A Terrell Newby/Taylor Heinicke eight point play as time expired in the Vikings/49ers game helped me from posting a losing record last Sunday. As we prepare for the end of the MLB season and the commencement of the NFL one, six baseball matches with serious playoff repercussions dictate the Sunday Picks.
Last Sunday Picks: 4 – 3
Overall: 262 – 203
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Washington Nationals @ Milwaukee Brewers
MILWAUKEE remain an outside chance to win their division and are right in the chase for a wild card berth. A win would give the Brewers a 3-1 series win and with rookie Brent Suter (2-2, 3.79 ERA) on the mound, I think they will settle for a 2-2 ledger.
Verdict: Nationals W
Kansas City Royals @ Minnesota Twins
A relentless offensive push from the Twins has them sitting in a playoff spot right now with wins in six of their last eight. The Royals (losers in seven of their nine) are trending in the opposite direction and after getting thrashed 17-0 the Twins will get revenge and a series W.
Verdict: Twins W
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Atlanta Braves @ Chicago Cubs
SINCE the All-Star break the Cubs have looked like the squad that is defending their World Series crown. There’s no need to dig into this one and over analyse, Chicago will emerge victorious.
Verdict: Cubs W
Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers
IF LA is serious about a playoff spot they need to take care of the lowly Rangers. The 10-10 Martin Perez (4.89 ERA) will need to be better than mediocre for the Angels to make the most of their opportunity. My monies on Texas.
Verdict: Rangers W
Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
TWO of the best in the American League are battling it out for supremacy to challenge the Astros. Red Sox ace Chris Sale (15-6, 2.77 ERA) has had a record breaking year but has been unable to claim a win vs New York. That will change on Sunday.
Verdict: Red Sox W
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies
DIVISION rivals Arizona and Colorado are duelling it out for the wildcard spot behind the record breaking Dodgers. At seasons end both the Rockies and Diamondbacks may both be playoff bound, but if that is going to happen then Colorado needs this one.
Verdict: Rockies W