Apr 16, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Raffi Torres (13) high fives his teammates after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during a shootout at HP Pavilion. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, April 18 Previews and Analysis

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In one of the best Streak for the Cash picks today, Matt Cain pitches for the San Francisco Giants as they take on the Brewers in Milwaukee trying to avoid the sweep at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday’s Streak for the Cash has plenty of picks from around the sports world if you’re looking to put together a streak headed into the last 10 days of the month. There’s picks from the PGA, the MLB, and international soccer to get things going, and then a full slate of NHL and MLB action tonight. The NBA Playoffs are coming, so make sure to join our 1-N-Done group on ESPN for fantasy hoops goodness all postseason long. Here’s our NBA-free edition of Streak for the Cash today, although there is some Euroleague for the hardcore hoopers:

Streak Picks-4/18

8:00- Jason Day: This pick’s a nine-hole prop that pits Day against Webb Simpson. I’m going Day based on his recent play although I don’t like to give the tie in such a short prop. Day is coming off a third-place finish at the Masters while Simpson has missed the cut in his last two events at Augusta and Bay Hill. Start your streak day with Day for the green. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

Sep 2, 2011; Norton, MA, USA; Matt Kuchar on the seventeenth tee during the first round of Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

12:30- Matt Kuchar: Kuch is one of my favorite golfers on the PGA Tour due to his consistency and the fact that he’s been known to sport the Red Sox logo in the past. He gives the tie in this 18-hole prop to Jason Dufner. Dufner went 72-69-75-73 at Augusta after missing the cut at Bay Hill. Kuchar’s last week went 68-75-69-73 giving him another tom ten as he continues to chase his first major. I think Kuchar gets the win here and is around the leaderboard again, but Dufner is definitely capable of going low too, so I wouldn’t put anything too long on this one. Confidence Meter: 4

1:10- San Francisco Giants: The Giants were rolling before getting to Milwaukee but have dropped the first two of their three-game set with the Brewers. They’ll look to their ace Matt Cain to be their stopper today against the Brewers top starter Yovani Gallardo. Cain and Gallardo both come in 0-1, but Cain has has two solid starts. He allowed just two runs in seven innings his last time out in Chicago and threw six shutout innings on Opening Day, but ultimately the Giants weren’t able to put enough runs on the board to get him the win either time. Gallardo has given up three, four, and five earned runs in his three starts while failing to get into the seventh. The Giants need to salvage a game in this series, and I think Cain steps up for them and the lineup scratches out enough to get him the W. Confidence Meter: 6

2:45- Panathinaikos: The Greek based hoops team Panathinaikos loks to close out their Euroleague Quarterfinal series at home as they have a 2-1 lead over Barcelong Regal. The sites I normally check for international basketball have this as a pick’ em game and the recent history backs that up since they’ve played a series of close head-to-head matchups. I’ll go Panathinaikos to close the series at home in what should be another close game. Confidence Meter: 3

Apr 15, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri (43) during the pre game warm up against the New Jersey Devils at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

7:00- Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs host the Islanders tonight at the Air Canada Centre as both teams look to move a step closer to ending playoff droughts. Toronto has won seven of their last eight home games but didn’t look good in their last game at Washington where the Caps beat them 5-1. Toronto will look to bounce back against an Islanders team that has flourished on the road all season with a 12-5-2 road record and come in on a 6-0-2 run. The two teams have played twice this season, splitting the pair with the road team emerging with a win each time. Toronto should be able to bounce back, and since they’re at home I’ll take them for the win. Confidence Meter: 4

7:05- St. Louis Cardinals: St. Louis heads to Philadelphia to start their four-game set with the Phillies with each team’s Opening Day starter on the mound. The Phillies will look to Cole Hamels to snap their three-game losing streak while the Cardinals will turn to Adam Wainwright who threw a complete-game shutout last time out against the Brewers. Wainwright was looked excellent this year ans eneters with a 2.05 ERA while Hamels has a 7.56 ERA and is still looking for his first win. The Cardinals lineup has shown a little more pop than the Phillies as well, so I think the Cards are a solid pick in this one. Confidence Meter: 6

Apr 14, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) and catcher Evan Gattis (24) celebrate after scoring runs during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

7:05- Atlanta Braves: Atlanta has looked the part of the best team in baseball so far this season as they’ve gotten off to a red-hot 12-2 start and are a perfect 6-0 away from home. They’ll be on the road again tonight as they take on the Pirates in a four-game set. The Pirates have been playing well recently, but they’ll send Jeff Locke to the mound tonight. Locke actually got the win in his first start this season but didn’t inspire much confidence as he constantly worked himself into and then out of trouble. The Braves send Julio Teheran to the hill who hasn’t been dazzling, but Atlanta has won both his starts (6-4 and 6-5). This could be a high-scoring affair since both starters have struggled, but the Braves bats have been good enough that I think they’ll win this slugfest on the road. If you take this pick, be aware it could be a long game and there is weather that could cause delays as well. Confidence Meter: 7

7:07- Chicago White Sox: The White Sox have taken the last two of their four-game set with the Blue Jays and send Chris Sale to the mound tonight against the Blue Jays newly-acquired R.A. Dickey. Dickey finally got his first win of the season last start moving to 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA. The White Sox may be dealing with their own ace-issues after Chris Sale was pounded by the Indians in his last start. Sale will look to return to form in his first career start against Toronto. Since both aces are a bit questionable, in my opinion, I’ll go with the lineup that’s hitting better and take the White Sox who trounced Toronto 7-0 last night. Confidence Meter: 3

7:30- Washington Capitals: Washington has turned things around after a brutal start to the season and have won their last eight in a row as they travel to Ottawa to take on the Sens tonight. Ottawa is really good at home 14-3-3, but there’s no way I’d pick against the Caps at this point. It’s no lock, but I’d take Washington if I had to pick this game. Confidence Meter: 2 1/2

8:35- Vancouver Canucks: The Stars and Canucks skate in Dallas tonight in an important game for both team’s playoff positioning. Vancouver is 5-0-1 in their last six trips to Dallas and have gone 2-1-1 on their current road trip. The Stars can battle their way into the playoffs if they win out, but are dealing with injuries to Alex Chiasson and Trevor Daley. Dallas will get back their starting goaltender as Kari Lehtonen is expected to return. Both teams are currently playing well, but the Canucks offense is really playing well, so I think they’ll get the win in big D. Confidence Meter: 4

10:30- San Jose Sharks: The Sharks host the Wild in a matchup of teams currently in playoff position in the Western Conference. Minnesota currently sits sixth and could fall from the playoffs easily in the compressed standings. The Sharks are surging toward home-ice advantage which would be huge for them since they’re an astounding 15-1-5 at home. Since this game is at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, I think the Sharks get their fourth win in their last five games and extend their home points streak. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-April

Monday Results: 5-7

Overall Record for the month: 132-102

Record in confident picks (confidence over 5): 37-27 (2-1 yesterday)

Current Streak: W3 (West Ham and Pittsburgh added to W1)

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