Eye On Baseball Weekly Predictions: Scherzer, Corbin go 10-0
This week's soothsaying involves a pair of arms poised to go 10-0 on the season, a certain unlikely title-holder, a Mets phenom and more.
Another week of live-action baseball is upon us, and to get us adequately prepped for the slate ahead, let's roll out a few predictions tailored to cover the seven days ahead. Guaranteed to possibly be correct!
1. Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin will both move to 10-0 on the season.
The Cardinals' Adam Wainwright recently became MLB's first 10-game winner of 2013, but on Monday Scherzer and Corbin will each have the opportunity to move to 10-0 on the season. I'm no fan of pitcher win-loss records as any kind of illuminating stat, but Scherzer and Corbin have indeed earned their sparkling marks. Scherzer, for instance, has struck out 31.0 percent of opposing batters (only Yu Darvish has a higher percentage), and he also ranks sixth in the AL with a K/BB ratio of 4.82. As for Corbin, the young lefty's 2.28 ERA is good for sixth in the NL. As for getting win number 10, Scherzer has the tougher task, as he and the Tigers will face the Orioles at home. Corbin and the Diamondbacks, however, draw the Marlins.
2. The Marlins will lose the Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship.
The lowly Marlins shocked the baseball world on Sunday by taking the Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship from the vastly superior Cardinals. They are to be praised for doing so, but their title reign won't last long. They open the week with a three-game set in Arizona. If the Diamondbacks don't take the belt, then the Giants, whom Miami visits over the weekend, will do so.
3. Zack Wheeler will lose his major-league debut.
The Mets' (justifiably) hyped right-hander is slated to make his major-league debut on Tuesday, in the second game of a double-header against the NL East-leading Braves. Wheeler entered the season as a top-10 prospect, and his 3.93 ERA and 2.70 K/BB ratio are impressive considering they came at Triple-A Las Vegas, one of the most hitter-friendly environments in all of baseball. However, he'll be opposing Paul Maholm, who's been on a bit of a roll since 2011. Maholm will tame the Mets' listless offense, and the Braves' lineup, which ranks third in the NL in OPS versus right-handed pitchers, will give him enough runs. Wheeler takes the loss.
4. The Padres will end the week in third place.
San Diego's methodical rise in the NL West continues this week. The Padres will enter their three-game set against the Giants, which starts Monday, just a half-game behind those third-place Giants. After that, the Padres will spend their weekend playing the hobbled Dodgers at home. They trail the second-place Rockies by a 1 1/2 games, so they won't catch them just yet. But third place will belong to the hard-charging Padres by week's end.
5. Chris Davis will hit his 24th and 25th homers.
It's not yet certain which starting pitcher Davis and the Orioles will face on Sunday, but this week he'll face a minimum of five right-handers. Sure, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer are among them, but Davis will also get the homer-inclined Blue Jays' rotation over the weekend. It says here that he'll notch at least a pair of homers over the next seven days and become the first hitter in 2013 to get to 25. Worth noting: Davis just recently notched his 100th career homer.
EOB Predictions Tally: 7-for-18 on the season. Last week, yours untruly went a disappointing 1-for-4.