The Indians haven't won a home game yet this year (0-4 so far) but I think this is their game because John Danks is pitching for the White Sox and Danks hasn't been any good since 2010.
My pick: Indians 7, White Sox 4
Miami Marlins (Dan Haren) @Atlanta Braves (Eric Stults)
Giancarlo Stanton's big day should quiet his doubters. On the MLB Network yesterday, the baseball "experts" wondered if Stanton was not hitting because he hadn't yet fully recovered from getting beaned in the face last season. Of course, they were concerned about a small sample size of one week, which is silly, really. It looks like Stanton is just fine.
My pick: Marlins 6, Braves 3
Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) @Boston Red Sox (Wade Miley)
The Nationals are 2-6 and have sunk to the bottom of the NL East, but I have a good feeling about them in this game.
My pick: Nationals 5, Red Sox 4
Los Angeles Angels (Hector Santiago) @Texas Rangers (Anthony Ranaudo)
Angels' pitcher Hector Santiago is a lefty with a herky-jerky motion that causes his release point to be inconsistent. It's a blessing and a curse. It works to throw the batters off at times, because they don't know where the pitch is coming from, but it also causes problems for Santiago with his control. In his career, he's struck out 8.3 batters per nine, which is good, but also walked 4.2, which is not good at all. Overall, though, he has a 3.55 ERA, which isn't bad. In a start against the Rangers last September, Santiago gave up 7 runs before getting an out in the second inning. He can't possibly be worse than that in this game.
My pick: Angels 8, Rangers 6
New York Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi) @Baltimore Orioles (Bud Norris)
The Yankees are currently in last place in the AL East. Raise your hand if you hope they stay in last place all year long. Okay, it's unanimous.
My pick: Orioles 6, Yankees 4
Detroit Tigers (Alfredo Simon) @Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano)
The Tiger and Pirates have faced each other 42 times since 1998. They have each won 21 games. In a best of 43, this is the deciding game.
My pick: Pirates 7, Tigers 3
Tampa Bay Rays (Erasmo Ramirez) @Toronto Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle)
Erasmo Ramirez sounds like a good name for a Mexican Wrestler. In this corner, Erasmo "The Eraser" Ramirez!!!" He's not a very good major league pitcher, though.
My pick: Blue Jays 8, Rays 4
Philadelphia Phillies (Jerome Williams) @New York Mets (Jonathan Niese)
The Phillies stink. Unless they have Cole Hamels on the mound, I don't think it's a good idea to pick them to win any game.
My pick: Mets 6, Phillies 2
Cincinnati Reds (Jason Marquis) @Chicago Cubs (Travis Wood)
This is Jason Marquis' 15th year in the major leagues and he's had an ERA under 4.00 just two times. It's mind-boggling that he still has a job with a major league team. Based on Fangraphs' Wins Above Replacement (WAR), he's had one year during which he was a league-average pitcher.
My pick: Cubs 7, Reds 5
Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez) @Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson)
In standardized test vernacular: The Minnesota Twins are to the American League as the Philadelphia Phillies are to the National League.
My pick: Royals 6, Twins 4
Oakland Athletics (Drew Pomeranz) @Houston Astros (Collin McHugh)
Statistically speaking, the logical pick to win this game is the Oakland Athletics, but sometimes you just have to go away from the obvious and pick an upset. I'm going with the Astros in an upset.
My pick: Astros 5, Athletics 2
Milwaukee Brewers (Wily Peralta) @St. Louis Cardinals (Lance Lynn)
The Milwaukee Brewers have the worst run differential in the National League and Lance Lynn is a good pitcher, so this does not look like a good situation for Brewers' fans.
My pick: Cardinals 5, Brewers 3
Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Anderson) @San Diego Padres (Brandon Morrow)
Brandon Morrow had 7 shutout innings in his first start, so he's used up about 1/5th of his likely number of innings pitched this season based on his recent injury history.
My pick: Padres 5, Diamondbacks 4
Seattle Mariners (Taijuan Walker) @Los Angeles Dodgers (Brett Anderson)
After giving up just 2 runs in 23 innings during spring training, Taijuan Walker was blasted for 9 runs in 3 1/3 innings against the A's in his first start of the season. He almost has to be better than that in this game. The Dodgers' Brett Anderson is like the stereotypical sports car that is always in the shop. When he's healthy, he's good, but he's rarely healthy. He happens to be healthy at the moment, but who knows what will happen to him in the next 12 hours.
My pick: Dodgers 5, Mariners 3
Colorado Rockies (Tyler Matzek) @San Francisco Giants (Tim Lincecum)
With their two big star hitters (Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez) still healthy, the Rockies can be competitive in every game, especially when facing Tim Lincecum. The Giants are struggling to score runs, particularly against left-handed pitchers.
My pick: Rockies 7, Giants 3