FOR the first time in a few weeks I had a sub .500 week. As my 100th incorrect guess looms, fingers crossed I return to my winning ways this week with NBA playoff and MLB action. Without further ado…
Last Week: 7-10
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Cleveland Cavaliers @ Toronto Raptors
A lot of people expected Toronto to put up a bit more of a fight against this Cavaliers outfit in this series. Unfortunately for Raptors fans they have looked a shell of themselves with their All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry failing to fire. Get out those broomsticks.
Verdict: Cavs W
Boston Celtics @ Washington Wizards
THIS is destined to go to 7. Bad blood, plenty of storylines and two underdog teams led by superstars playing with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. No surprise if Washington are going to be successful they need more out of their bench. The home crowd factor should kickstart them enough though.
Verdict: Wizards W
San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets
AT the start of the series I though the Game 1 storyline was going to a formality for the series, Houston bombing 3’s leading to big offensive output. Shooting 31.5% in the last two games from deep isn’t going to get it done and James Harden needs some support from his teammates. Their backs are against the wall and I expect the Rockets to respond.
Verdict: Rockets W
Miami Marlins @ New York Mets
THE Mets will look to sweep their series against the Marlins on Sunday. Miami’s Jose Urena (0-0, 2.35 ERA) will look for his first decision of the season and I have a hunch it will be an L as the Mets go 3-0 for the series.
Verdict: Mets W
Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays
TORONTO boasts the worst winning percentage in the league after dropping yesterday’s clash in Tampa Bay. With Alex Cobb (2-2, 3.86 ERA) starting for the Rays and the Blue Jays two best pitchers (Stroman & Estrada) already deployed this series don’t expect Joe Biagini (0-1, 3.38 ERA) to save the day for Toronto.
Verdict: Rays W
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Chicago White Sox @ Baltimore Orioles
ANOTHER series were the team with a 2-0 series lead will probably sweep. The long awaited season debut of Chris Tillman who returns from the disabled list after a nagging shoulder injury means that the White Sox will earn their 15th loss of the season.
Verdict: Orioles W
St Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves
IT’S been a forgettable series for the Atlanta Braves pitching crew. After conceding 15 runs in the past two matches they will be hoping that R.A. Dicky (3-2, 3.94 ERA) can be their saviour. My guess is he’ll perform much better than the other Braves pitchers and help his squad get a win.
Verdict: Braves W
Milwaukee Brewers @ Pittsburgh Pirates
BOTH teams will be looking to avoid their 17th loss of the season with both starting pitchers looking to reign their ERA under 6.00. I think that the visiting squad in Milwaukee will get their 1st win of the series in a close one.
Verdict: Brewers W
Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins
THE Twins won in dramatic fashion against Boston just days ago, and Boston got revenge last night in an 11-1 victory, With two stellar stating pitchers at the mound in Chris Sale (2-2, 1.38 ERA) and Ervin Santana (5-0, 0.66 ERA) this highly anticipated match up is one you can’t miss. I’m backing Sale’s Red Sox to grind their way to a W.
Verdict: Red Sox W
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Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals
MIKE Clevinger will get his first start for the Indians after starting the season in the minors. Last year he possessed an ERA over five in 10 starts with Cleveland, but I think he will start his 2017 with a good performance against the Royals hitters.
Verdict: Indians W
Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies
FORGET whoever is pitching for the Phillies, the Nationals are simply on fire right now. Washington should chalk up their fifth win in a row and expect the scoreboard to tick over with regularity.
Verdict: Nationals W
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies
TWO of the surprises of the young season have been Arizona and Colorado’s play. The NL West rivals have somewhat come back down to Earth and I have the Diamondbacks claiming a win in the series dead rubber.
Verdict: Diamondbacks W
Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Angels
WITH the series knotted at one win a piece I have a hunch the Astros will claim Sunday’s match up. Both games so far have been decided by a single run, so don’t be surprised if it goes down to the wire. The Astros hitters might have something else to say though.
Verdict: Astros W
Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics
SONY Gray’s (0-1, 6.00 ERA) season debut didn’t exactly go according to plan for the Oakland A’s on Tuesday. I have a hunch that this time out Gray will earn his first positive result of 2017.
Verdict: Athletics W
Texas Rangers @ Seattle Mariners
BOTH of these AL West rivals host a slew of injuries as they continue to work their way back to .500. This one should be close as both teams look for a series win. I’m backing the visiting Rangers to get the job done.
Verdict: Rangers W
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San Fransisco Giants @ Cincinnati Reds
JOHNNY Cueto (4-1, 4.86 ERA) is one of my favourite pitchers to watch in the MLB. His start to season two with the Giants hasn’t been as dominant just yet, but another W here would do his stat line the world of good.
Verdict: Giants W
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres
EARLIER on in the season I tabbed Brandon McCarthy (3-0, 3.10 ERA) as a pickup option for fantasy teams earlier in the year. I’m sure not picking him up is a decision that most fantasy managers regret (myself included).
Verdict: Dodgers W
New York Yankees @ Chicago Cubs
AARON Judge and the Yankees were meant to be in a rebuilding mode this year. Instead they find themselves in a position to sweep the series against the reigning champs. They will have to get past Cubs ace John Lester to get a victory, My guess is Chicago will stand up and deliver
Verdict: Cubs W