YUK. Last week may very well have been my worst Sunday Picks result yet. There isn’t much else to say really, I f*cked up. Moving on…
Last Sunday Picks: 3-14
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New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians
TWO playoff bound squads square off with a series win on the line. Both teams are trying to strengthen their record over the remainder of the season and will likely vie for division titles in AL. The Indians will regain Jason Kipnis back from the DL who should help to deliver a series win.
Verdict: Indians W
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St Louis Cardinals @ Cincinnati Reds
AFTER two weeks of suffering from back soreness Adam Wainwright (11-5, 4.89 ERA) is back on the mound for the Cards as he looks to reign his ERA in and help St Louis get a series W. My guess is win No. 12 is coming for Wainwright.
Verdict: Cardinals W
Milwaukee Brewers @ Tampa Bay Rays
IT has been 20 innings since Tampa Bay last scored a run. TWENTY! If they are going to salvage something from the series with Milwaukee then they need their offense to wake up. They won’t.
Verdict: Brewers W
Detroit Tigers @ Baltimore Orioles
GAME four of the series featuring the Orioles and Tigers gives Baltimore the chance of salvaging a split in the series after their Saturday win. Since joining the Orioles Tim Beckham (a former No. 1 overall pick) has been on fire and against Detroit he has three consecutive games with a home run. I’m predicting the streak to snap.
Verdict: Orioles W
Chicago White Sox @ Boston Red Sox
A combined record of 4-14 doesn’t exactly scream elite pitchers and that’s what’s on show Sunday. Mike Pelfrey (3-9, 5.04 ERA) for Chicago and Boston’s Doug Fister (1-5, 5.18 ERA) are duking it out with the Red Sox aiming for five wins on the trot and a series sweep. They’ll get the job done.
Verdict: Red Sox W
Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves
LUCAS Sims (0-1, 4.50 ERA) for Atlanta is trying to record his first MLB victory as the Braves look to continue their recent dominance over the Marlins. They are 7-3 against Miami this season and will sweep the series with a win Sunday.
Verdict: Braves W
San Diego Padres @ Pittsburgh Pirates
TIED for the second most losses in the MLB, Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.40 ERA) will be out to help San Diego keep their winning streak alive. Richard’s four game losing streak, however, will be the streak that stays alive.
Verdict: Pirates W
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Texas Rangers @ Minnesota Twins
PITCHERS have dominated the Twins/Rangers series so far with stellar showings from A.J. Griffin, Bartolo Colon and Cole Hamels. Both Nick Martinez (3-4, 5.07 ERA) and Jose Berrios (9-5, 3.57 ERA) will look to become the fourth starting pitcher who helps deliver a W. The Twins starter (Berrios) should seal the deal.
Verdict: Twins W
Toronto Blue Jays @ Houston Astros
NOT much has gone well for the Blue Jays this season. However, with Springer and Correa sidelined for Houston and Marcus Stroman (10-5, 3.19 ERA) on the mound then Toronto can take a series win out of Houston.
Verdict: Blue Jays W
Seattle Mariners @ Kansas City Royals
LASTING just 3.1 innings in his last start earlier in July, Mariners starter Marco Gonzales (0-0, 13.50 ERA) is starting his second game of the season. In game one of the Seattle/Kansas City doubleheader, I expect the home side to deliver and make Gonzales’ life terrible.
Verdict: Royals W
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Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs
JOHN Lester (8-6, 3.96 ERA) managed to hit his first home run in his last start, but when it came to pitching the ball he only lasted four innings, giving up three runs. The Cubs lefty is squaring off against the lethal Nationals batting lineup, which doesn’t bode well for his chances.
Verdict: Nationals W
Philadelphia Phillies @ Colorado Rockies
COLORADO is starting to look like the Rockies that tore through the first half of the season. The Phillies, on the other hand, are sitting 30 games below .500 and are severely struggling. This one isn’t hard to figure out.
Verdict: Rockies W
Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels
LOCKED at 1-1 the rebuilding Angels and Athletics will look to take out a series W. I have faith in Los Angeles’ ability to grind out a win at home and move back to 56 wins and losses.
Verdict: Angels W
Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Fransisco Giants
4.77 is the exact ERA of both starting pitchers heading into this matchup. With the exception of his last start Patrick Corbin (8-10, 4.77 ERA) has been the better of the two in recent times out duelling Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.77 ERA) and that should translate into a win for Arizona.
Verdict: Diamondback W
Seattle Mariners @ Kansas City Royals 2
ROUND 2 of the Mariners and Royals in Missouri for two teams who aren’t exactly world beaters. I’m predicting that Kansas City will take out the first matchup of the evening and if things stay to form then the Mariners will get revenge in game two.
Verdict: Mariners W
Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets
GAME 16 of the night pitches two teams who are in very different places against each other. After reeling off one of the best stretches ever seen by a baseball team then LA is certainly the favourites in this one. Say no more.
Verdict: Dodgers W