Sunday, May 20, 2012

Game Picks - Sunday: May 20, 2012

Remember yesterday? Remember when this picker was talking about how a great day of picking on Friday had reversed all the losses of a miserable week? And that a positive Saturday could actually put the week in the black? Pfffft. Nada. Nope. Instead it was a total crash and burn and ended up being one of the worst days ever around here. The week was ruined. The reputation sullied. Awful. Gosh.

Despite the urge to pack up the computer and forget about it, the picks must go on. Here are Sunday's picks. Follow them at your own risk:
  • The Yankees over the Reds: These two teams are about as slippery to pick as any two teams in baseball right now. Win one. Lose one. Win one. Lose one. The Yankees are in a hitting funk and even make guys like Homer Bailey look good. So how will they do against a really good pitcher like Johnny Cueto? The pick is for the Yankees because of C.C. Sabathia at home.
  • The Indians over the Marlins: Tough game to pick. Josh Johnson finally won a game for the first time in a long, long time. But it was against the weak hitting Pirates. Derek Lowe is throwing all sinkers and is having a great season.
  • The Tigers over the Pirates: What the heck is up with the Tigers? How disappointed does their owner have to be after shelling out all that money? Max Scherzer over Kevin Corriea. Both pitchers are struggling.
  • The Blue Jays over the Mets: The Blue Jays have shut down the Mets all weekend. Henderson Alvarez should make it another shut down day. Dillon Gee goes for the Mets.
  • The Nationals over the Orioles: This pick has the most chance of being wrong. Stephen Strasburg is the pick. But Wei-Yin Chen hasn't lost this season and pitches well every time out. 
  • The Phillies over the Red Sox: Cliff Lee can't keep going winless with a 1.95 ERA, can he? Josh Beckett was terrific his last time out. This might become a battle of the bullpens. Will David Ortiz play first against the lefty?
  • The Bay Rays over the Braves: Yes, Tim Hudson is good. Yes, he will induce about 20 ground balls. Jack Wilson will field half of those. But David Price will shut down the Braves.
  • The Rangers over the Astros: What is it about these Astros? Everyone makes fun of them and they keep knocking off the big boys of baseball. The Rangers should win today though because Jordan Lyles gives up the long ball and that's what the Rangers do: hit long balls. Colby Lewis better not give up any himself.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Royals: Nathan Adcock is a replacement for the replacement, who himself got hurt. That is not a good recipe for winning a game. Wade Miley has been very good for the D-backs.
  • The White Sox over the Cubs: Two pitchers that have been pitching well in Jake Peavy and Paul Maholm. There will be lots of ground balls in this game. Whichever team wins the BABIP on those grounders, wins.
  • The Rockies over the Mariners: Blake Beavan at Coors is a pretty frightening thought. Jeremy Guthrie is hard to pick in that ball park too, but one of them has to win.
  • The Angels over the Padres: The desire is to pick the Padres in this one. But the reality is that they shouldn't win this one. Ervin Santana has been better of late and Anthony Bass should keep the Padres in the game.
  • The Giants over the Athletics: Tim Lincecum gets a break by facing the worst offense in baseball. Bartolo Colon has had a tough May.
  • The Cardinals over the Dodgers: This is one of those games that gives you heartburn. Chad Billingsley has been awful his last two starts, but is a good pitcher. Kyle Lohse has been great this year, but it's not believable. Aw heck, who knows.

And the Game of the Day!

  • The Brewers over the Twins: The Brewers can't get going. And the lowly Twins have won four of five. But Zack Greinke is pitching. That should push the win to the Brewers over Jason Marquis, who could be DFA'd if he doesn't start pitching better.

Yesterday: 4-11  oof
Last week: 49-56  Booo!
Month: 139-128
Season: 328-277
Games of the Day: 26-18

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