Games of Tuesday, April 7th:
Atlanta Braves (Alex Wood) @Miami Marlins (Mat Latos)
The Marlins lost yesterday's game in part because they failed to close their retractable roof in time and experienced a 16-minute rain delay. After the delay, Marlins speedy second baseman Dee Gordon was thrown out stealing on a wet track. Later, he slipped in the damp dirt on an attempt for a bunt single. The Marlins lost the game by a single run, so those two wet field related occurrences may have been the difference. In today's game, the Marlins will try to contain Nick Markakis, who had both of the Braves' RBIs in yesterday's action.
My pick: Marlins 6, Braves 4
Actual score: Braves 12, Marlins 2. Mat Latos was blasted for 7 runs in just two-thirds of an inning in his debut with the Marlins. The Braves had six hit and two walks off of Latos and chased him before the end of the top of the first inning. In the game, Nick Markakis had 2 knocks and Freddie Freeman had three. Braves' starter Alex Wood got the easy victory. (My record: 0-1)
Baltimore Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen) @Tampa Bay Rays (Nathan Karns)
With three members of the Rays' rotation out with injuries, Nate Karns gets the start for their second game of the season. In 24 major league innings over the last two seasons, Karns has given up 8 homers and has a 6.00 ERA for his career. He's not that bad, though, and should give the team a fighting chance. Maybe not in this game, but in some game, some day, in the future.
My pick: Orioles 8, Rays 3
Actual score: Orioles 5, Rays 4. The Orioles jumped all over Nate Karns in the first for four runs, then added two more in the second. Karns settled down after that and made it into the sixth inning before leaving with two outs. The Rays fought back to make it 5-4, but couldn't fully close the gap. Travis Snider is hitting .800 through two games. (My record: 1-1)
St. Louis Cardinals (Lance Lynn) @Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta)
The Kris Bryant countdown continues. Ten more days until the Cubs can recall Bryant from the minor leagues and push back his service time clock for one more year which will prevent Bryant from signing a gazillion dollar contract until after the 2021 season.
My pick: Cubs 6, Cardinals 3
Colorado Rockies (Jordan Lyles) @Milwaukee Brewers (Matt Garza)
The Rockies blasted the Brewers 10-0 in the first game of the season and Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez combined for 5 hits and 5 runs scored, but the most surprising thing about this game was the seven scoreless innings pitched by Kyle Kendrick. Just because the Rockies blasted the Brewers yesterday doesn't mean they'll do it again today.
My pick: Brewers 8, Rockies 6
Actual score: Rockies 5, Brewers 2. The hitting hero for the Rockies today was Nick Hundley. This is not likely to be the case very often this year. (My record: 1-2)
San Francisco Giants (Ryan Vogelsong) @Arizona Diamondbacks (Rubby De La Rosa)
The Giants have won the World Series three times in the last five years and missed the playoffs in the two in-between seasons. They won their game yesterday, but Matt Cain went for an MRI on his elbow and Jake Peavy was scratched from today's start with back tightness. In his place, 37-year-old Ryan Vogelsong will get the start. The Giants are already relying on 39-year-old Tim Hudson as one member of the rotation, so if Cain and Peavy aren't healthy, the Giants will be scrambling. Luckily, they get to play the Diamondbacks again today.
My pick: Giants 5, Diamondbacks 3
Actual score: Diamondbacks 7, Giants 6. Buster Posey can't do it all himself, fellow San Francisco Giants. Posey was 3 for 3 with a walk and a 2-run home run but he couldn't prevent Ryan Vogelsong from giving up a pair of dingers and seven runs in less than five innings. The Diamondbacks starter, Rubby De La Rosa, got the ugliest win of the year so far, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing six runs but getting that "W" next to his name in the scorebook. (My record: 1-3)
Texas Rangers (Colby Lewis) @Oakland Athletics (Jesse Hahn)
Jesse Hahn is one of many new faces on the A's roster this year and is making his Oakland debut. He pitched well for the Padres as a rookie last year in a great pitcher's park and could be a nice surprise for the A's this year in their great pitcher's park.
My pick Athletics 5, Rangers 4
Actual score: Rangers 3, Athletics 1. Young Jesse Hahn wasn't bad, allowing three runs in six innings, but the Rangers Colby Lewis was throwing cheddar and held the A's to three hits in six innings as the Rangers got their revenge after yesterday's loss. (My record: 1-4)
Los Angeles Angels (C.J. Wilson) @Seattle Mariners (James Paxton)
Angels' starter C.J. Wilson is a devoted Taoist after converting from Christianity. He lives a Straight Edge lifestyle, which means he abstains from alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, and promiscuous sex in order to maintain health. Those are like the four basic food groups of Charlie Sheen's life. C.J. Wilson is also married to Brazilian model Lisalla Montenegro so, yeah, good for him.
My pick: Mariners 6, Angels 4
Actual score: Angels 2, Mariners 0. Straight Edge pitcher C.J. Wilson held the Mariners to just two base knocks through eight innings. Mariners' starter James Paxton had a nice outing, giving up just two runs in six innings, but the lack of offense by the M's doomed them today. They were on pace to go 162-0, so this was kind of a bummer. (My record: 1-5)
San Diego Padres (Tyson Ross) @Los Angeles Dodger (Zack Grienke)
The Padres roughed up the world's greatest pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, yesterday, so what chance does Zack Greinke have of containing this offensive juggernaut? A pretty good chance, actually. Greinke's good. The Dodgers will win again.
My pick: Dodgers 7, Padres 3