Wow! Yesterday was a crazy one on Streak for the Cash. The unprecedented USA soccer win in Mexico, Roy Halladay struggling, and Puerto Rico hanging with Spain demolished my most confident picks and sent me to a 1-4 record.
If you lost your streak like I did, here’s the plan to have a bounce-back Thursday with picks on the board from the PGA, WTA, ATP, MLB, and NFL.
Picks for 8/16
7:40- Carl Pettersson win or tie: In one of the most intriguing golf props in a while it’s Pettersson and Simpson over the first nine holes (actually the back nine) of the Wyndham. I wrote about both players in my PGA preview and I think both will have good tournaments. Pettersson definitely has the ability to match Webb over nine holes and actually has more momentum coming into the tournament so I’ll go with him and take the tie. Confidence Meter: 3 (out of 10)
12:50- Nick Watney or tie: Watney getting the tie here is nice but this is an 18-hole pick where the tie is less likely. Both of these golfers missed the cut last week at the PGA but prior to that Watney had been in much better form with top 25s in his previous five tournaments. I would take Nick straight-up and even giving the tie, so I feel pretty confident with this one due to Sergio’s stateside struggles. Confidence Meter: 5
1:10- 9 Games or More: Serena has just been crazy-good since Wimbledon where she won the title and followed it up by rolling through the Olympics. If this was a straight up pick, there would be no question. Here’s the thing: it’s not. Agnieszka Radwanska is a solid player who is actually ranked ahead of Serena at #3 in the world (yes, ranking system is flawed). The two have played three times in the past and Serena has won all three but only once has she taken the first set 6-2 or better. Even in her previous match against Elaeni Daniilidou of Greece she won the first set 6-3. Radwaska would ned a major upset to win the match but I think she’ll at least take it to 6-3. Confidence Meter: 4
4:05- Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates will try and salvage one game of their four-game set with the Dodgers and have the right starter on the mound to do it. A.J. Burnett had been amazing before giving up four runs his last outing against the Padres. He’s 14-4 on the year and has allowed two runs or less in four of his last five starts. He’ll face off with Joe Blanton making his third start for the Dodgers after allowing 6 runs in his first 11 innings. The Pirates need to avoid the sweep and I think Burnett plays stopper and they get the W. Confidence Level: 6
7:07- Chicago White Sox: The White Sox send trade deadline addition Francisco Liriano to the hill as they try to take three of four from Toronto. The Jays have lost 13 of their last 17 games and will counter with lefty Aaron Laffey. Liriano had looked good in his first two start for Chicago but got pummeled by the A’s his last time out. Laffey was knocked around by the Yankees his last time out and has allowed four runs or more in his last four starts. Kevin Youkilis has been destroying lefties so look for him to have a big game and the Sox to roll. Confidence Meter: 5
10:10- Tampa Bay Rays: David Price has been absolutely on fire all year. He hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in 10 starts dating all the way back to June 13. That was also the last game he lost as he’s run his record to 15-4 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He’ll be opposed by Dan Haren who has been up-and-down all year mostly due to a bad back. The Rays lineup is not nearly as good as the Angels, but it won’t matter today with Price on the hill. Confidence Meter: 6
Overall Record: 37-32
Confident Picks (5+): 15-14
Personal Streak: W1