MLB Pick'Em 04/10

 

Welcome, Everett, one-day-old son of our favorite staff writer, to MLB Pick'Em 2017! Let this be your first brush with the wild-nature of sports betting. I'll assume these picks will be dictated to you by your old man. That's fine. I am marginally disappointed you haven't started reading yet, considering your bloodline, but I can only guess you picked up listening to the written word instead of using your eyes from your mother. So be it, little one.

April Yesterday (9th), 2017 Picks:

Red Sox vs Tigers, pick Red Sox, WON
Blue Jays vs Rays, pick Blue Jays, LOST
Yankees vs Orioles, pick Yankees, WON
Nationals vs Phillies, pick Nationals, LOST
Braves vs Pirates, pick Braves, LOST
Twins vs White Sox, pick White Sox, LOST 
Cubs vs Brewers, pick Cubs, WON
Royals vs Astros, pick Astros, WON
Reds vs Cardinals, pick Cardinals, LOST
Athletics vs Rangers, pick Rangers, WON
Dodgers vs Rockies, pick Rockies, LOST
Mariners vs Angels, pick Mariners, LOST
Indians vs Diamondbacks, pick Diamondbacks, WON
Giants vs Padres, pick Giants, WON
Marlins vs Mets, pick Mets, WON

Yesterday's Record: 8-7
Monthly Record: 50-43
Yearly Record: 50-43


April Today (10th), 2017 Picks:

Rays (Cobb) vs Yankees (Pineda)

Michael Pineda was horrific in his first start in 2017.  I just don’t know if I can trust him anymore.  He has no consistency.  Alex Cobb has already pitched well against the Yankees once this year, and I think he does it again today as Tampa Bay wins.
Pick: Rays

Red Sox (Sale) vs Tigers (Verlander)

What a pitching matchup this is going to be! I predict a final score of 2-1.  Red Sox. (This would be an easier call to make if the Red Sox had a healthy outfield.)
Pick: Red Sox

Athletics (Cotton) vs Royals (Kennedy)

Both of these two struggled to start the season, that being said, I am going with the guy who has a proven track record.  At this point you know what Ian Kennedy is—a serviceable pitcher who can eat up innings.  You don’t know what you are getting with Jharel Cotton.  I am picking the known over the unknown and going with the Royals today.
Pick: Royals

Diamondbacks (Walker) vs Giants (Moore)

People thought a change of scenery might do Taijuan Walker some good.  Those same people have to be scratching their heads after his first start in a Rattlesnake uniform. Yes, he got the win, but he was no better than a monkey throwing its own feces at onlookers while doing it.  Now he face them again.  This time the Giants bring honor to their family.
Pick: Giants

Astros (Morton) vs Mariners (Paxton)

This is a rematch of a game, played last week, which saw the Astros win in extras.  The Mariners have to be feeling themselves right now after allowing SEVEN runs in the ninth inning to lose to the Angels.  I haven’t seen any news reports about a player’s-only meeting where a season-changing inspirational speech was given—so I think the losing for the Mariners continues and the Astros make it 4 out of 5 against Seattle to start the season.
Pick: Astros

Cardinals (Wainwright) vs Nationals (Roark)

I like this pitching matchup.  Wainwright still has a pulse and Tanner Roark is one of the most underrated pitchers in allllllllll oooooof baseball.  Me thinks that Roark and the Nationals get the best of Wainwright, but it should be a fun game to watch. Set your Tivos, you won’t want to miss this one!
Pick: Nationals

Mets (DeGrom) vs Phillies (Eickhoff)

It seems to me that the Mets have a pitching advantage in every game they have.  That means sometimes I am going to have to pick them to lose, matchups be damned.  Today is one of those days.  No reason for it, just think that today will be the Phillies day.
Pick: Phillies

Reds (Finnegan) vs Pirates (Glasnow)

Is Brandon Finnegan for real?  He sure looked real good in his first start after having a good spring.  If he continues to pitch like this, then the Reds might have found their future ace.  I am buying Finnegan stock right now.  He out-duels Glasnow and the reds de ohio get the victory.
Pick: Reds

Dodgers (Wood) vs Cubs (Lester)

This is an early season matchup between the two teams that the majority of experts think will meet in the NLCS.  I love early season matchups like this.  Both teams have a deep lineup, but runs will be at a premium.  I don’t think either team will sweep this series, but Lester and the Cubs will take first blood.
Pick: Cubs

Padres (Cahill) vs Rockies (Chatwood)

A Padre pitcher at Coors Field? Sign me up for the over! There will be a lot of runs scored, many bases will be stomped and the home team will be doing most, if not all, of the ground pound.
Pick: Rockies