It was another night with a little waiting for the win, but finally in the 14th inning the Philadelphia Phillies helped us cash a third straight winner. It was the least daring pick of the streak, as the Phills were a comfortable favorite, but I’m still happy to pick up the big W.
Most of you know I’m a passionate basketball follower and handicapper, and since I don’t get to pick a game until November, I just wanted to share a few quick draft reactions from what might end up being the best and most important draft of the decade. For you baseball-only folks – go ahead and skip down to the pick section… thanks!
Ok, quick reactions on my favorite picks of the draft: I LOVE Parker at #2, that one’s obvious. I’m calling it right now, Parker goes for 18 and 9 next year. The shrewdest move of the night was passing on Noah Vonleh and Dante Exum and the Magic grabbing Aaron Gordon at #4. He is a perfect fit with a young core and an immediate defensive upgrade. They then traded their next pick to pick up Elfrid Payton, the PG who shot up the boards a la Damian Lillard two years ago.
My favorite sleeper picks, both for individual talent at team fit were Cleanthony Early to the Knicks in the 2nd round, and Roy Devean-Marble to the Magic late in the 2nd round. Don’t be surprised if both are playing the rookie all-star game.
OK, back to the diamond.
Today’s Free Pick:
Chicago White Sox +152 vs. Toronto Blue Jays -160 (Total: 9)
John Danks (6-6, 4.34 ERA) vs. R.A. Dickey (6-6, 4.04 ERA)
The Blue Jays have cooled off lately despite last night’s 7-0 win, and are now clinging to a 1 ½ game lead in the AL East. They will send R.A. Dickey to the mound to try and shut down the White Sox for the second straight night. If they can get a solid outing from him, they could be in store for a relatively easy win. Of course, that’s a fairly considerable roll of the dice with the hit-or-miss Dickey.
But I do like their offense to score some runs tonight. Despite the absence of Joey Bats, the Jays have hit .324 and scored 25 runs in their four games without the slugger (6.25 runs/game). Add in the fact that Denks is just 1-4 with a 6.14 ERA against Toronto, and you have to feel pretty good about the Jays offensive potential tonight.
I’ll bet on Dickey not being perfect and allowing a few runs at least and getting the total over the nine run threshold tonight.