Friday started out 0-4 as the Giants, Yankees, White Sox and Cardinals all lost. And so it was fortunate for the picks to climb back to a 7-7 tie. One game, the Royals / Twins, was rained out. There were some good picks mixed in there. The Game of the Day was almost easy as it was a given that the Angels would smack AaRon Cook around. R.A. Dickey's win was nice for him and nice for the picks as Ike Davis drove in all three runs. Dickey is forcing the world to consider him for the Cy Young Award at the end of the season.
And so August is over. September will answer all the questions about who the best teams are. By the end of this month, there will be hearts broken and hearts rejoicing. Players have this month to make their cases for post season awards. We have already watched a lot of baseball. But the first day of September is when things really get interesting.
- The Marlins over the Mets: This pick is not a solid endorcement for Josh Johnson. Johnson began the season hoping to be healthy. If he was healthy, we all thought we would see fireworks. But his season has been a dud. It is confusing. But his stuff is still killer. And if he is on, he can dominate. The Mets don't hit that well anyway. Jeremy Hefner goes for the Mets and was very good against Houston his last time out.
- The Red Sox over the Athletics: This pick feels foolish on the outside. The A's pasted the Red Sox yesterday. But perhaps they will be all tuckered out from all that running around the bases yesterday. And Felix Doubront can be very good for the Red Sox. A.J. Griffin will go for the A's, back from the disabled list.
And the Game of the Day!
August final: 249-177
Games of the Day: 81-62