Friday, April 23, 2010

Game Picks - Friday: April 23, 2010

Isn't it funny how as human beings we tend to focus more on what we do wrong than what we do right? On the surface, this picker had another good picking day yesterday but those three incorrect picks stick more in the craw than the correct picks. First, the Fan correctly picked that Livan would throw another good game. But Ubaldo was even better and so that pick was off. The Yankees can't win 162 games so occasionally, you have to pick the games they will lose. The Fan failed to do so last night and that was another incorrect pick. And finally, the Game of the Day pick was again a terrible pick as the Bay Rays had no trouble with Peavy and beat up on the hapless White Sox. But there were much more correct picks than incorrect ones including some upsets that worked out nicely. Some day...some day...this picker is going to have a perfect day. And just as likely, some day will be perfectly awful. [shiver] Okay, the Fan will stick with being very good and try to be happy.

The picks for Friday shape up thusly:

  • The Nationals over the Dodgers: Isn't it ironic that Joe Torre has more horses in the Kentucky Derby than in his rotation? Tonight it will be Haeger versus a guy named Luis Atilano, who was called up to take Marquis' spot in the rotation. Atilano is a former 2003 first round pick. He isn't a big power pitcher (according to his minor league stats) but he throws strikes.
  • The Mets over the Braves: Maine has got to get it together and a struggling Atlanta offense is a good place to do it. Ike Davis watch: two more hits last night. Heyward is in a bit of a slump.
  • The Reds over the Padres: Tough pick here as Cueto versus Correia could go either way.
  • The Red Sox over the Orioles: Lester needed a match up like the Orioles in the worst way. Ortiz has sat two straight games. hmm...
  • The Bay Rays over the Blue Jays: The Bay Rays win the battle of the "Ays." Brent (Beanie and) Cecil was called up to pitch for the Blue Jays, but Garza is now an ace so it won't matter.
  • The Astros over the Pirates: The Pirates just lost a 20-0 game. Maholm is a nice pitcher but Oswalt will be better.
  • The Rangers over the Tigers: The Rangers finally picked up a W last night. They have Feldman pitching tonight. Hamilton is showing signs of life. Nelson Cruz is turning into a superstar.
  • The Cubs over the Brewers: Dempster is consistent and should beat Suppon who is making his first start of the year. Blech.
  • The White Sox over the Mariners: Floyd is better than Rowland-Smith so that will make the difference as neither team can hit.
  • The Twins over the Royals: Pavano versus Meche. Yeesh. Not a fun game to pick.
  • The Marlins over the Rockies: Great match up of Nolasco versus Smith. Going with Nolasco since he did the Fan so well last time out.
  • The Phillies over the Diamondbacks: Hamels versus Benson isn't even a fair fight.
  • The Indians over the Athletics: Westbrook versus Duchscherer seems to favor the A's, but this picker is predicting an upset.
  • The Yankees over the Angels: A. J. Burnett has burned this picker twice. Will it be three times if the Fan predicts him to win? It hasn't worked the other way around.

And in the GAME of the DAY!

  • The Cardinals over the Giants: Garcia versus Lincecum is a very intriguing match up. Garcia has been the biggest surprise this year so here's predicting the Cards win the game something like 3-2.

Yesterday: 7-3
Week: 38-25
Month: 139-77
Games of the Day: 3-4

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Isn't it funny how as human beings we tend to focus more on what we do wrong than what we do right?"

I totally agree with had a great day yesterday, not 10-0 but a great one

....and we should change our way to look at things and concentrate more on the positive things