Cleveland Indians (Carlos Carrasco) @Detroit Tigers (Kyle Lobstein)
I'm not sure what a Kyle Lobstein is, but I know it's not as good as a Carlos Carrasco.
My pick: Indians 5, Tigers 2
Actual score: Tigers 8, Indians 6
Well, in the grand scheme of things, a Kyle Lobstein may or may not be as good as a Carlos Carrasco, but Carlos Carrasco had to face the Detroit Tigers' offense, while Kyle Lobstein got to face the Cleveland Indians' offense. It was a much easier go for Kyle Lobstein. Miguel Cabrera was 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 3 RBI. He's hitting .377/.463/.580.
(My record: 0-1)
Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @Cincinnati Reds (Anthony DeSclafani)
Over the last calendar year, Jake Arrieta has been a 6 WAR pitcher. He might be the true ace of the Cubs, despite being paid far less than nominal ace Jon Lester.
My pick: Cubs 5, Reds 3
Actual score: Cubs 5, Reds 2
The Cubs' OTHER phenom, rookie Addison Russell, got the big hit in this game. His bases-clearing double in the fourth inning broke open a close game and starting pitcher Jake Arrieta combined with three relievers to limit the Reds to just two runs. The Cubs are making some noise in the NL Central, now just two games behind the front-running Cardinals.
(My record: 1-1)
Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) @Miami Marlins (Dan Haren)
Bust out the brooms, Marlins fans! Dan, Dan, he's your man! If he can't do it, someone else can in relief if the game is still close.
My pick: Marlins 5, Nationals 3
Actual score: Marlins 6, Nationals 2
The Marlins scrapped out five infield singles and got hits when they needed them to beat the Nationals for the third straight game. The Marlins have now won five straight after previously losing five straight.
(My record: 2-1)
Toronto Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle) @Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer)
The AL East is the tightest division in baseball. Three teams are tied for first at 10-8, the Blue Jays are next at 9-9, and the Orioles are last, at 8-10. The Rays have won four straight games and I'm expecting them to keep it going in this game against Mark Buehrle. Chris Archer is the Ray's best pitcher. So far this year, he's struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings and walked just 1.8.
My pick: Rays 6, Jays 2
Actual score: Rays 5, Jays 1
Tampa Bay Rays' starter Chris Archer continued his impressive pitching today. He tossed seven scoreless innings and gave up just two hits and a walk. On the offensive side, Brandon Guyer was 2 for 4 with a run and four RBI. The Rays are tied for first in the AL East.
(My record: 3-1)
Boston Red Sox (Wade Miley) @Baltimore Orioles (Bud Norris)
Bud Norris has given up 20 runs in 10-1/3 innings in three starts so far this year and he's facing the Red Sox, who have averaged 4.9 runs per game. If you're an Orioles' fan looking for hope then consider that Norris has a career 3.41 ERA and 1.26 WHIP against the Red Sox, so maybe he can come through with a good game in this one. I wouldn't count on it, though.
My pick: Red Sox 7, Orioles 5
Actual score: Orioles 18, Red Sox 7
Bud Norris came through with his best start of the year but he didn't really need to because the Orioles busted out for 18 runs on 20 hits and four walks. The bottom six hitters in the Rays' batting order combined to go 16 for 29 with 12 runs and 15 RBI.
(My record: 3-2)
Atlanta Braves (Trevor Cahill) @Philadelphia Phillies (Jerome Williams)
Still not picking the Phillies.
My pick: Braves 6, Phillies 4
Actual score: Phillies 5, Braves 4
The Phillies' Ryan Howard is showing signs of life with a homer in each of the last two games. That power output has him now hitting .193/.246/.404, so it's nothing to get too excited about just yet. On the other hand, in a shocking development the Phillies are now tied with the Nationals in the NL East.
(My record: 3-3)
St. Louis Cardinals (Lance Lynn) @Milwaukee Brewers (Mike Fiers)
Until he proves otherwise, I'm going to assume that Mike Fiers only pitches well in even-numbered years. In 2012, Fiers had a 3.74 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. In 2013, his ERA ballooned to 7.25, with a 1.52 WHIP. In 2014, he was very good in 14 games, with a 2.13 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. This year, an odd-numbered year again, his ERA is back up to 6.75, with a 1.70 WHIP.
My pick: Cardinals 5, Brewers 3
Actual score: Brewers 6, Cardinals 3
The Cardinals had 13 hits and four walks, putting 17 runners on base but scoring just three times. They left 14 men on base as they repeatedly failed to come through in the clutch. Meanwhile, the Brewers put 11 men on base and scored six of them.
(My record: 3-4)
Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez) @Chicago White Sox (John Danks)
Still not picking John Danks to win.
My pick: Royals 8, White Sox 4
Actual score: White Sox 5, Royals 3
The Phillies won today. The Brewers won today. John Danks won today. What is happening in my world?
(My record: 3-5)
Texas Rangers (Nick Martinez) @Los Angeles Angels (Hector Santiago)
These two teams are reportedly involved in a trade that would send Josh Hamilton back to the Rangers, a team for whom he had his most successful seasons. Hamilton signed a 5-year, $125 million contract with the Angels before the 2013 season and immediately went from being a player worth roughly 3.8 WAR per season in the previous two seasons to a 1.5 WAR player in 2013 and 2014. In the offseason, he admitted to falling off the wagon in his long, ongoing battle with substance abuse and the Angels have been trying to get rid of him every since. The final terms of a trade haven't been revealed, but it sounds like the Angels won't be getting anything in return for Hamilton and will pay the vast majority of his contract. It's a good deal for the Rangers and, hopefully, Hamilton will be able to manage his problems with addiction.
My pick: Angels 6, Rangers 4
Actual score: Rangers 5, Angels 4 [11 innings]
The score was 3-3 through 10 innings in this game when Leonys Martin led off the top of the 11th inning with a home run to right center. An error by shortstop Erick Aybar later in the inning gave the Rangers another run. Aybar got a run back for the Angels in the bottom of the inning on an rbi-single to left but that's where the rally ended and the Angels went down in ignominious defeat.
(My record: 3-6)
Houston Astros (Asher Wojciechowski) @Oakland Athletics (Drew Pomeranz)
The A's have lost two straight to the Astros and have fallen to three games behind them in the AL West. They need to turn it around and Drew Pomeranz is just the guy to do it.
My pick: Athletics 8, Astros 3
Actual score: Astros 7, Athletics 6
The red-hot Houston Astros won their fourth straight game and completed a sweep of the A's in Oakland. The A's led this game 6-5 going into the top of the 9th, but the Astros got a rally started with a single to center by Jake Marisnick. Jose Altuve grounded into a fielder's choice with Marisnick beating out the throw to second and Altuve making it to first. Then they both stole bases to put runners on second and third. George Springer struck out and Jed Lowrie was intentionally walked to bring Evan Gattis to the plate. Gattis has struggled this year but came through when it counted, hitting a double to deep center that scored two. The next to Astros struck out but the damage had been done. Luke Gregerson pitched the bottom of the ninth for his fourth save of the year.
(My record: 3-7)
Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson) @Seattle Mariners (Roenis Elias)
With Hisashi Iwakuma going to the DL, the Mariners will call up Roenis Elias to start this game. Elias has not pitched well in AAA this year (8.04 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, 4.0 BB/9) but won 10 games in 29 starts with the Mariners last year and had a respectable 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. He should be good enough to beat the Twins.
My pick: Mariners 7, Twins 5
Actual score: Twins 4, Mariners 2 [11 innings]
The not-very-good Kyle Gibson held the Mariners to two runs through seven innings. His counterpart on the M's, Roenis Elias, held the Twins to two runs through 5 2/3 innings. The game stayed tied 2-2 through the regulation nine and went to extra innings. Neither team scored in the 10th. With Tyler Olson pitching for the M's in the 11th, Chris Herrmann walked and was sacrificed to second. Brian Dozier was intentionally walked and Shane Robinson fouled out to first. Olson needed to get Joe Mauer to end the threat, but Mauer cleared the bases with a triple to right center. Glen Perkins shut down the M's in the bottom of the inning for his fifth save of the year.
(My record: 3-8)
Los Angeles Dodgers (Scott Baker) @San Diego Padres (Brandon Morrow)
It had been reported that the Dodgers were going to call up Joe Wieland from AAA to pitch this game but they've turned to Scott Baker instead. Baker has had injury problems going back to 2010, when he last started more than 25 games. He's been good in AAA, so maybe he'll be healthy for another few months or so. For the Padres, Brandon Morrow is a couple starts from reaching his total number of innings pitched from last year and has done well in the early-going. He has a 3.15 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, with a corresponding 3.21 xFIP and 3.43 SIERA.
My pick: Padres 6, Dodgers 3
Actual score: Padres 3, Dodgers 1
Brandon Morrow (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K) outpitched Scott Baker (7 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K) in a game that was more typical of what you'd expect in Petco Park. Derek Norris and Alexi Amarista hit home runs for the Padres and Alex Guerrero had his fifth for the Dodgers. Craig Kimbrel got his sixth save.
(My record: 4-8)
San Francisco Giants (Tim Lincecum) @Colorado Rockies (Tyler Matzek)
Like most pitchers, Tim Lincecum has not fared well when pitching at Coors Field. In 14 starts in Colorado, Lincecum has a 4.52 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. Tyler Matzek, on the other hand, has been solid pitching at high elevation. In 10 starts at Coors Field, Matzek has a 3.52 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
My pick: Rockies 6, Giants 4
Actual score: RAINOUT
Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano) @Arizona Diamondbacks (Jeremy Hellickson)
The Pirates are looking to stretch their winning streak to five straight and Jeremy Hellickson is just the pitcher to do it against.
My pick: Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 2
Actual score: Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 0
Behind 6 1/3 shutout innings from Francisco Liriano plus 2 2/3 scoreless innings from his bullpen buddies, the Pirates complete the sweep of the D-Backs. The top five hitters in the Pirates' lineup combined to go 11 for 21 with 8 runs and 4 RBI. Gregory Polanco and Neil Walker each had three hits.
(My record: 5-8)
New York Mets (Jonathon Niese) @New York Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi)
This is the finale of a three game series. The Yankees busted out the whoopin' sticks in game one against Jacob deGrom and the Mets got their revenge against CC Sabathia in game two. The Subway Series is tied at a game each and now we have some off-off-Broadway pitchers going at it. After struggling against Matt Harvey on Saturday, I expect the Yankees to feast on Jonathon Niese like he's the early-bird special at the Old Country Buffet.
My pick: Yankees 8, Mets 4
Actual score: Yankees 6, Mets 4
The big news here is that Yankees' DH Alex Rodriguez was 2 for 4 with a run and two RBI. One of his two hits was his 659th career homer. He is now just one home run away from Willie Mays on the all-time list.
(My record: 6-8)
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: 7-8
Day 6: 8-5
Day 7: 6-8
Overall: 150-126, .543