Apr 3, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley (11) drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, April 5 Picks and Analysis


In one of tonight’s stronger Streak for the Cash Picks, the Ottawa Senators head to Buffalo to take on the Sabres as they look to complete their sweep of the season series. It’s unclear if goalie Robin Lehner (shown here) or Crain Anderson will get the start between the pipes for the Sens. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Friday brings another full slate of Streak for the Cash picks with options from the PGA Tour, tennis, and soccer joining a full slate of games in Major League baseball to make up the daytime picks. There’s more picks tonight from the MLB  along with the continued playoff chase in both the NHL and the NBA.

My picks sputtered a little at the end of the day yesterday, costing me my streak. My ovrerall numbers for the month are still solid as you can see at the bottom of the post. Hopefully, I can get it rolling again today with these picks:

4/5 Picks

8:50- Jim Furyk win: This is the opening prop as Schwarzel tees off with Jim Furyk in round 2 of the Valero Texas Open. In round 1, Schwartzel was +1 over these holes with a bogey and a double along with a pair of birdies. Furyk avoided any bogeys on this side of his scorecard and shot a -1 on the back nine and -3 overall. Schwartzel is solid, but Furyk played better day one and I think he’ll win this prop by a stroke or two. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

12:15- Germany Win or Draw: The US Women’s National Team takes on Germany in Offenbach, Germany. The  USA doesn’t have all their players including Hope Solo although they did beat Germany on a neutral pitch on March 13 without her. Germany actually is slightly favored to win, so getting the draw makes them a solid option. Confidence Meter: 5

Mar 28, 2013; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Serena Williams (USA) reacts against Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) during their match at the Sony Open. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

1:10- Any Other Number: This prop is for the WTA Family Cirlce Cup matchup between Americans Serena Williams and Mallory Burdette. The two have not met competitively in any tournament because Burdette hasn’t progressed through the qualifiers this far before. Williams can definitely beat her 6-0 or 6-1 making AON the pick. Serena at times takes it easy though and may win “only” 6-2. Confidence Meter: 4

2:05- Texas Rangers: The Rangers send Derek Holland to the hill as they welcome in their former teammate Josh Hamilton and the LA Angels for their home opener at the Ballpark in Arlington. I expect Holland to have a nice bounceback season this year although the Angels have pretty good career numbers off him. I still like the Rangers to win this game since they’ll have the emotion of it being their home opener and I think Holland will pitch better than Jason Vargas who gets the nod for the Angels. The Rangers haven’t allowed a run in their last two games improving to 2-1 on the season while the Angels are 1-2 after dropping the last two games in Cincinnati. Confidence Meter: 5

2:30- Marseille Win: Marseille currently sits second in the French Ligue 1 table and comes in with an 8-3-3 record at home. They’re 4-2-1 in their last seven home matches as they host Bordeaux today. Bordeaux is ninth overall with a 5-6-4 road record and have dropped two of their last three road matches. This is expected to be a low-scoring game which makes a draw a real possibility, but I think Marseille is good enough to get the win at home. Confidence Meter: 4

4:05- Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies got their first win of the season last night behind a gem from Cliff Lee. Now they’ll open their home schedule at Citizens Bank Park as they welcome the Royals in an interleague series. The Royals send new acquisition Wade Davis to the hill while the Phillies will start Kyle Kendrick (who makes a nice fantasy baseball pickup, click here for more). Neither starter has much history against his opponent, and both teams are coming off avoiding sweeps on the road in their first series. I’ll take the Phils since they’ll be at home and I like Kendrick more than Davis as a starter this season. The weather for this one could be brutally cold and rainy which would also make me tend toward taking the home team. Confidence Meter: 6

Apr 3, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants reliever Sergio Romo (54) celebrates at the end of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Giants defeated the Dodgers 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

4:35- San Francisco Giants: The Giants are another team playing their home opener as they host the Cardinals who dropped two of three to the D-Backs in their first series. Barry Zito faces Jake Westbrook in game one of this NLCS rematch. Zito had a strong spring after a nice run in last season’s playoffs and appears to be lined up for a solid season for San Francisco. Jake Westbrook missed out on last year’s playoff matchup after getting injured, but does have a 1-1 record in his last four starts against San Francisco with a 4.24 ERA. The Giants have looked strong to start their defense of their World Series title with their only loss coming on Opening Day against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Confidence Meter: 6 1/2

7:05- Ottawa Senators: The Senators look to complete the season sweep of the Sabres having won their first three meetings by a total of only four goals. The Sens have been ale to hold onto their playoff position despite a flurry of injuries and may get their top goaltender Craig Anderson back from injury for this game. Ottowa lost their last game on Tuesday but are 6-3-0 over their last nine. Buffalo was able to pull out a win on Tuesday at Pittsburgh to snap their four game losing streak. Buffalo has struggled while the Senators are pushing for the playoffs, so I think Ottawa will get the road win in this one. Confidence Meter: 6

7:10- Washington Nationals: The Reds open their second home series against a soli opponent as they welcome in the Washington Nationals. The Nats swept the Marlins in convincing fashion winning 2-0, 3-0, and 6-1 and are the last undefeated team in Major League Baseball. Tonight they’ll send Dan Haren to the mound making his Nats debut against the Reds’ Homer Bailey. Bailey  is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in two starts against the Nats while Haren’s career April ERA is 2.94. Bailey struggled at Great American Ballpark last year, and that’s where he’ll make his first start of the season tonight. Even on the road, I think the hot bats of Washington will be enough to keep them rolling. Confidence Meter: 5

8:00- Indiana Pacers: The Thunder got a big home win over San Antonio last night and now travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take on the Pacers. Indiana is 29-8 at home and favored by three. They’ve won their last five in a row overall and just returned from a 4-0 trip through the West. Earlier this year, the Thunder won by 11 in OKC, but the Pacers won last year in Indianapolis. Both these teams are excellent home teams and since this is in Indy and the Thunder played last night, I think the Pacers get the green. Confidence Meter: 4

8:10- Chicago White Sox: Jose Quintana came out of nowhere to help the White Sox starting rotation last year, and he’ll get his first start of this season tonight as the White Sox welcome in the Mariners. Seattle earned a split of its opening series with Oakland, but will send Blake Beavan to the mound tonight who is their #5 starter who struggled last year on the road. Beavan took two losses last year against the ChiSox in two starts while Quintana got a no-decision in his only start against the M’s. Chicago’s lineup has looked solid at home while the Mariners have struggled since a big Opening Day outburst outside of Michael Morse who has been crushing the ball. Confidence Meter: 6 1/2

Apr. 3, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after beating the St. Louis Cardinals 10-9 in 16 innings at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

8:10- Arizona Diamondbacks: The D-Backs come into Milwaukee after walking off winners in the 16th inning in their rubber game against St. Louis on Wednesday. The Brewers will host their second series of the season as they opened by dropping two of three against the visiting Rockies. Arizona will have Wade Miley on the mound as they face new Brewers acquisition Kyle Lohse. Lohse  didn’t have a full spring training since he just signed and the Brewers bullpen is scary territory if the Snakes can get into it early. Miley struggled against the Brew-crew last year, but I think he’ll get off to a strong start tonight with some help from the Arizona offense which is firing on all cylinders thanks to Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado getting the job done at the top of their lineup. Confidence Level: 6

8:35- Sporting KC: Sporting KC is 2-2-1 through their first five MLS matches going 1-1-0 at home. They’ll host DC United tonight who are 1-1-2 overall and 0-1-1 on the road. KC has been able to keep a clean sheet in its last three matches, and should be able to get a win of DC who lost last their last MLS match 2-1 at home to Columbus. Confidence Meter: 4

10:35- Memphis Grizzlies: The Lakers have won four of five and are favored by 2 1/2 as they host Memphis even though the Grizz have won four in a row. Memphis has taken both meetings this season, but this is the first time they’ve met in LA. The Lakers will be without Metta World Peace and their starts have been playing a ton of minutes. They’ll have a hard time with the Grizz’s physical defense and quick guards. Ultimately, I think the Grizz get the win in this one. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-April

Yesterday’s Picks: 6-7

Picks Overall this month: 43-22

Confident Picks (over 5): 8-6

Personal Streak: L1 (lost my W3 with the Wings last night)

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