AFTER a week’s hiatus it’s time to resume the Sunday Picks. MLB dominates the proceeding for the foreseeable future with the NBA and NFL off-seasons in full swing. The battle to stay about .500 for the month is alive, here’s to hoping I’m on point.
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Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays
TWO starters trending in the wrong direction go to the mound in the series finale between the Blue Jays and Red Sox. Drew Pomeranz (7-4, 3.81 ERA) and Joe Biagini (2-7, 4.50 ERA) form an intriguing lefty vs righty matchup with my money on the Toronto start to give him W No. 3 for 2017.
Verdict: Blue Jays W
Cleveland Indians @ Detroit Tigers
THE last time Mike Clevinger (3-3, 3.56 ERA) stood at the mound in Detroit he conceded five runs in just two innings before he was removed. This time he gets his revenge.
Verdict: Indians W
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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds
AT one win below .500 it’s fair to say the reigning champs didn’t think they would find themselves in this spot. A win here sets them up for a big second half.
Verdict: Cubs W
New York Mets @ Philadelphia Phillies
WITH both pitchers 1-4 with ERA’s over 5.00, this shapes as a batters paradise. I’m backing the Mets hitters to benefit the most from the matchup.
Verdict: Mets W
Tampa Bay Rays @ Baltimore Orioles
THE Rays have been flirting with success for most of the early going, but are yet to harness that consistently. A sweep of the Orioles with Alex Cobb (6-5, 3.73 ERA) at the mound is a step in the right direction.
Verdict: Rays W
Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Fransisco Giants
WINNERS of five straight games the Giants still own the 2nd worst record in all of baseball. The Pirates aren’t exactly world beaters, but I’ll back them in to halt San Fran’s streak.
Verdict: Pirates W
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Texas Rangers @ Chicago White Sox
TEXAS will be hoping that their offense can continue to produce in order to compensate for their struggling bullpen. I think the White Sox will shut them down on Sunday arvo though.
Verdict: White Sox W
Miami Marlins @ Milwaukee Brewers
RIDING a four game losing streak the Marlins find themselves trending in the wrong direction. After a hot start the Brewers have cooled off themselves, but still have enough to top Miami.
Verdict: Brewers W
New York Yankees @ Houston Astros
SOME of the best teams in the American League Sunday, with the Yankees and Astros vying for a series win. All the signs point to Houston, so I’m not going to get pretty here.
Verdict: Astros W
Minnesota Twins @ Kansas City Royals
TRAVIS Wood (1-2, 6.28 ERA) started the season horribly with an 18.56 ERA in nine April bullpen outings. He has been on fire lately, which will help him record another win for Kansas City.
Verdict: Royals W
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Seattle Mariners @ Los Angeles Angels
LA’S bullpen has them a smidge over .500 with Mike Trout’s potential return looming. It bodes well for their wildcard playoff chances should Trout appear his normal self when he’s back in uniform. This one however, will go the Mariners way.
Verdict: Mariners W
Atlanta Braves @ Oakland Athletics
ANCHORED at the bottom of the American League, the Oakland A’s will be looking to end their losing streak. Atlanta haven’t starred too much themselves, but they are still 2nd in their division with a 7-3 record in their last 10. See the trend?
Verdict: Braves W
Colorado Rockies @ Arizona Diamondbacks
IN the matchup of the day the Rockies and Diamondbacks duke it out to try and claim the series. It’s fair to say with just one win from 10 tries form isn’t on Colorado’s side and the Diamondbacks should get this one at home.
Verdict: Diamondbacks W
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres
THERE may be no hotter team in baseball than the Dodgers right now. No team has given up more runs this year than the Padres. Translation? Dodgers W.
Verdict: Dodgers W
Washington Nationals @ St Louis Cardinals
A pair of pitchers inside the top 10 for strikers lead the charge in the final game of the day. Nats ace Max Scherzer (9-5, 2.06 ERA) and Carlos Martinez (6-6, 2.88 ERA) of the Cardinals will both probably find themselves picked as National League All-Stars in the coming days. It’s tough to go agains the form pitcher in the game with Scherzer right now though.
Verdict: Nationals W