The good times of Tuesday night did not carry over into Wednesday and the picks went back into the funk they have been in for quite some time. It is depressing. Lance Lynn had one bad inning and gave up four runs. The Cardinals, who are averaging 4.97 runs per game could not overcome that? Nope, not even against Houston and the Game of the Day went down in flames again. There were two extra inning games. Of course both of them turned out with the incorrect team winning. Extra inning games are death around here. I will take the blame for stupid picks like the Yankees and the Marlins. But everything else? Nah.
There are only nine games on the schedule tonight after only four being played on Monday. The slackers. Heh. Here are Thursday's picks:
- The Tigers over the Angels: I want to pick Jered Weaver here. But Doug Fister can match him. The Tigers are due for a win and they are at home. The bullpens will be involved but I do not know which way it will go.
- The Cubs over the Brewers: Matt Garza has been great his last two outings, but they were against weak hitting teams. Before that, against good hitting teams, he got roughed up. Which category do the Brewers fall under? Depends on the night. The clincher for this pick is that Wily Peralta has not pitched well at all lately.
- The Nationals over the Diamondbacks: This is the best match-up of the month it seems. Stephen Strasburg against Patrick Corbin. Wow! This game should really be fun to watch. I pick it this way because Corbin is due for a loss and the Nats win if it becomes a bullpen game.
- The Rockies over the Mets: Jeremy Hefner has been better lately. But he is pitching at Coors Field. That is not a good thing. Tyler Chatwood is 4-1 as improbable as that sounds. The pick is to the hometown Rockies.
- The Indians over the Orioles: Johnson blew another save yesterday. Gosh, that has to hurt the Orioles. I have had great success over the past month picking Corey Kluber, so I am going to stick with him. Miguel Gonzalez makes that choice a little easier.
- The Red Sox over the Blue Jays: I love Chien-Ming Wang. I always have. And seeing him pitch so well has been gratifying. But the non-rose-colored glasses view is that he depends on BABIP as he does not strike batters out. That means that a good team like the Red Sox can get some runs. The rest depends on how good Jon Lester is.
- The Royals over the Twins: This pick depends on the faith I have--which is getting smaller--in Jeremy Guthrie. Samuel Deduno is sort of hit or miss and hard to gauge. I like the Royals' chances in this one.
- The Dodgers over the Phillies: If Zack Greinke pitches a good game, the Dodgers win. It is that simple. Except it is not because sometimes Greinke burns out of pitch count by the fifth or sixth inning. Jonathan Pettibone can keep the Phillies in the game to win it late. This pick does not feel good either way.
And the Game of the Day:
- The Rangers over the Yankees: We know what to expect with Phil Hughes at Yankee Stadium. We just do. There will be homers. There will be fans booing. Derek Holland is a lefty. The Yankees do not do well against lefties. This seems like a lock. Which is my least favorite picking sentence.
Games of the Day: 48-37