May 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks players celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Braves 5-3 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, May 17 Analysis and Previews


In the only playoff game in tonight’s Streak for the Cash picks, the Pittsburgh Penguins and center Sidney Crosby (87) try to pull away from the Ottawa Senators and center Zack Smith (15) as they meet in game two of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Friday’s a solid day of picks on Streak for the Dash with soccer and golf setting the table for this evening’s on-going MLB season and the NHL Playoffs. There are also a few more unique picks from the 89th Black-Eyes Susan Stakes and the NCAA Women’s Softball Regional. Here’s the pick I like today:

5/17 Streak Picks 

Apr 14, 2013; Augusta, GA, USA; Adam Scott (left) is congratulated by Marc Leishman after making a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 2013 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

8:40- Marc Leishman: In this nine-hole prop Leishman squares off with Padraig Harrington. Leishman comes into this tournament coming off three straight top ten finishes while Harrington has a pair of missed cuts and a t75 in his last three. In round one, Leishman fired a -4 while Paddy shot even par. He was +1 over the nine holes covered in this prop while Leishman was -1. Giving the tie is never something I like to do over just nine holes, but Leishman’s form and recent history make him the pick in this prop. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

1:30- Charl Schwartzel: Schwartzel is in second place coming into round two after a -7 yesterday. He’s matched in an 18-hole pick here with Angel Cabrera who has -5 good enough for a t6. In the 18-hole format, the tie isn’t as much in play, and I think this is a much closer prop with both players playing well coming in. I still think Schwartzel is the better option here, but Cabrera’s been playing well too. Confidence Meter: 3

3:30- Real Madrid wins by 2+: Real Madrid can win the Copa Del Rey as they take on Atletico Madrid. They’ve won the last 10 head-to-head matchups and should be focused on this cup match since they’ve been eliminated from the Champions League and Barcelona has La Liga wrapped up. They’ll be on their home turf, and as long as they field their top squad they should win by more than one. Of their 10 wins in a row over Atletico, five have been by multiple goals. Confidence Meter: 4

3:31- Any Other Number: The question is how many people will score in the first half. One or any other number. If no one scores, or two players score, AON is the right pick. The percentages would seem to be on this side of the prop, but its a pretty creative one so props to sports_man321 for submitting it. Confidence Meter: 5

4:50- Any Other Horse: Emollient is one of the two favorites at 7/5 while Fiftyshadesofhay is 8/5. Every other horse is a bit of a long shot but getting them pushes me toward the AOH option. I’d stay away if you’ve got anything long though. Confidence Meter: 3

5:35- Arizona Lady Wildcats: Baylor and Arizona meet at College Station for this Regional in the first game of this double-elimination regional which is part of the 64-team NCAA Women’s Softball Tournament. ‘Zona finished the season winning four of their last six taking series from then-#5 Arizona State and then-#13 Stanford. Baylor is currently ranked 18th but lost their last two regular season games. Arizona has never lost a game in this double-elimination round which was added to the women’s tournament in 2004. Don’t just chase the number, go with ‘Zona. Confidence Meter: 4

May 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (33) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USA TODAY Sports

7:05- Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies look to Cliff Lee as they host the Reds tonight at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Lee has been excellent against the Reds lately toing 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA over his five most recent starts against them. In his last two starts, he’s only allowed two runs in fifteen innings. The Phillies had their three-game winning streak snapped by Cleveland in their last game Wednesday while the Reds come in having won their last six in a row. They’ll counter Lee with rookie phenom Tony Cingrani who has been excellent while filling in for the injured Johnny Cueto but lasted only four innings his last time out against the Brewers. It’s hard to pick against the Reds who are rolling, but in Phily with Lee on the mound I think the streak comes to an end. Confidence Meter: 5

7:05- Cleveland Indians:  The Indians open a four-game set with Seattle at Progressive Field having won 14 of their last 18. They’ll send Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound who has looked solid in his last three starts all of which have been wins. Tonight he’ll face the Mariners who are second in the AL West and have gone 12-5 over their last 17 games including taking the final two games in New York against the Yankees. They’ll send Brandon Maurer to the mound tonight who has been inconsistent this season on his way to 2-5. Either starter could blow up and give up a ton of runs or they could both be solid and it could be close. At home, I’ll take Ubaldo and the Tribe. I’m a little more confident in Cleveland only because they’re playing a lesser opponent than the Phillies. Confidence Meter: 6

7:10- Arizona Diamondbacks: The most popular early baseball pick will probably be the D-backs looking for their fourth straight win against the 11-30 Marlins. The Snakes have been playing well and are one of the better teams in the MLB on the road as they hit South Beach to take on the Fish. Miami will give the ball to one of their better starters in Kevin Slowey, but he’s coming off his roughest start of the season. Slowey’s defeat was part of the Marlins most recent run of futility as they’ve lost eight of their last nine. Arizona is the better team, but you never know with a single MLB game. Confidence Meter: 7

7:40- Penguins win by 2+: Pittsburgh dominated game one winning 4-1 over Ottawa and look to take a second straight at home on Friday night. It’s tough to give the goal since it eliminates any overtime win, but I think the Pens will dominate this series and take this game behind their suddenly-clicking offense and their brutally efficient power play. Ottawa is a very good home team, and if they were at home, I’d take them. However, the Pens at home are too good to pick against. Confidence Meter: 6 1/2

8:06- No Texas A&M doesn’t score a run in the 1st Inn.: A&M is a good team and favored to win this College Station regional which is the ESPN featured group. Penn is solid too though after winning the Ivy league and should be able to keep the Aggies off the board for an inning. Texas A&M could easily score, but chances favor that they won’t. Confidence Meter: 4

8:40- Colorado Rockies: The Giants rallied to win last night at Coors Field but tonight they’ll have to face Jorge De La Rosa who has been excellent lately. He has pitched 12 scoreless innings in his two starts at home and 14 straight scoreless innings overall. De La Rosa has dominated some good lineups including the Cardinals and the Yankees in his last two starts. He’ll be opposed by Madison Bumgarner who has dominated the Rockies and been good all year. It seems like this should be a low-scoring game and close late so I’ll take the home team and roll with the Rox. Confidence Meter: 3

May 11, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

10:05- Kansas City Royals: James Shields hasn’t gotten much run support from his new team, but the KC bats have come alive on the West Coast after taking two of three from LAA. He’ll be opposed in this one by Jarrod Parker who is 2-5 with a 6.86 ERA  but has come around a little lately. Oakland just dropped two of three to Texas although they did get Coco Crisp back on Wednesday. I think the starting pitching and recent performance makes the Royals a solid pick on the road. Confidence Meter: 6

Streak Scoreboard-May

Monday Results: 5-9

Overall Record for the month: 110-86

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 29-21 (2-0 yesterday)

Longest Personal Streak: W5

Current Personal Streak: W2 (Pirates and Spurs)

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