In the verbiage of the great philosopher Samuel Sosa, the NL West has been berry, berry good to me. The Pollock/Rosario connection was able to get me to a six streak yesterday in different fashions. Speaking of fashion, their efforts earned me an entry to win a Dodgers hooded fleece. My possible clothing aside, A.J. Pollock continued his unequivocal dominance over Ricky Nolasco with a 3-for-5 day in a Diamondbacks' victory over the Twins. Wilin Rosario on the other hand, looked at first like he was going to be a non-factor. Michael McKenry started behind the plate for Colorado against San Diego with Rosario relegated to pinch hit duty. A scheduled day off is not what I needed when I am trying to build up my confidence. However, Rosario came to the dish as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning against Padres closer Kevin Quackenbush. His hit wasn't enough to propel the Rox to victory but it was a hit nonetheless. I salute you Wilin Rosario, and that is a tough thing for me to say to a member of the Colorado Rockies. With all my success with the division recently, I should stay in the NL West today. As you readers know by now though, I never learn. Today both my picks will be from the same game, Texas vs. Houston. As you've seen me reiterate over several different articles here on Bleeding Your Colors, I was super high on Texas coming into 2014. It turns out maybe I was just super high. Needless to say, the Rangers and Astros have been slumming it in the cellar of the AL West together. That doesn't mean that both teams don't have quality players. My two picks, Jose Altuve and Adrian Beltre, have put together impressive 2014 campaigns. Jose Altuve, whom I've picked in this game 13 times previously, is cruising to the AL batting title. Adrian Beltre has been a white horse on a team filled with donkeys. They both get favorable pitching opponents, Brett Oberholtzer for Beltre and Nick Martinez for Altuve. Both starters sport ERAs in the 4.00+ range and have been hit regularly by my swat team in the past. It's going to be great having a streak of eight come the morn.
Now it is time for that end of the month surge I so desperately need but never seem to produce. After the Bears held off Geno Smith and the Jets last night to put me back in the green, I use a mostly soccer-centric board to attempt to do some damage. I lead off with Real Madrid. Los Blancos aren't having the brightest of starts to the La Liga season but after a week in which they won their two games (against Basel in the UCL & Deportivo La Coruna in the league) a combined 13-3, I think Elche is in for a world of hurt. At least more of a world of hurt than surprise Bundesliga toppers SC Paderborn 07 will feel against reigning champs Bayern Munich. The two sides have the same record but the party crashing Paderborn will not after their trip to the Allianz Arena.
Image Credits: Beltre/Altuve (mlb.com), Streak picks (espn.com)