May 4, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) is pulled from the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning at AT

Streak for the Cash Picks, May 20 Analysis and Previews


One of the Streak for the Cash options for tonight is the Dodgers as they send Clayton Kershaw (22) to the mound tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Editors note: Multiple exposure photo) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. The Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Monday is the start of a whole new week for Streak for the Cash. Even though the schedule is a little light, there are picks from soccer, baseball, and the NHL Playoffs that can help build your streak. Here’s the options I like today:

5/20 Streak Picks

11:00- Anzhi Makhachkala win: Anzhi is -150 to win coming in 14-8-6 overall in Russian Premier League play. At home they’re even better at 9-5-0. They’ll host Lokomotiv Moscow in today’s opener who is a solid 6-4-4 on the road and 11-7-10 overall. They lost their last game 4-1 to CSKA Moscow but had won three in a row before that. It’s not a great pick, but I’d take the home team Anzhi to get the win. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

May 15, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (18) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

12:05- Seattle Mariners: Yes, the Indians are hot having won 17 of 21 and trashing Cy Young winner after Cy Young winner. However, they have struggled at times against younger, emerging talent like Hisahi Iwakuma. Iwakuma has been great all year and in very situation going 5-1 with a 1.84 ERA. He’ll be matchup up against Tribe reclamation project Scott Kazmir who struggled in his last outing and comes in 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA. The Mariners will be looking to avoid the sweep, and with such an advantage at starting pitcher I think they’ll get it done. Confidence Meter: 4

1:07- Toronto Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey tries to build on his last two solid outings as he and the Blue Jays take on Tampa. Just two starts ago, Dickey help Tampa to a pair of earned runs at the Trop while striking out five in six innings and earning a no-decision. He was opposed in that game by David Price who the Rays have lost to the DL since. Instead, he’ll me opposed by Jake Odorizzi who pitched well at Triple-A Durham but will be making his Major League Debut. Tampa should be rested after a rainout in the Bronx on Sunday. Confidence Meter: 5

2:45- Yes both Teams Advance: In the League of Ireland Cup it’s the Bohemians and Drogheda United who are both heavily favored to advance. Anything can happen since it’s cup play, but the most likely outcome is that they both move on. Confidence Meter: 3

7:07- New York Yankees: No need to look much further than the pitching matchup in this one. It’s CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.19 ERA) against Freddy Garcia (0-2, 5.51 ERA). Garcia used to pitch for the Yankees and will be trying to help his new club snap a five-game losing streak. I actually hope the O’s pull this one out as a Red Sox fan, but they seem like a pretty solid pick on the board mostly because its Monday Night Baseball on ESPN. Confidence Meter: 7

May 18, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) skates with the puck against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of game two of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

7:40- Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks are favored to take game three in Detroit and should be able to bounce back and regain control of the series after dropping game two. The Wings were a solid 13-7-4 at home but the Blackhawks are a more talented team and like the Pens in the first round should be able to seize back the initiative in the series with a pivotal win in game 3. Confidence Meter: 4

8:05- Texas Rangers: The Rangers just took three of four from the Tigers beating Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez while improving to 14-5 at home on the season. Tonight, they welcome in their division-rival A’s who they took two of three from last week in Oakland. They’ll turn to converted-reliever Josh Lindblom for the start tonight who has been doing very well at the Triple-A level. He’ll be opposed by Bartolo Colon who got a no decision for his last outing which came against Texas allowing three runs while pitching six. The Rangers have won nine of their last eleven while the A’s had lost eight of ten before sweeping the Royals over the weekend and have lost 12 of their last 16 on the road. I’ll take the Rangers at home fairly confidently. Confidence Meter: 7

8:10- Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw is on the mound for the Dodgers as they visit Miller Park and take on the Brewers. Both teams come in 17-25 and both have struggled lately. The Dodgers have dropped their last three in a row while the Brewers are finishing up a 2-8 road trip. They’ll try to counter Kershaw with their own ace Yovani Gallardo, but Gallardo is just 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA and is 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in his last three outings. Kershaw has been excellent lately but hasn’t got much run support. I think the LA lineup will maange to get him enough today, though. Confidence Meter: 6

10:15- San Francisco Giants: In the other options there are some good pitchers, but in the Nats-Giants game there are two struggling starters. Zach Duke comes in 0-0 8.40 in nine games while Ryan Vogelsong actually has a win coming in at 1-4 but a dreadful 8.06 ERA in his 41 1/3 innings. Either starter could turn it on, but my guess is this is a long, drawn-out, high-scoring game that the Giants pull out at home. Confidence Meter: 3

Streak Scoreboard-May

Yesterday’s Results: 14-4

Overall Record for the month: 141-102

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 38-23 (4-2 yesterday)

Longest Personal Streak: W5 (twice)

Current Personal Streak: W1 (AOR after Sporting KC broke by streak)

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