Okay, two things are clear after yesterday. First, these picks every day will go without the video. The audience has spoken. Understood. And it's okay. It was just an idea. Secondly, the only pick that was incorrect yesterday is the one that this picker wanted correct more than anything. Oh well. But there was an 80 percent correct rate and the Game of the Day was correct again. Life goes on.
Back to a full slate of games today and the picks go on as well. Friday's picks:
- The Braves over the Mets: So the Mets have six pitchers for a rotation, but not six guys who can hit in the lineup. Got it. Jon Niese is perpetually perplexing. Ooo! That was nice to say with the two "P" sounds. Paul Maholm has pitched well against the Mets if not against anyone else.
- The Cardinals over the Brewers: The Cards are in the driver's seat for the wild card but they have to win some games. Fortunately, their starter, Kyle Lohse is 14-2 and even his last outing wasn't his fault since his defense behind him was full of holes. Yovani Gallardo got rocked his last time out and is not as safe a bet on the road as he is at home.
- The Padres over the Diamondbacks: A real tough call here. Tyler Skaggs has been good, but usually only goes five innings. It's a crap shoot after he leaves the game. And fireballing, Andrew Cashner, goes for the Padres after coming off the disabled list from a lat muscle problem. He won't go more than five innings either.
- The Tigers over the Angels: Two up and down teams play each other. Which one will be which tonight? The pick has to go with Max Scherzer whose stuff has been unbelievable lately. He has been more exciting to watch than Verlander of late. The Angels go with Ervin Santana who is still trying to salvage his season.
- The Mariners over the Athletics: This is a really tough game to pick. Felix Hernandez is traditionally strong against the A's. But these are not the same A's. King Felix is at home and should thrive there. But he team can't hit very well and A.J. Griffin has been terrific this season. Tough, tough call.
And the Game of the Day!
Games of the Day: 86-63