Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville (right) and general manager Stan Bowman are interviewed during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Streak For The Cash Picks, June 12 Analysis And Previews


Wednesday’s another full day of Streak for the Cash options with plenty of soccer options both internationally and in the U.S. Open Cup. There are also picks all day long from a full day of Wednesday baseball in the Major Leagues, a WNBA game tonight on ESPN2, and the big game of the day as the Stanley Cup Finals get underway. My picks have turned things around lately and are doing better after a rough start to the month. Here’s the picks I’m making for today:

Streak Picks for 6/12

8:30- Malawi Win: Malawi takes on a depleted Kenyan squad as -165 favorites to win. Malawi has had their own issues lately with players boycotting practice, but Kenya is missing five key contributors and are already basically eliminated from advancing. Confidence Meter: 5 (out of 10)

12:00- Netherlands U21 win or draw: The Dutch and Spanish have both been extremely impressive at the U21 Euro Championships in Israel. They’re both moving on and have things wrapped up after starting 2-0-0 against Russia and Germany. The only thing at stake here is group positioning and avoiding Italy in the semi’s, so I think a draw is very possible in what could easily be a finals preview. Confidence Meter: 4

Jun 01, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) throws in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

2:10- Detroit Tigers: The Tigers and Royals wrap up their three-game series with their aces on the mound. Justin Verlander and James Shields should be a good matchup. Shields has a better ERA and has been pitching better but is 2-6 thanks to virtually no run support from the struggling Royals offense. Verlander has had his own struggles lately and comes in with an ERA of 3.71. In his last six starts in a row he’s allowed three earned runs or more, but has won his last four in a row with three quality starts. I’ll go with Verlander and the Tigers offense, but this isn’t an easy pick like the 90+% of streakers on Detroit would indicate. Confidence Meter: 3

3:40- Atlanta Braves: The Padres have won the first two games in this series by a run and I think today’s will be another close contest. Edinson Volquez gets the call for the home-town Padres. He’s gotten pounded in his last two starts allowing 13 runs in just 7 1/3 innings. He’ll be opposed by Paul Maholm who has pitched well lately allowing just 3 runs in his last two starts in 13 1/3 innings. With the starting pitching advantage and a solid lineup, I think the Braves avoid the sweep this afternoon. Confidence Meter: 4

7:10- Miami Marlins: The Marlins offense isn’t quite as laughable anymore with Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison back to fortify the lineup. The Fish have won six of ten as they take on Milwaukee today facing Alfredo Figaro. Figaro has allowed eight runs and four homers in his first two starts but hasn’t received a decision. He’ll be opposed by Kever Slowey who has been solid this season but hasn’t gotten much run support. I think he’ll get enough today as the Marlins take the rubber-game and get the series win tonight. Confidence Meter: 5

Jun 11, 2013; Flushing, NY,USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) and relief pitcher Keith Butler (65) celebrate the 9-2 win against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

7:10- St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals have been dominating lastly as they take on New York and tonight send Shelby Miller (7-3, 1.91 ERA) to the mound. They fell behind 2-0 early yesterday but bounced back to win 9-2 thanks to seven unearned runs. The Cards have now won four of five and are 7-4 this month. Miller will be opposed by Dillon Gee who has pitched much better recently (2 runs in his last two starts) but still has a 5.20 ERA on the year. The Cards roughed him up about a month ago scoring six runs on nine hits in just four innings. The Cardinals are the best early pick of the night. Confidence Meter: 7

8:10- Boston Bruins: The Bruins were dead in the third period of game seven against the Maple Leafs, but a furious rally and two dominant playoff series wins later make me think they’ll win this year’s Stanley Cup. Tuukka Rask has been the best goalie in the playoffs, and the Bruins defense will be a stiff test for the Blackhawks who have had their own rally coming back from 3-1 down to Detroit. It’s hard to get a good read on this since its game one of the series, so I’m not too confident in my pick. Confidence Meter: 3

8:11- Total Power Plays: This should be a defensive series. I don’t see more than a goal or two in the first period and there easily could be more power plays than than. Confidence Meter: 4

9:05- Any Other Number: This prop is for Chicago’s 2nd period goals–one or any other number. I think that 0 is the most likely, but it’s a coin-flip prop. Confidence Meter: 3

10:05- Oakland Athletics: The A’s beat CC Sabathia last night in game one of this series and now take on Phil Hughes. Hughes has been up-and-down all season as has his Oakland counterpart Dan Straily. The A’s have taken three of the four meetings so far this season and have won eight of their last 11 overall. Oakland is especially good at home (19-10) and I think they’ll get the win tonight. Confidence Meter: 4

June 11, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers batting coach Mark McGwire (12) holds back Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams (9) as Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (8) speaks with Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson (23) in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

10:10- Arizona Diamondbacks: Arizona is 12-0 in Corbin’s starts and the Dodgers lineup has been struggling to score. The Dodgers send their own solid starter to the mound with Hyun-Jin Ryu. Both starters have been excellent and the game should be extra-tense after last night’s extracurricular activities. This will be a great game to watch if you like pitching, but it’s a hard one to predict. I’ll take the D-Backs since their lineup is more confidence inspiring than the Dodgers without Matt Kemp.  Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-June

Yesterday’s Results: 9-4 (2 MLB games pending)

Overall Record for the month: 72-66-1

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 24-14 (4-0 yesterday)

Personal Entry Results: 19-10-1

Longest Personal Streak: W9

Current Personal Streak: W2 (Cards and Dodgers

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