BIG AL's 23-6 MLB DIVISION GAME OF THE MONTH!: Al McMordie was 2-1 on the diamond yesterday, including an EASY WINNER on his Baseball Division Total of the Month on the Giants/Diamondbacks 'over' 7 runs (5-4 final). Now, on Saturday, Big Al's STEPPING OUT with his MLB Division Game of the Month, backed by a 23-6 angle. Don't miss it.
Game: Philadelphia Phillies at Pittsburgh Pirates Apr 7 2012 7:05PM
Prediction: Philadelphia Phillies
Grade: Loser (-165)
Reason: At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Philadelphia Phillies over the Pittsburgh Pirates. These two cities are not only meeting in the first series of the MLB season, but in a few days they will also kick off a series to begin the postseason march to the Stanley Cup. And while that first round series is expected to be a barn-burner between two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference of the NHL, this series between the Phillies and Pirates will likely be what it's been now for several years - completely one-sided. The Pirates had yet another losing season in 2011 - their 19th in a row, which is a record - and considering they didn't do much over the Winter and kept their payroll at about the same level that it was last year, it's almost a certainty that 2012 will be their 20th in a row. The first game of the season was close thanks to a very good pitching performance from one of Pittsburgh's few big off-season acquisitions in southpaw starter Erik Bedard, but tonight it will be back to one of last year's starters in Jeff Karstens and the veteran journeyman righthander would appear to be way over-matched tonight against one of the best southpaws in baseball as Cliff Lee takes the mound for the first start of his 11th year in the Majors. With their 1-0 victory on Thursday, the Phillies have now won the last five meetings. Even worse for the Buccos: Lee went 7-1 with a 0.93 ERA in the final two months of last year's regular season, and he's 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA lifetime vs. Pittsburgh. Finally, the Bucs are just 6-23 off a shutout loss. Take Philly. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.