Cubs (Dempster) vs Pirates (Burnett)
The Cubs have lost 9 straight games and look horrendous right now. They are giving the ball to Ryan Dempster in order to snap the long losing streak and Dempster hasn't gotten a win all year. So why am I picking the Cubs? Because Ryan Dempster is a bulldog and is the exactly the type of person who will stop a losing streak like this.
Royals (Chen) vs Orioles (Hammel)
Bruce Chen is going against a division leader. This can't end well for the Royals. I am the biggest Chen cynic around and I am impressed that he has 3 wins right now, which is more than Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee put together. That being said I do not think he will get number 4 today as the Orioles will pound him into oblivion.
Rockies (Friedrich) vs Reds (Cueto)
The Cincinnati Reds are the hottest team in baseball right now and they get to send their ace to the mound against a Rockies team that hasn't been hitting well the last couple weeks. Cueto will continue his winning ways and the Reds will get their seventh win a row. I am so confident this will happen that this will be my lock of the day.
Pick: Reds. This is my lock of the day.
Padres (Bass) vs Mets (Gee)
I am going with the Mets in this one because I think that the Padres used p all of their allotment of runs for this series yesterday. Pounding out 18 hits and scoring 11 runs is nice, but now you have to play again today and I think that they will struggle to score today. I like the Mets to get back in the win column today with Dillon Gee making the Padres look like... well the Padres.
Giants (Lincecum) vs Marlins (Johnson)
Brewers (Gallardo) vs Diamondbacks (Kennedy)
The last time these 2 pitchers faced each other it was in game 5 of the National League Division Series last year. If either team wants to get back to the postseason they will have to start getting some wins. Ian Kennedy has lost 4 straight starts and Yovani Gallardo is undefeated against the Diamondbacks in his career. That is why I am going with the Brewers in this one.
Yankees (Nova) vs Athletics (Ross)
Since Ivan Nova is on the mound the Yankees will score runs. Since they are playing the Athletics their opponents will not. Easy.
Angels (Santana) vs Mariners (Beavan)
It is Dustin Ackley bobblehead night tonight for the Mariners and I am going to the game. I get to see the wonderful pitching matchup of Blake Beavan and Ervin Santana. I am going to side with Beavan and the Mariners on this one as I think that Seattle will even up the series tonight.
Astros (Harell) vs Dodgers (Kershaw)
Hmm... I wonder who to pick here....