Monday, May 18, 2015

MLB Game Picks - Monday: May 18, 2015

Sunday was a 9-6 day. The Pick of the Day (the Angels) was wrong. I just couldn't imagine Garrett Richards losing. But Mike Wright, making his MLB debut out-pitched him and threw up nothing but zeroes. Heck of a debut! I guess I'll need to take another look at A.J. Burnett as the old guy is making me look badly. I did pick Shelby Miller and I cannot believe he was one out away from a no-hitter and then threw that unfortunate first-pitch fastball. So close!
Monday's picks:
  • The Blue Jays over the Angels: The Blue Jays as a team feasts on left-handed pitching and that is the arm C.J. Wilson throw from. Besides, Aaron Sanchez is starting to live up to the expectations he has for his career.
  • The Brewers over the Tigers: I'm going to get stupid here and pick a lousy team to beat a great team. First, Mike Fiers is getting better. You could even say two of his last three starts have been brilliant. Secondly, Kyle Lobstein can be had and was not very good his last time out.
  • The Diamondbacks over the Marlins: The Marlins will have a new manager. By the way, if you look at yesterday's post, I called that firing. I'm going with the Diamondbacks because I have picked against Rubby De La Rosa every game and he is 4-2 and has beaten two very good teams in his last two outings. Dan Haren goes for the Fish.
  • The Indians over the White Sox: Wow! What a match-up! Corey Kluber verses Chris Sale! That will be fun to watch. Kluber looks like he found whatever he was missing in his last start against the Cardinals. He was amazing. Sale is one of the best in the AL too. Flip a coin!
  • The Astros over the Athletics: For the Astros, the prospects just keep on coming. Tonight features the debut of 2012 first-round draft pick, Lance McCullers Jr. McCullers has a big arm and has baseball pedigree as his father was a pretty darned good pitcher in the 80s. The A's just keep losing and will start Drew Pomeranz, who knows all about being a stud prospect and the perils therein.
  • The Rockies over the Phillies: I know. I keep picking against the Phillies. But I can't help it. Cole Hamels has struggled at Coors Field over the course of his career and Jordan Lyles seems to do okay there. That is the rational.
The Pick of the Day:
  • The Mets over the Cardinals: The Cards had to travel after a late game and then have to face Matt Harvey? Good luck with that. John Lackey can be very good too. But I'm going with Harvey.
Yesterday: 9-6, May: 117-93, Season: 281-258, Picks of the Day: 22-18

5 comments:

Pnc said...

I went 9-6 yesterday I took balt on game of the day pick

Pnc said...

I'm taking bluejays Marlins colorado that whitesox n Indians mets n stl game man them some hard ones too call but if I had too pick I'll take mets over stl whitesox over Indians clev just not a good road time too me

Pnc said...

I'm sorry I went for 8-7 yesterday

uad pen said...

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/astros-throw-lance-mccullers-into-the-fire/

Please check these high-end stats out
ASAP

uad pen said...

The Marlins also fired bench coach Rob Leary before naming their 6th mgr
since firing Fredi Gonzalez in June 2010, and Ozzi.

Owner Jeffrey Loria got up in disgust from his seat behind home plate
at the end of the fourth inning. He must have been in a hurry, too,
to get his GM Jennings to write up the documents to break the news,
just as he did when he fired Jeff Torborg
at a then identical to today's 16-22 start
in 2003 before Jack McKeon led the club to its 2nd World Series title.

Loria is currently still paying this year for three managers, none of which
are with the team at all.

Dan Jennings has been with the Marlins on the personnel side since 2002,
but his experience on the bench, however, is limited to a brief coaching
stint at the high school level in the 1980s.

"There's really an element of surprise to everybody here," Jennings said.
••••"It is OUT OF THE BOX, I will not deny that."••••

The Marlins expected to be much more competitive after an offseason
that included the acquisitions of Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Michael Morse,
Martin Prado and Ichiro Suzuki. But they lost 11 of their first 14 and still
are struggling to find some consistency outside of Stanton (2nd inMLB
for RBIs) and Gordon (hitting .420).

Dan Haren also was acquired in the offseason, and he goes tonight.