Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Game Picks - Wednesday: September 5, 2012

An 8-7 record for the Game Picks on Tuesday is not going to get the month and the week out of its deep hole. But at least it was not a disaster like the day before. Success and failure seemed to go by region. For example, In games played by AL East teams, the picks were 3-0. In games played by NL West teams, the picks were 0-3. That is weird. The picks weren't helped by a Rangers' loss. But then again, it was mentioned that Jeremy Guthrie could elevate the Royals if he pitched well. Should have picked him. The Red Sox ended their losing streak. So that was picked correctly.

Only four of the fifteen games today are the getaway, daytime events. But day baseball is still day baseball. Love it! Wednesday's picks:
  • The Phillies over the Reds: Until proven otherwise, the pick will always have to be Roy Halladay. He is the best pitcher of our generation. Mike Leake goes for the Reds. This game is on super early.
  • The Cardinals over the Mets: In this battle of team aces, the pick has to go with Adam Wainwright at home over R.A. Dickey. Hey! Did you see that Chris Carpenter was throwing off the mound yesterday? Very cool.
  • The White Sox over the Twins: Yes, the Twins had fun yesterday. But Jake Peavy should be a big stingier than what the White Sox put out there yesterday. And besides, P.J. Walters does not inspire gobs of confidence.
  • The Athletics over the Angels: Tough one here. Dan Haren said he felt like himself again after his last outing. That's a good sign for the Angels. But Brandon McCarthy can get himself some ground balls. Very tough game to pick.
  • The Nationals over the Cubs: This pick isn't as sure as yesterdays as Chris Volstad has won two in a row. But Gio Gonzalez--IF he is on his game--should win this one.
  • The Tigers over the Indians: Gosh. The Tigers are baffling. Doug Fister hasn't been the bomb like last year. But he was much better his last time out. Ubaldo Jimenez always seems to lose. But the picks said the same thing about Masterson yesterday. Man.
  • The Pirates over the Astros: Fernando Abad is probably never going to get a pick here. Let's be clear about that. Kevin Correia is not inspiring either. But the Pirates are the better team. They just have to play like it.
  • The Orioles over the Blue Jays: Would love to pick the Blue Jays behind Brandon Morrow. But picking against the Orioles has cost this picker about 50 picks so far this season. Miguel Gonzalez just keeps on winning.
  • The Braves over the Rockies: Mike Minor? Well, okay. Not thrilled with that pick. But not thrilled with picking Alex White either, though White should be better outside of Coors.
  • The Marlins over the Brewers: The Brewers are starting some kid named Wily Peralta. His minor league numbers are not inspiring.  The Marlins go with Nathan Eovaldi, who is due for a win.
  • The Rays over the Yankees: As depressing as it seems, the Yankees may never win another game. They have their best pitcher on the mound today in Hiroki Kuroda, but those Rays are just Yankee killers. And the Yankees can't hit for...well...you know what and have to face Matt Moore.
  • The Mariners over the Red Sox: Can someone explain to this picker how the Red Sox can keep throwing AaRon Cook out there every fifth day? Golly, what a joke. Kevin Millwood goes for the Mariners.
  • The Dodgers over the Padres: Both pitchers are about the same production wise in Clayton Richard and Aaron Harang. They are BABIP pitchers where anything can happen. Going with the hometown Dodgers.
  • The Giants over the Diamondbacks: After thinking that Ryan Vogelsong was a lock at home yesterday, thinking Madison Bumgarner is a lock there too seems less of a fixture. But, geez, Bumgarner has only lost three games. Trevor Cahill goes for the D-backs.
And the Game of the Day!
  • The Rangers over the Royals: Ryan Dempster is starting to get the hang of the American League thing. And Everett Teaford for the Royals is an offensive explosion waiting to happen.
Yesterday: 8-7
Week: 21-24
Month: 27-34
Season: 1115-891
Games of the Day: 84-63
 
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