Cleveland Indians (Trevor Bauer) @Detroit Tigers (Alfredo Simon)
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
Actual score: Tigers 4, Indians 1
Trevor Bauer was a late scratch and T.J. House had to step in for the Cleveland Indians. It did not go well for Mr. House, as he gave up three runs and eight base runners in three innings. Rajai Davis had a great game for Detroit. He's a lefty-killer and was 2 for 4 with 3 runs and 3 stolen bases. Victor Martinez had 2 hits and 3 RBI. The Tigers' Alfredo Simon gave up a single run in 6-2/3 innings and is now 4-0 this season. Joakim Soria picked up his sixth save.
(My record: 0-1)
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
Actual score: RAINOUT
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
Actual score: Mets 8, Yankees 2
Matt Harvey shut down the Yankees offense in this one. Harvey came within an out of a complete game but had to settle for 8-2/3 innings and 2 runs allowed with 7 strikeouts. He was much better than CC Sabathia, who was blasted for 7 runs in 5 innings. The bottom of the Mets' order did most of the damage. Juan Lagares was 4 for 4 with 3 runs and an RBI. Wilmer Flores was 2 for 4 with a run and a ribbie. Kevin Plawecki was 2 for 4 with a run and 3 RBI as he had his first home run of the season.
(My record: 1-1)
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
Actual score: Astros 9, Athletics 3
The Astros came out swinging against A's starter Kendall Graveman, beating Graveman up for 6 runs in 4-2/3 innings. Jose Altuve and George Springer each had home runs and were among four Astros hitters to bang out two hits each.
(My record: 1-2)
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
Actual score: Marlins 8, Nationals 0
I keep thinking the Nationals have to start winning some games and they keep continuing to not win games. Stephen Strasburg continued a sub-par start to the season with a 6 IP, 4 ER game that leaves him with a 4.88 ERA for the season. Giancarlo Stanton was 3 for 3 with 3 runs and 2 RBI for the fish. He also hit his fifth homer of the season. Marlins' starter Tom Koehler combined with two relievers for a shutout of the Nats.
(My record: 1-3)
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
Actual score: Rays 4, Blue Jays 2
Blue Jays' starter Daniel Norris (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 7 K) had a nice game against the Rays, but his bullpen let him down. The Blue Jays started the year expecting Brett Cecil to be their closer but when he struggled with his velocity they went to Miguel Castro. Castro and fellow rookie Roberto Osuna are young, inexperienced members of the Blue Jays' bullpen. In this game, all three of the Blue Jays' late-game relievers had issues. The Blue Jays led the Rays 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth and Osuna was brought in to get the game to the ninth. He struck out Steven Souza and Asdrubal Cabrera but gave up a single to Evan Longoria. With the left-handed David DeJesus due up, the Jays went to the lefty Brett Cecil. DeJesus singled to right, moving Longoria to third. That was it for Cecil. In came Castro and the Rays countered by pinch-hitting James Loney for Logan Forsythe. Loney doubled to right to tie the game and Tim Beckham followed with a double of his own to put the Rays up by two. The Rays' Brad Boxberger breezed through the ninth for the save.
(My record: 2-3)
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
Actual score: Orioles 5, Red Sox 4 [10 innings]
The Orioles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning but the Red Sox came back to tie it with two of their own on a Mike Napoli homer in the second. The Orioles got back on top on a solo homer from Jimmy Paredes in the bottom of the fifth. Paredes had a big day today, going 4 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. The game went to the ninth with the Orioles still ahead 3-2, but Zach Britton blew the save and the score was tied. Xander Bogaerts homered off of Brad Brach in the top of the 10th to give the Red Sox a short-lived lead. In the bottom of the 10th, the Orioles got a leadoff triple from Adam Jones and a sacrifice fly from Chris Davis to tie the score. Then David Lough knocked one out to right for the game-winning home run.
(My record: 3-3)
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
Actual score: Braves 5, Phillies 2
It's not how you start, it's how you finish. The Phillies led this game through 6 innings but David Buchanan and Jake Diekman couldn't hold that lead and the Braves came back with three in the seventh and two in the eight to win 5-2.
(My record: 4-3)
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
Actual score: Cardinals 5, Brewers 3
The Cardinals won this game but lost Adam Wainwright to an ankle injury. Wainwright was injured coming out of the batter's box on a popup in the fifth inning and needed help off the field by the trainer. It's unknown how long he'll be out. The Cardinals built up a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the 8th. To their credit, the Brewers mounted a comeback by scoring three runs in the inning but that was all they would get. The loss drops the Brewers' record to 3-15.
(My record: 5-3)
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
Actual score: Giants 5, Rockies 4 [11 innings]
The Giants built up a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth and turned it over to closer Santiago Casilla, but Casilla could not shut the door and the Rockies tied the game. After a scoreless 10th, the Giants pushed a run across the dish in the top of the 11th and Jean Machi finished it out for San Fran.
(My recored: 5-4)
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
Actual score: Pirates 2, Diamondbacks 1
Both A.J. Burnett (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K) and Rubby De La Rosa (7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 K) pitched well in this one but both had to settle for a no-decision. The score was tied going into the top of the ninth and the Pirates had to face the Diamondbacks' closer, Addison Reed. Gregory Polanco struck out to start the inning and Andre McCutchen flied to center. With two down and nobody on, the Pirates rallied. Neil Walker doubled to left center and came around on a single by Starling Marte to put the Pirates up 2-1. Mark Melancon came on to close it out for the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth but got into trouble. After getting Chris Owings to foul out, Melancon gave up a single to Tuffy Gosewisch. Nick Ahmed came in to run for Gosewisch but got caught stealing for out number two. Cliff Pennington then walked, but Melancon got Yasmani Tomas to ground out to second to end the game. The Pirates have now won four straight games.
(My record: 6-4)
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
Actual score: Dodgers 11 Padres 8
It's not often you see 19 runs came across the dish in a game at Petco Park in San Diego but it happened today thanks to ugly starts from Ian Kennedy (4.3 IP, 8 ER) and Brandon McCarthy (5 IP, 6 ER). The Dodgers got big games with the sticks from Andre Ethier (3 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Adrian Gonzalez (3 for 5, 3 R, 3 RBI). The Padres countered with a pair of dingers and 5 RBI from Justin Upton.
(My record: 7-4)
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
Actual score: Angels 4, Rangers 1
Angels' starter C.J. Wilson struggled through 5-2/3 innings on 103 pitchers but only gave up one run despite allowing seven hits and three walks. A quintet of relievers pitched the last 2-1/3 innings without allowing a run and the Angels took the victory. Huston Street notched his seventh save.
(My record: 8-4)
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
Actual score: Twins 8, Mariners 5
After 4 1/2 innings, neither starting pitcher was still in this game. Twins' starter Trevor May was out after 3-1/3 innings and Mariners' starter James Paxton couldn't get through the fifth. The Mariners' bullpen was expected to be a strength for the team but they gave up four runs in the last four innings and the Twins got their win.
(My record: 8-5)
My Prediction Record
Week 1: 43-47, .478
Week 2: 62-31, .667
Day 1: 3-6
Day 2: 7-8
Day 3: 7-8
Day 4: 7-5
Day 5: 7-7
Day 6: 8-5
Overall: 144-117, .552