May 11, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Colorado Rapids forward Deshorn Brown (26) leaps over fallen Columbus Crew foward/midfielder Dominic Oduro (11) at Crew Stadium. Colorado won the game 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, May 18 Analysis and Previews

In one of the day’s many Streak for the Cash options the Detroit Red Wings and center Henrik Zetterberg (40) take on the Chicago Blackhawks, defenseman Brent Seabrook (7), and goalie Corey Crawford (50) in game two of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday’s another big Streak for the Cash day with picks from the WTA and ATP tennis, the NCAA Lacrosse Quarterfinals, the Dixie Stakes and the Preakness Stakes horse races, and the IIGH World Championship hockey Semifinals. There’s also the more typical Saturday options from the PGA Tour, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NHL Playoffs, and the NBA Playoffs. Of the 25+ options, these are the picks I’ll be watching:

5/18 Streak Picks

8:10- Azarenka wins 2-0: Azarenka takes on Sara Errani in the Rome Masters semifinals. Azarenka has a 5-1 lead in the overall head-to-head and has won each of their last four meetings by straight sets including one earlier this year. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

12:32- Cornell: The Big Red are actually heavy favorites coming in at -240 and their high-powered offense is rolling along. The Buckeyes will have a hard time stopping them so don’t get caught up in just the ranking. Confidence Meter: 5

May 10, 2013; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Keegan Bradley tees off the 18th hole during the second round of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

12:40- 68 or Fewer: Bradley shot a scorching 60 on the par-70 TPC Four Seasons in round 1. He continued to play well yesterday but only finished -1 at 69. I think he’ll be back to go low on Saturday and end up four or five under par. Confidence Meter: 4

1:00- United States: The US won their quarterfinal 8-e and now take on the Swiss who are perfect so far in the tournament. It should be a great game and could easily go either way, but I think the Americans are hitting their stride at just the right time. The Swiss have a better record but the US has more impressive wins. Confidence Meter: 3

1:05- Cleveland Indians: The Tribe continued their winning ways last night with a Jason Kipnis walkoff. Today they’ll face Joe Saunders at Progressive Field which could be bad news for Saunders who is good at home (3-0, 0.94 ERA) but absolutely horrible on the road (0-4, 12.54). Saunders will need to be much better since he’ll be opposed by the consistently solid Zach McAllister who is 3-3 with a 2.68 ERA and has been even better lately going 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA over his last three outings. Cleveland has won 15 of their last 19 and are 10-2 at home since the end of April. Confidence Meter: 6

1:05- Chicago Cubs: The Cubs send Scott Feldman to the mound as they host the Mets and Jeremy Hefner. The Mets took game one of the series last night, but I think Chicago bounces back behind Feldman and gets the win. The Mets are 0-7 in Hefner’s starts this year, but it’s hard to be too confident in the Cubbies. Confidence Meter: 4

1:10- Red Wings lose by 1 or win: Chicago won game one 4-1, but I think the Wings will bounce back and give them a closer game this afternoon. Detroit and Chicago are long-time Eastern Conference rivals and this season three of their four games needed overtime to decide them. I think it’s unlikely that the Wings get blown out in back-to-back games and it wouldn’t surprise me if they level the series. My guess is this one heads to OT. Confidence Meter: 5

2:10- 19 Games or Fewer: This is the prop for the ATP Rome Masters Semi between Benoit Paire and Roger Federer. Fed has won all five sets the previous two times these two have gone head to head and only once did Paire force the game to get to 6-4. I don’t think he’ll do it twice in this one. Confidence Meter: 4

May 17, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox celebrate their 3-0 shutout victory against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

4:05- Chicago White Sox: The White Sox have taken the first two games in their four-game set with the Angels and have a big advantage in the starting pitching matchup coming into this one. Hector Santiago starts for Chicago after allowing just four earned runs in his first three starts giving him a 2.00 ERA as a starter. He has struck out 20 in his 18 innings since moving to the rotation and all his starts, including this one, have been on the road. This afternoon, he faces Joe Blanton who is 0-7 so far with the Angels and has a ERA over six. Blanton has had a few decent starts but he was pounded again last time out by the Royals allowing seven earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings. The White Sox are playing better ball and have the better starter so they make a solid mid-afternoon option. Confidence Meter: 6

5:10- Optimizer or Swift Warrior: These are the top two favorites to win, but most horse experts think this one’s pretty wide open. The field is deep but doesn’t have any other standouts making this a pretty tricky pick. I’d stay away if possible. Confidence Meter: 

6:20- Orb: The 138th Preakness is featured in this prop where it’s Derby winner Orb against the field. The problem with AOH is that the field isn’t very good in this one. Orb starts on the inside which isn’t the best, but with only nine horses in the race and a good jockey, I think he still gets part two of the triple crown before falling at Belmont. Confidence Meter: 3

7:10- Arizona Diamondbacks: Brandon McCarthy was great his last time out for the D-Backs going eight shutout innings against the Phillies. Before that start, he had been struggling but finally looked like the pitcher they thought they acquired this offseason. Tonight he’ll go against the Marlins who are just 5-15 at home after the Snakes thrashed them 9-2 last night. Arizona has won three in a row and eight of their last 11 while Miami has dropped six in a row. Confidence Meter: 6

8:05- Detroit Tigers: In the third game of their four-game series, the Tigers send Anibal Sanchez to the mound who has been in a groove over his last four starts going 2-2 but with a 2.33 ERA and 42 K’s in 27 innings. He’ll be opposed by Justin Grimm who has lost his last three starts and have given up five runs in five innings in each of his last two outings. Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit lineup will look to back Sanchez with enough run support and I think they’ll get it done. Confidence Meter: 5

May 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) shoots a free throw during the third quarter of game five in the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 85-75. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

8:10- Indiana Pacers: The Pacers will most likely be without George Hill as they look to close out their series with the Knicks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight. In their recent home games, the Pacers have looked dominant over both the Knicks in this round and the Hawks in the last round. They were excellent at home all year finished 30-11 in Indy. The Pacers won both home games in this series over the Knicks by 11 and should move on the toe Eastern Conference Finals by winning tonight. Confidence Meter: 7

9:10- San Jose Sharks: The Sharks let game two slip away in LA and now have to get a win tonight to avoid a 3-0 hole. At home, San Jose was 17-2-5 during the regular season and beat LA twice. They also won both home games in their frist round series. LA was just 8-12-4 on the road this season, and even with their momentum I think they’ll go down at HP Pavilion. Confidence Meter: 6

10:35- Colorado Rapids win/drew: In the MLS nightcap, the San Jose Earthquakes host the Colorado Rapids. San Jose is expected to welcome back Marvin Chavez who was suspended two games for an elbow, but had his suspension reduced and will rejoin the club for today’s tilt. Without Chavez the Earthquake lost 4-0 in Seattle, but had struggled even with him this season and are just 3-5-4 overall. Colorado is 4-3-4 and 2-2-2 on the road. They’ve gone 4-1-1 over their last six and earned a draw in Houston which is one of the hardest road environments to play in. I think they’ll earn at least a draw. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-May

Yestreday’s Results: 7-6

Overall Record for the month: 117-92

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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