The picks just cannot seem to get out of their own way lately. There were some really good picks like the Cubs (and Feldman) over the White Sox, the Indians (and Masterson) over the Reds and the Twins over the Brewers. But for every good pick, there was a bad one. And with the postponement in Texas, the picks ended up at .500. Blah.
I, for one, will be glad when this month is over.
And Tim Lincecum. What are the Giants going to do about Tim Lincecum?
Today features a full schedule of fifteen games. That does not happen often on a Thursday. And four of them are day games. That is always fun. Here are the picks:
- The Diamondbacks over the Rangers: The same pitchers are scheduled today as yesterday. I have flip-flopped on my thinking and now think that Brandon McCarthy will be better than Justin Grimm.
- The White Sox over the Cubs: This series will continue to go back and forth as both teams are about equal in skills. Today the pick should be Jake Peavy over Travis Wood who is not having that bad a year for himself.
- The Mariners over the Padres: This is a really tough one. Felix Hernandez was just ordinary his last start but is capable of great things. Andrew Cashner was terrific in his last outing.
- The Giants over the Athletics: I might as well keep trying to be wrong in this series. The A's just keep winning. Barry Zito is going for the Giants today and that will either continue the trend badly or he will be just good enough for the Giants to steal one. The Giants have a chance against A.J. Griffin.
- The Red Sox over the Phillies: Will David Ortiz sit this one out too? What will Franklin Morales give the Red Sox? Can the Red Sox hit Jonathan Pettibone without Ortiz? The Phillies have had their way thus far in this series.
- The Reds over the Indians: This day is starting to frighten me as I keep picking the visiting team to win. So far, I only have one home team in the win column. Ugh. But I still think Homer Bailey is more reliable than Scott Kazmir. And that is how the pick has to go.
- The Pirates over the Tigers: I have gone with the Tigers every day and the Pirates have won two of them. And I never quite believe in Jeff Locke despite his 5-1 record, great WHIP and ERA. So I will switch it up and go that way and hope that Doug Fister does not have one of his Greg Maddux days.
- The Yankees over the Mets: The Yankees have lost four in a row. And that streak depends on a good outing from Vidal Nuno to get them out if it. The bullpen because of Phelps' short outing is already gassed. Yikes! Fortunately, they get Dillon Gee who is quite capable of giving them five or six runs.
- The Nationals over the Orioles: This series is crazy. Between the two team, they hit eight homers yesterday. Chris Davis has been out of his mind. So who will restore order today? Will it be Dan Haren or Freddy Garcia? Not that great a choice, right? Perhaps there will be eight more homers.
- The Marlins over the Rays: If ever there was a chance for the Marlins to win, it is today. The Rays are giving Alex Colome, a 24 year old, non-rated prospect with a crooked cap like Rodney, his Major League debut. The Marlins go with their best pitcher, Ricky Nolasco. But that does not mean the Marlins will win. Just that they have a chance.
- The Braves over the Blue Jays: The Blue Jays have had their way thus far. But Mike Minor should be better than who the Jays have faced so far. R.A. Dickey, on the other hand, could have his knuckler dancing and strike out twelve Braves. Thus is the life of a game picker.
- The Brewers over the Twins: P.J. Walters surprised the heck out of me last time with a good game. Can he do it again? Sure. But I prefer Kyle Lohse in this one, especially in a big ballpark.
- The Cardinals over the Royals: And yet another Major League debut as Michael Wacha, one of the big first round picks in the Albert Pujols free agent loss, and all of 21, gets his chance. How can you pick against him the way Cardinal prospects have been this season? Jeremy Guthrie goes for the helpless Royals.
- The Angels over the Dodgers: Does it not seem like Ted Lilly has been in the majors for about thirty years? The not in this one, though not a strong nod, goes to Jason Vargas.
And the Game of the Day!
- The Rockies over the Astros: The Astros won yesterday. Go figure. The odds are against them winning two in a row. Juan Nicasio goes against Lucas Harrell. Harrell in Coors Field is a scary proposition since his is a finesse guy.
Games of the Day: 36-21