But other than those failures, the day went really well. The Blue Jays did beat John Lackey and the Red Sox. The Cardinals did squeak by on another fabulous performance by Chris Carpenter. The Pirates, Nationals, Diamondbacks and Mariners (behind Michael Pineda) all won as predicted. The Rangers, White Sox and Braves all won as called. So it was a good day. The fireworks were great. The company was great and the food was excellent. A perfect day in paradise.
Perhaps the rest of the week's deficit can be made up on Tuesday:
- The Nationals over the Cubs: Holy cow! What a terrible game to start off with. First, 38-year old, Ramon Ortiz, will get the start for the Cubs. Yeah, believe it. It's been over a year since he pitched in the majors. The Nationals aren't sure of their starter but it will most likely be Ross Detwiler. Talk about the bottom of the pitching barrel.
- The Pirates over the Astros: Picking against Wandy Rodriguez wasn't a good idea last time out. But the Astros simply can't support him very well. And Jeff Karstens has been as good as Wandy since the beginning of June.
- The Yankees over the Indians: C. C. Sabathia has been on a very good roll and the Yankees have a score to settle with Carlos Carrasco. It won't be easy though as the guy is very good.
- The Cardinals over the Reds: Jaime Garcia has been on a bit of a bad streak and has given up five runs in both of his last two outings. He'll tighten it up and home and the Cardinals will wait out Edinson Volquez and make him throw strikes.
- The Braves over the Rockies: No Tulo. No CarGo. No chance. Derek Lowe over Jhoulys Chacin, who was knocked around in his last start.
- The Marlins over the Phillies: Stupidity the second day in a row? Well, yeah. Chris Volstad has been on a min-roll and the Marlins should match up well against the lefty, Cole Hamels. Yeah, it's probably dumb again.
- The Red Sox over the Blue Jays: The heart wants to pick the Blue Jays, but Jon Lester? But with Travis Snider back and Jose Bautista loving lefties? Perhaps. Brett Cecil should get hit around by the Red Sox though.
- The Brewers over the Diamondbacks: The D-backs simply do not give up in any game and overcame Zach Duke's last bad outing. A lot will depend on how deep Randy Wolf can go in the game as the Brewers' bullpen is toast.
- The White Sox over the Royals: Felipe Paulino still hasn't won this season and faces Jake Peavy. White Sox all the way in this one.
- The Bay Rays over the Twins: Tough game to call. The Rays are good on the road as is their starter, James Shields. The Twins start Scott Baker, who has been very good. Tough game to pick:
- The Tigers over the Angels: Another tough match up of Dan Haren versus Justin Verlander. Verlander should come out on top.
- The Mariners over the Athletics: Felix Hernandez wasn't great his last time out. Trevor Cahill has one good start in his last five. Two excellent pitchers struggling. Pick 'em.
- The Mets over the Dodgers: Ted Lilly's elbow is bothering him. That can't be good. Mike Pelfrey is solid and should win.
- The Giants over the Padres: Matt Cain won't allow any Padres to score while the amazingly tough luck of Tim Stauffer continues.
And the Game of the Day!
- The Rangers over the Orioles: The Orioles lack of pitching depth is starting to kill them. Mitch Atkins pitched ineffectively for the Cubs last year and has never started a major league game. Not good. Matt Harrison with the win.
Games of the Day: 60-36