Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Game Picks - Tuesday: August 23, 2011

Yesterday's picks would have been fantastic if honesty wasn't the best policy. The Brewers and Pirates played a double-header. This picker predicted they would split their games. They did. And this picker didn't call which game would be which. But if you look at yesterday's picks, this picker did hint strongly that it would be the Greinke game that the Brewers would win. So, alas, in the name of full disclosure, this picker is taking them both wrong. Sigh, sometimes it sucks to be honest.

There were only two other bad picks. The Indians are sinking fast and lost again last night. Please get this picker off their bandwagon! Yeah, the pick was unlucky as it included a blown save based on bad defense, but still. The other bad pick was picking the Twins over the Orioles in a battle of bad teams. But in such a battle of also-rans, those things can happen.

All the other picks were correct including brilliant picks for the Nationals, Rangers, Dodgers and Tigers. Well, the Dodger pick was kind of lucky. The Cardinals should have won, but Tony LaRussa over-managed that puppy and the dogs got out.

Tuesday is back to a full schedule and the games should go like this:

  • The Mariners and Indians split their double-header: That's all this picker is going to say. There will not be a repeat of yesterday!
  • The Diamondbacks over the Nationals: Man, what to do when two of this picker's favorite pitchers are pitching in Ian Kennedy and Jordan Zimmermann? The Diamondbacks are way overdue for a win and need one badly.
  • The Brewers over the Pirates: Marco Estrada pitched really well in his first start, so this picker will stick with that, especially with Ross Ohlendorf making his first start back from the DL and minors.
  • The Phillies over the Mets: Jonathan Niese is 2-2 against the Phillies this year. That's the good news. The bad news is that he is 0-2 and has been hammered in Citizen's Bank Park. Vance Worley with the win.
  • The Blue Jays over the Royals: Brandon Morrow should shut down the young Royals and the Blue Jays should park a couple off of Bruce Chen.
  • The Yankees over the Athletics: Bartolo Colon's cape has become ragged of late. But the Yankees usually beat the A's, especially at home. Brandon McCarthy gets the start for the A's. Everywhere you look, there is a Brandon.
  • The Reds over the Marlins: This picker is done picking Ricky Nolasco. Done! Going with Johnny Cueto.
  • The Braves over the Cubs: Mike Minor has been great since returning from the minors. The Braves should get to Casey Coleman.
  • The Rangers over the Red Sox: Tough call here. Both teams can mash. The Red Sox are missing a couple of key guys and their starter, John Lackey, has an ERA over six. But Colby Lewis has an ERA over five lifetime against the Red Sox. Could be a high scoring game!
  • The Orioles over the Twins: The Twins are the island of misfit toys and can only hope that Santa can fix them in December. The Orioles aren't much better. The match up of Alfredo Simon and Brian Duensing doesn't shoot fireworks off either...or maybe that's exactly what they will do.
  • The Dodgers over the Cardinals: TLR frittered away yesterday's win and today faces Clayton Kershaw, the hottest pitcher in baseball. All Kyle Lohse can try to do is keep up.
  • The Astros over the Rockies: In Bud Norris, the Astros should have a pitcher that keeps them in the game. If the Astros can get to Alex White, they have a chance to win.
  • The Angels over the White Sox: Another tough game to call as Mark Buehrle and Ervin Santana have been good this season. Going with the power of Santana at home.
  • The Padres over the Giants: Just a hunch here that Matt Latos will shut down the Giants so much that it won't matter what Matt Cain does.

And the Game of the Day!

  • The Bay Rays over the Tigers: Brad Penny is 0-3 lifetime in Tropicana Field and faces David Price fresh off of a big outing.

Yesterday: 7-4
Week: 15-11
Month: 172-123
Season: 1046-864
Games of the Day: 90-50   Forty games over .500!

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