Wow! This crept up all of the sudden! Real baseball gets played tomorrow: Honest to goodness, Major League Baseball. As such, it's time to fire up the old Game Picks feature that has been dormant since the end of the Cardinals' victory in Game Seven of the World Series. For those of you new to the site, every single day of the MLB season features a Game Picks post predicting the outcome of each game. Your host has not missed a single game in two and a half years. Just to be clear, this isn't a gambling feature. There is no over/under, no odds. Just a prediction of the outcome of each game. The game picker's score will be tallied daily, weekly, monthly and for the season. Tomorrow's game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners will take place at 6:10 AM eastern time (in Japan!) and thus the pick has to be logged tonight. Normally they appear first thing in the morning.
And the first game pick of the 2012 MLB season is:
- The Mariners over the Athletics: Yes, everyone is going to want to see what Yeonis Cespedes does. Yes, Brandon McCarthy is a magazine cover boy and a student of the game. Yes, McCarthy throws a lot of ground balls. Yes, his wife is pretty. Yes, Moneyball was nominated for an Oscar. Buuuutttt. Felix Hernandez didn't lose to the Athletics all last season. That has to be the pick. Now Thursday's game might be a different story.
Of course, this will be a lot more fun when there are fifteen games to pick and not just one. But we work with what we have. So there it is! The first Game Pick of the 2012 season. How cool is that?