Streak for the Cash Picks, April 12 Preview and Analysis

In one of today’s best Streak for the Cash Picks, Adam Scott gets the tie around Amen Corner in a head-to-head prop with Sergio Garcia in the second round of the 2013 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash returns to its normal jam-packed format today after a solid Super Thursday stunt day yesterday. Friday’s schedule is full of options for you build your streak with as the board is packed with options from the NHL, MLB, and NBA tonight after some international soccer and golf from the Masters gets us started this morning. Here’s a quick look at the matchups I’ll be watching throughout the day:

4/12 Streak Picks

8:55- Steve Stricker: This day-opening nine-hole prop featured Stricker giving the tie against Nick Watney. Both started poorly yesterday with Stricker shooting a +4 over the first nine and Watney shooting +3. The second half of the round is what makes me go Stricker here, as he shot a -3 on the back nine and finished one over while Watney shot +3 again on the back 9 to finish +6. Stricker seemed to find his form on the second nine yesterday, and I think he’ll carry it over to his start today. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

12:00- Dynamo Moscow win or Draw: Getting the draw at home, Dynamo Moscow hosts Russian Premier League-leading CSKA Moscow. Dynamo currently sits mid-table but is 6-0-4 at home and have won  their last six in a row in RPL play at home. In all RPL play, they haven’t lost since November 4 going 6-2-0 since then. Dynamo has also earned at least a draw in each of their last seven RPL matches against CSKA Moscow. While CSKA sits atop the table, I think theere’s enough reasons to take Dynamo at home. Confidence Meter: 5

12:22- Adam Scott or Tie: Amen Corner is the famous three-hole stretch from holes 11-13 at Augusta National. Yesterday, both Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia made par-par-par through this stretch. This matchup is a three-hole prop, bringing the tie very much into play which makes Scott the better play here in my mind. Confidence Meter: 6

1:21- Par: Mickelson was one of only 10 players in round 1 who birdied this hole, and I don’t think he can do it two days in a row. Check how the hole is playing with tomorrow’s pin location, but I think par is the most likely outcome. Confidence Meter: 5

Apr 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo (53) is safe at home past the tag of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) in the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

2:20- Chicago Cubs: Taking the Cubs is always a risky proposition, but I think they’ll ge the win in this Windy City matinee. The Cubs will send Carlos Villanueva to the mound with his 1.35 ERA as they try to extend the struggles of Giants ace Matt Cain. Cain looked good on Opening Day but gave up nine runs in 3 2/3 last time out against St. Louis. The Cubs gave away the game yesterday, but I think they’ll hold on today and the Villanueva will outduel Cain. Confidence Meter: 3

2:37- 6 Strokes: This prop is for the total score of Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley on the Par 3 16th. Yesterday there were 10 birdies, 71 pars, and 12 bogeys at this hole. That means that 22 players made something other than par and 71 players made par. It’s a close call based on those numbers whether both will make par, and both made par yesterday. Again, check how the tournament is going, since weather and pin location could easily make the bogeys start flowing. If I change my pick, I’ll let you know on Twitter @FantasyCPR. Confidence Meter: 4

5:27- Any Other Score: Despite his reputation for killing Par 5′s, Tiger has put up a five on the Par 5 15th in each of his last five rounds. He could easily make birdie, but the recent trends make AOS the slightly better pick. Confidence Meter: 3

Apr 11, 2013; Augusta, GA, USA; Rickie Fowler (right) talks with Padraig Harrington (left) on the 18th green during the first round of the 2013 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

6:24- No Birdie from Day, Fowler, Harrington on Par 4 18: There were only half-a-dozen birdies on this hole in round 1, none coming from this group. Day bogeyed, Fowler parred, and Harrington bogeyed. Again, much depends on pin location so watch the early round results, but I don’t think one of these three is likely to get a -1 here especially at the end of the day when things are expected to be a bit breezy. Confidence Meter: 6

7:00- St. Louis Blues: St. Louis travels to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets looking to sweep the season series after winning 4-1, 2-1, and 3-1 earlier this season. St. Louis has won their last six in a row and have been great on the road all year (14-7-1). The Blue Jackets got a win on Tuesday, but they have gone just 4-4-1 over their last nine. Columbus needs the win for the playoffs, but I think the Blues take the three points in this one. Confidence Meter: 4

7:05- Cleveland Indians: The Tribe will try to play their first game in three days after back-to-back rainouts cost them their last two games against the Yankees. The Indians will get to send their ace out to the hill again as Justin Masterson takes the hill against Jose Quintana and the White Sox. Masterson is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA while Quintana got knocked around in his first start and comes in with an ERA of 11.25. Since the Indians are at home and they have the better starter, I think they’ll get the win in this one. Confidence Meter: 5

7:05- Pittsburgh Pirates: The Bucs host the Reds tonight in a game where weather may play a role, so proceed with caution. The Reds were beaten badly in their last two games by the Cardinals and turn to Mike Leake to right the ship. Leake didn’t have a great start in his first start and has a 2-3 record in 11 starts against the Pirates. He’ll be opposed by AJ Burnett who is still looking for his first win despite two solid starts. I think if they play this one, Pittsburgh can continue the Reds slide as they come home and get a much-needed win. Confidence Meter: 3 1/2

7:05- Washington Nationals: The Nats host the Braves and will send Ross Detwiler to the mound against Julio Teheran. I previewed this game as part of my spot starter post. As I said there, Detwiler is good at home and should be able to overcome the Braves in this great NL East showdown between two of the teams playing better baseball to start the season. Confidence Meter: 4

Apr 6, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher John Lannan (27) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Royals 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

7:10- Philadelphia Phillies: The Phils face the fish in Miami in the first game of the other NL East series of the weekend. The Marlins are last in the Majors in scoring and John Lannan looked solid in his first start of the season. He should have another solid one against the Marlins tonight. Confidence Meter: 7

8:15- St. Louis Cardinals: The Cards face an old friend as Kyle Lohse comes back to St. Louis after signing this offseason with the Brewers. Lohse and his new team come in off two days off thanks to bad weather in Chicago but just a 2-6 record overall. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have won four of their last five and are coming off back-to-back impressive wins over the Central Division favorites, the Cincinnati Reds. They’ll turn to Shelby Miller who won his first start of the season last week against the Giants. Since St. Louis is at home and playing well, I think they’ll welcome Lohse back by giving him a L and getting a green in Streak. Confidence Meter: 6

8:35- Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets travel to Dallas as they try to cling to the three-seed in the West. Dallas was officially eliminated from the playoffs after losing their last game to Phoenix while the Lakers won later on Wednesday to officially elimiate them. The Mavs may not play their stars, while the Nuggets still need the game, so I think they’ll get the win and complete their season series sweep having won the first two games between the teams earlier this season. Confidence Meter: 6

9:05- Phoenix Coyotes: The Coyotes aren’t great on the road (5-9-5) but they got a big win their last time out in Edmonton and have now won four of their last five games and are 5-1-2 in their last eight. The Flames, on the other hand, are good at home (10-8-2), but haven’t played well of late having lost six of seven including their last game on Wednesday when they visited Vancouver. I’ll take current form over the home-road splits in this one and take the Coyotes to beat the Flames in Calgary. Confidence Meter: 5

10:05- Detroit Tigers: The A’s host the Tigers looking for their eighth win in a row. The A’s send Bartolo Colon to the mound for his second start of the year. I don’t trust Colon against the Tigers though who crushed him last year in their only meeting scoring eight runs in 2 1/3 innings. Colon is a decent starter at this point in his career and still dominates weaker lineups, but the Tigers lineup is far from a weak one and I think they’ll get some runs tonight. They may not need too many with Max Scherzer on the mound who west 1-0 against Oakland in two starts last year with a 3.24 ERA. Scherzer didn’t look great against New York in his first start of this season, but I think he’ll have enough going to night to stop the Oakland winning streak. Confidence Meter: 4

10:10- Texas Rangers: The Rangers send Yu Darvish to the hill looking for his third win in as many starts as they take on Seattle who counters with Hisashi Iwakuma who has been solid in his first two starts as well. The Mariners dropped two of three to the Astros in Safeco before last night’s series opener, while the Rangers have played well since losing on Opening Day to the Houston. The one caveat to going with Yu in this one is that he’s been crushed (0-2, 9.58 ERA) at Safeco. I think he’ll exorcise those demons tonight with a solid game and ultimately a green for Texas. Confidence Meter: 5

April 08, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Michael Cuddyer (3) high fives teammates after scoring a run on a double by third baseman Chris Nelson (not pictured) during the sixth inning at AT

10:10- Colorado Rockies: The final game on the board is a rematch from last week of Jon Garland for the Rockies against Tyson Ross of the Padres. The Rockies won the game the pair started last week and looks to get back on track after getting swept by the Giants. Colorado won the first gate 6-3 as part of their sweep of the Padres. I think they’ll bet back in the win column tonight. Confidence Meter: 6

Streak Scoreboard-April

Stunt Results (not counted in totals): 13-15

Wednesday Results: 8-4

Overall Record for the month: 88-60

Record in confident picks (confidence over 5): 21-18

Current Streak: w2

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