Friday, July 26, 2013

MLB Game Picks - Friday: July 26, 2013

Thursday was not nearly as good a day as the day before. With a postponement of the game in Boston, eight of the thirteen picks were correct. The Royals beat the Orioles again as Jeremy Guthrie was terrific. Nathan Eovaldi was terrific at Coors against the Rockies and I did not see that coming. Justin Verlander was again very human and his ERA is 3.99 now. Perhaps I should stop picking him. I went with the wrong horse as Mat Latos out-pitched Zack Greinke. And the last incorrect pick happened because Yovani Gallardo had nothing and lost at home, which hardly ever happens.

But it still was not a bad effort. Hey, what do you do when somebody is blatantly ripping off your writing? This Facebook page called What's The Odds blatantly copies and pastes my stuff. There are no attributes or links back here. Whoever it is simply claims my work as his or her own. How low is that? Go ahead and copy this, you sycophant. At least this make sure it has to do some editing in order to use it. Apparently, whoever this is also has a website by that same name but you cannot get to it. So not only is What's The Odds a lowlife thief, but also a lousy programmer.

On this day in 1923, my dad, William R. Tasker, was born. Happy 90th birthday, Dad. I miss you.

Friday's picks:

  • The Nationals over the Mets: These two teams play two games today. The first one features Jordan Zimmermann who has really gotten hit hard lately. He has been my guy all season though and I will not give up on him yet. Meanwhile, the Mets are starting Jenrry Mejia, another young pitcher. But this one is 1-6 so far in the Majors and has averaged four innings per start in the minors.
  • The Orioles over the Red Sox: The Orioles have had a tough week. But they always seem to play the Red Sox tough and Chris Tillman never loses lately. John Lackey goes for the Red Sox.
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  • The Mets over the Nationals: Every Matt Harvey Day is an exciting day. The Nats had a big win last night, so they could get hot. But they will have to go through Harvey first. Ross Ohlendorf goes for the Nats and I will not make fun of the pick. The guy is 2-0. What an amazing fringe career this guy has had.
  • The Yankees over the Bay Rays: CC Sabathia has not been good. He has hardly been an ace. That role has now gone to Kuroda. But perhaps Sabathia can have a good outing. Jeremy Hellickson has had some success against the Yankees and some nightmares. Who knows today.
  • The Indians over the Rangers: After splitting with the Yankees this week, I am not very impressed with the Rangers. Their lineup has holes and Martin Perez is still in the rotation and goes today. Corey Kluber goes for the Indians.
  • The Blue Jays over the Astros: R.A. Dickey has not had a great year. But he has shown flashes of his old self. He should baffle the Astros while his teammates rough up Jordan Lyles.
  • The Tigers over the Phillies: Cole Hamels. Is that enough to write about this game? Cole Hamels is snakebit. Nothing has gone right this season. He was my Cy Young Award pick and he is 4-12. Yeesh. Going with Doug Fister and the Tigers.
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  • The Cardinals over the Braves: It seems like Mike Minor should be better than he is. But after a hot start, he has been really ordinary. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have their ace on the mound with Adam Wainwright. That seems to give the edge to Redbirds.
  • The Royals over the White Sox: The White Sox are playing better, but then so are the Royals. And the Royals are a better team. Besides, I feel better picking James Shields than picking Jose Quintana.
  • The Rockies over the Brewers: I cannot imagine the Brewers' clubhouse right now. Are they mad about Braun? Are they demoralized? Who knows. They are not that great a team to begin with. And I am thinking that Tyler Chatwood beats Wily Peralta. Picking against Peralta has hurt me in the past.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Padres: Every time I have picked against Randall Delgado, he pitches great. Of Eric Stults' 21 starts, I have picked nineteen of them incorrectly. So there you go. Take this pick any way you want.
  • The Athletics over the Angels: Forget it. Shrek is pitching. Bartolo Colon is a Cy Young Award candidate. Figure that one out. He never loses these days. Of course, that could end today with a Mike Trout or Mark Trumbo homer. But this is the way you have to go with the pick. Jerome Williams goes for the Angels.
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  • The Dodgers over the Reds: This is a very intriguing and cool series. The Reds took the first one. Today, Clayton Kershaw goes against Homer Bailey. The team that wins will be the one with the hotter pitcher.
  • The Mariners over the Twins: No matter how bad things get in Seattle, at least they can throw Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez at you and have a chance to win for sure in two of their five games. The Mariners' offense, meanwhile, should have a Scott Diamond jubilee.
  • The Giants over the Cubs: If Matt Cain was Matt Cain, then this pick would not be an issue. But Matt Cain has not been Matt Cain this season. Okay, I will stop repeating myself now. I am going with Matt Cain being Matt Cain. Edwin Jackson goes for the Cubs.

And the Game of the Day:
  • The Pirates over the Marlins: The Marlins are going to have culture shock going from hitting happy Coors back to their Grand Canyon ballpark. Jeff Locke has been quite a story for the Pirates. Henderson Alvarez has a story in there somewhere.

Yesterday: 8-5
Week: 56-31
Month: 184-117
Season: 861-653
Games of the Day: 67-43

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