Monday, June 08, 2015

MLB Game Picks - Monday: June 8, 2015

Saturday was an up and down day with some good picks, some bad picks (I'm looking at you Jordan Zimmermann) and a perfectly mediocre 8-7 final tally with a correct Pick of the Day. I suppose the results are better than the alternative.
A very abbreviated schedule today with only eight games. The picks:
  • The Pirates over the Brewers: I don't think Ryan Braun's wrist is ever going to be the same. It's a shame really because the Brewers invested so heavily in him and built a lineup around him. A.J. Burnett is having a terrific season. Jimmy Nelson is not.
  • The Blue Jays over the MarlinsJose Bautista is really heating up and that bodes well for the Blue Jays, especially for as long as Jose Reyes stays in the lineup this time. Two soft pitchers in this one though with Brad Hand going for the Marlins and Marco Estrada for the Blue Jays. Could be high scoring.
  • The Phillies over the RedsMike Leake has been really off this past month. I had to drop him from my fantasy team! Cole Hamels continues to audition for other teams.
  • The White Sox over the Astros: This is a real interesting game here. Lance McCullers has been great for the Astros. But anytime the White Sox have Chris Sale on the mound, that has to be the pick.
  • The Royals over the Twins: Another interesting game. The Royals don't walk and Phil Hughes doesn't walk anyone. So what happens to the balls in play? That's the key here. Jason Vargas goes for the Royals.
  • The Cardinals over the Rockies: My only fear here is how well John Lackey will do at Coors Field. Otherwise, the Cardinals should have a hearty offensive day against David Hale.
  • The Dodgers over the Diamondbacks: I have been doing really well picking Mike Bolsinger and he has been a nice addition to my fantasy team too! Rubby De La Rosa, on the other hand, after some good starts has begun to take a beating of late.
And the Pick of the Day:
  • The Braves over the Padres: I'm really surprised by how well the Braves are playing. Part of that equation is starting pitching and guys like Shelby Miller have really done well. Ian Kennedy is another story and has been knocked around pretty consistently.
Yesterday: 8-7, June: 52-45, Season: 430-398, Picks of the Day: 34-27 (+3)


forged said...

Is there are over/under on how many strikeouts Sale gets against the Astros?

forged said...

So Sale got 14 strikeouts. To be fair, the Astros are averaging 9.3 strikeouts per game. Whatever happened to trying to make contact when the batter ended up with 2 strikes against them?

William J. Tasker said...

I meant to write back to your first comment to say ten. As for shortening the swing with two strikes to put the ball in play, that became a victim of the homer-happy 90s and the (IMHO) early mistake of analysts that called a strikeout the same as any other kind of out. It isn't.

forged said...

I would have at least expected 10 as well. I think you are right about the cause. I wish someone would figure it out though because it is frustrating to watch so many at-bats essentially thrown away by people looking for the fences.