Sooner or later, it should click in. As it stands, the Cubs match up well with them and today could go either way. Tanner Roark vs. Tsuyoshi Wada
- The Yankees over the Angels: Another game that could go either way and it will depend on which borderline starter will be on his game tonight, Nathan Eovaldi or Jered Weaver.
- The Giants over the Phillies: Jerome Williams has been decent of late, but I like Tim Lincecum on the road here, especially against the Phillies. The Giants have a losing streak to get over.
- The Orioles over the Indians: There are two things I keep waiting for. The first is the shoe to drop on Shaun Marcum, who has given the Indians two good starts in three attempts. The other is for the Orioles to bust out with a big offensive game.
- The Athletics over the Red Sox: This is interesting because you have two teams that struggle to hit left-handed pitching both starting lefties against each other. The battle of the computers! Scott Kazmir over Wade Miley.
- The Reds over the Padres: You can see Raisel Iglesias improving with each outing and getting his footing. I think he wins this one over Tyson Ross, a pitcher I pick less often on the road.
- The Braves over the Pirates: This is a tough call. Williams Perez has been fairly effective, which he’ll have to be because the Pirates are hitting better. I just don’t trust Charlie Morton.
- The White Sox over the Tigers: Kyle Ryan has already beaten the odds to pitch in the Majors considering where he was drafted. He won’t go deep in the game and that is a problem because of the Tigers’ bullpen. I’m going with Jose Quintana and the White Sox.
- The Twins over the Brewers: I have never benefited from picking against Kyle Gibson of the Twins. He’s like my American League Aaron Harang. So I’ll pick him over Kyle Lohse of the Brewers.
- The Royals over the Rangers: Hmm…You have a team that doesn’t walk facing Chi Chi Gonzalez that walks too many batters. You have an Edinson Volquez against a power hitting team when a few years ago, he gave up homers left and right. But he doesn’t anymore. So I guess that’s the pick.
- The Rockies over the Marlins: Another tough game to pick. In this one Eddie Butler has looked good at times and bad in others. Then there is Tom Koehler having to pitch at Coors. I think this will be a Rockies rout. We’ll see though.
- The Mets over the Diamondbacks: Jeremy Hellickson was supposed to pitch yesterday and was held back a day. I still think the Mets win behind Jon Niese.
- The Cardinals over the Dodgers: A lot will depend on how dominant Carlos Martinez is. Playing in big Dodgers Stadium should help him if he doesn’t strike out a lot of batters. I like this kid. I’m not as confident in Brett Anderson.
- The Mariners over the Bay Rays: J.A. Happ is not a big confidence boost for me. However, I think Jake Odorizzi is the one Rays pitcher who can be had with a good night at the plate.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Blue Jays over the Astros: I have a feeling that Roberto Hernandez will not last long in his outing tonight. Meanwhile, I’m looking for a bunch of strikeouts for Aaron Sanchez.
Yesterday: 3-7, June: 28-24, Season: 406-377, Picks of the Day: 31-27
When I went to bed last night, both teams with “Los Angeles” in their names were ahead and I figured I was going to finish the day at 11-5. Both teams blew those leads in spectacular fashions and I ended up at 9-7. Bah!
A short schedule on Thursday after 33 games the previous two days. The picks:
- The Athletics over the Tigers: Shane Greene has been getting pounded of late, so I can’t really go there. Jesse Hahn looked like an all star against the Yankees, but he isn’t. But I’m thinking he’ll be better than Greene.
- The Astros over the Orioles: There is no other choice here but to stick with the hot team over the really cold team. Besides, Dallas Keuchel has become one of the game’s best pitchers. Wei-Yin Chen is only 1-4 on the season but is much better than that.
- The Red Sox over the Twins: This game is full of contradictions. The Twins are a hot team. The Red Sox are a cold team. The Red Sox do not hit lefties well. But Tommy Milone isn’t much of a lefty and has been taking a beating. Steven Wright is a knuckleball pitcher and who knows how that will go. Pick one.
- The Nationals over the Cubs: Gio Gonzalez has been pitching a little bit better. Jake Arrieta gentille Arrieta hasn’t blossomed into the star I thought he would be this year. Going with the Nats.
- The Phillies over the Reds: I’m not picking against Aaron Harang. I’m just not. I have too much emotional damage from his wins in the past. The Reds pitch Anthony DeSclafani.
- The White Sox over the Rangers: The hot Rangers’ offense will succumb for the second straight day against a power lefty. This time it will be Chicago’s Carlos Rodon, who has been most impressive. Yovani Gallardo goes for the Rangers.
- The Mets over the Diamondbacks: The D-backs are fresh off of a bit win and Troy Tulowitzki is perhaps heating up. All that said, Matt Harvey is on the mound for the Mets and the D-backs counter with Jeremy Hellickson.
- The Dodgers over the Cardinals: Carlos Frias stifled the Cardinals the last time he faced them. But that bothers me. Michael Wacha lost his last time out but that bothers me because he is 7-1. So this pick bothers me.
- The Rays over the Mariners: I’m not buying that trade the Mariners just made at all. A #4 and a #12 prospect for Michael Morse and Vidal Nuno!? What is Z, nuts? Apparently so. Meanwhile, the Rays have somehow turned Erasmo Ramirez into some kind of mythical creature and Roenis Elias never fills me with confidence.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Royals over the Indians: I got too cute with this pick yesterday. The Royals are simply the better team here. I’m not sure about super tall Chris Young, but he wins somehow. The Indians go with Trevor Bauer.
Yesterday: 9-7, June: 25-17, Season: 403-370, Picks of the Day: 31-26 (+1)
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
Holy cow, there are seventeen games being played today!! The weather played havoc with Monday night’s activities and thus we get bombarded tonight. There are sixteen games tomorrow (so far). Wow.
With so many games on tap, I hope I do better than the measly 5-4 I went on Monday. Don’t get me wrong, that record is better than being under .500, but it is still mediocre. Mike Fiers shut out the Cardinals. Not much you can do about that but tip your cap. And Felix Hernandez came unglued after the fourth inning, which was totally out of character.
There is a lot to do, so let’s get going with Tuesday:
- The Nationals over the Blue Jays: I’m still thinking that Jordan Zimmermann is better than R.A. Dickey in this one. And the Blue Jays lose the DH.
- The Nationals over the Blue Jays: Yes, I am predicting a sweep. Because directly following Zimmermann, the Nats can throw Max Scherzer out there and take care of the second game. Marco Estrada doesn’t do much for me for the Blue Jays.
- The Rockies over the Dodgers: This pitching match-up seems weird. Jorge De La Rosa goes for the Rockies and if anyone is used to pitching at Coors Field, it is him. He faces Juan Nicasio, his old friend and teammate who never had as much success at Coors than De La Rosa has. Besides, Nicasio hasn’t started all season and if he goes four innings, that will be a lot.
- The Dodgers over the Rockies: I can’t guarantee that Zack Greinke will be as successful in Coors Field than at other places. But I can tell you that David Hale hasn’t started all season and is a “put it in play” kind of pitcher. Not good for Coors.
- The Reds over the Phillies: Johnny Cueto comes off the disabled list to pitch this one. I have no idea how he will do. I still like him over Sean O’Sullivan and the Reds are playing slightly better of late.
- The Tigers over the Athletics: The Yankees made the A’s look far better than they are. But then again, they have a knack for that. The Tigers won’t be as kind. Alfredo Simon is doing much better for the Tigers than I thought he was going to do. I think he will be better than Kendall Graveman.
- The Cubs over the Marlins: I’m still trying to figure out why the Marlins chose the manager they did. The whole thing is surreal. For that reason and a whole lot of others, I like the Cubs here behind Kyle Hendricks. Brad Hand goes for the Marlins. Yeah, that’s another reason.
- The Red Sox over the Twins: This is the same match-up as what was planned yesterday and I’m still going with Clay Buchholz over Mike Pelfrey.
- The Rangers over the White Sox: Colby Lewis came down to earth in a big way in his last start and was shellacked. I’m going with a rebound today, plus, his team is on a roll. Let’s see what this new kid can do too. Jeff Samardzija goes for the White Sox.
- The Astros over the Orioles: Mike Wright has pitched brilliantly for the Orioles. Fluke? Real deal? I don’t know yet. I do know that Collin McHugh is the real deal and should be dominant.
- The Indians over the Royals: Once again, you have a Jeremy Guthrie, whose success this season was punctured by a beating by the Yankees. Does he bounce back? Will it make a difference against a good pitcher like Carlos Carrasco?
- The Cardinals over the Brewers: Lance Lynn is a known quantity. I know what he can do. I have no idea about Tyler Cravy who makes his MLB debut for the Brewers. Cravy was a late round draft pick who has done well in the minors. Can he make the jump?
- The Braves over the Diamondbacks. Josh Collmenter has not pitched well of late and yesterday’s whoopin’ of the D-backs by the Braves makes me nervous to pick them. Besides, Shelby Miller is very good.
- The Rays over the Angels: Chris Archer can be a shut down pitcher and that’s why I think he will be today as the Rays have to bounce back from a loss yesterday to the hands of Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. Take care of those two and you win. C.J. Wilson goes for the Angels.
- The Yankees over the Mariners: This one is really hard to predict. CC Sabathia has been decent on the road. And the big ballpark will help him. For the Mariners, we get the MLB debut for Mike Montgomery, a big first round pick for the Royals way back when who fizzled for them and never got anywhere. Montgomery got into the Rays’ system and is their wont, they fixed him and he has had good numbers in the minors since. Who knows how well he’ll do tonight. I bet he has a change-up after coming from the Tampa system.
- The Pirates over the Giants: A.J. Burnett is 5-1 and is pitching some of the best baseball of his long career. The Giants start “Charlton” Chris Heston, who has done pretty well for himself in his young career. I’m going with the Pirates and for the Giants to lose their fourth in a row.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Mets over the Padres: The Mets are led by Bartolo Colon and once you navigate him, you get the young studs who can really pitch. Noah Syndergaard has lived up to all the hype thus far. Ian Kennedy has been pretty awful to be honest.
Yesterday: 5-4, June: 5-4, Season: 383-357, Picks of the Day: 30-25
The month of May ended with a slight whimper as the final day produced a boring 8-7 result. The AL East continues to be as mediocre as my picking, the Nationals got swept. A way-three-dimensional, forty-two year old pitcher won his eighth game. Josh Hamilton had a good thing happen to him. And the Twins continue to win. It’s a crazy game.
A new month is a fresh slate. Monday’s picks:
- The Nationals over the Blue Jays: It happens a lot that a good team getting swept usually means trouble for the next opponent. Since the Blue Jays are already struggling, that doesn’t bode well for them. Jordan Zimmermann is coming off of three straight good starts and R.A. Dickey is always an adventure.
- The Cubs over the Marlins: I really miss Jose Fernandez. I hope he comes back soon and at a semblance of his old self. I bet the Marlins do too when they have to shuttle guys like Jose Urena out there instead. Jason Hammel goes for the Cubs.
- The Red Sox over the Twins: Lost in all this losing by his team, Clay Buchholz has quietly gotten better and that should continue tonight. Mike Pelfrey was supposedly squeezed out of the rotation during Spring Training and now looks like one of their best pitchers.
- The Orioles over the Astros: The one thing you know here is that Brett Oberholtzer is going to give up a lot of hits. How many of those base runners score will make the difference in the outcome. Ubaldo Jimenez goes for the O’s.
- The Cardinals over the Brewers: The last time I picked against Jaime Garcia, he won. But I’m still not a believer. But I do believe in his team and they just keep winning. Mike Fiers goes for the Brewers who have to be dragging today.
- The Dodgers over the Rockies: I hate when Clayton Kershaw has to pitch in Coors Field. Anything can happen there. But then again, Kyle Kendrick isn’t having any fun there either.
- The Diamondbacks over the Braves: The Braves had a whooshing comeback yesterday against the Giants, which was impressive. I’m going with the D-backs though because I like Archie Bradley a lot. Alex Wood is decent though.
- The Angels over the Rays: The Rays are playing well and Alex Colome has been good for the five innings he can pitch. The answer for me is Garrett Richards who is as overpowering as a pitcher can be.
- The Mets over the Padres: Jacob deGrom has been fairly consistent if you throw out his start against the Yankees. He’ll also benefit from a big ballpark. Andrew Cashner finally won a game and can be overpowering. So we’ll see.
- The Mariners over the Yankees: A very interesting game as Michael Pineda returns to his original home in Seattle. Too bad he has to go up against Felix Hernandez, who has been unbeatable. The Yankees can’t seem to win on the road. Edge: King Felix.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Pirates over the Giants: The Giants have lost two in a row. Whut!? Ryan Vogelsong is 4-2 despite (or in spite) of me picking against him every time. He just seems like a rally waiting to happen. On the other hand, good things happen for the Pirates when Gerrit Cole pitches.
Yesterday: 8-7, May final: 211-188, Season: 378-353, Picks of the Day: (29-25)
I hope this last day of May is better than the penultimate day. Because yesterday was awful. After five positive days in a row, I could hardly get anything correct on Saturday. Chi Chi? Who knew? Well, I did know. He did walk five guys. It’s just that the Red Sox are flatter than a pancake. Erasmo Ramirez pitching like Pedro Martinez? Seriously?
Let’s finish May with a flourish shall we?
- The Mets over the Marlins: Two former Yankee pitchers go at it today in Bartolo Colon and David Phelps. After Shane Greene got pummeled last night, picking any ex-Yankee seems to be unsavory. Colon at least has a chance to pitch very well. Phelps? Doubt it.
- The Nationals over the Reds: Hopefully, Bryce Harper‘s back will allow him to play after he was drilled by Cingrani (I still think it was on purpose). If he plays, the Nats have a much better lineup and now that Tanner Roarke can start again, he’s a winner. Michael Lorenzen has pitched well for the Reds though.
- The Rockies over the Phillies: One of the few picks I got right yesterday, I’m going to stick with it. I still like Jordan Lyles despite his slow start this season. I like him better than Jerome Williams.
- The Orioles over the Rays: This is really a tough series to call. Both teams are having issues and both seem to be playing less than they’re capable. For example, Chris Tillman has been solid for the last couple of years and looks awful this season. Will that turn around? Is Jake Odorizzi good or not? That answer changes from start to start.
- The Brewers over the Diamondbacks: Interesting. Tyler Wagner is making the jump from Double-A to make his MLB debut tonight for the Brewers. He has had a great minor league career and was great during the AFL. So he’s an interesting pick tonight. Chase Anderson goes for the D-backs.
- The Astros over the White Sox: This one features two starting pitchers I have no confidence in at all with John Danks and Roberto Hernandez. The swing the Astros way is because they have a better chance to score more with their offense than the White Sox do with theirs.
- The Twins over the Blue Jays: I never thought I would be picking the Twins and the Astros this much this season. But look how they are playing! Ricky Nolasco has found new life somewhere after last year’s fiasco. Drew Hutchison is inconsistent.
- The Cardinals over the Dodgers: This same pick blew up on me yesterday with Michael Wacha on the mound, no less. Carlos Martinez has the ability to shut down the Dodgers and I think the Cards score on Brett Anderson.
- The Royals over the Cubs: This is the same match up that got rained out yesterday. Yordano Ventura is my pick over Tsuyoshi Wada. I picked this differently yesterday, just so you know…
- The Rangers over the Red Sox: I’m not sure about picking Wandy Rodriguez against the Red Sox. But I also know that Joe Kelly has been awful and the Rangers’ offense is rocking. The Red Sox do not hit lefties well and Rusney Castillo has yet to contribute anything.
- The Yankees over the Athletics: The Yankees finally won a road game yesterday. Imagine that! Adam Warren has been pitching well. Jesse Chavez has not been pitching well. The A’s defense is brutal.
- The Indians over the Mariners: Danny Salazar has been terrific and other than Nelson Cruz, none of the other Mariners are hitting much. I like that combination. J.A. Happ goes for the Mariners.
- The Angels over the Tigers: I think David Price gets beat by a couple of homers today. That’s just what my gut is telling me. But that assumes that Matt Shoemaker can hold down the Tigers.
- The Pirates over the Padres: Why is this a night game when it is not the ESPN Sunday night game? Isn’t that weird? Either way, this pick depends on whether or not Odrisamer Despaigne‘s last two good starts were flukes or not. Jeff Locke goes for the Pirates.
And the Pick of the Day:
- The Giants over the Braves: I got this one wrong yesterday too. The Giants finally lost a game!? I cannot pick against Madison Bumgarner. The only way he loses is if Julio Teheran comes out firing on all cylinders, which is certainly possible.
Yesterday: 5-9, May: 203-181, Season: 369-346, Picks of the Day: 29-24