Sep 29, 2012; Jonesboro, AR, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers full back Kadeem Jones (32) rushes against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Liberty Bank Stadium. Western Kentucky defeated Arkansas State 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Streak for the Cash Picks and Analysis, October 11

Can the Athletics pull out game five at home? Third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) and the rest of the lineup will have to overcome Justin Verlander for the first time all year to move on. Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

If you liked yesterday’s MLB playoff quadruple-header get ready for plenty more hardball action today as there’s four more baseball games on tap with all four as straight up picks on today’s Streak for the Cash board. There’s a little more variety today than yesterday with picks from the PGA Tour’s fall series, College Football, the WNBA, tennis, and Thursday Night Football joining the MLB on the board.

For my picks, this month hasn’t been good. Looking back, I feel like I’ve made mostly the right choices but the more unlikely thing has happened a lot this month. I’m still just below .500, but hopefully I can change that with these picks today:

Picks for 10/11

Sep 5, 2012; Queens, NY, USA; Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) returns a shot against Novak Djokovic (SRB) on day ten of the 2012 US Open at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

8:00- 21 Games or More:  A prop from the ATP Shanghai Masters gets us started this morning with Roger Federer taking on #13 Stanislas Wawrinka. Federer had dominated this head-to-head taking 11 of their 12 matches. However, in the nine “best of three” matches it’s gone 21 or more six times. In their only meeting this year, they played 22 games on the same surface (hard court) that their match will be on tomorrow. Federer is becoming less consistently dominant and Wawrinka is a scrappy player that I think will push Feds past 21 games in this one. Confidence Meter: 4

10:20- Troy Matteson or tie: If you prefer golf to tennis, take the tie and go with Matteson. It’s a close race and whenever there’s negligible difference on a nine-hole prop go with the player getting the tie. Confidence Meter: 2

1:07- Cincinnati Reds: The pressure is on Cincinnati as they’ll have to beat Matt Cain for the second time in the series to advance after coming home with a 2-0 defecit only to watch it evaporate the last two games as the Giants bounced back like they have all year. All season long, the Reds never lost three games in a row at home, and Mat Latos has been good lately and historically against San Francisco. Despite his reputation as one of the best pitchers in the NL, Matt Cain has struggled against the Reds this year going 0-3 with a 5.50 ERA counting his loss in game one. I still think Cincinnati gets it done at home, but this will be a fascinating game to watch unfold. Pick either way, but don’t miss it whatever you do. Confidence Meter: 3

4:07- St. Louis Cardinals: The Cards appear to be back in the same postseason form that helped them capture the World Series last year and have a chance to advance with a win over the Nats in Washington. The pressure continues to build on the young Nationals and so far they haven’t shown much ability to bounce back from the hits they’ve taken. Kyle Lohse returns to the mound after helping St. Louis into this position by getting the win in the wild card game on the road in Atlanta. Lohse has struggled in the playoffs in the past but is pitching well right now. The same can’t be said of Ross Detwiler who pitched well this year but ended the season on a sour note as he gave up 12 runs over his last two starts lasting just 7.1 innings. One of those starts was a pounding by the same Cardinals he’ll face tomorrow. The Nats were a great story in baseball all season, but it may come to a close tomorrow unless they can overcome the odds and extend the series. Confidence Meter: 6


7:32- Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers have surprised people this year with their 4-1 start. Their only loss was to Alabama (yes, that Alabama), and they’ve beaten Kentucky in overtime at Kentucky, and the last two weeks knocked off two bowl teams from last season in Southern Miss and Arkansas State. This week they’ll be on the road once again as they head to Troy, Alabama to take on the Trojans. Troy is 0-2 at home but have won the last two weeks. Western Kentucky has better wins and has shown it can win on the road so I’ll go with then to take this one setting up a nice game next Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. Confidence Meter: 7

8:30- Titans points from FGs and XPs: The home team has been wildly successful in Thursday Night Football games so far this season. The only home team that lost was the Panthers when they hosted the Giants. The Titans knocked off the Lions in OT in their last home game but have played three of their last four on the road. The Steelers, so far this season, haven’t been blowing people out except when they trounced the hapless Jets in week 2. They’ve played generally close games. I do think the Steeler win, but the Titans have a good chance to cover this prop at home as long as their offense can get in gear behind Matt Hasselbeck who will again start in place of the injured Jake Locker. Confidence Meter: 4

9:37- Detroit Tigers: I think it’s more likely that the Tigers win behind Justin Verlander, but to count the A’s out would be absolutely ridiculous as they’ve shown incredible resiliency all season long. It’s going to be a great end to a long day of baseball, but I think Detroit will escape and move on to the ALCS behind their ace who dominated in game one and is now 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA against Oakland this year. Confidence Meter: 3

October’s Ugly Scoreboard

Yesterday’s Results: 2-3

Overall Record: 26-31

My Entry: 17-23

Current Streak: L1

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