MLB Pick'Em 07/18

Football is still waiting on training camp. Basketball and hockey are over. For sports lovers you have baseball, soccer and the WNBA. Pretty slim pickings, so I am glad that you are joining us during the rough part of the sports season. In the meantime, let's go over some results and get to some picks shall we?

July 17th Results:

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

Yesterday’s Picks: 8-5

Hoopfest 2017: 0-30
Guest Picks: 17-11
First Half Picks: 712-614
Yearly Picks: 747-640

Today's Picks:

Rangers (Ross) vs Orioles (Bundy)

The Rangers offense is really struggling coming out of the break. They have only scored five runs in the last three games, and now face the most consistent starter for the Orioles in Dylan Bundy. That isn’t necessarily a great thing, as the Orioles starting pitching has been atrocious. I think Bundy will do enough to keep the Rangers bats quiet and the Orioles get another win.

Pick: Orioles

Brewers (Guerra) vs Pirates (Nova)

Today marks the return of Starling Marte from an 80 game PED suspension. He will be out looking for something to prove. I think that he will get a couple of hits today and Ivan Nova will do what Nova does, not walk anyone, not allow much hard contact, and get the win.

Pick: Pirates

Blue Jays (Happ) vs Red Sox (Johnson)

The Red Sox couldn’t get to Marcus Stroman enough yesterday to get the win. That will not be a problem today against Happ. Boston’s offense will explode today and will run Happ out before the fifth inning.

Pick: Red Sox

Cardinals (Wacha) vs Mets (Montero)

Same reasoning as yesterday. Playing a good team + not DeGrom = a Mets loss.

Pick: Cardinals

Diamondbacks (Ray) vs Reds (Romano)

Arizona has lost five games in a row, and are hoping Robbie Ray can turn it around for them. Since this game is being played in Cincinnati I like his chances. Ray is 4-1 on the road this year with an ERA under 1.5. That is otherworldly numbers. He continues his dominance and the Diamondbacks get back in the win column.

Pick: Diamondbacks

Phillies (Velasquez) vs Marlins (Conley)

Adam Conley is getting called back to the majors after two months at Triple-A. The Phillies are the perfect team to face. The Phillies are garbage. Conley might not be the best Marlins pitcher, but today he will pitch well enough to hand the Phillies another loss.

Pick: Marlins

Cubs (Lackey) vs Braves (Newcomb)

John Lackey is coming off the disabled list to pitch against the Braves today. I don’t like Lackey when he is fully healthy. Lackey coming off the disabled list is a slam dunk pick for the other team. Braves win.

Pick: Braves

Yankees (Cessa) vs Twins (Colon)

BARTOLO COLON!! I am so happy he is back in the big leagues. I have missed him this last month. Not a good matchup for him but it’s Bartolo Colon! Actually I am going to pick him to get the win here for sentimental reasons. Also, because the Yankee pitcher isn’t any good either. But Bartolo Colon!

Pick: Twins

Dodgers (Kershaw) vs White Sox (Gonzalez)

The Dodgers are 29-4 in their last 33 games. That is absurd! With Clayton Kershaw on the mound they will make it 30-4 today against the lowly White Sox.

Pick: Dodgers

Mariners (Gaviglio) vs Astros (Peacock)

Great win for the Mariners yesterday. Jean Segura made three great plays in the ninth inning to keep the game tied. Seattle is riding high after getting its fifth straight win. Number six will not be coming today. The Astros will be mad and Sam Gaviglio is not the answer.

Pick: Astros

Tigers (Boyd) vs Royals (Wood)

Neither one of these pitchers inspire much confidence in me. I guess the advantage goes to Boyd and the Tigers as Alex Wood only has one start under his belt in 2017. That alone is enough reason for me to pick the Tigers to get the win today.

Pick: Tigers

Padres (Lamet) vs Rockies (Senzatela)

I can’t see the Padres winning this game. Granted, I rarely see the Padres winning games, but I’m usually right. Today will be no different.

Pick: Rockies

Rays (Snell) vs Athletics (Smith)

Chris Smith is a 36 year old rookie making his second start in the Major Leagues. Blake Snell has struggled all year long, but still has a lot of talent. I am going with the youngster in this one. Rays win again.

Pick: Rays

Nationals (Jackson) vs Angels (Chavez)

Mike Trout vs Bryce Harper. This is the Manning vs Brady of baseball. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen as often, but seeing the two best position players in baseball on the same field is always fun to watch. Edwin Jackson is starting for the Nationals. He couldn’t even stick with the Orioles in that monstrosity of a rotation. I’m giving the edge to the Angels here.

Pick: Angels

Indians (Clevinger) vs Giants (Blach)

The Indians finally won a game! After getting swept by the Athletics, they finally got back in the win column against the hapless Giants. Today they will make it two in a row.

Pick: Giants