CORRECT guess No. 200 is officially in the books. After last weekend’s Roland Garros action I now have 200 right picks from 333 total games from my Sunday Picks. Hovering at around a 60% career strike right, it’s time to string a few more perfect weekends together to better my resume.
Last Week: 6-5
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Baltimore Orioles @ New York Yankees
HARD hitting Aaron Judge is leading a smoking Yankees outfit who are riding a four game winning streak at the moment. I don’t the Orioles starter Kevin Gausman (3-4, 5.86 ERA) is the answer.
Verdict: Yankees W
Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians
AFTER splitting the first two games, these AL Central rivals will look for bragging rights on Sunday. A White Sox win would help them climb off the bottom of the division.
Verdict: White Sox W
Oakland Athletics @ Tampa Bay Rays
CHRIS Archer’s (4-4, 3.65 ERA) win/loss tally doesn’t exactly reflect his output so far this year for the Rays. Tampa Bay’s ace struck out 11 batters last time out, and is one of only five batters with 100+ K’s at this point in the season. My guess is he guides them to a W, my fantasy team hopes so too!
Verdict: Rays W
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New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves
DEBUTANT Seth Lugo for the Mets will look to get his MLB career off to the perfect start. The Braves have other ideas though for poor Lugo.
Verdict: Braves W
Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates
TWO teams with almost identical records and a few games out of relevance desperately need a win here. For the Marlins they may face the daunting task of playing the Pirates without star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who was hit by a pitch on Saturday and is nursing a sore wrist. With or without him, the Marlins have this one in the bag.
Verdict: Marlins W
Los Angeles Angels @ Houston Astros
AN Angels team looking to win the series against the all conquering Houston Astros without superstar Mike Trout? This one has all the making for a cinderella story.
Verdict: Angels W
Philadelphia Phillies @ St Louis Cardinals
THE last time Wainwright (6-4, 4.82 ERA) pitched he gave up nine runs in just 3.2 innings, as Scooter Gennett raced into the record books. He will be out for revenge as the Cards sweep the Phillies.
Verdict: Cardinals W
Colorado Rockies @ Chicago Cubs
COLORADO have been somewhat of a surprise package this year, thanks to their veteran bullpen. What better way to convince us they are the real deal then by sweeping the defending champs?
Verdict: Rockies W
Texas Rangers @ Washington Nationals
THE Nationals are sitting at 38-23 at the moment, so it’s hardly fair to say they aren’t playing well, but they aren’t playing well. Luckily for them the reigning NL Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer (7-3, 2.35 ERA) is on the mound on Sunday.
Verdict: Nationals W
Minnesota Twins @ San Fransisco Giants
MINNESOTA have been road warriors so far this season, being one of only four teams with 20 wins away from home. Can Nik Turley, who is making his first MLB start, continue their road success? Short story, yes.
Verdict: Twins W
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Toronto Blue Jays @ Seattle Mariners
SEASON 2017 hasn’t been kind to J.A Happ (0-4, 5.33 ERA) so far. He meets with a Seattle team that threatens to keep his winless streak alive. Look away Blue Jays fans.
Verdict: Mariners W
Cincinnati Reds @ Los Angeles Dodgers
LA is gaining ground on the Rockies atop their division and a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds would help to continue closing the gap. Enough said.
Verdict: Dodgers W
Milwaukee Brewers @ Arizona Diamondbacks
BELIEVE it or not the pitchers in this game Chase Anderson (5-1, 2.94 ERA) and Robbie Ray (6-3, 2.85 ERA) are in a position to vie for their first All Star nods. Not exactly household names, Anderson and Ray can help their cases with a win on Sunday. My votes with Ray.
Verdict: Diamondbacks W
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Kansas City Royals @ San Diego Padres
WITH the series split at 1-1 and both teams forced to deploy unlikely starters thanks to injuries, it’s fair to say this isn’t a headline match. Although sometimes these games throw us the biggest curve balls (no pun intended).
Verdict: Royals W
Detroit Tigers @ Boston Red Sox
I got stuck into Boston earlier in May for not seizing enough of their opportunites and stating they should be in a better position than they were. A series sweep of Detroit would cement them as 3rd in the AL. I think they heard me.
Verdict: Red Sox W
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Nashville Predators
A Game 6 W will see the Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champs, becoming the first team to do so since 1998. Although it’s not as easy a task as it sounds. No team has won on the road yet this series, with Pittsburgh leading 3-2. My guess is the Pens win the first road game of the finals and in turn take the trophy home with them.
Verdict: Penguins W
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Mens French Open Final
Stan Wawrinka (3) vs. Rafael Nadal (4)
IN my French Open Preview I guessed that Stan Wawrinka would claim the crown in Paris. However, after watching Rafa dismantle the competition en route to his 10th Roland Garros finale I’m not so sure. It’s also worth mentioning that Nadal is a perfect 9/9 in finals at the prestigious French Open event, and he hasn’t dropped a set all tournament so far. Long live ‘The King of Clay’.
Verdict: Nadal W