AT least I’m trending in the right direction. Picking baseball games is tough and with a lack of other sports on currently, the MLB will take up the majority of my Sunday Picks. As long as I’m above .500 I’ll be happy.
Last Week: 9-9
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Seattle Mariners @ Toronto Blue Jays
TORONTO have clicked into gear lately as they look for their 5th W on the trot. Regaining one of their best pitchers in Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 4.05 ERA) from injury means more bad news for the Mariners.
Verdict: Blue Jays W
Minnesota Twins @ Cleveland Indians
AT the beginning of the season the Indians were tipped to be one of the teams to challenge for the AL crown. Their 18-17 record suggests otherwise and after the Twins complete the sweep they will be sitting at .500.
Verdict: Twins W
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Atlanta Braves @ Miami Marlins
THINGS can’t seem to get much worse for the Marlins right now, who have been abysmal lately. Expect them to show something on Sunday and finish their home stand against the Braves with a win.
Verdict: Marlins W
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox
RAIN may ruin the final match up between the Rays and Red Sox. With the series split at one a piece if this game goes ahead the Red Sox and starter Drew Pomeranz (3-2, 5.23 ERA) to take out the series.
Verdict: Red Sox W
Philadelphia Phillies @ Washington Nationals 1
THE first of the day-night double header between the Phillies and Nats after Friday’s affair was rained out. With the last three games between these two ending in walk-off fashion expect some highlights.
Verdict: Phillies W
Houston Astros @ New York Yankees 1
ANOTHER double header sandwiching Derek Jeter’s jersey retirement at Yankee Stadium sees the Astros and Yankees square off. Two of the AL’s best squads should provide two of the games of the night so be sure to tune in.
Verdict: Astros W
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San Diego Padres @ Chicago White Sox
JARED Weaver (0-4, 6.81 ERA) is on a short leash after his woeful start to the season. His White Sox counterpart Jose Quintana (2-5, 4.46 ERA) hasn’t exactly set the world on fire either. This could be a high scoring game so if you own Padres or White Sox batters on your fantasy team you will be rubbing your hands together.
Verdict: White Sox W
New York Mets @ Milwaukee Brewers
TWO squads with contrasting seasons to date sit three games above and three games below .500. The Brewers hard hitters are on fire leading the league in home runs (59) while the Mets pitchers struggle to stay healthy. Finger crossed Jacob deGrom (2-1, 3.80 ERA) can them recapture their winning mojo.
Verdict: Brewers W
Baltimore Orioles @ Kansas City Royals
ANOTHER match up with both batters leaking plenty of runs could mean high scores. The Orioles are by far the better team though and regardless of the pitchers short coming should pull out win #23 on the year.
Verdict: Orioles W
Chicago Cubs @ St Louis Cardinals
CUBS manager Joe Maddon remains stranded on 999 career wins after their loss to St Louis. This time Jake Arrieta (4-2, 5.35 ERA) will help to get the job done and deliver Maddon a Mothers Day W.
Verdict: Cubs W
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Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers
EXPECT Sunday’s game between the Rangers and Athletics to be a very interesting one indeed. Former A’s pitcher A.J. Griffin (4-0, 2.45 ERA) will start for the Rangers and my guess is he will be handed his first loss for 2017.
Verdict: Athletics W
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Colorado Rockies
JULIO Urias (0-0, 1.06 ERA) has been particularly stingy this season for the Dodgers allowing just two runs through his first 17 innings pitched. His opposing starter will be out to get a significant win on Mothers Day almost a year since she passed away from cancer. Antonio Senzatela (5-1, 2.86 ERA) should put in a memorable performance.
Verdict: Rockies W
Detroit Tigers @ Los Angeles Angels
TWO words, Mike Trout. If Alex Meyer (1-1, 7.62 ERA) can get his ERA under control then the Angels will win and I predict that Mike Trout will clear the fences with a long bomb.
Verdict: Angels W
Cincinnati Reds @ San Francisco Giants
SAN Francisco have looked very VERY average so far this year and with Jeff Samardzija (0-5, 5.44 ERA) starting on the mound my hopes aren’t high on them topping the Reds.
Verdict: Reds W
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Arizona Diamondbacks
THINGS aren’t shaping up great for the Pirates final game in Arizona. The Diamondbacks 15 wins at home lead the majors, although Pirates start Ivan Nova (3-3 2.23 ERA) should help them put up a bit of fight.
Verdict: Diamondbacks W
Philadelphia Phillies @ Washington Nationals 2
MAX Scherzer (4-2, 259 ERA) will be looking to atone for the Nats earlier loss in the day and should deliver for his squad. Once again expect drama to be at an all time.
Verdict: Nationals W
Houston Astros @ New York Yankees 2
THERE is no way the Yankees can come out for their 2nd game of the day after Jeter has his jersey retired and lose right?
Verdict: Astros W
San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors
THE Western Conference Finals tip off with the Spurs/Dubs Game 1. To be honest I expected the Rockets to be in the position of taking on Golden State. I should have had more faith in Pop. This match can set the tone for the rest of the series and it may be close but I expect the Warriors to take care of business on their own court.
Verdict: Warriors W
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Mutua Madrid Open
Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem
THIS game is on clay. Rafael Nadal will win. It’s that simple. And for the 342nd no we haven’t travelled back 10 years in time.
Verdict: Nadal W