May 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and small forward Sam Young (4) react during the first half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, June 1 Analysis and Previews


The start of a new month means everyone starts back at zero with a fresh, clean slate for June. Hopefully, you were able to close May out well on yesterday’s lighter schedule since things pick right back up today. There’s over 20 options to build your streak on Saturday including some fairly favorable odds.

Today starts with the French Open on NBC with a pair of head-to-head matchups with clear favorites. Later this morning and into the afternoon there are soccer matches from Spain, Germany, and Panama and Women’s College World Sereis in Oklahoma City. Major League Baseball joins the board at 4:00 with five starts in the 4:00 window. Tonight the NHL Conference Finals get started with a pair of game 1′s. There’s also more baseball tonight, a pair of MLS games, and Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals for LeBron and the Heat in Indiana. Here’s the picks I’m watching today:

6/1 Streak Picks

May 31, 2013; Paris, France; Rafael Nadal (ESP) reacts during his match against Martin Klizan (SVK) on day six of the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

8:45- Rafael Nadal: Nadal is heavily, heavily favored and on clay there’s really no way to pick against him. He’s -5000 to win. This is a Streak gift to start the day and should be everyone’s first green of the month. Could an upset happen? Sure, but it’s not veyr likely. Confidence Meter: 10 (out of 10)

11:00- Real Madrid wins by 2+ Goals: Madrid doesn’t need this win and Osasuna has nothing at stake either in the final Primera standings. Madrid has won 13 of the their 18 home ames by multiple goals and are -123 to do so today. That seems about right to me since I think it’s the pick, but not a super-strong one. Confidence Meter: 3

12:05- Tennessee Lady Vols: The Vols knocked off Florida 9-2 and have been playing well having won six in a row in the tournament. They’ve won those six games by a combined scored 34-7 and look to be rolling at just the right time. Confidence Meter: 5

4:05- Detroit Tigers: The Tigers send Justin Verlander to the mound trying to bounce back from last night’s walk-off loss. Despite his recent struggles, the Tigers ace has dominated the O’s going 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 11 career starts. For many of those years, Baltimore was a pretty hapless bunch, but they’re picking up steam now after winning eight of their last 11 while Detroit’s lost four in a row. I still think Verlander makes the Tigers the pick, but I’m not very confident in them because Baltimore’s playing well. Confidence Meter: 4

4:05- Philadelphia Philles: The Phillies and Brewers played an entertaining 8-5 game last night as struggling aces Cole Hamels and Yovani Gallardo continued to struggle. Today it’s Michael Fiers who gets the start against Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd looks to bounce back from a tough outing in Boston but has been solid before that start. On the other side, Fiers has been in the bullpen most of the year but has started two games. In those two starts he’s allowed 10 runs in nine innings. Milwaukee won yesterday for the third time in their last 12, and at home I think the Phillies bounce back and take the second game of the series. Confidence Meter: 5

4:10- New York Mets: The Mets and Marlins meet in Miami in this NL East series. The Marlins took game one 5-1 ending their nine-game losing streak and also snapping the Mets five-game winning streak. Today the Mets give the ball to Collin McHugh in his first start of the season as he takes on Jose Fernandez. McHugh did well at Triple-A (as I discussed here) while Fernandez has struggled a bit lately. It’s not a lock, but I think the Mets are the best pick in the 4:00 window. Confidence Meter: 6

Mar 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) shoots the puck against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Keaton Ellerby (5) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

5:00- Chicago Blackhawks: Chicago narrowly escaped the last series against Detroit but won three in a row to do so. Tonight they open against the Kings at the United Center. The ‘Hawks took two of three from LA during the regular season with two games decided by just a goal. This will be a long drawn-out series, and home ice will play a huge role like it did in the last one. I think the Kings can win if they steal game 2, but LA has not been great on the road in the regular season or playoffs. I’ll take Chicago in seven. Confidence Meter: 5

7:05- Florida Gators: The Gators are the #2 team in the country and are heavily favored to take on Nebraska. The Huskers lost to Washington in their first game while Florida fell to Tennessee. Both face elimination, and I think the Gators are the ones who avoid it in this one. Confidence Meter: 6

7:15- Atlanta Braves: The Nats take on the Braves after getting the win last night despite losing Stephen Strasburg to injury. Tonight, Gio Gonzalez gets the call for Washington coming off a tough loss against Baltimore while Tim Hudson looks to rebound from his recent struggles for Atlanta. Both pitchers have face the opposing team twice this season. Hudson allowed two runs in a total of 14 innings while Gonzalez allowed 12 in just nine innings in his two starts. Confdience Meter: 4

March 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jay Pandolfo (29) breaks up ice with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) poke checks him from behind during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

8:00- Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins open at home after a lengthy layoff for both teams. I’m not sure what to expect in the series, but the Pens offense has been great so at home I’ll skate with the Penguins. Confidence Meter: 5

8:35- Indiana Pacers: The Pacers have dominated the Heat down low this series with a combination of Roy Hibbert and David West. The Heat frontcourt will be even thinner without the Bird-man as Chris Andersen serves his one-game suspension. The Pacers are a good home team and the Miami role players like Udonis Haslem sometimes struggle to step up on the road. Miami is 2 1/2 point favorites, but I’ll take the Pacers at home. Confidence Meter: 4

8:36- Any Other Player: This prop is for the first field goal made by Indiana. It’s Paul George or George Hill vs the rest of the team. I’ll take Hibbert, West, or Stephenson due to the Pacers advantage on the blocks. This is a classic streak jump-starter and can get you a quick win. I’ll stay away if I’m on a winning streak. Confidence Meter: 3

9:05- FC Dallas win/draw: Dallas visited Denver to take on the Rapids in this MLS match. Colorado comes in 5-4-4 while Dallas leads the Western Conference at 8-3-2. Colorado is always good at home due to the elevation and has been playing well winning their last two home matches and going 3-2-0 in their last five overall. Dallas beat Colorado 1-0 at home to start the season and are 7-3-1 in their last 11. I think they’ll earn at least a tie in this one. Confidence Meter: 6

May 31, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) is congratulated by first baseman Adam Lind (left) after a home run during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

10:05- Toronto Blue Jays: The last game of the day is a solid option as the Blue Jays take on the Padres at Petco. The Padres used Clayton Richard in relief last night who was scheduled to start this game. Instead, they’ll turn to Robbie Erlin who has given up two runs in his two innings on the MLB level this season. He’ll be opposed by Mark Buehrle who struggled early in the season but has improved allowing two earned runs or less in three of his last four starts. Last season, Buehrle  threw a complete-game at Petco allowing just five hits and one run. While I don’t think he’ll match that performance, I do think he’ll pitch wel enough for the Jays to bounce back and win the game after a frustrating loss last night. Confidence Meter: 6

Streak Scoreboard-May

Overall Record for the month: 213-165

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 54-32

Longest Personal Streak: W5 (twice)

 

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