This looks like a big pitching matchup, but I don't think Jeff Samardzija is anywhere near the ace that David Price is. Samardzija had his best year as a starter last year but there was a lot of luck involved. He's in a much tougher ballpark this year. I don't expect him to come close to last year's numbers. David Price is legit, though.
My pick: Tigers 6, White Sox 3
San Diego Padres (James Shields) @Chicago Cubs (James Hammel)
Forget the other 17 players who will start this game, the only one that matters is Kris Bryant. Kris Byrant is the Chuck Norris of Major League Baseball. There's nothing Kris Byrant cannot do. Not only does he hit home runs at will, he will deliver your baby, discover a cure for cancer, find a word that rhymes with orange, and teach Nicolas Cage how to act, Kris Bryant is just THAT good at life. If he doesn't go 4 for 4 with 4 homers, it will be a disappointing debut for Kris Bryant.
My pick: The Chicago Kris Bryants 6, Padres 4
Philadelphia Phillies (Sean O'Sullivan) @Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer)
The Phillies have lost five straight games and have Sean O'Sullivan facing Max Scherzer. By the end of today, the Phillies will have lost six straight games.
My pick: Nationals 7, Phillies 0
Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeff Locke)
At a website called city-data.com, a question was asked about Milwaukee and Pittsburgh: "I hear that Pittsburgh and Milwaukee are like twin brothers. How are they similar and different? Who has the best nightlife?" The best response to this question at city-data.com was: "Milwaukee is a nice city, but I don't think it's like Pittsburgh at all. Different topography, architecture, structure, layout, demographics, and culture. Come to think of it, it's hard for me to name anything that is all that similar between the cities. Pittsburgh really is a world of its own . . . a cross between the East Coast and Appalachia." I don't know how I feel about that Appalachia part, sounds a bit insulting to the great city of Pittsburgh.
My pick: Pirates 5, Brewers 4
Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran) @Toronto Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison)
A walk through history reveals that these two teams played each other in the 1992 World Series, which featured the first World Series game ever played outside the United States. Toronto won that series, 4 games to 2, which was the first time a team based outside the U.S. won the World Series. All of that was many years ago and has nothing to do with this series, of course. These days, the Blue Jays are contenders and the Braves are in rebuilding mode.
My pick: Blue Jays 6, Braves 3
Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez) @Boston Red Sox (Joe Kelly)
This is not going to be good for the Orioles.
My pick: Red Sox 8, Orioles 4
Miami Marlins (David Phelps) @New York Mets (Bartolo Colon)
The Mets have won five straight and are undefeated at home and have the great Bartolo Colon on the hill. What could be better?
My pick: Mets 5, Marlins 3
New York Yankees (Adam Warren) @Tampa Bay Rays (Nathan Karns)
Adam Warren is making his fifth career start and Nathan Karns is making his seventh. Karns hasn't been very good so far in his major league career, while Warren has had success, but mostly as a reliever. Should be interesting to see how this turns out.
My pick: Yankees 7, Rays 5
Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray) @Kansas City Royals (Jeremy Guthrie)
At one time, the Oakland Athletics were the Kansas City Athletics. The Athletics franchise started in Philadelphia in 1901. They moved to Kansas City in 1955 and played there through the 1967 season, with very little success. In thirteen years in Kansas City, the team never finished higher than sixth place, often in a league with eight teams. Before the 1968 season, A's owner Charley Finley moved the team to Oakland. The following year, Kansas City got an expansion team, the Royals. There's your little history lesson for today.
My pick: Athletics 8, Royals 4
Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber) @Minnesota Twins (Mike Pelfrey)
In three starts against the Twins last year, Corey Kluber had 29 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings. I expect more of the same in this start.
My pick: Indians 6, Twins 1
Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver) @Houston Astros (Roberto Hernandez)
Through nine games, the Angels and Astros have the same record and similar run differentials (-5 and -8). The difference is that the Angels have the best baseball player in the universe, Mike Trout, and the Astros have the best 5'5" player on the planet, Jose Altuve. The universe is bigger than the planet, so the Angels have the edge here.
My pick: Angels 8, Astros 4
Cincinnati Reds (Johnny Cueto) @St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha)
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have won eight straight series against the Reds and are 20-1-1 in series against the Reds since 2006. That's a pretty good thumping right there. The Reds do have their best pitcher on the bump, but Johnny Cueto has a 5.80 ERA in his career in Busch Stadium.
My pick: Cardinals 5, Reds 3
Texas Rangers (Yovani Gallardo) @Seattle Mariners (J.A. Happ)
The Mariners will be glad to be back home after three straight losses to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Hopefully, Fernando Rodney can put his recent late-innings blow-ups behind him and start nailing down some saves when given the opportunity. J.A. Happ isn't a great pitcher, but Safeco Field should help him keep the Mariners close in this one.
My pick: Mariners 4, Rangers 3
Colorado Rockies (Kyle Kendrick) @Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw)
It would have been really cool if Kris Bryant had to make his major league debut against Clayton Kershaw. It would have been the irresistible force versus the immovable object. Instead, we get the Rockies versus Kershaw, in L.A. In his career, Kershaw has a 2.15 ERA at home and a 1.02 WHIP. This year, though, Kershaw has been more human than we've ever seen him and the Rockies are off to a hot start, at 7-2, and have averaged five runs per game. I still like Kershaw in this one, though.
My pick: Dodgers 7, Rockies 2
Arizona Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter) @San Francisco Giants (Jake Peavy)
The Giants haven't won a home game yet and I'm not convinced that Jake Peavy is 100% healthy. The Diamondbacks are plucky and Josh Collmenter's not bad. I like the snakes.
My pick: Diamondbacks 6, Giants 4