Both of these teams are good enough to be favorites to get to the World Series, so they could face each other in October, but right now the Nationals are not at full strength. Justin Masterson is not a great pitcher, but he should be fine against this depleted Washington lineup.
My pick: Red Sox 6, Nationals 3
New York Yankees (CC Sabathia) @Baltimore Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez)
CC Sabathia is still trying to recapture is old form. And by form I mean the way he used to pitch, not the shape of his body. His body is in pretty much the same form it's been since he got to the big leagues and that form could best be described as mongous, as in hu-mongous. I think he'll have trouble with the Orioles in this one.
My pick: Orioles 5, Yankees 4
Detroit Tigers (Shane Greene) @Pittsburgh Pirates (A.J. Burnett)
Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole was able to stifle the Detroit offense on Monday. The Tigers scored three of their four runs off of the Pirates' closer, Mark Melancon, but just a single run against Gerrit Cole. In today's game, A.J. Burnett gets a chance to stifle the Detroit offense. A.J. Burnett is not as good as Gerrit Cole. I don't think he can stifle the Tigers offense.
My pick: Tigers 5, Pirates 4
Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Andriese) @Toronto Blue Jays (Daniel Norris)
Daniel Norris got his first major league win in his last start. Matt Andriese is still looking for the first win of his career. Combined, these two pitchers have just 12 1/3 major league innings under their belts.
My pick: Blue Jays 6, Rays 3
Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @Cleveland Indians (Carlos Carrasco)
Something's gotta give in this game. The Indians haven't won a home game yet. The White Sox haven't won a road game yet. They can't tie, so one of these teams will break their streak.
My pick: Indians 5, White Sox 2
Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler) @Atlanta Braves (Trevor Cahill)
The Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton is hitting a buck-thirty, which can't go on for too much longer. Trevor Cahill is not a top pitcher, or even an average pitcher the last two years, so this could be Stanton's day.
My pick: Marlins 6, Braves 4
Philadelphia Phillies (David Buchanan) @New York Mets (Matt Harvey)
It's Matt Harvey Day! On Matt Harvey Day, the sky is a little more blue and the air is little more fresh. Women are prettier, food tastes better, and your favorite song keeps coming on the radio. On Matt Harvey Day, you never hit a red light, you always find a parking spot, and there's never a wait at the donut shop. So enjoy Matt Harvey Day. Enjoy that donut, sing along with your favorite song, and give that pretty woman a smile. For, on Matt Harvey Day, all is right in the world.
My pick: Mets 6, Phillies 0
Los Angeles Angels (Drew Rucinski) @Texas Rangers (Nick Martinez)
The Angels are giving Drew Rucinski his first major league start tomorrow. Drew Rucinski played college ball at THE Ohio State University before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Indians in 2011. He pitched at four different levels for the Indians in 2011 then lasted until the final day of camp during spring training in 2012 before being cut because, as an undrafted free agent, he was more expendable than players the Indians had spent a draft pick on. He pitched in the independent Frontier League in 2012 and the first part of 2013 and looked good enough for the Angels to sign to a minor league contract. The Angels didn't really think of him as a prospect; they were just looking for pitchers to fill out their minor league system. With his big league dream back on track, Rucinski took advantage of the opportunity. He pitched well at A ball and dominated in AA and earned a spot on the Angels' 40-man roster. He pitched well during spring training and has pitched two scoreless innings in the big leagues so far this year. He's the kind of guy that everyone should root for.
My pick: Angels 6, Rangers 5
Cincinnati Reds (Anthony DeSclafani) @Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta)
The Cubs and Reds are battling for 1st place atop the NL Central but they're heading in opposite directions based on their last three games. The Cubs have won three straight. The Reds have lost three straight. For today, at least, I think the trend continues.
My pick: Cubs 5, Reds 3
Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman) @Houston Astros (Brad Peacock)
The A's are 4-4 but have the third-best run differential in all of baseball, at +24. The Astros are 3-4 with a run differential of -9. Run differential is a better predictor than actual record. I think you know where this is headed.
My pick: Athletics 8, Astros 4
Seattle Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma) @Los Angeles Dodgers (David Huff)
David Huff was a middling starter for the first four years of his career but became primarily a reliever in 2013 and didn't start a single game last year. The Dodgers are scrambling a bit for starting pitching, so Huff toes the rubber today. One thing he has going for him is the ability to pitch with his left arm. The Mariners have a very lefty-leaning lineup and have really struggled against left-handed pitching so far. They have the second worst wRC+ (31) in baseball against lefties and are hitting .178/.211/.233 against them.
My pick: Mariners 4, Dodgers 3
Arizona Diamondbacks (Jeremy Hellickson) @San Diego Padres (Odrisamer Despaigne)
Padres' pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne is fun to watch. His first outing came in relief because of an injured starter and he threw eight different types of pitchers. There are major league pitchers with only one or two different pitches and this guy has eight! I don't know how the catcher knows what's coming; he doesn't have enough fingers to call eight different types of pitches. According to Fangraphs, Despaigne has thrown at least one of each of these pitches: sinker, cut-fastball, changeup, eephus, curveball, slider, fastball, knuckle-curve. In fact, he's thrown 6 eephus pitches, all between 64 and 70 mph. How can you NOT enjoy watching a guy like this pitch?
My pick: Diamondbacks 5, Padres 3
Colorado Rockies (Christian Bergman) @San Francisco Giants (Tim Hudson)
The Giants are struggling on offense but get to face Christian Bergman in this game and Bergman has a 5.82 career ERA. Tim Hudson is old but still has a little something left in the tank, even if he has nothing on the top of his bald dome. I like the Giants in this one.
My pick: Giants 4, Rockies 3