SUNDAY Picks No. 30 all time has me sitting at a 57.9 winning percentage. AFter slipping slightly in recent weeks I’m hoping another week of MLB picks can boost my % and get me on the right path as the NFL season nears.
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Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees
AFTER trading for a handful of players close to the deadline. Since mid-June, the Rays have gone on a 15-29 slide and are fast sliding out wild card contention. With the Yankees on the verge of a sweep, it’s tough to see rookie sensation Jacob Faria (5-1, 2.67 ERA) pulling off a much needed victory.
Verdict: Yankees W
Los Angeles Angels @ Toronto Blue Jays
FRESH off his first win since 2010, the Blue Jays are relying on Cesar Valdez (1-0, 4.97 ERA) to pull a rabbit out of the hat to help them snap their slide. Unfortunately for the Jays, I think the Angels complete the sweep.
Verdict: Angels W
Houston Astros @ Detroit Tigers
EVEN though Carlos Correa finds himself sidelined through injury, the Astros still sit 11 games clear of the top AL rung. Gaining Keuchel back from the DL is huge for their postseason aspirations and with a series win on the line McCullers Jr. (7-2, 3.67 ERA) will step up.
Verdict: Astros W
Cincinnati Reds @ Miami Marlins
WITH four wins on the trot, including three in a row against the Reds, Miami is aiming to build some momentum with a series sweep against Cincinnati. With their fourth game in a row at Marlins Park, the Marlins should complete the super sweep.
Verdict: Marlins W
Kansas City Royals @ Boston Red Sox
EVEN though the Royals had their nine game winning streak snapped on Saturday, you would think they are still in a good place heading into the series finale against Boston. The Red Sox should find a way to grind out win No. 58 for the year though.
Verdict: Red Sox W
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Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies
YOU would expect R.A. Dickey (6-7, 4.31 ERA) to continue his dominance against the Phillies. The 14-year vet has conceded eight runs in his last 10ish innings and the signs aren’t promising. Then again they are facing a team with just 37 wins. Enough said.
Verdict: Braves W
Colorado Rockies @ Washington Nationals
WITH just a few wins separating the National League rivals the Nats are throwing their debutant to the fire. I still expect the Nats to claim the firs of their double header at home. Sorry Freeland.
Verdict: Nationals W
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Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers
I’M a serious believer for the Cubs playoff chances. After the Brewers conceded the lead atop the NL Central the Cubs were quick to pounce and I expect them to claim a series W and in turn expand their divisional lead.
Verdict: Cubs W
Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox
A series sweep is on the line for the Indians and there is very little doubt that they will deliver. I know that the White Sox are building for the future but Josh Tomlin (7-9, 5.59 ERA) will be too good.
Verdict: Indians W
Arizona Diamondbacks @ St Louis Cardinals
I know they have rolled out a 6-4 record over their last 10, but I genuinely think the Diamondbacks can make some playoff noise. It all starts with their finale against the Red which I hope Taijuan Walker (6-4, 3.47 ERA) and the Arizona squad can deliver.
Verdict: Diamondbacks W
Baltimore Orioles @ Texas Rangers
FORGETTING wins or losses for a minute. Adrian Beltre sits one hit away from joining the coveted 3,000 hit club. He would become the 31st member of the illustrious clan and when he does I pray that the Rangers can rally and get a win for the future Hall of Famer.
Verdict: Rangers W
Minnesota Twins @ Oakland Athletics
I’m praying that Bartolo Colon (2-9, 8.00 ERA) can keep his legacy alive, but I think that the Athletics and co will take care of business.
Verdict: Athletics W
New York Mets @ Seattle Mariners
I love the Mets move to acquire A.J. Ramos from the Marlins. Regardless of their postseason intentions this season, Ramos can give them a serious closer threat moving forward. The back news for New York? there are eight other innings that matter in baseball.
Verdict: Mariners W
Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Diego Padres
TWO non playoff threats meet in one of the final games of the day on Sunday. Even though the Padres have won the last two I think (on the verge of returning home) the Pirates can salvage something from their road trip.
Verdict: Pirates W
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Colorado Rockies @ Washington Nationals
ROCKIES V Nats take 2. I have the Nationals taking Round 1, but the second meeting of the day may go very differently. Even though both games are in Washington I think the Rockies are a legit threat and they should claim a victory in Game 2 of the weekend series.
Verdict: Rockies W
San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers
A triumphant return from injury in the second half of the season is up fro grabs against the Dodgers. Sure, Bumgarner has pitched over 18 inning since returning and conceded 16 hits and 18 runs since. Despite the lost season for the Giants I’m banking on Mad-Bum to go on a flurry in his ‘best post-injury start’ yet!!
Verdict: Giants W