Sunday was another disappointing day. Adam Wainwright lost because the Cardinals did not score. The Marlins beat Matt Cain and company. The Pirates scored seven runs in the ninth and tenth innings to beat the Angels. What the heck, right? Oh well, at least the Game of the Day was correct for a change.
There are only four games on the schedule today on what is one of the slowest baseball days of the season. And all four look hellacious to pick. Here are Monday's picks and you will see what I mean:
- The Orioles over the Indians: I do not want to pick against either team here. The Orioles just got trounced in Toronto and will be home looking for bear. But Zach Britton is pitching. Ubaldo Jimenez has regained some of his stuff but still has his wild innings. The final pick here is that Ubaldo has a bad day, Britton has a good day and the Orioles hit some bombs.
- The Bay Rays over the Blue Jays: It is another battle of the Ays. Toronto has won eleven in a row, right? That has to break some time. But that is a heck of a streak to pick against. And Esmil Rogers has been very good too. I rag a lot on Jeremy Hellickson, but he has been better of late. The Rays are at home. The streak has to end some time. It is becoming critical mass.
- The Dodgers over the Giants: Which pitcher will come out sharper? Hyun-jin Ryu or Madison Bumgarner? Both have had a few ups and downs this season. Bumgarner is the better pitcher over the long haul. Neither team is hitting well. The Dodgers are at home. That is the final tiebreaker.
And the Game of the Day:
- The Phillies over the Padres: The Padres have been playing great baseball and Eric Stults is more than capable of shutting down the Phillies. But the pick has to go with Cliff Lee who is 9-2 and has been getting the wins that he did not get last year. Having Chase Utley back helps the Phillies too.
Games of the Day: 47-35