Yesterday's pick started off 8-0 and I was like, whoa. I was thinking that the day could be historic. But then the Red Sox could not get any Twins out. And somehow, the Yankees beat the Rockies. Then I stupidly picked the Mets and the Brewers to win. And then in the last game of the night, the Dodgers--the Game of the Day featuring Clayton Kershaw--lost. And there was no history. Just a decent day. Baseball is like that.
But how about my guy, Jordan Zimmermann! Is he the bomb or what? Love that guy. I did feel bad for old friend, A.J. Burnett, even though that pick was correct. He pitched a heck of a game. Felix Hernandez was not really better. He just gave up one less run. And the Giants are amazing. They simply win those late and close games better than anyone in baseball. Amazing.
Angel Hernandez made sure the Cleveland pick came in a winner, but the A's got jobbed. How can you get a replay call wrong? Unbelievable. And how is one umpire always in the center of such things? Why does baseball have no choice but to keep really bad umpires? Unbelievable.
- The Indians over the Athletics: I feel a Mark Reynolds bomb against Bartolo Colon. Colon will give up three or so runs. The pick, as always, will revolve around the other pitcher. Scott Kazmir won his last start. Maybe that, in itself, was too improbable to pick it to happen again.
- The Yankees over the Rockies: The Yankees have scored three runs in eighteen innings at Coors Field. That is embarrassing. But that should be addressed today against the soft noodles of Jeff Francis. CC Sabathia goes for the Yankees. Sabathia loves to hit too.
- The Tigers over the Nationals: Dan Haren will look mighty appetizing to the Tigers after facing Zimmermann yesterday. And Doug Fister will keep finding ways to get batters out.
- The Royals over the Orioles: I am very hesitant on this pick. Jeremy Guthrie is due for a bad game and after pitching five tough seasons for the Orioles, this might be the one. On the other hand, if he can keep pitching well, the Royals should be able to get to Freddy Garcia. This is a tough one.
- The Twins over the Red Sox: Kevin Correia has been surprisingly effective for the Twins. He hardly ever walks anyone. Meanwhile, the Red Sox have forgotten how to pitch this last week and John Lackey is not loved at Fenway Park. If the Twins get to Lackey, it has to be early. Again, not an easy pick.
- The Pirates over the Mets: I still feel like Jeff Locke's success to this point is a mirage. He does not strike guys out and walks a lot of guys. So the BABIP gods will get to him eventually. But he does pose problems for the Mets with Duda and Davis being left-handed hitters. And Dillon Gee has not been very good for the Mets thus far.
- The Angels over the Astros: Gosh, I am torn over this one. Even a team struggling as much as the Angels has to win a game some time. Lucas Harrell is decent for the Astros and Jason Vargas has not fooled anyone this season. But the Angels are the pick. Heaven help me.
- The Diamondbacks over the Phillies: Maybe there is something to this grit thing. The D-backs are playing well. I love Patrick Corbin a lot as a pitcher and he will be especially tough on the Phillies' lefties. Cole Hamels could shut the D-backs down. He was, after all, my Cy Young Award pick for this season.
- The Giants over the Braves: This is as much a pick against Julio Teheran as it is a pick for the Giants. Ryan Vogelsong has struggled but he has a better chance of winning at home than Teheran does of getting past Posey and the Panda.
And the Game of the Day!
- The Bay Rays over the Blue Jays: If this was last year's R.A. Dickey, this would be a tougher pick. But David Price has to be a better bet than Dickey at this point. Price has not gotten off to a great start, but he won his first game of the season his last time out.
Games of the Day: 26-11