Oof. After four really good days in a row, the picks took a market correction yesterday and went, 6-8. And this was despite correctly picking the Astros to beat the Pirates and correctly picking the entire AL East game outcomes. The Cardinals blew a save with two outs and two strikes on the batter. Ouch. The Nationals blew a save. The Mets won a ballgame. Whuh? The Reds lost in extra innings. And this picker should have known that Hisashi Iwakuma would be really tough at home. At least the Game of the Day was correct again. That feature is absolutely flying.
The Twins and Tigers were postponed due to the weather and will be made up as a double-header on Sunday.
There are lots of day games for a Saturday. Not that there is a complaint here about that. Day games are the best. Here are Saturday's picks:
- The Nationals over the Brewers: This is a terrific game to consider. First there is Wily Peralta, who has been nothing short of terrific for the Brewers. How will he fare against a tough team like the Nats? And Gio Gonzalez can go a long way toward making his case for the CYA with a win over the high-flying Brewers. This one aught to be fun.
- The Yankees over the Athletics: The Yankees exacted some revenge with their walk-off victory yesterday. Today it will be Ivan Nova, who looked really good last time out after some rest on the DL. Travis Blackley pitched well against the Yankees in Oakland but hasn't started in a while.
- The Cardinals over the Cubs: Those Cardinals. Boy. Sticking with them, though, as Adam Wainwright is still a good pitcher. The only concern with him is if he is tiring down the stretch which seems to happen for pitchers who have had TJ surgery. The Cardinals should hit Travis Wood early and often.
- The Orioles over the Red Sox: A battle of castoff pitchers as the Orioles pitch Randy Wolf and the Red Sox pitch Aaron Cook. That has ugly written all over it. And the Red Sox seem to lose the ugliest.
- The Mets over the Marlins: You might as well throw the radar gun away today as R.A. Dickey pitches against Mark Buehrle. That is a good match up and it is a toss up as to who will win. If Dickey is going to win 20, he has to win this one.
- The Phillies over the Braves: The Phillies aren't going down without a fight. And they have Roy Halladay on the mound and he has to be the pick even though Mike Minor has been awfully good lately.
- The Reds over the Dodgers: Those Dodgers always seem dead and then win at opportune times. It seems they won't be dead until they are dead. Stephen Fife has been good, but Mat Latos is better. This will be a close game.
- The Tigers over the Twins: The rained out game allowed the Tigers to skip Porcello's turn in the rotation and will pitch Doug Fister. That changes things, though it is still felt here that Sam Deduno will pitch well for the Twins against the Tigers.
- The Pirates over the Astros: Once cast off and out of the rotation, Kevin Correia has been the Pirates best pitcher down the stretch. He should hold down the Astros and allow the Pirates to score a few off of Dallas Keuchel.
- The Indians over the Royals: Who knows, Ubaldo Jimenez might actually pitch a good game today. Will Smith's left arm fits the Indians' and that lowly club should score a couple at least. Ah, who knows in this one to be honest.
- The Bay Rays over the Blue Jays: This is the Blue Jays' best chance to win a game this series as Brandon Morrow can shut down any team, certainly the Rays. But the Blue Jays won't score any against Matt Moore. Not without any of their good players, they won't.
- The Rockies over the Diamondbacks: Patrick Corbin will not pitch well at Coors despite the fact that he was really good in his start before this. Coors is just different. Jhoulys Chacin on the other hand, knows how to pitch in his goofy home atmosphere.
- The Angels over the White Sox: A team like the Angels is murder on a guy like Jose Quintana because he is a lefty and the Angels' regulars are mostly right-handed batters. The Angels will score big in this one. And Dan Haren will only allow a couple of runs today. Whiffs are catching up with the White Sox.
- The Giants over the Padres: Andrew Werner did not fare well at Coors as predicted. But he is a good pitcher. The Giants want to clinch the division though and Madison Bumgarner is just the guy to do it. The Giants win a close game.
And the Game of the Day!
- The Rangers over the Mariners: Yeah, the M's beat the Rangers yesterday. But that was yesterday. Blake Beavan won't be better than Matt Harrison although the M's lineup is better against left-handed pitching. But this game should be a Rangers' win.
Games of the Day: 98-64