This game is the annual Patriot's Day game that starts at 11:05 AM Eastern Time and is played while the Boston Marathon is being run. Of course, it was just two years ago that there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured an estimated 264 others. The city came together in solidarity after the bombing and emotions will be high once again. This baseball game will be one of the least important things going on in Boston today.
My pick: Red Sox 7, Orioles 5
New York Yankees (CC Sabathia) @Detroit Tigers (Alfredo Simon)
The Tigers are scorching hot right now. The only pitcher who could shut them down recently was lefty Chris Sale. CC Sabathia is also left-handed, so could he have the same success that Sale had against this lineup? I don't think so.
My pick: Tigers 8, Yankees 6
Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @Pittsburgh Pirates (A.J. Burnett)
A.J. Burnett is money in PNC Park, with a career 2.72 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in the park near the confluence of the Ohio, the Monongahela, and the Allegheny. Remember the names of those rivers in case it ever comes up on Jeopardy!
My pick: Pirates 6, Cubs 3
Cincinnati Reds (Anthony DeSlafani) @Milwaukee Brewers (Wily Peralta)
The Brewers are 2-10 and desperate for a win, as they have lost five straight games. Wily Peralta has a 4.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 12 innings this year, with just three strikeouts. Can he stop the bleeding? I have a hunch he can.
My pick: Brewers 5, Reds 3
Cleveland Indians (Trevor Bauer) @Chicago White Sox (John Danks)
I don't know if I'll ever pick John Danks to win a game this year. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he's sent to the bullpen and replaced by Carlos Rodon sometime in the next few weeks. It could be Danks or it could be Hector Noesi, but Rodon will be in that starting rotation before June 1st.
My pick: Indians 8, White Sox 6
Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson) @Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez)
The Royals are fired up after their late-inning comeback victory against the hated Oakland A's on Sunday. The Twins have been outscored by 20 runs in their first 12 games. Neither Kyle Gibson nor Edinson Volquez are top starters, but Volquez has been better more recently, so the Royals get the nod.
My pick: Royals 7, Twins 4
San Diego Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne) @Colorado Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa)
The Rockies were swept by the Dodgers but return home to face soft-tossing Odrisamer Despaigne. I expect the Rockies to bust out the lumber in this one and get back to their early-season winning ways.
My pick: Rockies 9, Padres 5
Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman) @ Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker)
Matt Shoemaker has pitched very well at home in his career (1.98 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 8.9 K/9). Kendall Graveman has had one good start and one terrible start so far. Also, Kendall Graveman has to pitch against Mike Trout. That's not good news for Kendall Graveman.
My pick: Angels 6, Athletics 2
Houston Astros (Asher Wojciechowski) @Seattle Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma)
The surprising Houston Astros are in first place in the AL West with a 6-6 record. The Mariners are coming off a come-from-behind victory over the Texas Rangers. Asher Wojciechowski's real first name is Randall, but he goes by his middle name, Asher. That's an interesting decision. Asher has had an interesting life. He was born in Hardeeville, South Carolina. The first thing you might wonder is whether the restaurant chain Hardee's originated in Hardeeville. Well, it did not. The first Hardee's opened in Greenville, North Carolina. Hardeeville, birthplace of Asher Wojciechowski, doesn't even have a Hardee's. When Asher was young, he lived in Pensacola, Florida; Sturgis, Michigan; and the Dominican Republic. When he was nine, the family moved to Romania and Asher wen't along because, well, because he was nine. In Romania, he played soccer and joined the Bucharest Little League, where he played in the Little League World Series of Poland. Three years in Romania was enough for the Wojciechowski's, so they moved back to Strugis, Michigan, but Asher was such a good baseball player that the family moved to South Carolina for his senior year so that he could attract more attention from professional scouts. South Carolina is generally acknowledged to have more baseball talent than Michigan. After high school, he pitched for The Citadel and was named the Southern Conference's pitcher of the year in 2010. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays after that season. In 2012, the Blue Jays traded him to the Houston Astros. He made his Major League debut on April 9th and gave up four runs in four innings. He then pitched a game in relief on the 13th and cruised through four scoreless innings. Like every other guy in the history of forever with the last name Wojciechowski, he goes by "Wojo."
My pick: Mariners 6, Astros 4