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
Actual score: Indians 4, White Sox 2
The White Sox' John Danks continues his 4+ years of not being any good by giving up four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Luckily, the White Sox only owe him another $31.5 million over this year and next and then they can be rid of him (that's sarcasm, ladies and gentlemen). The Indians' victory breaks their four game losing streak and gives them their first home win of the year. The big bat for the Tribe was third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall who was 2 for 4 with a run and 2 RBI.
(My record: 1-0)
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
Actual score: Marlins 6, Braves 2
Marlin's shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is not a very good hitter but even poor major league hitters can have great days every now and then and today was Adeiny's day. He was 3 for 3 with 2 runs and 3 RBI. Marlins' starting pitcher Dan Haren had a good game. He walked two in the first, then talked to the umpire about where he was missing, made an adjustment, and didn't walk a batter from that point forward. He ended up giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings and earned the victory.
(My record: 2-0)
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
Actual score: Nationals 10, Red Sox 5
The Nationals finally got some offense going today and the bottom of their order did much of the damage. Hitting sixth, catcher Wilson Ramos was 2 for 5 with 2 runs and 3 RBI. Behind him in the order, Tyler Moore was 2 for 5 with a run and 2 RBI.
(My record: 3-0)
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
Actual score: Angels 10, Rangers 2
It was a rough day for Rangers' pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. He was called up from the minor leagues to make this start, got blasted for 6 runs in 1 2/3 innings, then sent right back down to the minor leagues. Angels' starter Hector Santiago took the advice of the best baseball player in the universe, Mike Trout, and got a reverse mohawk that, according to Trout, symbolized, "Stay in your lane. Stay straight ahead." Not only did Trout dispense great advice, he also had 3 hits in 4 at-bats and is hitting .438 on the season.
(My record: 4-0)
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
Actual score: Orioles 7, Yankees 5
All is right in the world; the Yankees lost. Chris Davis had an interesting day for the Orioles. He was 2 for 5, scored a run, drove in three, and struck out the three times he didn't get a hit.
(My record: 5-0)
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
Actual score: Tigers 1, Pirates 0
The Pirates were shut out for the second consecutive game and had just 2 hits and no walks in this one. They haven't drawn a walk since Saturday. Today's Detroit pitcher was Alfredo Simon, who is not exactly an upper echelon hurler. The only run of the game came on a solo homer by Rajai Davis in the top of the sixth.
(My record: 5-1)
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
Actual score; Blue Jays 12, Rays 7
Erasmo "The Eraser" Ramirez was pile-driven by the Blue Jays offense to the tune of 9 runs in 3 1/3 innings. He's now given up 16 runs (14 earned) in his two starts. Four different Blue Jays had two or more hits and three hit home runs in this game.
(My record: 6-1)
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
Actual score: Mets 6, Phillies 1
The Phillies started the year 3-2 but have now lost four straight, so they are sinking to their rightful level. Their -15 run differential is second-worst in the National League and they should drop to the bottom in the next day or two.
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
Actual score: Cubs 5, Reds 0
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
Actual score: Twins 3, Royals 1
(My record: 8-2)
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
Actual score; Astros 6, Athletics 1
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
Actual score: Cardinals 4, Brewers 2
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
Actual score: Padres 3, Diamondbacks 2
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
Actual score: Dodgers 5, Mariner 2
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
Week 1: 43-47, 478
Day 1: 9-5
Day 2: 6-7