Friday is the day baseball fans have been salivating over with two sudden-death Wild Card games on the schedule both of which are picks among the 11 currently on the board for today’s Streak for the Cash. There’s also some more Russian hockey, PGA golf, and German and Spanish soccer to start the day before first pitch. If baseball’s not your thing, tonight’s menu offers college football and the WNBA as an alternative.
Yesterday, my picks finally started to gain a bit of traction and I got my streak to a W4. My overall record for the month is still not-so-good as you can see at the bottom of the post, but my most confident picks went 3-0 yesterday with green coming my way from Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Vijay Singh, and Arkansas State. Here’s my picks for today.
Picks for 10/5
9:00- Five or more Goals: History would indicate this game will go over. Salavat Yulaev has 30 goals in 12 games (2.5 average) and Neftekhimik has 35 in 12 games (2.8 GPG). While that would indicate over, just barely, the real clincher is when you look at the last times these two teams have squared off the total goals have been 7, 8, 7, 8, and 7. Both teams are scoring more recently, so I think it’s a safe bet to pick the over even though the majority of Streakers are headed for the under. Confidence Meter: 5
3:03- Nick Watney: Watney is matched in this prop with Charley Hoffman with Hoffman getting the tie. Both golfers shot a -1 over the front nine in round 1, so I’m not sure I get the 92-7 split that exists at time of writing. I do agree that Watney is the better option though as he’s the more consistent golfer and has been playing better as of late. The golfer giving the tie got the green for me yesterday (Vijay Singh) and I’ll go against the draw for the second day in a row. Confidence Meter: 3
5:07- Atlanta Braves: Click here for full analysis of the MLB Wild Card games. Confidence Meter: 7
7:06- Ryan Nassib: Tino Sunseri has more first hal passing yards this season, but he hasn’t played the solid D’s in USC and Minnesota that Nassib has had to face. While both of these players will pile up yards in what I think will be a shoot out, I think Nassib is the better QB, has the better weapons, and will be facing the weaker defense. Go Orange! (or at least go Nassib) Confidence Meter: 5
8:37- Baltimore Orioles: Speaking of going Orange, I know I’m taking the upset here, but I think Baltimore pulls this one out. Click here for full analysis of the MLB Wild Card games. Confidence Meter: 3
10:20- Utah State points from FGs + XPs or tie: BYU will host a tough Utah State team in Provo in an in-state battle. The Aggies have started the year 4-1 with their only loss coming to Wisconsin in Camp Randall by only two points when Utah St missed a late FG. BYU is coming off a trouncing of Hawaii where they held the Warriors scoreless while hanging 47 on them. Their two losses were also close games with Boise State beating them 7-6 and Utah beating them 24-21. They haven’t lost at home, and if it was a straight up pick I’d lean BYU. It’s not straight up though, and I think Utah State’s kicking game will get enough points to cover in what shapes up to be a low-scoring game. Confidence Meter: 5
Yesterday’s Results: 3-3
Overall Record: 8-12
My Entry: 7-8
Current Streak: W4