Jun 1, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew forward Jairo Arrieta (25) dribbles the ball in the second half against the Houston Dynamo at Crew Stadium. The game ended in a draw 1-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, June 5 Analysis and Previews

In tonight’s marquee Streak for the Cash game, the Boston Bruins and center Patrice Bergeron (37) look to go up 3-0 on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday means afternoon baseball joins the Streak for the Cash board giving us plenty of picks all day long. We start across the pond, though, at Roland Garros with the continuing French Open Quarterfinals. After a match from the Men’s and Women’s draw, the baseball starts up with start time from 12:10 to 3:45 sandwiching a pair of soccer picks. Tonight there’s more baseball including my Red Sox on ESPN2 along with the Bruins and Penguins in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals and even an MLS pick for variety. Here’s my thoughts on the picks I’ll be watching:

6/5 Streak Picks

Jun 3, 2013; Paris, France; Maria Sharapova (RUS) during her match against Sloane Stephens (USA) on day nine of the 2013 French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

8:10- Sharapova wins 2-0: Sharapova takes on Jelena Jankovic today in the quarterfinals of the French Open both in good form. Jankovic won 6-0, 6-2 in her last match while Sharapova cruised past Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-3. This will be their eighth head-to-head match, but their first on clay. Sharapova has won seven of those eight with two ending with Jankovic retiring. In their most recent match, Sharapova won 6-2, 6-1 but that was on hard court. Both are playing well and I think this will be a close match that Sharapova wins 6-4, 6-4 or something like that. Confidence Meter: 6

12:10- Atlanta Braves: The Braves look to finish their sweep of the Pirates today as they send Julio Teheran to the mound to oppose the Bucs’ Wandy Rodriguez. Atlanta is a 20-7 home team but have struggled against southpaws which doesn’t bode well with Rodriguez dealing. Rodriguez has a long history of dominating Atlanta, but I think Teheran should be good at home and the Braves will find a way to pull out a win late for their fifth in a row. Confidence Meter: 4

2:10- Oakland Athletics: The Brewers were one of the many walkoff winners last night (as were the Braves). Milwaukee has gone 3-2 over their last five but were just 3-13 for the 16 games before that. Oakland’s loss yesterday was their first after a mini four-game run and they are 10-2 over their last 12. The A’s send Bartolo Colon to the mound who has been pitching well lately coming in with a three-game personal winning streak with a 0.78 ERA over that span. He’ll bo opposed by the Brewers supposed-Ace Yovani Gallardo who has struggled recently even though he was able to get a win in his last start. Gallardo comes in 4-5 with a 5.05 ERA. On top of the starting pitching issue, Milwaukee also has to deal with the buzz surrounding the potential Ryan Braun suspension looming. Confidence Meter: 5

2:30- England U21 win or Draw: Take the draw with England’s U21 team which is a solid unit as they take on Italy in Group A (the toughest group on paper) in the Euro U21 championship in Tel Aviv. The odds on this are pretty much even, so I would stay away. If you have to pick though, getting the draw is always the way to lean. Confidence Meter: 2

3:45- San Francisco Giants: The Giants send Barry Zito to the mound at AT&T Park where they win whenever he starts. On the season Zito is 4-0 with a 1.40 ERA at home while he’s been hammered on the road. San Francisco has won the last 14 games he has started in San Francisco going back to August 2 of last year. He’ll be opposed by the unpredictable but recently struggling R.A. Dickey. Confidence Meter: 4

June 4, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (44) waits his turn in the batting cage prior to a game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

7:03- Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox routed the Rangers last night and are hitting the ball well in their last several games. They’ve been solid on the year at home and send John Lackey to the mound tonight who has also been good lately. The Rangers counter with Alexi Ogando fresh off the DL, so it’s a little hard to say exactly what Texas can expect from him. I’ll take the Sox playing well, at Fenway, and with a more “sure-thing” at starter. Confidence Meter: 6

7:05- Los Angeles Angels: LA almost lost five in a row to the Astros and Cubs before a last-inning rally saved them that ignominy and got them the win last night. To get a second in a row they’ll have to beat Matt Garza who has been good since returning from the DL. He has a 1-0 record to go with a 3.38 ERA in his three starts this season. For LA, Jason Vargas has been excellent after a rough start to the season allowing two runs or fewer in four in a row and six of his last seven. He’s also pitched deep into games which would be huge for the Angels bullpen. Confidence Meter: 4

7:35- Columbus Crew win or draw: The Crew are 4-5-4 as they visit Philadelphia to play the Union who are 5-4-5. Columbus has earned at least a draw in their last three MLS matches while Philadelphia has won just one of their last four. I’m surprised at the percentages on this pick since I think it is a fairly close one, but I’ll take the Crew to get at least a draw. Confidence Meter: 5

8:05- Yes 1+ HR hit during Inning 4-6: The Rangers and Red Sox have plenty of power to get a homer in this prop. It’s a risky play to count on someone to go yard, but I don’t think this will be a pitchers’ duel. Confidence Meter: 3

8:10- Boston Bruins: The Penguins goaltending has been their issue while Tuukka Rask has been excellent for Boston. While the Bruins haven’t put away other teams when they’ve had them on the ropes, they have dominated this series and coming back to their fans at the TD Garden should give them an extra boost as well. Confidence Meter: 7

9:35- No XBH in 8th inning: Usually this is a no, but it’s a flukey prop that I would avoid unless your in the red as the night winds down. Confidence Meter: 3

Streak Scoreboard-June 

Yesterday’s Results: 5-6

Overall Record for the month: 26-27-1

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 9-6 (2-1 yesterday)

Personal Entry Results: 6-2-1

Longest Personal Streak: W3

Current Personal Streak: w1 (Federer brought red, Braves got me back in the green)

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