Published on Apr 28, 2012
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All season long I hope to bring to you some of my thoughts and predictions.
Current prediction standings: 153-145
Yesterday was a mess for my picks as I finish the day 5-10. Let's see if we can't turn that around today and pick up some big wins.
The Nationals lose Ryan Zimmerman and Brad Lidge to the DL but recall Bryce Harper to make his Major League debut in Los Angeles. The Nationals are hurting for some offense to back up some extremely strong pitching performances from their starting rotation. Harper is expected to hit in the three hole in front of Adam LaRoche, who has been their strongest hitter so far into the season.
The Angels release Bobby Abreu and recall Mike Trout to make his debut on the season. Trout was hitting over .400 in AAA this season after a poor spring outing with the club, collecting 31 hits in 20 games. He'll be tasked with being the team's leadoff hitter, a role that is in dire need of some offensive production as Angels hitters at the top of the lineup have only been hitting .195 with a .250 on-base percentage.
For the Nationals, I think this move is based purely on desperation and will likely backfire in the development of their young outfielder. The Angels are making the right move in calling up the hot hitting Trout who looks more than ready for Major League action. Of these two, I expect a big day for Trout.
Here's to a great day of baseball, and hopefully a better day for my picks.
All of the games being played today with picks (all times are based on Eastern Time):
Angels at Indians - 1:05pm (LAA)
Brewers at Cardinals - 1:05pm (MIL)
Royals at Twins - 1:10pm (MIN)
Tigers at Yankees - 4:05pm (NYY)
Mariners at Blue Jays - 4:07pm (TOR)
Astros at Reds - 4:10pm (CIN)
Cubs at Phillies - 7:05pm (PHI)
Athletics at Orioles - 7:05pm (BAL)
D-backs at Marlins - 7:10pm (MIA)
Red Sox at White Sox - 7:10pm (CWS)
Pirates at Braves - 7:10pm (PIT)
Rays at Rangers - 8:05pm (TEX)
Mets at Rockies - 8:10pm (NYM)
Padres at Giants - 9:05pm (SF)
Nationals at Dodgers - 9:10pm (LAD)
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