Sunday, June 19, 2011

Game Picks - Sunday: June 19, 2011

After two days of traveling, this picker is finally in Florida and life is good. A huge chuckle had to escape this morning after catching up with the picks from the last two days. They were almost mirror images. Friday was absolutely awful but the Game of the Day was correct. Yesterday was one of the most successful days ever here for this feature but the Game of the Day was one of the few incorrect picks. Silly.

Yesterday's travels weren't silly. We were woken by a 4:45 wake up call and got to the Portland airport by six. Once we got there, we found out that our flight had been canceled. The next available flight was for Sunday. Not really having the funds for another hotel stay, we were booked on a flight out of Boston at noon. So we had to take a taxi to the bus station and then a bus down to Logan Airport. What fun! And the airline, JetBlue would not help us with those costs because the flight was originally cancelled due to weather: "An act of God," they called it. We later found out it was a computer glitch. But that doesn't help us now. But at least the bus ride and the Boston fllight went off without a hitch and we are safely deposited in Florida. Mom looks another year older, which is sad. But we're here.

Sunday's games at least can be picked in real time as we are back on track. Last week ended up at .500 on the nose. This week must be better. Here goes:

  • The Indians over the Pirates: The Indians have stopped their slide at the expense of the Pirates who came into Cleveland as a hot team. That happens sometimes. The Indians complete the sweep with a Justin Masterson win over hard luck, Jeff Karstens.
  • The Mets over the Angels: The Mets are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. And Jonathan Niese is one of the hottest pitchers too. He gets the win over Tyler Chatwood.
  • The Blue Jays over the Reds: Interleague play shows how good a team the Blue Jays are though they remain stuck in the AL East. Carlos Villanueva hasn't lost yet. He beats Bronson Arroyo.
  • The Orioles over the Nationals: Normally, the pick here would be the Nationals as they've won a bunch in a row and face weak-link, Chris Jakubauskas. But they counter with Tom Gorzelanny, who has been on the DL with a bum elbow. Not good.
  • The Brewers over the Red Sox: This game could go either way. It all depends on Tim Wakefield and how good he can be. Yovani Gallardo goes for the Brewers.
  • The Rangers over the Braves: Alexi Ogando is not facing the Yankees, so he should be fine. Jair Jurrjens lost his last time out and doesn't look as lights out lately.
  • The Twins over the Padres: The Twins were fortunate to get the Padres for their interleague pairing. Francisco Liriano takes care of the Friars while the Twins score a few off of Dustin Moseley.
  • The Cardinals over the Royals: The Cards finally got off their losing streak yesterday and have Jaime Garcia on the mound today. Should be an easy win over Danny Duffy.
  • The Tigers over the Rockies: Justin Verlander doesn't need to worry about thin air with that arm. Aaron Cook should be no match.
  • The Giants over the Athletics: Matt Cain should be solid and who knows what the heck ails Trevor Cahill. Something is wrong for the A's ace as he's been awful of late.
  • The White Sox over the Diamondbacks: Two of the best stories of the year in Josh Collmenter and Philip Humber. Giving the nod to Humber here but there is doubt.
  • The Astros over the Dodgers: The 'Stros sweep the Dodgers? Whoda thunk it. Wandy Rodriguez finishes off the series against Hiroki Kuroda, who has been susceptible lately.
  • The Phillies over the Mariners: Really thought King Felix would win yesterday. Oh well. If he didn't win, there is no way that Jason Vargas is going to win. Especially not against Cole Hamels.
  • The Yankees over the Cubs: C. C. Sabathia beats Randy Wells in this one. How did the Cubs lose that game yesterday? The Yankees did everything they could to lose that game and didn't.

And the Game of the Day!

  • The Bay Rays over the Marlins: The Marlins may never win again, especially if they keep trotting Chris Volstad out there. James Shields has been very good of late.

Yesterday: 12-3
Friday: 4-11
Last Week: 48-48
Month: 133-114
Season: 576-479
Games of the Day: 49-31

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