The Tigers have lost four straight after getting off to a great start to the season. Today's Tigers' starter, Alfredo Simon, reminds me of yesterday's starter, Shane Greene. I think the Indians deal the Tigers their fifth straight loss in this one.
My pick: Indians 6, Tigers 4
Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @Cincinnati Reds (Anthony DeSclafani)
I believe it's time Anthony DeSclafani's 0.86 ERA starts to resemble more closely his 3.83 xFIP. Here come the Cubbies!
My pick: Cubs 5, Reds 3
New York Mets (Matt Harvey) @New York Yankees (CC Sabathia)
Behind the pitching of Matt Harvey the Mets will even this series up at a game apiece. CC Sabathia is a 300 pound shell of his former self.
My pick: Mets 7, Yankees 2
Houston Astros (Scott Feldman) @Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman)
The A's are the only team in the AL West with a positive run differential but they are 8-10. That's mainly because when they win, they win big, and when they lose, they lose little. This looks like a win big game to me.
My pick: Athletics 9, Astros 4
Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg) @Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler)
The Nationals have lost three straight and the Marlins have won three straight. Both teams are falling way behind the Mets in the early going. The Nationals will likely go on a run at some point, maybe even today.
My pick: Nationals 5, Marlins 2
Toronto Blue Jays (Daniel Norris) @Tampa Bay Rays (Erasmo Ramirez)
It's early, but Daniel Norris has a 5.98 xFIP and Erasmo Ramirez has a 5.53 xFIP. This could be a really fun, high-scoring game.
My pick: Rays 8, Blue Jays 6
Boston Red Sox (Justin Masterson) @Baltimore Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen)
The Red Sox have been above average on offense against lefties (113 wRC+) and the Orioles have been above average against righties (121 wRC+). This should be another high scoring game.
My pick: Orioles 8, Red Sox 6
Atlanta Braves (Shelby Miller) @Philadelphia Phillies (David Buchanan)
Even though the Braves have lost four straight, I'm still not picking the Phillies.
My pick: Braves 6, Phillies 3
St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) @Milwaukee Brewers (Wily Peralta)
I keep picking the Brewers and they keep defying me, so I'm going with Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals in this one.
My pick: Cardinals 7, Brewers 3
San Francisco Giants (Tim Hudson) @Colorado Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa)
The Rockies are hot (three straight wins) and the Giants are not (4-6 in their last 10 games). Tim Hudson doesn't have the stuff he once had, so Coors Field will likely present a problem for him.
My pick: Rockies 7, Giants 5
Pittsburgh Pirates (A.J. Burnett) @Arizona Diamondbacks (Rubby De La Rosa)
It's nice that baseball has two De La Rosa's pitching on the same day. They should try to make this happen more often, just for the fun of it.
My pick: Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 3
Los Angeles Dodgers (Brandon McCarthy) @San Diego Padres (Ian Kennedy)
Ian Kennedy left his first start of the season after just 2 1/3 innings because of a hamstring injury. He's coming off the 15-day DL to start this game. He should be fine, but I expect Brandon McCarthy to be better and pitch deeper into the game.
My pick: Dodgers 5, Padres 3
Texas Rangers (Colby Lewis) @Los Angeles Angels (C.J. Wilson)
Five years ago this would have been a great pitching matchup worthy of top billing. These days it's more like a direct-to-TV movie on the Lifetime Network.
My pick: Angels 8, Rangers 5
Minnesota Twins (Trevor May) @Seattle Mariners (James Paxton)
The Mariners just lost Hisashi Iwakuma to the DL so they need young pitchers such as James Paxton and Taijuan Walker to step up. Paxton gets his shot today, the day after King Felix Day. Unfortunately, today is Hiashi Iwakuma Bear Hat night, so it's really bad timing for Iwakuma's DL stint.
My pick: Mariners 6, Twins 4