Daily Picks 7/22

Texas at NY Yankees
Boston at Toronto
Cleveland at Minnesota
Kansas City at Chi. White Sox
Baltimore at LA Angels
Houston at Oakland
LA Dodgers at Pittsburgh
San Francisco at Philadelphia
Miami at Atlanta
San Diego at Chi. Cubs
Cincinnati at Milwaukee
Washington at Colorado
Tampa Bay at St. Louis
Detroit at Arizona
NY Mets at Seattle

Yesterdays Results: 8 4
Overall Record: 835 646
Accuracy Percentage: 56.38

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Daily Picks 7/21

Texas at NY Yankees
Boston at Toronto
Kansas City at Chi. White Sox
Cleveland at Minnesota
Baltimore at LA Angels
LA Dodgers at Pittsburgh
San Francisco at Philadelphia
Miami at Atlanta
Cincinnati at Milwaukee
Washington at Colorado
Detroit at Arizona
NY Mets at Seattle

Yesterdays Results: 12 3
Overall Record: 827 642
Accuracy Percentage: 56.30

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Colby Lewis is completely idiotic

Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis took exception to a bunt single by Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus yesterday. In the fifth inning, with the Blue Jays already leading 2-0, Rasmus laid down a two out bunt with the bases empty to beat the shift and reach base.

Lewis was offended by the bunt because of the situation in the game.

“I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you’re up two runs, you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me, we are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average,” Lewis said.

His evidence that Rasmus was focused on his batting average? Rasmus didn’t attempt to steal second after reaching at first.

“He didn’t steal within the first two pitches to put himself in scoring position,” Lewis said. “That tells me he is solely looking out for himself, and looking out for batting average. And I didn’t appreciate it.”

Did Rasmus break the hallowed unwritten rules of baseball? Of course not.

Lewis argues that since the Rangers were already trailing in the game 2-0 with two outs in the inning, there was no reason for Rasmus to lay down a bunt instead of swinging away. If Rasmus should be forced to choose how he bats based upon the situation in the game, why do the Rangers get to use the shift against him? Shouldn’t they be forced to play straight up in that type of situation?

Additionally, why does it matter that Rasmus stayed put at first base after reaching? Would Lewis have been more pleased with the situation after Rasmus took second? Rasmus isn’t exactly Dee Gordon either, to say the least. Since the start of the 2013 season, he has one stolen base in two attempts!

Are you kidding me?

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Daily Picks 7/20

Texas at Toronto
Cleveland at Detroit
Kansas City at Boston
Tampa Bay at Minnesota
Houston at Chi. White Sox
Seattle at LA Angels
Baltimore at Oakland
San Francisco at Miami
Colorado at Pittsburgh
Philadelphia at Atlanta
Milwaukee at Washington
Chi. Cubs at Arizona
NY Mets at San Diego
LA Dodgers at St. Louis
Cincinnati at NY Yankees

Yesterdays Results: 9 7
Overall Record: 815 639
Accuracy Percentage: 56.05

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Daily Picks 7/19

Texas at Toronto
Cleveland at Detroit
Cleveland at Detroit (Game 2)
Kansas City at Boston
Houston at Chi. White Sox
Tampa Bay at Minnesota
Baltimore at Oakland
Seattle at LA Angels
LA Dodgers at St. Louis
Milwaukee at Washington
Colorado at Pittsburgh
San Francisco at Miami
Philadelphia at Atlanta
Chi. Cubs at Arizona
NY Mets at San Diego
Cincinnati at NY Yankees

Yesterdays Results: 10 5
Overall Record: 806 632
Accuracy Percentage: 56.05

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Midseason Predictions

Below are my updated predictions at the All-Star break…here are my predictions from the start of the season.

Playoff Teams

National League
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. St. Louis Cardinals
3. Washington Nationals
4. San Francisco Giants
5. Atlanta Braves

American League
1. Oakland Athletics
2. Detroit Tigers
3. Baltimore Orioles
4. Los Angeles Angels
5. Seattle Mariners

Award Winners

National League
MVP: Freddie Freeman
Cy Young: Adam Wainwright

American League
MVP: Mike Trout
Cy Young: Felix Hernandez

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Daily Picks 7/18

Texas at Toronto
Cleveland at Detroit
Kansas City at Boston
Houston at Chi. White Sox
Tampa Bay at Minnesota
Baltimore at Oakland
Seattle at LA Angels
Colorado at Pittsburgh
Milwaukee at Washington
San Francisco at Miami
Philadelphia at Atlanta
LA Dodgers at St. Louis
Chi. Cubs at Arizona
NY Mets at San Diego
Cincinnati at NY Yankees

Yesterdays Results: 12 3
Overall Record: 796 627
Accuracy Percentage: 55.94

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