Orioles (Hammel) vs Yankees (Kuroda)
If the Baltimore Orioles are to be taken seriously they need to start beating the New York Yankees. They have struggled against New York in the last few years and have already been swept by them this year. I predict that the Yankees will continue to dominate the Orioles and win the game today.
Cubs (Volstad) vs Phillies (Worley)
I don't know who is worse. The Phillies offense or Chris Volstad. That is why this game is tough for me. I think that the Phillies offense is a little bit better than Chris Volstad. The Phillies offense is a little bit better than a pitcher who is 0-8 in his last 15 starts. What does that tell you? I still think that Philadelphia wins this game.
Royals (Hochevar) vs Tigers (Below)
Even though the Detroit Tigers are sputtering right now they still have an offense that can score runs in a hurry. Luke Hochevar is the pitcher that is responsible for shutting down that offense today. The Tigers offense will continue to pound the pitching of Kansas City and win this game today. In fact this is my lock of the day.
Pick: Tigers. This is my lock of the day.
Rangers (Darvish) vs Blue Jays (Drabek)
Yu Darvish has been outstanding ever since that first inning of the year. He is 3-0 with an ERA under 2.5 and has looked like the dominant pitcher the Rangers expected. Texas is coming off losing their first series of the year at the hands of the Rays, and they will get back in the win column today with a victory over Kyle Drabek and the Blue Jays.
Athletics (Milone) vs Red Sox (Buchholz)
The Boston Red Sox return to the friendly confines of Fenway Park in a much better position then when they left the last time. After a 6-1 road trip Boston returns home only one game under .500 and now faces an Athletic team that is struggling to score runs. I like the Red Sox to win this game today and take the opener of the series.
Pick: Red Sox
Pirates (McDonald) vs Braves (Minor)
The Pirates and their league worst offense are now facing a pitcher in Mike Minor who has had some success in his last few starts out. Pittsburgh has only scored 49 runs so far this year, which is 17 fewer than any other team in baseball. Atlanta continues to shut them down and wins this game.
Mariners (Hernandez) vs Rays (Hellickson)
This should be an exciting game. You have two of the better young pitchers in the league going at it today (Yes Felix is young. He is still only 26). Tampa Bay has the best home record in all of baseball at 8-1 and they are sounding there young phenom out there. Runs will be at a premium in this game, but I am going to go with the Mariners in an upset.
Mets (Dickey) vs Astros (Norris)
These are 2 teams that were both expected to finish in the bottom of their respective divisions in 2012. The Astros are playing like everyone expected but the Mets are exceeding expectations so far. Even though New York is playing better I think that Houston wins this game today as Bud Norris will outduel R.A Dickey.
Dodgers (Harang) vs Rockies (Nicasio)
After the first month of the season Matt Kemp is the league leader in batting average and home runs and tied for the league lead in runs batted in. He is the best player in baseball right now and now gets to hit in Coors Field for three games. I expect the fireworks to continue for Kemp and the Dodgers, who will win this game.
Brewers (Wolf) vs Padres (Weiland)
Joe Weiland is still looking for his first major league win and that is because San Diego just can't score any runs for him. He has had 3 starts and the Padres offense has only scored 2 runs for him so far. I don't think they will be much more successful today, as Randy Wolf will get his second win of the year.
Twins (Blackburn) vs Angels (Wilson)
C.J Wilson has already beaten Minnesota once this year. I trust him to do it again.