Friday was a tough one as the picks crawled just above .500 for the day. For every good pick like the Braves or the Indians, there were bad picks like the Mets or the Red Sox. Worst of all, perhaps, was the Tigers pick. That team, which has confounded all season, was actually tied and went into extra innings. But then they lost in the most comical and farcical way possible. There you have it folks, your Detroit Tigers. No doubt this picker will continue to pick them maniacally.
The interleague machine keeps chugging along on Saturday with another full slate of games. The picks:
- The Yankees over the Nationals: Andy Pettitte faces Bryce Harper and will be twice his age. Wonder how many times that has happened. Jordan Zimmermann can be really tough and could keep the Yankees in check. The Nats, with all their right-handed bats would seem to have the advantage. But how can you pick against the Yankees these days?
- The Blue Jays over the Phillies: Ricky Romero hasn't pitched well, but he keeps on winning. Cliff Lee keeps pitching well and keeps on losing. Will those streaks end? If so, then this pick is doomed.
- The Brewers over the Twins: Another impossible game to pick. You have Liam Hendriks going for the Twins against Michael Fiers. Yeah, your guess is as good as this one.
- The Cardinals over the Royals: Bruce Chen has ugly career numbers against the Cardinals and you have to root for Joe Kelly to get his first career win, don't you?
- The Tigers over the Rockies: There is no more stubborn statement than to keep picking this team. It has become an obsession. Doug Fister will return yet again from the disabled list. Christian Friedrich goes for the Rockies.
- The Indians over the Pirates: Yes, A.J. Burnett has pitched well for the Pirates. But he is back against the American League in this one. So good luck with that. Ubaldo Jimenez seems to be coming around. Fantasy? We'll find out.
- The Padres over the Athletics: Gosh, these games today are ridiculous. In this one, we have a return from the dead in Ross Ohlendorf and a return from Tyson Ross. Ugh.
- The Braves over the Orioles: Can Brandon Beachy return from early season form? His ERA is still under two. Was the early season of Jason Hammel a fluke? Or was his last start a blip? Mother.
- The Red Sox over the Cubs: Just a feeling that the Red Sox are going to explode in this one off of Jeff Samardzija. Call it a hunch. Of course, Jon Lester has to pitch well. But that shouldn't be too hard against the Cubs.
- The Mets over the Reds: Jonathan Niese has pitched really well in June and will have his home park to help him. But Homer Bailey is a better road pitcher than a home pitcher. Hmm.. The Reds' offense will have to be kept off the board for this one to be right.
- The Bay Rays over the Marlins: You don't even have to look at the pitching match ups in this one. The Marlins can't beat the Bay Rays. They just can't. But in case you are interested, it's Anibal Sanchez versus James Shields.
- The Diamondbacks over the Angels: What the heck is up with Ervin Santana? Joe Saunders faces his old team for the first time. He just has to get Trout, Trumbo, Morales and Pujols out. No problem. Oy.
- The Dodgers over the White Sox: Chad Billingsley should be good at home. Philip Humber has been finding the missing "L" in his first name in his results.
- The Giants over the Mariners: Not feeling good about this pick. When was the last time Tim Lincecum did not give up a big inning? But Kevin Millwood pulled a groin or something in his last start and that will sway the pick.
And the Game of the Day!
- The Rangers over the Astros: The Rangers keep finding these great arms and Justin Grimm is no exception. He is making his major league debut. So why pick him? Because Lucas Harrell throws 73 percent of his pitches as fastballs. Think that will work against the Rangers. Nope.
Games of the Day: 42-28