After a perfect day on Thursday, there was no expectation that Friday would go as well. But there was certainly no idea it would go as badly as it did. There was a blown save by Frank Francisco. There was a blown save by Rafael Dolis. As predicted, Bud Norris and James McDonald were terrific. But the wrong one was picked to win. Tough loss for McDonald. He was brilliant. The Athletics kicked the Tigers' butt. What!? The Red Sox and Twins both won. Hmm... Gavin Floyd totally shut down the Royals. And Madison Bumgarner had a rare bad start. That about wraps up a dismal night of picking.
But there is always another day in Major League Baseball. Saturday's picks:
- The Rangers over the Angels: Umm. C.J. Wilson started yesterday. He threw 22 pitches and then the rains came and he missed the rest of the game. And he is going to start again today? There is no way that can end well. Matt Harrison wins.
- The Brewers over the Cubs: The Cubs had their chance to win last night. Blew it. Shaun Marcum over Chis Vostad.
- The Marlins over the Mets: Ricky Nolasco is pitching really well. But so is R.A. Dickey. Tough one to call here. Going with Nolasco to become the all time Marlins' pitcher in wins and improve his record to 5-0.
- The Yankees over the Mariners: Hector Noesi gets the start for the M's and faces his old team. That should be interesting. Phil Hughes is fighting for his rotation spot and has had two decent starts in a row.
- The Pirates over the Astros: Another tough call. The Pirates offense is really poor. And Charlie Morton is giving up the long ball. But J.A. Happ got beat up pretty good by the Cardinals last time out. Going with the Pirates at home, but not without reservations.
- The Bay Rays over the Orioles: Both Matt Moore and Brian Matusz are coming off the worst starts of their years. Moore hasn't been the mortal lock everyone expected. Tough one. Both teams are playing well.
- The Red Sox over the Indians: Really like Felix Doubront. Like him a lot. He will hold down the Indians enough to get the win. Josh Tomlin was good his last time out. But the Red Sox are a better offense than the White Sox.
- The White Sox over the Royals: Chris Sale gets the start after getting a clean bill of health. But that elbow worries this picker quite a bit. But Luke Hochevar was so bad his last time out that it's hard to pick him.
- The Blue Jays over the Twins: Jose Bautista hit two homers in a losing cause last night. Is he finally over his long funk? P.J. Walter takes Liriano's place in the rotation for the Twins. Why doesn't that fill this picker with inspiration? But then again, Drew Hutchinson doesn't inspire confidence either.
- The Reds over the Nationals: Mat Latos seems ready to bust out in a big way after his last dominant outing. And the Nationals never score any runs for Jordan Zimmermann. It's pathetic.
- The Braves over the Cardinals: Adam Wainwright is getting better and better as the season goes along. But he will bend a little bit if not break. Brandon Beachy isn't bending at all this season.
- The Tigers over the Athletics: Brandon McCarthy is good. Very good. But the Tigers should score a few. Doug Fister is simply amazing. He wins unless Brandon Inge gets more revenge on his old team.
- The Diamondbacks over the Giants: Two pitchers that seldom get run support in Matt Cain and Trevor Cahill. One of them has to win. Going with the home team.
- The Dodgers over the Rockies: Aaron Harang always has a better chance to win at Dodger Stadium. Juan Nicasio has been decent. But the Dodgers win this one.
And the Game of the Day!
- The Phillies over the Padres: John Mayberry is heating up. Roy Halladay is starting. Sounds like a win from here. Edinson Volquez will be Edinson Volquez.
Games of the Day: 21-15