WITH the NBA season winding down and the NFL season still a fair way off the Sunday Picks are going to need to lean heavily on baseball for fixtures over the coming months. There is still a light schedule, but I’m going to start throwing more MLB decisions into the fray, starting with five on Mother’s Day.
Last Sunday Picks: 3 – 2
Overall: 520 – 348
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Game 1, Tied 0-0 – #4 Cleveland Cavaliers at #2 Boston Celtics
AFTER both teams overcame all sorts of adversity we have a rematch in the East Conference Finals. Boston hosts game one of what should be an entertaining series and I think the home team will draw first blood.
Verdict: Celtics W
Boston Red Sox (27-12) at Toronto Blue Jays (21-19)
WITH a series W on the line, the Blue Jays will be looking to take some momentum out of Sunday’s clash. While Boston hasn’t been at the peak of their powers in their last two games against Toronto, I have a hunch they will flex their muscles a bit at Rogers Centre this arvo.
Verdict: Red Sox W
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San Fransisco Giants (19-21) at Pittsburgh Pirates (23-16)
A team with six straight losses facing a team with five straight wins. Easy pick right? Let’s not rule out an upset, but let’s also be realistic here. The Pittsburgh offense is too good to slow down right now, making life tough for poor Derek Holland (1-4, 5.66 ERA). On second thought this is an easy pick.
Verdict: Pirates W
Texas Rangers (16-25) at Houston Astros (25-16)
DALLAS Keuchel (2-5, 3.53 ERA) hasn’t had the best start to 2018. He has pitched long innings and should refind his mojo sooner than later. It would be nice for him to fire today and regardless of Keuchel’s arm, I think the reigning champs are too good here.
Verdict: Astros W
Chicago White Sox (9-27) at Chicago Cubs (21-15)
ONLY one team in baseball still has failed to reach double-digit W’s at this point in the season. That team is facing their cross-town rivals who have scored 50 runs in five straight wins. Look away White Sox fans.
Verdict: Cubs W
Washington Nationals (23-18) at Arizona Diamondbacks (24-15)
IF the Diamondbacks are going to take anything out of this series then they’ll need to catch fire with the bat. They have failed to bat runs in all series and as a result are on the verge of being swept 4-0. I have faith Arizona can take some pride out of the series finale though.
Verdict: Diamondbacks W