Streak for the Cash Picks, June 2 Analysis and Previews

In tonight’s Streak for the Cash highlight, the Boston Red Sox offense led by first baseman Mike Napoli (12) and designated hitter David Ortiz (34) will have a tough test tonight as they take on Hiroki Kuroda (not pitcured) and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The second day of the month is jam-packed with Streak for the Cash goodness in the form of over 25 picks on the board. Not only is the board filled up, but it’s also full of variety. Things get started at the French Open this morning then this afternoon there are options from NCAA Baseball, International Soccer, NCAA Won’s College World Series, the PGA Tour, NASCAR, and plenty of Major League Baseball action. Tonight the Red Sox and Yankees play in Sunday Night Baseball and the NHL Western Conference Finals continue in Chicago.

My month got off to a solid start as I won both my personal picks. I started with Nadal and the easy green, but since I’m in Guam the 14-hour time difference forced me to miss the afternoon window. I went with the Gators softball in the early evening window which ended up going on all the way through the rest of the night picks before Florida finally got me the green in 15 innings. Find the results of all my picks at the bottom and feel free to join our Streak group by clicking here. Here’s the picks I like this Sunday:

6/2 Streak Picks

8:25- 9 Games or LessVictor Troicki and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the fourth round of the French Open and give us this prop for games played in the first set. The two have played six times in the past and both are 3-3. In those matches only three of their 14 sets have gone 10 or more, so I’ll take the under. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

May 27, 2013; Paris, France; Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) during her match against Shahar Peer (ISR) on day two of the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

11:25- Agnieszka Radwanska: Radwanska has won six of nine against Ana Ivanovic and is a slight favorite here. Ivanovic has a better history at this event, but Radwanska has won the last six meetings. Radwanska also won on clay when these two played. It’s no sure thing which the 99% of current streakers would indicate, but I do think Radwanska is the right pick. Confidence Meter: 5

12:05- Alabama Crimson Tide: Alabama and Troy have split their two meetings this season with Troy winning just a few days ago. This is an elimination game, and I think ‘Bama bounces back and gets the win. In their previous win they had their best pitcher and a big inning while I think the Crimson Tide are more solid top-to-bottom. Confidence Meter: 4

1:05- Cleveland Indians: Zach McAllister goes for the Tribe as they face the Rays in the rubber game of their three-game set. McAllister is coming off a solid first two months of the season and is 1-1 with a 1.53 ERA in three appearances against Tampa. The Rays counter with Jeremy Hellickson who has been a disaster for the last month with a 6.69 ERA in the month of May. Cleveland has been good at home (18-11) while Tampa has struggled on the road (13-15). Confidence Meter: 6

1:05- Texas Longhorns: The ‘Horns and the Gators meet in an elimination game after Texas was beaten by Oklahoma and Florida avoided elimination with a 15-inning win over a tough Nebraska team. Florida used all it had to get past Nebraska, and I think their Big-12 mate Longhorns will get the Gators today. Confidence Meter: 5

1:35- Atlanta Braves: The Braves will try and carryover their momentum from an extra-inning win over Washington last night. The Nats are struggling with injuries to both Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg and couldn’t win yesterday despite a big outing from Gio Gonzalez. Today they turn to Nathan Karns who has knocked around in his MLB debut against Baltimore allowing three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. The Braves counter with Paul Maholm who was knocked around himself in Toronto last start but typically pitches well at home. With the big advantage at starting pitcher, I’ll take the Braves to win the rubber game of the series at home. Confidence Meter: 7

1:35- Cincinnati Reds: The Reds and Pirates will try to avoid the rain and complete their three game set at PNC Park. Cincinnati has dominated the first two games with great starting pitching winning 6-0 behind Johnny Cueto Friday and 2-0 last night behind Mike Leake. After not scoring for the first two games, the Pirates now have to face the Reds best starter Mat Latos who comes in 5-0 with a 3.01 ERA. This could be a long-locked game depending on the weather and the Pirates had been good at home before this series. I’m not overly confidnent and will probably stay away, but Latos and the Reds are the pick. Confidence Meter: 5

June 1, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) congratulates Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) on his complete game victory over the San Francisco Giants during game two of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Giants 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

2:15- St. Louis Cardinals: The Giants are 9-17 on the road and have lost five of their last six. They have scored a total of seven runs in their last six road games and today face the Cardinals Tyler Lyons who has pitched well since being called up from Triple-A Memphis. He’ll be opposed by spot starter Chad Gaudin who has been good out of the bullpen, but is making his first start of the season. The Giants bullpen is coming off a double-header yesterday while the Cards should be more well-rested after Adam Wainwright’s complete game last night. St. Louis swept the double-header by a combined score of 15-1 and look to finish an impressive sweep this afternoon. Confidence Meter: 8

2:30- Germany Win: The US didn’t inspire much confidence in their poor showing against Belgium. Now they face a much tougher German squad who can definitely win if they play their best. This is just a friendly, though, so you never know what coaches may be experimenting with. Confidence Meter: 4

4:05- Oakland Athletics: Oakland has won seven in a row at home and will look to finish out the sweep of the White Sox this afternoon. Chicago will try to avoid the sweep as they send their ace to the hill-Chris Sale. Sale hasn’t allowed a run in 23 straight innings, officially. He did allow a two-run homer to the Cubs in his last start before the game was canceled. Sale has been great, but the White Sox have dropped five in a row by a total score of 31-9. They walked in the winning run last night and keep finding ways to lose. Oakland, on the other hand, finds ways to win close games and is a squad with serious momentum after a good May. It’s almost impossible to pick against Sale, but I’ll still take the A’s with just a little bit of confidence. Confidence Meter: 3

4:10- LA Dodgers: The Dodgers face Colorado in the rubber game of their three game set that has needed extra innings to decide the first two games. They’ll send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound coming off a two-hit complete-game shutout against the Angels in his last start. Ryu’s availability is in question after he took a comebacker off his foot, and I’d take the Rockies if he doesn’t get the start. I think he will though and will have enough to get the Dodgers past the Rockies especially since the Rockies starter, Jorge De La Rosa, is 0-8 with a 6.75 ERA in 14 career appearances against LA. Confidence Meter: 5

8:05- Boston Red Sox: After the Red Sox lineup exploded for 11 runs last night, they’ll face a tough task as they take on Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has won four straight starts with a 0.90 ERA and has been good against Boston in the past (2-1, 2.59 ERA). However, Clay Buchholz is expected to be back after dealing with some irritation and I think he’ll out-pitch the Yankees and the Sox new scrappy, small-ball feel gets them two out of three in NYC… I’m a Red Sox fan, and I approved this message. Confidence Meter: 4

Jun 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) covers the puck during the first period in game one of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

8:10- Los Angeles Kings: I’m taking a risk on this one, but Jonathan Quick and the Kings need to win a road game to beat Chicago. I said yesterday that the Kings could steal game two and watching game one made me lean every more that way. The Kings have the confidence of last year’s championship and have been ever-so-close on the road all playoffs. I think this is finally the one they steal although the Blackhawks are definitely the favorite in this game on their home ice. Confidence Meter: 3

8:35- Hits or tie: Both pitchers would have to be really dealing to get more strikeouts than hits in innings 3-5. Getting the tie makes it slightly more attractive, but unless both pitchers are lights out in the first and second I think hits/tie is a good pick. Confidence Meter: 5

9:45- 4 or more: A good, quick cleanup prop to try and end the night on an up-tick if you lost your way during the day. This is a prop for the number of plate appearances in the top of the 7th. Obviously, this will depend on who is batting but the odds favor not a 1-2-3 inning. This pick is subject to change based on the circumstances leading up to it. I’ll tweet out if I make any adjustments so be sure to follow @FantasyCPR or my personal @ZThomps671 . Confidence Meter: 6

Streak Scoreboard-June

Yesterday’s Results: 9-5

Overall Record for the month: 9-5

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 3-2

Personal Entry Results: 2-0

Longest Personal Streak: W2

Current Personal Streak: w2

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