Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Game Picks - Tuesday: April 19, 2011

Monday was a very good day. The picks were well on the plus side. In fact, only three were wrong and in hindsight, sort of dumb. The Red Sox always win on Patriots Day and it should have been obvious that the Blue Jays are too full of free swingers to test Dice-K. The Pirates continue to confound and beat the Reds again. And those Orioles are sinking fast. But with those three blips on an otherwise successful day were just that. The Indians are now tied for the best record in baseball. How long do we ride the wave?

Tuesday brings us back to a full slate of games. Perhaps this picker can build on Monday and have a big week:

  • The White Sox over the Bay Rays: This Fan has more faith in Danks than Shields and though both are pitching pretty well at home, homers make the difference for the White Sox.
  • The Phillies over the Brewers: Don't think you can ever pick against Roy Halliday. Pick him and you'll be right seventy percent of the time. Wolf with the loss for the Brewers.
  • The Twins over the Orioles: Arrieta got beat up his last time out and Pavano should give a professional outing for the Twins.
  • The Yankees over the Bay Rays: Burnett is 3-0 and pitching well. Drabek is tough, but will yield just enough for the Bombers to win.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Reds: LeCure is not pitching against San Diego this time and the D-backs can hit. Galarraga is difficult to predict. The Reds are scuffling though.
  • The Mets over the Astros: Toss up game. Niese and Wandy have both struggled. One of them has to win. The Mets have a good line up against lefties.
  • The Marlins over the Pirates: The Fan got burned picking against Josh Johnson last time. Like a child, the Fan learns not to touch the burner again. Maholm with the loss.
  • The Rangers over the Angels: Colby Lewis is great in big games and this one qualifies. The Angels counter with Matt Palmer, who is really no better than Kazmir.
  • The Cubs over the Padres: Dustin Moseley is 0-3 despite an ERA under two. He might pitch better than Russell for the Cubs, but will the Padres score enough? No.
  • The Indians over the Royals: Chen is bound to hit a rough patch here. Jeanmar Gomez comes up from Triple A to pitch, but he's not some young kid. He's 32 years old and he handles himself well.
  • The Cardinals over the Nationals: The Cards will out slug the Nats as Lannon and Westbrook don't exactly throw a pitcher's duel.
  • The Rockies over the Giants: Ubaldo is back in his house. Sanchez with the hard luck loss.
  • The Athletics over the Red Sox: The Red Sox traveled across he country yesterday. Not an easy thing to do. Lackey has not been good. Anderson should be better.
  • The Tigers over the Mariners: Coke should be better than Fister. Tigers offense is definitely better.

And the Game of the Day!

  • The Dodgers over the Braves: Starting to worry about this Braves team. Beachy hasn't been effective. Kuroda has been except for his last start. The Dodgers finally got themselves a left fielder in Jerry Sands.

Yesterday: 8-3
Week: 17-10
Month: 127-107
Season: 127-107
Games of the Day: 9-10 (almost caught up!)

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