SLIGHTLY above .500 is not were I want to be for the month of June. A full schedule of MLB games and the final day of the US Open should help my win column grow though, right?
Last Week: 9-8
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2017 US Open
A day after setting a tournament record with a round of -9, Justin Thomas (-11) is in a good position to take out his first major title. He sits in a tie for 2nd, behind Brian Harman (-12), with Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka. World #9 Rickie Fowler (-10) sits in 3rd and could steal the trophy from right under the others nose. One of those five will likely hoist their first career major trophy tomorrow, my monies on the hot handed Thomas.
Verdict: Thomas W
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Chicago White Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays
CHICAGO will turn to James Shields (1-0, 1.86 ERA) as they try to sweep the Blue Jays. Fresh off his first W last weekend J.A. Happ (1-4, 4.31 ERA) will be looking to earn Toronto’s 33rd win of the season. I’m tipping the White Sox to complete the sweep.
Verdict: White Sox W
Tampa Bay Rays @ Detroit Tigers
ONLY one ever Rays pitcher has started his career with three straight W’s. On Sunday Jacob Faria (2-0, 1.42 ERA) will look to become the 2nd pitcher on that list. He has only allowed two runs through two games against the Blue Jays and the White Sox, but I think the Tigers will give him a real welcome to the big time.
Verdict: Tigers W
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Cincinnati Reds
THE opportunity for a series sweep is on the line for the Dodgers on Sunday, as the Cincinnati Reds continue to struggle in 2017. Riding an eight game losing streak at the moment, things won’t improve for the Reds.
Verdict: Dodgers W
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Washington Nationals @ New York Mets
DIVISON rivals Washington and New York are both in very different places right now. The Nats have one of the best records in baseball and are still finding ways to win while not dominating, like the did at the start of the year. The Mets are in danger of dropping out of the playoff race and risk being swept in this series 4-0 with a loss tomorrow. You do the math.
Verdict: Nationals W
Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates
JAMESON Tailon (3-1, 2.90 ERA) has the whole baseball world behind him. Making his second start since undergoing surgery for testicular cancer, Tailon is happy to be back on the mound contributing to the Pirates success. My guess, they win this match up and, in turn, the series.
Verdict: Pirates W
St Louis Cardinals @ Baltimore Orioles
IF you look at Saturday’s box score you will see that the Orioles beat the Cards 15-7. However, it was just their second win in their last 10 games, meaning all is not well in Baltimore.
Verdict: Cardinals W
Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves
MIAMI is trending in the right direction in June, posting a 9-6 record in the month to date. Starting pitcher Jose Urena (5-2, 3.70 ERA) hasn’t lost in his last five starts and I don’t expect him to break the streak now.
Verdict: Marlins W
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Philadelphia Phillies
ONE of only 20 pitchers with seven wins to his name Robbie Ray (7-3, 2.62 ERA) is firing right now. With 48 strikeouts in his last five games (all wins) and just one run allowed over those 37 innings, this one has already been decided.
Verdict: Diamondbacks W
San Diego Padres @ Milwaukee Brewers
HEADING into the series finale with the Padres, Milwaukee finds themselves atop the division standings playing some great baseball. Their starting pitchers have been doing a lot of the heavy lifting, but their relief pitchers can’t say the same. My guess is they flake out against San Diego again.
Verdict: Padres W
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Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins
THE Indians are starting to click like I thought they would at the start of the year. With the potential to sweep the four game series against the Twins (on the road mind you) up for grabs, I expect another victory.
Verdict: Indians W
Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers
20 runs in the past two games is a sign of were the Rangers sit compared to the Mariners. Their records might not reflect the difference between the two, but with Yu Darvish (6-4, 3.03 ERA) on the mound for Texas they should continue their dominance.
Verdict: Rangers W
San Francisco Giants @ Colorado Rockies
HOMETOWN kid Ty Blach (4-4, 4.24 ERA) returns to Colorado to face the Rockies on Fathers Day. He made his debut at Coors Field last year and is looking forward to pitching in front of his family and friends. This feel good story doesn’t have a happy ending though.
Verdict: Rockies W
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Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Angels
THE LA Angels got good news recently, with Mike Trout now back traveling with the team as he ramps up for his return from injury. That doesn’t change the fact that they have a date with the buzzsaw that is Jason Vargas (9-3, 2.10 ERA) and the Royals.
Verdict: Royals W
New York Yankees @ Oakland Athletics
LOOKING at the two teams on paper and judging by their W/L records, you would think the Yankees have this one in the bag. However, they are riding a five game losing streak as Oakland has the potential to sweep the series 4-0. I have a hunch New York will get back on track with a much needed W here.
Verdict: Yankees W
Boston Red Sox @ Houston Astros
HOUSTON is 46-23 at the moment. They have battled plenty of injuries to their starting pitcher corps though and are due to regain a few of their big names in the coming week. That won’t help Joe Musgrove (4-5, 4.81 ERA) on Sunday though.
Verdict: Red Sox W