MLB Pick'Em 04/21
Welcome to the short and sweet MLB Pick'Em 2017! I am taking my lady on a day trip to Bellingham, Washington, and won't be able to entertain you pals with my written word. Maybe just a quick one-liner. -
April Yesterday (20th), 2017 Picks:
Red Sox vs Blue Jays, pick Red Sox, WON
Indians vs Twins, pick Twins, LOST
Tigers vs Rays, pick Tigers, LOST
Angels vs Astros, pick Astros, WON
Orioles vs Reds, pick Reds, LOST
Phillies vs Mets, pick Mets, LOST
Nationals vs Braves, pick Braves, LOST
Royals vs Rangers, pick Royals, LOST
Cardinals vs Brewers, pick Cardinals, LOST
Diamondbacks vs Padres, pick Diamondbacks, LOST
Mariners vs Athletics, pick Mariners, LOST
Yesterday's Picks: 2-9
Monthly Picks: 124-111
Yearly Picks: 124-111
April Today (21st), 2017 Picks:
Red Sox (Pomeranz) vs Orioles (Bundy)
Both of these teams are playing good baseball right now, with the Baltimore Orioles the current owners of the best record in all of baseball. These teams split a pair of games in Boston last week and now square off in Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy has pitched well so far in his first full season in the big leagues. That will continue today as the Orioles stay hot.
Braves (Colon) vs Phillies (Hellickson)
Oh Bartolo Colon what are you going to today. He is so fun to watch because his body defies physics. There is no way a human that size should be able to do what he does. Jeremy Hellickson has pitched well so far as the ace of the Phillies. While I don’t think he will have an ERA under 2 all year long, I do think he will be an above average pitcher and will lead the Phillies to victory today.
Yankees (Sabathia) vs Pirates (Glasnow)
The Yankees are the third of the American League East teams that have already reach 10 wins in this short season. C.C Sabathia is experiencing a renaissance for the Yankees this year and with that offense hitting the crap out of the ball right now I like the Yankees to take game one of this Interleague Series against the Pirates.
Nationals (Roark) vs Mets (DeGrom)
You throw these pitchers on most other teams and they would be a #2 starter at worst, maybe even a #1. The fact that both of these pitchers are the third starters for their respective teams are the reason why experts are picking them both to make the playoffs. In this one I am going with Roark and the Nationals to win a close one.
Cubs (Lester) vs Reds (Adleman)
There are times I outthink myself and try to say “well if this happens and this happens then that team can win”. That is not the case in this one. Cubs win. Cubs win. Cubs win.
Astros (Fiers) vs Rays (Cobb)
The Rays are 8-2 at home this year. The Astros are 4-1 on the road this year. Something has to give in this series. Today that will be the Astros sterling road record. The Rays win and continue their amazing play at home. Now if only they could figure out a way to win outside of Tampa Bay…
Royals (Karns) vs Rangers (Hamels)
Cole Hamels always pitches well at the Rangers home park. He is 10-2 in his career in games pitched in Arlington. While Nathan Karns, a native Texan, will undoubtedly have a lot of his friends and family in the crowd today, it will not help him against Hamels and the Rangers. Texas wins this game fairly easy as Karns gets roughed up in his homecoming.
Indians (Kluber) vs White Sox (Quintana)
These two were supposed to be the aces of their teams coming in to 2017. They both have an ERA over 6. Kluber started slow last year and then bounced back to dominate in the second half of the season. I think he will be okay. I’m starting to worry a bit about Quintana. I think all of those trade rumors might be going to his head a bit and he is getting distracted. This is an easy pick for me.
Cardinals (Wainwright) vs Brewers (Peralta)
I saw Eric Thames play in his two month stint with the Mariners way back in 2012. I thought a move to Korea would be good for him as he was overmatched by Major League pitching. Well he is obviously overmatched no more. He will not keep this up forever but it is fun to watch a guy making the most of his second chance.
Tigers (Verlander) vs Twins (Santiago)
The last time Justin Verlander pitched he got shelled. There was talk that he was tipping his pitches. The Indians hitters sure looked like they knew what was coming with every pitch he threw. I think that he will fix whatever problem he had and that we will see a vintage Verlander performance today.
Giants (Cueto) vs Rockies (Chatwood)
Johnny Cueto has the lowest ERA all time for pitchers at Coors Field. That stat alone is good enough for me to pick him today.
Dodgers (Wood) vs Diamondbacks (Walker)
These teams meet again after splitting a four game series just last weekend in Arizona. One of those games featured a Taijuan Walker masterpiece in which he allowed only one run in seven innings. Now he faces the Dodgers in Los Angeles. I don’t think he will be so effective this time and the Dodgers win today.
Mariners (Iwakuma) vs Athletics (Manaea)
James Paxton came back to earth yesterday, allowing five runs and not making it out of the fifth inning. Now they hand the ball to Hisashi Iwakuma who looked good in his first two starts before getting shelled on Sunday. I look for Iwakuma and the Mariners to bounce back and even up the series with Oakland today.
Blue Jays (Latos) vs Angels (Meyer)
Raise your hand if you knew Mat Latos was still pitching? I know my hand wasn’t up as I thought he was done. Now he gets to pitch for the team with the worst record in all of baseball. Things have soured very quickly for the Toronto Blue Jays. I do not think Mat Latos is the one to lead the turnaround.
Marlins (Conley) vs Padres (Cahill)
Trevor Cahill has an 0-2 record and a bad back led him to take a couple extra days off. That is not confidence inspiring. Conley has never started against the Padres in his young career, and I think his first one will be a win. Marlins win here to stay over .500 for the young season.