Tim Wakefield wins Number 200 and Mariano Rivera saved Number 600. Now that is a fun night of baseball! And as far as this picker is concerned, those two milestones were the cherry on top of what was an excellent day of picks. To be sure, there were a few lucky picks. The Brewers and Diamondbacks won in extra innings, but that's what good teams do.
The only three picks that went south were the Phillies who lost again to the Astros. What the heck is up with that? Cory Luebke pitched brilliantly for the Padres, but his team couldn't score and the Giants won in extra innings. And the Orioles beat the Bay Rays. Didn't see that one coming. The Bay Rays loss coupled with a win by the Red Sox leaves the Bay Rays' hopes faint and quaint.
- The Braves over the Marlins: Ricky Nolasco is always a surprise. He's like a Cracker Jack box as you never know what's inside. Randall Delgado is also unpredictable as he is so inexperienced. The Braves need the win, so let's just give them the pick.
- The Cardinals over the Pirates: Edwin Jackson should be better than Charlie Morton and Tony LaRussa will make twenty more moves over the final three innings in a futile attempt to stay close to Atlanta.
- The Blue Jays over the Red Sox: John Lackey. Enough said? Perhaps. But it all depends on how well Ricky Romero pitches. If he is on his game, he'll win. If not, this pick will be a pile of goo.
- The Phillies over the Astros: The Phillies are just playing with us, right? Two losses in a row to the Astros? Roy Halladay will fix that with win Number 18. Bud Norris will put up a spirited defense in a losing effort.
- The Tigers over the White Sox: Dylan Axelrod makes his first major league start. He has good minor league numbers. But this is the Tigers we are talking about. Brad Penny goes for the Tigers.
- The Angels over the Athletics: Rich Harden has more wins against the Angels than any other team in his career. But he faces Jared Weaver. Not this time.
- The Giants over the Padres: Nice match up on paper between Tim Lincecum and Matt Latos. Neither team can hit. Should be a game of chicken.
- The Twins over the Royals: This picker likes this Liam Hendriks kid. He throws strikes. The Twins have to score four runs off of Luke Hochevar to win though and that ain't easy for them.
- The Rangers over the Indians: Derek Holland is like a light switch. He's either off or on, night or day. There is no dusk with Holland. The Rangers are still fighting for the division, however, so let's give them the win over David (Hassle) Huff.
- The Bay Rays over the Orioles: Hesitant about this pick as Jeremy Guthrie can be lights out at times. Wade Davis isn't ever a lock. But the Bay Rays find a way.
- The Reds over the Cubs: Bad luck seems to find Casey Coleman, even when he is on his game. Johnny Cueto with the win.
- The Nationals over the Mets: First, a kid with the unlikely name of Brad Peacock is making his first start in the majors. He has impressive numbers in the minors considering he was drafted in the 41st Round (2006). As you know, this picker never picks these kinds of situations. But that's how little faith this picker has in Mike Pelfrey.
- The Brewers over the Rockies: Oh, look, Kevin Millwood is pitching. Isn't that cute. Taking Shaun Marcum and the Brewers at home.
- The Dodgers over the Diamondbacks: Daniel Hudson on a good day can keep up with Clayton Kershaw. Going with Kershaw though, the smarter pick here.
And the Game of the Day!
- The Yankees over the Mariners: Ivan Nova against Jason Vargas. Shouldn't be a need for a save from Mo in this one.
Games of the Day: 103-59
Remember, the game of the day isn't the most exciting or meaningful. It's the pick this picker feels the most confident will be correct.