Streak for the Cash, August 19

July 28 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Chelsea FC forward Fernando Torres (9) during the second half of the 2012 World Football Challenge against AC Milan at SunLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

The EPL had a great day yesterday as the regular season got underway. Today ESPN’s Streak for the Cash game starts off with props for two or the biggest names in English soccer, Manchester City and Chelsea. After kicking off in England, Streak comes back stateside for an afternoon of MLB picks along with the ATP Western & Southern Open Final and the PGA Wyndham final round. If you’re into international soccer you can pick the winner of the Italian Berlusconi Trophy or the Athlitcio Madrid -Levate Spanish Primera Division game. Sunday Night has the usual Sunday Night Baseball props along with a straight-up pick in the NFL game which unfortunately is still just preseason. There’s definitely plenty of options with 19 picks on the board as of early this morning.

After dropping my first three picks yesterday, I got the last four right with the Phillies, Li Na, the LA Sparks, and Cardinals all getting greened. Overall a 4-3 day which is pretty much representative of my up-and-down month. Here’s my favorite picks today:

Picks for 8/19

8:30- Chelsea wins by 2+ goals: Chelsea added some nice attacking pieces during the summer and will look to start big at Wigan. Wigan was horrible last year barely avoiding relegation with a late finishing kick. Chelsea should score at least two and I don’t see a big threat on Wigan to score against Chelsea. Give me the Blues 3-0. Confidence Meter: 3

August 14, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Los Angeles Dodgers won 11-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

1:35- LA Dodgers: The Dodgers send Chad Billingsley to the mound as they take on the Braves in the rubber game of their three game set. Billingsley has been awesome lately with a 1.56 ERA since coming off the DL and winning his last five starts. Hanley Ramirez has been the jolt the Dodgers were hoping he would be in the lineup and LA continues to hunt for a playoff spot. Across the diamond, Mike Minor will get the nod for Atlanta. Recently, he’s been contributing good starts but getting little run support. I see more of the same for him on Sunday so I’ll be taking Dodger blue for the green. Confidence Meter: 6

2:05- Any Other Country: Sergio leads the Wyndham by a stroke and will try to be the exception to the rule on the PGA Tour this season by parlaying a third round lead into a win. The pack chasing him contains a number of Americans and two internationals. The two internationals are Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson. In the top six there are three internationals and three Americans. I like Garcia/Clark/Pettersson’s chances better than Cauley/Dufner/English. Jason Dufner is the one who scares me the most, but I’ll go any other country here. Confidence Meter: 2

4:05- San Francisco Giants: The Giants Ryan Vogelsong looks to bounce back after getting pounded his last time out by the Nationals. Prior to getting thumped for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings, Vogelsong led the NL in ERA  and still comes into this boasting a nice 10-6 record ans 2.72 ERA. The reason his record isn’t better is the Giants occasionally anemic offense. However, The Giants offense has come alive against the struggling Padres and will contend with Clayton Richard who has been a roller-coaster ride this season. The Giants are looking to sweep the series and send the Friars to their sixth loss in a row. One of the main reasons I think they’ll get it done is their record of success against Richard in the past. In three starts this year they’ve roughed him up hitting .360 off him and dropping him to 0-3 while giving him a 7.64 ERA. Confidence Meter: 7

4:10- Angelique Kerber: I’ll take Kerber over Na in the final on the women’s Final in the Western & Southern Open. Na holds the 4-1 advantage in the all-time series but the pair have split two matches this season. Both have played well to reach the finals here, but Kerber has played a little stiffer competition beating Serena and Petra Kvitova (#6) while Na went to three sets against Venus in the semis. This will be a great final, and could easily go either way but I’ll go with the higher ranked but underdog Kerber in this one. Confidence Meter: 2

8:07- Abstain: The Yankees are the pick here, but I’m a big time Red Sox fan and can’t pick them. If you can stomach it, definitely take New York and Hiroki Kuroda over the disaster that is Josh Beckett. This is a tough one for me since I have zero faith in Beckett and cannot pick my arch-rival over my team. I’ll just sit it out… What do you do when your team is in a Streak matchup you don’t think they’ll win? Let me know your strategy in the comments at the bottom of the page…

10:10- Yes Yankees get a hit in the eighth: The Yankees always come back if their behind or pile on if they’re ahead. The Red Sox bullpen is inconsistent and New York getting a hit seems to be the more likely scenerio in this prop. Confidence Meter: 3

August Results

Overall Record: 48-38

Confident Picks (5+): 20-17

Personal Streak: W1

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