Saturday was a very good game picking day with only four incorrect picks out of fifteen. The end of the day was the most impressive as none of the night games were incorrect.
Enjoy a full day of baseball on this Father's Day. Here are Sunday's picks:
- The Tigers over the Twins: Rick Porcello has scuffled a bit lately and has lost his last two decisions. But I like him against the Twins and I like the Tigers' lineup against Ricky Nolasco. It seems that my post on the lack of patience by the Tigers was heard or something because the team had a great offensive day.
- The Marlins over the Pirates: I'm torn on this one. Henderson Alvarez is usually good at home and the Pirates are starting Vance Worley. Remember him? Worley had a terrible season for the Twins last year but has very good peripherals in the minors this season. The Pirates have a history of fixing broken pitchers. So I don't know...
- The Padres over the Mets: Another game I am torn about. Daisuke Matsuzaka has been stingy with the hits allowed, but walks too many. He won't last past the fifth or sixth and the Mets' bullpen is awful. Ian Kennedy is pitching better than his record though his last outing wasn't good.
- The Cubs over the Phillies: Travis Wood's numbers are disappointing for a guy I thought was an emerging star. But he is left-handed and the Phillies don't do well against those. And A.J. Burnett is about as predictable as a mad scientist.
- The Indians over the Red Sox: Brandon Workman is the key here. He was very good his last time out. Will he be again? Corey Kluber did not fool too many Red Sox' hitters last outing against him, but he is a darned good pitcher.
- The Orioles over the Blue Jays: The Blue Jays are officially slumping and the Orioles are gaining ground on them. They can close even further today if Chris Tillman has a good game and they can get to J.A. Happ.
- The Brewers over the Reds: I like Marco Estrada at home and Mike Leake has been struggling. Ryan Braun hit a homer yesterday and that is a good sign for the Brewers.
- The Bay Rays over the Astros: This is what should happen: David Price is too good to keep losing and has a big game against the Astros. Brad Peacock had a good spring but once the season started lost it somehow. That should mean a Rays win. But will they?
- The Nationals over the Cardinals: Both teams have been serving up great starting pitching the entire series. This game should be no different. Doug Fister and Jaime Garcia have been fabulous. Whichever one comes up bigger today will win. I don't know which it will be but I trust Fister more.
- The Giants over the Rockies: Madison Bumgarner is on a roll and is taking over as the season goes along. Juan Nicasio is probably the better of all the Rockies' rotation, but he can't keep up with Bumgarner.
- The Athletics over the Yankees: Try to avert your eyes because the A's are going to destroy Vidal Nuno today. It's not going to be a pretty sight. Jesse Chavez just has to limit the Yankees to four runs or less and he will win.
- The Dodgers over the Diamondbacks: Josh Beckett has been on a roll and the D-backs are tumbling again. My only hesitation is that darned Bronson Arroyo. How the heck is he 6-4 with the slop he serves up there?
- The Mariners over the Rangers: Hisashi Iwakuma has had a tough go of it his last two starts as teams had a good plan of waiting him out and upping his pitch count. But he should do well at home again and Nick Martinez is not a guy who should be able to keep up with him.
- The Braves over the Angels: I am totally torn on this one. Hector Santiago was brilliant his last time out and could not get a win. He hasn't won all season. Mike Minor was crushed his last time out but has been good most of the time. Gosh, this is a tough one.
And the Game of the Day:
- The Royals over the White Sox: The Royals are flying and James Shields will keep it going. The White Sox are going in the opposite direction and Jose Abreu is not hitting. Andre Rienzo is not going to win today.
Yesterday: 11-4, June: 105-88, Games of the Day: 36-35, Season: 558-469