The Blue Jays have scored more runs than any other team in baseball and Jose Bautista is hitting just .150/.320/.400. Imagine how man runs this team will score when Bautista gets going.
My pick: Blue Jays 7, Braves 4
Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @Detroit Tigers (Shane Greene)
The White Sox handed the Tigers their first home loss of the season in yesterday's game. I don't think the Tigers will be very happy about that today.
My pick: Tigers 6, White Sox 4
Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler) @New York Mets (Matt Harvey)
The Mets have won seven straight and are undefeated at home and have the great Matt Harvey on the hill. What could be better?
My pick: Mets 7, Marlins 0
New York Yankees (Michael Pineda) @Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Andriese)
The Rays have given up the most runs of any team in the American League. Considering that 60% of their starting rotation is on the Disabled List, this is not exactly a surprise. If they can hang close until the reinforcements show up, the Rays can make a wild card run. Unfortunately, Matt Andriese is not a reinforcement. He's more of a sieve.
My pick: Yankees 8, Rays 4
Baltimore Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez) @Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello)
The Red Sox and Orioles are 1st and 2nd in the AL East so this is like two heavyweight boxers dancing around at the beginning of a fight sizing each other up. I like Rick Porcello to out-pitch Miguel Gonzalez in this one.
My pick: Red Sox 7, Orioles 2
Philadelphia Phillies (David Buchanan) @Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg)
The Phillies pulled off an upset victory on Saturday thanks to a well-pitched game from Aaron Harang. Can David Buchanan follow in his footsteps? Not likely. The Nationals are expecting Denard Span back from the DL. They still aren't at full speed because Anthony Rendon is still out, but at least they have the previously-injured two-thirds of their starting outfield back (Span and Jayson Werth). Even without Rendon, they should beat the Phillies.
My pick: Nationals 7, Phillies 2
Milwaukee Brewers (Matt Garza) @Pittsburgh Pirates (Gerrit Cole)
A bus ride from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee takes 13 hours and 13 minutes. That seems kind of unlucky. For Milwaukee!
My pick: Pirates 6, Brewers 4
Oakland Athletics (Scott Kazmir) @Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy)
This series has been rough on the Royals. They lost shortstop Alcides Escobar to an injury on Friday and had their closer go to the DL on Saturday. Also on Saturday, their top starting pitcher was ejected. As far as the games go, the series is tied 1-1, so the Royals can take the series with a victory today.
My pick: Athletics 7, Royals 4
Cleveland Indians (T.J. House) @Minnesota Twins (Trevor May)
The Indians and Twins are in the basement of the AL Central but the Indians run differential is -6, while the Twins is -25. That tells me the Indians are a much better team even if their record doesn't show it yet.
My pick: Indians 6, Twins 5
Los Angeles Angels (Garrett Richards) @Houston Astros (Scott Feldman)
Garrett Richards had a breakout season in 2014. Unfortunately, it ended early with a knee injury in August. This will be his first start of the 2015 season and I expect him to be good enough to win but unlikely to go more than six innings.
My pick: Angels 8, Astros 3
San Diego Padres (Andrew Cashner) @Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester)
Phenom Kris Bryant is hitting .286/.500/.286 through his first two games. That's a great on-base percentage, but he needs to show some power if he's going to stick at third base.
My pick: Padres 7, Cubs 5
Arizona Diamondbacks (Jeremy Hellickson) @San Francisco Giants (Tim Hudson)
The Giants snapped their eight-game losing streak yesterday on a day that was filled with good feelings after they received their 2014 World Series rings. Today, Jeremy Hellickson will shut down their anemic attack and the Giants won't be feeling so happy.
My pick: Diamondbacks 6, Giants 3
Texas Rangers (Ross Detwiler) @Seattle Mariners (James Paxton)
Two lefties square off in a park that's built to help left-handed pitchers. Of the two, James Paxton has talent while Ross Detwiler is just a guy who fills out a rotation. The Mariners should win this one and start to re-assert themselves in the mix for a wild card spot.
My pick: Mariners 6, Rangers 4
Colorado Rockies (Eddie Butler) @Los Angeles Dodgers (Brandon McCarthy)
Brandon McCarthy has had a very strange start to this season. He's started two games and pitched 12 innings with 19 strikeouts and just one walk. Those strikeout and walk numbers are superb. Unfortunately, he's also given up 6(!) home runs. Six! He's been homer-prone throughout his career but this is ridiculous.
My pick: Dodgers 6, Rockies 3
Cincinnati Reds (Mike Leake) @St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright)
The Cardinals are hot, hot, hot. They've won four straight games and are sitting atop the NL Central with a 7-3 record. Adam Wainwright still has about 100 innings left on that elbow, by my estimation, so the Cards should get a fifth straight victory here.
My pick: Cardinals 5, Reds 3