White Sox (Danks) vs Indians (Masterson)
Both John Danks and Justin Masterson are coming into this game not pitching the way they think they should. Unfortunately for Danks, this is actually about as good as he is. He just isn't a very good pitcher. The Indians are still hot and they like facing John Danks, so I am going to take the Indians to beat the White Sox for the third time in 2 days.
Mets (Batista) vs Phillies (Blanton)
Miguel Batista is back in the starting rotation? Hahahaha. That is high comedy. No wonder why the Mets were predicted to be in last place. I don't see anyway that Miguel Batista will pitch well enough to get a win. Joe Blanton is off to the best start of his career for the Phillies, and now matches up against Batista. I am going with the Phillies in this one.
Rays (Shields) vs Yankees (Nova)
James Shields looks to become the first 6 game winner in the American League, and Ivan Nova looks to bounce back from his first loss in 9 months as the Rays and Yankees square off. I like the Rays in this one because Shields is pitching out of his mind right now and has already beaten the Yankees once this year. Plus I am still in the camp that thinks Ivan Nova isn't that good of a pitcher.
Rangers (Felix) vs Orioles (Arrieta)
The Texas Rangers are now back on the right track after dominating the Orioles yesterday. The Orioles were decimated because of the 17 inning game the day before. Now they are sending Jake Arrieta to the mound to try and even up the series. I don't think it will happen. My prediction is that the Rangers will keep winning.
Nationals (Jackson) vs Pirates (Burnett)
If the Pirates are going to win a game in this series it will be the opener against Edwin Jackson. That is because Jackson is the only starter for the Nationals who has an ERA over 2.5. I actually like the Pirates in this one because I think A.J Burnett will outpitch Edwin Jackson. With both offenses struggling I think the Pirates win a low scoring game.
Blue Jays (Romero) vs Athletics (Parker)
This is a tough game to predict for me. I think Ricky Romero is a great pitcher, but I am also really high on Jarrod Parker*. He has looked really good in his first 2 starts of his major league career. I am going to go with experience on this one and say Romero will get the win and hand Parker his first loss of his young but promising career.
*The Athletics have decided to give Jarrod Parker an extra day off so the ball goes to Brandon McCarthy instead. Still sticking with the same pick of Romero and the Blue Jays.
Pick: Blue Jays
Tigers (Verlander) vs Mariners (Millwood)
The only reason I can see that there is hope for the Mariners is that Verlander hasn't pitched well at Safeco Field and the Mariners are 4-0 against the Tigers this year, and the results are improving since they benched Chone Figgins and.... Who am I kidding it is still Justin Verlander against this offense. The Tigers get their first win against the Mariners in 5 tries tonight.
Giants (Vogelsong) vs Dodgers (Kershaw)
I am going to once again ride the horse that is Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers will be my lock of the day. Kershaw has pitched well this year and I am undefeated when picking the Dodgers for lock status so why deviate from that. If it ain't broke don't fix it, am I right?
Pick: Dodgers. This is my lock of the day.