Weekend picks to click
Ryan Braun and Adam Wainwright among those poised for a big weekend.
Today in Triple Play we've asked our experts to predict their picks to click this weekend. In other words, "who's poised for a big three days?"
1. Which team is your pick to click this weekend?
David Gershman (@dave_gershman ), Marlins Daily: I'll go with the Giants because that offense hasn't been too abysmal of late, and their well-feared pitching staff faces a Mariners lineup that is just the opposite. The Giants have managed to inch closer to the Dodgers in the standings, and a sweep could get them even closer.
Jason Wojciechowski (@jlwoj ), Beaneball: When in doubt, I'll take the team that's playing host to the Houston Astros, which is the Rangers. Sure, Texas has played .500 ball after a hot April, and Houston, by virtue of not being the worst team in the league, is exceeding expectations. Still, when you look at the talent on the two rosters, it's hard to see a more likely sweep this weekend.
Matt Meyers (@mtmeyers ), ESPN.com: The Rockies are not only struggling and without Troy Tulowitzki, but they are one of the worst road teams in baseball, with a 9-17 mark away from Coors Field. They head to Detroit this weekend, and I see the Tigers having an excellent weekend.
2. Which pitcher is your pick to click this weekend?
Gershman: Matt Moore. He faces a cold Marlins lineup tomorrow, one that hasn't been able to do much of anything in the month of June. Moore's stuff is too good for his uncharacteristic lack of success so far this year, and I have a feeling he'll be able to blow away the Marlins.
Wojciechowski: His ERA doesn't yet show it, but Adam Wainwright's strikeout, walk and home run rates are not much worse than in his excellent 2009 and 2010 seasons. He's still a very good pitcher, making Sunday's matchup against the Royals, who have scored the fifth-fewest runs in baseball, a prime candidate for a shutdown game.
Meyers: I'm going with Tim Lincecum. Sure, he's struggling, but the Mariners' lineup is the cure for what ails many pitchers. Look for Timmy to get a bit of a confidence boost with a strong outing Saturday night.
3. Which position player is your pick to click this weekend?
Gershman: Ryan Braun. He has been a beast in interleague play over the past couple of years and faces a weekend of Twins pitching. The Twins' staff has struggled mightily this year and facing the right-handed slugger won't exactly be easy.
Wojciechowski: The Twins have the sterling trio of Francisco Liriano (struggling again), Liam Hendriks (mediocre), and Nick Blackburn (awful) pitching this weekend. Ryan Braun, one of the 20 or so best hitters in baseball, is surely salivating at his chance to face these three.
Meyers: Sorry Rockies, but I see a rough weekend ahead for you, as you'll send two unimposing lefties to the hill (Jeff Francis and Christian Friedrich) against a lineup that features Miguel Cabrera. He should feast this weekend.