MLB Pick'Em 07/16

Good start to the second half of the season. With the Yankees-Red Sox doubleheader we have 16 games today. Here are yesterdays results.

July 15th Results:

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

Yesterday’s Picks: 9-6

Hoopfest 2017: 0-30
Guest Picks: 17-11
First Half Picks: 712: 614
Yearly Picks: 732-624

And now today's picks:

Yankees (Sabathia) vs Red Sox (Porcello): Game 1

A doubleheader after a 16 inning game? The baseball Gods are cruel and unjust. These teams both have a taxed bullpen and will need innings from their starting pitching in both games. In this one I like Sabathia to go deeper than Porcello and for the Yankees to get the win.

 Pick: Yankees

Blue Jays (Estrada) vs Tigers (Sanchez)

Ever since he got the call back from the Minor Leagues Anibal Sanchez has been pitching like a quality pitcher. Still don’t trust him. I think he reverts back to his earlier season form and the Blue Jays walk away with a victory in this one.

Pick: Blue Jays

Dodgers (Hill) vs Marlins (O’Grady)

It makes no sense to pick against the Dodgers with how they are right now. So I won’t.

Pick: Dodgers

Nationals (Roark) vs Reds (Baily)

Tanner Roark has been awful this last month. I know because I have him on my fantasy team. He is looking to turn it around against the Reds today. I think he will pitch better, but not well enough to get the win. I give the edge to Baily and the Reds.

Pick: Reds

Rockies (Hoffman) vs Mets (Matz)

The Rockies came out of the gates super slow, losing their first two games to the lowly Mets. They need Jeff Hoffman to stem the tide a bit. I think he can and I think he will. Hoffman helps the Rockies salvage one game in this series and will get the win today.

Pick: Rockies

Cardinals (Martinez) vs Pirates (Williams)

I like Carlos Martinez a lot. I don’t like Trevor Williams at all. That is good enough reason for me.

Pick: Cardinals

Cubs (Quintana) vs Orioles (Jimenez)

Jose Quintana is making his debut for the Cubs today. At least he didn’t have to switch cities when he got traded. Quintana has quietly been pitching very well the last month, and I think the Cubs were very smart in picking him up. I like him to get the win in his first start for the Cubbies and stabilize that rotation a bit.

Pick: Cubs

Diamondbacks (Godley) vs Braves (Garcia)

The Braves are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. Didn’t think I would be typing that in 2017. They are playing good baseball, but unfortunately they have Jamie Garcia pitching for them today. That will be reason enough for me to pick the Diamondbacks in this one.

Pick: Diamondbacks

 Mariners (Moore) vs White Sox (Holland)

With a win yesterday, the Mariners won a series in Chicago for the first time in 10 years. Now they go for the sweep behind rookie Andrew Moore. Moore has pitched well in his brief stint for Seattle, and today will be no different. Seattle gets the sweep!

Pick: Mariners

Phillies (Hellickson) vs Brewers (Garza)

Ryan Braun might not be playing in this game today. I don’t think the Brewers need him. Ah, the joy of playing the Phillies.

Pick: Brewers

Twins (Gibson) vs Astros (Fiers)

Mike Fiers pitches well against the Twins, and Kyle Gibson has good stuff but doesn’t have the record to prove it. I like the Astros comfortably in this one.

Pick: Astros

Rangers (Darvish) vs Royals (Kennedy)

Texas is 6-0 against the Royals this year. After today they will be 7-0.

Pick: Rangers

Rays (Archer) vs Angels (Bridwell)

Chris Archer had an up and down first half of the season. Mirrored his career a little bit actually. Still think he has some sterling performances left in him. Today will be one of those performances as he leads the Rays to a victory in Los Angeles.

Pick: Rays

Giants (Samardzija) vs Padres (Cahill)

Padres are worse than the Giants. That is a fact.

Pick: Giants

Yankees (Tanaka) vs Red Sox (Price): Game 2

Game 2 will be the same as game 1, where they need the starting pitchers to go deep. In game 1 I went with Sabathia and the Yankees. Game 2 goes to Price and the Red Sox.

Pick: Red Sox