May 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold (33) and Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis (22) battle for the puck in game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, May 6 Analysis and Previews

Monday’s another day to build your streak as Streak for the Cash continues into the first full week of May. Today’s schedule has some good options if your entry, like mine,  is struggling to gain traction and get a long streak together early in the month. Monday kicks off with Irish and English soccer with some afternoon baseball as well. Tonight features the continuing NHL and NBA playoffs along with more MLB picks and another interesting user-submitted prop. Here’s the picks I’ll be watching as I start my work week:

5/6 Streak Picks

10:00- Drogheda United win/draw: In this Irish Premier League tilt Drogheda United hosts St. Patricks. It’s always nice to get the draw with the home team especially when the home team is playing well. Drogheda has earned at least a draw in their last ten matches. The last time they did lose it was to St Patricks 1-0 at St Patricks. Overall Drogheda is 3-7-1 in league play while St. Patricks is 7-2-2 and currently in third place in the table. They have a pair of draw in their last three games but are 5-2-0 in their last seven. I think Drogheda can earn a draw in this one since they only lost by one on the road and have gotten at least a point in 10 of their 11 league games. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

Apr 30, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

2:10- Kansas City Royals: The Royals walked off winners over the White Sox yesterday and send their ace James Shields to the mound looking to complete the sweep as they face Chris Sale in a rematch of Opening Day. Kansas City has won four in a row overall and seven of their last eight against Chicago. The White Sox are just 5-10 on the road while KC is a solid 10-4 at Kauffman Stadium where this game will be played. Confidence Meter: 6

7:05- Cleveland Indians: The Tribe look to get back on the winning path after losing yesterday for the first time in seven games yesterday. The A’s and Indians both hope for continued success from starting pitchers who have had rocky starts to the season but have shown signs of turning things around recently. Jarrod Parker got his first win of the season in his last start although he still comes into this one with a 1-4 record and a 7.36 ERA. He’ll be opposed by Ubaldo Jimenez who dominated his last time out and has two great outings on the season surrounding three ugly games resulting in his 1-2 record and 7.13 ERA. Since the Tribe is at home and has ben playing extremely well recently, I’ll take Jimenez and the Indians. This matchup is extremely volatile since it really comes down to which one of these starters can be the good version of themselves, so it could easily swing dramatically either way. Confidence Meter: 3

7:05- Boston Bruins: The Bruins and Maple Leafs split a pair of games in Boston and head to Toronto for tonight’s game three. This will be the first playoff game in Toronto in nine years, but I think the Bruins will come out and set the physical tempo like they did in game one and get the home-ice advantage back. Both teams have been the more physically dominant in their wins, but I’m picking Boston to use their playoff experience and get the win in this hostile environment. Confidence Meter: 4 1/2

7:07- Atlanta Braves: Atlanta gets Brian McCann back from his DL stint as they head ton Cincinnati to take on the Reds. Both Bronson Arroyo and Paul Maholm have had solid starts to the season although lack of run support has kept their record from being outstanding. Both starters have also been solid career numbers against their opponent so don’t expect a lot of runs. McCann has very good career numbers against Arroyo (9-18, 4 HR) and I think his return buoys the Braves to the road win in this one. Confidence Meter: 4

May 4, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson (2) shoots over Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) in game seven of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center. Bulls win 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

7:11- Bulls FG Made: The Bulls FG made is pitted against LeBron’s points in this first-half prop. In all four of the games where the Bulls and Heat met this season, the Bulls FG made would have won even giving the tie. LeBron and the Heat will be well rested but could be a bit rusty in the first half. Ultimately, I think they Heat coast in this series, but I don’t think LeBron puts in more than 15 points in the first half. The Bulls made 16 or more first half FG’s in 78 of their 89 games this season, so I think they’re the smart pick in this one. Confidence Meter: 7

7:35- New York Rangers:  The Washington Capitals took care of home ice in games one and two, but  now head to Madison Square Garden for game three. The New York Rangers were solid at home this season (16-6-2) and are getting solid goaltender play from star Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist and the Rangers should be able to get the win as they return home and possibly welcome back injured Ryane Clowe. The Rangers offense could use his help after failing to score in their last six periods including their 1-0 overtime loss. I think coming home will help the Rangers get their offense in gear and their solid net play will get them the green. Confidence Meter: 5

8:05- Texas Rangers: The Rangers face their former teammate Scott Feldman as they hit Wrigley for a makeup game from their series earlier this season. Feldman is just 2-3 with a 3.34 ERA but is coming off a brilliant performance in which he held the Padres to two runs on three hits while striking out 12 in a complete game win. He’ll be opposed by Nick Tepesch who struggled his last time out but is 2-2 since being called up to the Bigs with a 3.54 ERA. I doubt Feldman is as good as his last outing in this one or that Tepesch is as bad. The Rangers have won three in a row after sweeping Boston while the Cubs were on the other end of a sweep dropping four in a row to the Reds. The Cubs bullpen is a mess, and their lineup continues to struggl. I’ll take the Rangers to get the road win over Feldman and the Cubs. Confidence Meter: 5

9:45- Spurs win by Double Digits: San Antonio hosts Golden State in their series-opener at the AT&T Center where the Warriors haven’t won a game since 1997. The Spurs are 8 1/2 point favorites and should be able to win and cover in this one. I trust Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich to have his guys ready to roll and as a veteran team the extra time off should only help them. The Warriors will make this a series by winning at home, but I don’t see them getting game one on the road after losing by seven and 11 in their two trips to San Antonio earlier this season. Confidence Meter: 4

10:05- LA Kings: The Kings can level their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues tonight at Staples Center. The defense in this series has been every bit as good as anticipated and the goaltender play exceptional. In each of the first three games, the home team got a one goal win and I see more of the same in this hard-nosed, ultra-competetive series. Confidence Meter: 6

Apr 24, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at AT

10:15- San Francisco Giants: The Giants come in off a sweep of the Dodgers as they how the Phillies in a three-game set starting tonight. AT&T park is a huge home-field advantage for the Giants who are 11-4 at home this season. Their starter Madison Bumgarner is especially excellent at home and is off to a great start to the year with a 3-0 record and a 1.55 ERA. The Phillies counter tonight by sending Cliff Lee to the mound trying to bounce back from a rough outing in Clevleand. He’s pitched well but hasn’t won lately in San Francisco. The Giants have won six in a row and seem to be rolling right along and playing extremely well together as a team. The Phillies haven’t been able to get much going, so I think San Francisco gets the green in this one. Confidence Meter: 7

Streak Scoreboard

Yesterday’s Results: 8-7

Overall Record for the month: 35-33

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 9-9

Current Personal Streak: W2 (Dodgers hits and Sharks win)

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