About an hour after the Red Sox finished their walk-off win against the Rays, I kind of lost interest in baseball for the rest of the day. The horrible events that took place in that same city sucked the wind out of me and made me sad and reflective the rest of the day. The television stayed off. The computer was ignored. Baseball simply did not seem that important.
But life goes on for those of us fortunate enough not to be in that wrong place at the wrong time. Those filled with such evil want very much to suck the joy out of life. Whoever they are, they succeeded for a day. But for that to stretch out more than a day means that evil is winning. The only way to overcome such evil is to not allow those of us who try to live a good life to roll up into a fetal position.
But still, it is with a heavy heart. For what they are worth for today, here are Tuesday's picks:
- The Rockies over the Mets: This game is a makeup of yesterday's "snow-out." The only problem is that it is supposed to snow again today. So good luck getting this double-header in. I still think Juan Nicasio beats Dillon Gee, just like yesterday. It is a bit daunting to know that the Mets lead baseball in runs scored per game. The Mets!?
- The Yankees over the Diamondbacks: Ivan Nova is an enigma. In 2011, he was beautiful. In 2012, he was ugly. In his first start, he was somewhat serviceable. This pick depends on him having a decent outing. Brandon McCarthy had a bad start to his season, but is still getting tons of ground ball.
- The Indians over the Red Sox: It is not that I think the Indians will win because of Ubaldo Jimenez. I think the Indians win despite him scoring plenty off of Felix Doubront and middle relievers to win the game at home.
- The Cardinals over the Pirates: Anyone want to start a pool on how long Jonathan Sanchez remains in the Pirates' rotation? I will start and say one more start after this one. Jake Westbrook doesn't inspire confidence either, but he should be better than Sanchez.
- The Orioles over the Bay Rays: The Rays are really in trouble because of their offense. They simply cannot hit other than the first three spots in their lineup. They will make Jake Arrieta look good today. Meanwhile, the Orioles should pound Roberto Hernandez. The Rays better get a fifth starter out of their farm system soon.
- The Blue Jays over the White Sox: The stubbornness I have in my belief in Josh Johnson seems to have no end. Now if only the Blue Jays could keep Jose Bautista in the lineup for more than a day. The White Sox start Dylan Axelrod.
- The Braves over the Royals: The Royals have had a nice start to the season and it appears that Kansas City fans will have a lot more fun this season. But the Royals are not as good as the Braves. Jeremy Guthrie is capable of holding down the Braves. It will depend on if Kris Medlen has a good game or not. The Royals lose the DH for this series.
- The Reds over the Phillies: The Phillies could not beat the Reds with Cliff Lee on the mound. So they should not with Kyle Kendrick either. The Reds start Homer Bailey, who seems to alternate between a Homer of legend and a moniker for what he gives up too many of.
- The Nationals over the Marlins: What Loria has done to the Marlins is criminal. What a joke. Dan Haren is still a scary starting pitcher to pick, but heck, he is facing the Marlins. Alex Sanabia actually won his last start, so there is that.
- The Cubs over the Rangers: The Rangers lose the DH in Chicago. Derek Holland has not found his legs yet and the Cubs have some right-handed batting bop. Travis Wood should be decent. It all seems to add up to a Cubs win. We'll see.
- The Twins over the Angels: Are the Angels really this bad? They sure look bad as the Twins took the first game of this series. Perhaps this pick is an overreaction to that result. But Mike Pelfrey sounds better than Jason Vargas.
- The Mets over the Rockies: IF the games are both played, the Mets will take the back end. Sure, they have not announced a pitcher. But they will figure it out and beat Jeff Francis.
- The Giants over the Brewers: I keep waiting for the Barry Zito bubble to burst. I hope it does not soon as it sure is fun. I have no idea how good or not good Wily Peralta is or is not. So, I would not put much stock in this pick
- The Tigers over the Mariners: How does Aaron Harang always find a home team with a big ballpark? It is the only reason his career has thrived for this long. First the Padres, then the Dodgers and now the Mariners. The guy is charmed. But the Tigers still win behind Doug Fister.
- The Padres over the Dodgers: Yeah, probably another knee jerk over yesterday's results. But Jason Marquis can pull rabbits out of a hat occasionally and Chris Capuano has not started thus far for the Dodgers. He will be rusty.
And the Game of the Day!
- The Athletics over the Astros: Brad Peacock was good in his last start, but A.J. Griffin is always terrific at home. I just cannot see the Astros having a chance in this one.
Games of the Day: 11-4