With golf and soccer early and Major League Baseball and a little Canadian football late there’s plenty of action on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash that won’t have anything to do with the London happenings for Friday. Expect plenty of Olympic action over the next two weeks, but there’s still green to be had before July comes to a close.
Yesterday, I lost the early game with the A’s, but bounced back and won two other picks before the day was over. Overall my personal streak is at a W2 with a 48-20 record for the month. You can see the results of all the picks I’ve made at the bottom of the page.
Picks for Friday, July 27
8:00- Ryan Palmer or Tie: This is a nine hole prop where the tie often comes into play and Palmer gets the benefit of the tie in this matchup with Retief Goosen. Goosen shot a -3 on the front nine yesterday while Palmer finished a solid -1. Their play overall on the year though would indicate that Palmer has been in better form as of late though. Goosen has been struggling missing the cut in five of his last eight worldwide tournaments. Palmer has been trending the other direction with three top tens in his last six starts. I’ll go with the guy in better form getting the tie. Confidence Meter: 5 (out of 10)
7:35- Philadelphia Phillies: In a fascinating pitching matchup it’s the recently extended and well-paid Cole Hamels against the surprisingly resurgent Ben Sheets. After being out of the Major Leagues for two years, Sheets has pitched 12 shutout innings in his first two starts of the season. Hamels struggled a bit his last time out giving up five runs in 7.2 innings. I’m still going with Phily though since they’ve won four in a row and seem to be on a bit of a roll and I’m more confident in Hamels than Sheets. It’s an intriguing game and a difficult pick. Confidence Meter: 2.5
8:10 – Washington Nationals: The Nats have won six in a row and have surged into a tie with the Yankees for the best record in baseball. The Brewers meanwhile have dropped seven in a row and are selling off pieces headed into the deadline. Ross Detwiler has been pitching well, as we discussed here, and the Brewers bullpen has been atrocious lately. Michael Fiers who starts for Milwaukee has been good which is the only reason why this isn’t more of a lock Confidence Meter: 6
10:15 – San Francisco Giants: The Giants offense is scary to pick sometimes, but Matt Cain at home is too good of a pick to pass up. At home this year, Cain is 5-2 with a 1.96 ERA in nine starts including a pair of complete games. This is his first game against the Giants’ NL West rival Dodgers this season in the last three years he has a 2.94 ERA against them in eight starts. He’ll be opposed most likely by Stephen Fife for the Dodgers who pitched ok against Philadelphia 10 days ago before being sent to the minors. In 19 starts in the minors, Fife has a 4.31 ERA while going 8-5. The only way I see the Giants losing is if they just can’t score for Cain, but I think they’ll take this one to open a big three-game set at home. Confidence Meter: 8
Overall Picks: 69-46
Picks with Confidence over 5: 26-19
Current Personal Streak: W2