Once again, the picks labored yesterday (pun intended and Happy Labor Day). It was a struggle to get to nine correct picks for the day. The new month is still a pick in the red. Two cataclysmic blown saves occurred. One helped the picks (Papelbon) and one hurt the picks (Putz). Or was it the other way around? Can't remember. Anyway, at least Justin Verlander made the Game of the Day correct and put the picks over the top. We officially have a dog race in the AL Central. The AL East is mighty tight as well as the Yankees are missing a third of their regular lineup and keep losing.
It is nice to have a Monday holiday as that means today is like a bonus Sunday with a bunch of day games. Nice! Here are today's Labor Day picks:
- The Marlins over the Brewers: Oh great. Two of the hardest teams to predict are playing each other. Mommy! Ricky Nolasco should be the difference here as two of his three starts recently have been complete games. But Mike Fiers has been good too. Ugh.
- The Yankees over the Rays: Completely biased and helpless pick. James Shields either pitches a gem against the Yankees historically, or he gets hit hard early. There is no in between. C.C. Sabathia has not been a shut down ace for most of this season. A-Rod might be back today.
- The Mets over the Cardinals: Another upset pick! Colin McHugh was spectacular in his Mets' debut. Can he repeat it against a great hitting team? Can Joe Kelly continue to avoid disaster with his WHIP? We'll find out today.
- The Red Sox over the Mariners: There have been some rumors floating around that Valentine will be fired today. It would not be surprising, but it still isn't his fault. The team is what is is and the results are deserved with this team's current talent level. Despite what happens, Clay Buchholz should win this game with a great effort over Jason Vargas.
- The Twins over the White Sox: Heavens! Another upset pick. The White Sox are starting a rookie, Hector Santiago and the Twins will go with Samuel Deduno. Deduno at least has some frame of reference to go by and it hasn't been half bad. The White Sox need to rebound after that series, but it might not be today.
And the Game of the Day!
Games of the Day: 82-63