Other than those picks, everything sailed along smoothly. The Yankees took advantage of the Bay Rays' gassed team. The same gassed Red Sox feasted on Buck Showalter's awful pitching staff and won despite giving up ten runs. The Pirates beat the Reds behind Charlie Morton and find themselves in sole possession of first place since the Brewers lost to Arizona as predicted. Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse hit homers in support of Jason Marquis as the Nationals won again. Ryan Vogelsong continued his lovely melody for the Giants and Mark Buehrle shut down the Royals as predicted.
Great start to the week so far. Got to keep it going:
- The Red Sox over the Orioles: The Red Sox start Kyle Weiland, which didn't go well last time. But it's still against the Orioles and Jeremy Guthrie, so it won't matter.
- The Pirates over the Reds: James McDonald almost always gives up three runs. So the Pirates have to score four. Can they do that against Mike Leake? Why not?
- The Tigers over the Athletics: Guillermo Moscoso was great against the Mariners. The Tigers aren't the Mariners. Rick Porcello has to pitch well though. The Tigers should win at home.
- The Blue Jays over the Mariners: The Blue Jays have to get to Michael Pineda at home to win. And Brett Cecil has to pitch well. The latter part is more likely.
- The Bay Rays over the Yankees: This Fan is not feeling good about Bartolo Colon these days. It was fun while it lasted, but his legs are gone. Jeremy Hellickson with the win.
- The Marlins over the Padres: Tim Stauffer is good. But so is Anibal Sanchez. Neither pitcher has gotten any runs to support their starts.
- The Cardinals over the Mets: Dillon Gee used to be a lock pick. But lock has gone to rocked in recent outings. It's not that Kyle Lohse is a solid pick either. He had a cruddy July after a nice start to his season. Toss up game. Who knows.
- The Phillies over the Cubs: Matt Garza has been fantastic at home. Cliff Lee has been fantastic period.
- The Nationals over the Astros: Jordan Zimmermann has seven more starts left this season before he is shut down. Enjoy them people, enjoy them. J. A. Happ goes for the Astros.
- The White Sox over the Royals: Jake Peavy has had plenty of time to work out the kinks that led to two bad outings before the All Star break. He should have a good game. Dan Duffy has been better than this writer has given him credit for. But he'll continue to lose with this game.
- The Indians over the Twins: The Cleveland crew is trying to put a dagger in the Twins' season. If Francisco Liriano is on his game, this could be a bad pick. But Justin Masterson is very good too.
- The Rockies over the Braves: This picker loves Brandon Beachy. But the logic is that Ubaldo Jiminez will be so angry at the trade talks that he buries the Braves only making him more attractive to buyers.
- The Brewers over the Diamondbacks: Yovani Gallardo has ten wins, but hasn't pitched well. But Barry Enright makes his first start back from the minors for the D-backs. That's scary.
- The Rangers over the Angels: If Tyler Chatwood gets ahead in the count, he's dangerous. And Alexi Ogando has to be good to get this pick in the clear.
And the Game of the Day!
- The Giants over the Dodgers: Madison Bumgarner throws a gem and out duels another youngster, Rubby de la Rosa.
Games of the Day: 68-39