The Phillies have surprisingly started the year 3-3 through their first six games but there's a good chance this is the last time this season they will be at .500 because they stink.
My pick: Mets 7, Phillies 2
Detroit Tigers (Anibal Sanchez) @Pittsburgh Pirates (Gerrit Cole)
The Tigers are off to their best start since 1985 and Miguel Cabrera has 11 hits in his last three games and is hitting .520 so far this season. Not bad, Miguel Cabrera, not bad at all.
My pick: Tigers 5, Pirates 4
Washington Nationals (Jordan Zimmermann) @Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello)
This will be the Red Sox' first home game this season and I expect they'll do well after getting spanked by the Yankees on Sunday and also because the Nationals are having trouble scoring runs without Denard Span, Jayson Werth, and Anthony Rendon in the lineup.
My pick: Red Sox 5, Nationals 3
Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy) @Minnesota Twins (Trevor May)
The Royals have outscored their opponents by 25 runs in their first six games. The Twins have been outscored by their opponents by 20 runs in their first 6 games. Using advanced mathematical techniques, the Royals should beat the Twins by one gazillion runs.
My pick: Royals 1 gazillion, Twins 0
Milwaukee Brewers (Matt Garza) @St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright)
I think Adam Wainwright's arm will fall off at some point this season but not yet, not in April. I'm thinking August.
My pick: Cardinals 7, Brewers 3
Colorado Rockies (Eddie Butler) @San Francisco Giants (Chris Heston)
This game is the Giants' 2015 home opener, so they will likely have some sort of pregame celebration of their 2014 world championship. I wonder if they'll Skype with Pablo Sandoval in Boston so he can be part of the celebration.
My pick: Giants 5, Rockies 4
New York Yankees (Michael Pineda) @Baltimore Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen)
The Orioles cleaned up against the AL East last year, going 47-29 (.618) within the division. The Blue Jays were next-best, with a record of 39-37 (.513) against the rest of the division and every other team was below .500. It's early, but division games are important and the Yankees have started the year winning just two of their first six games, so they are looking to get something going in Baltimore this week.
My pick: Yankees 5, Orioles 2
Tampa Bay Rays (Jake Odorizzi) @Toronto Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey)
In a strange twist, the Rays and Blue Jays played each other 16 times during spring training and will face each other seven times during the first month of the season. They should know each other's tendencies by now. Does that favor either team? If the Rays still had Joe Maddon as their manager, I would think it would give them an edge, but rookie manager Kevin Cash hasn't shown Maddon's ability to be creative with his managing moves, so I can't say either team has an edge just yet.
My pick: Blue Jays 6, Rays 3
Miami Marlins (Mat Latos) @Atlanta Braves (Shelby Miller)
I expect the Marlins to be better than the Braves this year but the Braves have looked good so far and are sitting at 5-1 through six games. The Marlins are 1-5. Shelby Miller is a good pitcher. Mat Latos WAS a good pitcher but doesn't look so good these days. I think the Braves will keep their hot start going.
My pick: Braves 7, Marlins 5
Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker) @Texas Rangers (Ross Detwiler)
If I were Ross Detwiler pitching in Texas, I'd want at least four outfielders. I don't see this working out well for Mr. Detwiler.
My pick: Angels 8, Rangers 3
Cincinnati Reds (Mike Leake) @Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester)
This could get ugly. The Reds have outfielder Billy Hamilton, who has already stolen 7 bases in 6 games this season, and the Cubs' Jon Lester never throws over to first to hold the runner on. If Hamilton can get on base, which is a big if still, he could run wild.
My pick: Cubs 6, Reds 4
Oakland Athletics (Scott Kazmir) @Houston Astros (Scott Feldman)
The A's had a wild series with the Mariners that featured comebacks and blown saves and big hits. They should have an easier time of it against the Astros.
My pick: Athletics 6, Astros 3
Seattle Mariners (James Paxton) @Los Angeles Dodgers (Brandon McCarthy)
The Mariners have played the Dodgers 25 times in their history and won 13 of them. I think the Dodgers will even things up here.
My pick: Dodgers 5, Mariners 3
Arizona Diamondbacks (Rubby De La Rosa) @San Diego Padres (Andrew Cashner)
Rubby De La Rosa gave up 6 runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first start of the season . . . and got a win. This is just another example of how ridiculous that statistic is. Just because baseball has assigned wins to pitchers in the same way for over 100 years doesn't make it right.
My pick: Padres 7, Diamondbacks 3