Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Game Picks - Tuesday: August 17, 2010

The Fan has been a bit distracted this week. The Fan's son moved to Florida a week ago today and today, the Fan's daughter started her first day of high school. Ah, where does the time go? The combination can be the Fan's excuse for blowing up in picks yesterday. It actually wasn't a disaster with four correct and four incorrect, but it was a failure in these eyes. Suddenly, the Yankees can't hit. The Marlins are like pulling a slot machine lever. You never know what you're going to get and it's bad more often than it's good. Houston blew a save. And the Rangers strangely left Cliff Lee in there too long until he blew the game. But there is always today.

Tuesday's Picks:

  • The Phillies over the Giants: Zito won't be enough to hold off Oswalt and the Phillies.
  • The Orioles over the Mariners: Yes, even Millwood will win a game. French goes for the Mariners with a side of fries.
  • The Marlins over the Pirates: Yeah, the Fan knows what he just said. But in a perfect world, Nolasco should beat Duke. It's just not a perfect world.
  • The Yankees over the Tigers: Verlander versus Sabathia in a marquee match up. The odds of Sabathia holding the weak-hitting Tigers is stronger.
  • The Braves over the Nationals: Minor is a risk of a pick as a greenhorn, but the Braves should score enough to win.
  • The Rangers over the Bay Rays: Garza versus Hunter in another good one. Garza has been only so-so since the no-no. Hunter was cuffed up good his first start, but he's a good pitcher.
  • The Padres over the Cubs: Yet another improbable Garland win. Wells goes for the Cubs.
  • The Red Sox over the Angels: Buchholz has become a stud this season. Weaver is a tough opponent though.
  • The Mets over the Astros: Santana should shut out the Astros. Meanwhile, the Mets face old friend, Figueroa.
  • The Indians over the Royals: The Royals aren't exactly playing well behind Greinke and Mr. Gomez is 3-0 for Cleveland.
  • The Twins over the White Sox: Taking the Twins at home. But Baker versus Danks is no picnic.
  • The Reds over the Diamondbacks: Interesting game. Hudson has been great for the D-Backs and Arroyo is having his best year for the Reds. Very interesting game.
  • The Blue Jays over the Athletics: Another tough game to pick. Previous no-hit pitchers have struggled after their gems, so Morrow could too. And Braden has been good of late for the A's.
  • The Dodgers over the Rockies: The Dodgers aren't going to make the playoffs but they can help the Rockies not get there either. Kershaw wins over Chacin.

And the Game of the Day

  • The Cardinals over the Brewers: Garcia versus Bush seems like a mismatch. Plus, Pujols and Holliday are on fire.

Yesterday: 4-4
Week: 15-8
Month: 108-83
Season: 1009-738
Games of the Day: 66-51

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