The Red Sox have played the Yankees 2,119 times. The only team they've played more often is the Baltimore Orioles (2,157). In their 2,119 games against the Yankees, the Red Sox have a record of 955-1150 (apparently, they've had 14 ties). Considering the Red Sox play the Yankees 19 times per year, it would take more than 10 years of the Red Sox sweeping the Yankees to even their record.
My pick: Yankees 6, Red Sox 4
St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha) @Cincinnati Reds (Johnny Cueto)
The Cincinnati Reds were picked by some experts (me included) to finish in last place in the NL Central, yet here they are at 4-0 and on top of the division by 2 1/2 games. It's early, though. The big bright spot for the Reds is the hitting of Joey Votto, who missed much of last season with injuries. Votto has been en fuego so far, with a batting line of .412/.444/.941 in the early going.
My pick: Reds 6, Cardinals 3
Minnesota Twins (Mike Pelfrey) @Chicago White Sox (Jeff Samardzija)
I think it's about time that the White Sox get that ever elusive first victory. If Jeff Samardzija can't do it today, Chris Sale will get 'er done tomorrow.
My pick: White Sox 5, Twins 3
Detroit Tigers (David Price) @Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber)
Thsi is the pitching matchup of the day. Corey Kluber was the AL Cy Young winner last year and David Price has been a top pitcher in the AL for a number of years. It should be a low-scoring game.
Seattle Mariners (J.A. Happ) @Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray)
Sonny Gray has started five games against the Mariners in his career and is 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. J.A. Happ is, well, he's J.A. Happ. Advantage: Athletics.
My pick: Athletics 7, Mariners 3
Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer) @Miami Marlins (Jarred Cosart)
Yesterday's loss dropped the Rays two games behind the Marlins in the Citrus Series. They play each other six times this year, so this epic battle between two storied franchises is just getting started.
My pick: Marlins 5, Rays 4
Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez)
Ubaldo Jimenez had his best three years from 2008 to 2010. From 2008 to 2010, Aaron Sanchez was still in high school. In his senior year, he was 7-0 with a 0.73 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings. He also hit .403 with 5 home runs. So, those were probably pretty good years for Aaron Sanchez also.
My pick: Blue Jays 9, Orioles 4
Washington Nationals (Doug Fister) @Philadelphia Phillies (Cole Hamels)
The Nationals are expected to be one of the best teams in baseball this year but are currently dealing with multiple injuries to their position players and have a number of fill-ins in their starting lineup. The Phillies are expected to be one of the worst teams in baseball but have their best pitcher on the bump in this game. Everything points to a Phillies' victory.
My pick: Phillies 5, Nationals 3
Pittsburgh Pirates (Vance Worley) @Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson)
Pittsburgh's staring pitcher, Vance Worley, is known as Vanimal on Twitter. Jimmy Nelson's Twitter handle is @Jimmy_J_Nelson. Advantage: Pirates.
My pick: Pirates 6, Brewers 4
New York Mets (Dillon Gee) @Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran)
The Braves have only allowed six runs in their first four games and have their best starting pitcher on the mound in this game. I like their chances.
My pick: Braves 5, Mets 2
Houston Astros (Roberto Hernandez) @Texas Rangers (Yovani Gallardo)
The annual series between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers used to be called the Silver Boot Series. This was when the Astros were in the National League and their regular season series consisted of interleague play. The winner of the series would win a 30-inch tall, size-15 cowboy boot cast in silver and complete with a custom, handmade spur. Once the Astros joined the American League West, the series was renamed the Lone Star Series. In the first year that the Astros played in the NL West, 2013, the Rangers beat them 17 out of 19 games. Last year, the Astros won 11 of 19. Neither team is expected to be all that great this year, so they could be fairly evenly matched this season.
My pick: Rangers 8, Astros 4
Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel) @Colorado Rockies (Kyle Kendrick)
Jason Hammel pitched for the Colorado Rockies from 2009 to 2011. In his career, he's started 45 games at Coors Field and has a record of 13-14 with a 4.95 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. Kyle Kendrick never pitched for the Rockies until this year but did start six games as a visiting pitcher and is 1-1 with a 5.26 ERA at Coors Field. This should be a high scoring game.
My pick: Rockies 9, Cubs 7
Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw) @Arizona Diamondbacks (Archie Bradley)
Yeah, it's never a good idea to pick against Clayton Kershaw.
My pick: Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 1
San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner) @San Diego Chargers (James Shields)
I also don't think it's a good idea to pick against Madison Bumgarner, although James Shields is pretty good too.
My pick: Giants 4, Padres 3
Kansas City Royals (Jeremy Guthrie) @Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver)
When Jered Weaver was 24 years old in 2007, his average fastball velocity was 90 mph and he could max out close to 97. He's lost more than a few ticks off that fastball over the last eight years, with his average fastball velocity dropping all the way down to 86.8 mph last year and a maximum velocity of 91.3. He still won 18 games with a 3.59 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, despite his declining fastball. You have to wonder, though, how many more ticks off his fastball Jered Weaver can afford to lose.
My pick: Angels 6, Royals 4