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Streak For The Cash Picks, June 19 Analysis And Previews

Jun 17, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) celebrates with center Patrice Bergeron (37), defenseman Andrew Ference (21) and left wing Kaspars Daugavins (16) after game three of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden. The Bruins won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

After a breath-taking NBA Finals game last night, Streak for the Cash is back with another full streak board highlighted by plenty of Confederations Cup soccer, more MLB options, the continuing College World Series, and Game Four of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. It should be another full and exciting sports day, and these are the picks I’m going to use to try and build my streak:

6/19 Streak Picks

June 18, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth (9) center fielder Adam Jones (10) and right fielder Nick Markakis (21) celebrate after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Baltimore won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

1:08- Baltimore Orioles: The O’s have won seven of their last 10 games and look to take the rubber game in Detroit as they send Chris Tillman to the mound to take on the Tigers and Rick Porcello. Both starters have been good lately with Tillman 3-0, 1.42 ERA in three starts this month and Porcello 2-1, 1.33 ERA in his last four. Because the Orioles offense has been impressive during their latest run I’ll take them for the win in what should be a great matinee to watch. Confidence Meter: (out of 10)

3:00- Brazil wins by 2+ Goals: Brazil is at home and playing extremely well as they play a struggling Mexican team. The only hesitancy I have is that Brazil doesn’t really need this game while Mexico desperately needs the win. Mexico has been struggling to score but have only lost once in the last three years by multiple goals. Confidence Meter: 4

3:01- Yes Brazil leads at halftime: Since I think that Brazil will win, I think they’ll score at least a goal in the first half and have the lead. Confidence Meter: 2 1/2

3:45- San Diego Padres: Eric Stults is the perfect starter for the Padres to send to the mound as they try to right the ship after losing for the first time in eight games. Stults pitched a two-hit complete-game his last time out and has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last four starts and seven of his last nine. He doesn’t have the best track record against the Giants, but his current form is exceptional. He’ll be opposed by Madison Bumgarner who had a great outing his last time out in Atlanta but had struggled before that allowing 3+ runs in four of five starts. He typically is very good at home, so I don’t think the Padres are a lock although they are the better pick. Confidence Meter: 4

6:00- Italy win: Japan lost 3-0 to Brazil in their first game while Italy beat Mexico 2-1. A win here for the Azurri would virtually lock up a semi-finals bid. Japan didn’t look good enough to inspire me with confidence even though they’re getting the draw. Italy is a solid, well-coached, and internationally experienced team. Confidence Meter: 5

7:05- Washington Nationals: Gio Gonzalez has been pitching well lately even though he hasn’t been winning due to lack of run support. He has a 2.12 ERA in his last seven outings and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in seven of his last eight starts. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick has been trending the other way allowing mutiple runs in his last nine starts and seven earned runs his last time out. That start was at Coors Field, and he has been better at home on the season (4-2, 3.74 ERA). Last night Cliff Lee dominated for Philadelphia, and I think Gio gets his team a similar win otnight. Confidence Meter: 5

Jun 18, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (1) congratulates pitcher Steve Delabar (50) after a win over the Colorado Rockies at the Rogers Centre. Toronto defeated Colorado 8-3. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

7:07- Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays have started to turn their season around and look to keep rolling as they go for their eigth win in a row tonight as they take on the Rockies. They’ll give the ball to Mark Buehrle whose struggles and resurgence mirror his team’s. He started the year horribly but has been much better recently allowing three earned runs of less in his last five games. On the year, he’s 3-4 with a 4.66 ERA, but this month he’s 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Starting for the other side, Juan Nicasio has trended the other way allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings his lsat time out with a 5.09 ERA in his three starts this month. He’s allowed multiple runs in his last five starts and hasn’t reached the seventh inning in any of those starts. Toronto may still struggle to live up to all the preseason hype, but they’re playing better than Colorado right now, and at home with the better starter they make a very solid pick.   Confidence Meter: 7

8:05- Oakland Athletics: The A’s face Justin Grimm who has been horrible lately for the Rangers. The whole Rangers team has been strugling as they’ve dropped seven of their last eight and are just 5-12 so far this month. The A’s lead the division by three  coming into play tonight after winning 6-2 last night. The A’s starter Tommy Milone is 1-1 with a 2.18 ERA, but Rangers starter Grimm is 0-2 with an ERA over 11 in his last three starts. The A’s scored five runs in five innings off him in his start in Oakland earlier this season. Confidence Meter: 6

8:05- Oregon State Beavers: The Beavers meet the Cinderella Indiana Hoosiers in this elimination game in Omaha. OSU is -160 and have been playing well since the Super-Regionals when facing elimination. I think they’ll escape again and send Indiana home after their magical run. Confidence Meter: 4

8:10- Boston Bruins: Right now, the Bruins are in control of the series.The Blackhawks could change that and have come from behind in the past, but the B’s on their home ice have been great and have been able to overcome bad stretches of play thanks to great goal-keeping from Tuukka Rask. I took the Bruins at the beginning of the series, and if it wasn’t for a double-deflection they could be up 3-0. I think they’ll B strong enough again tonight and take the 3-1 series lead. Confidence Meter: 6

8:11- No 1+ teams no Power Play in 1st Period: This is a decent prop for the 1st period. No would have won in each of the first three games of this series. Not sure why over half of streakers are on yes. Could it happen? Sure, but I definitely think it’s mor likely that at least one team won’t have a power play in the first period. Confidence Meter: 4

Jun 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Portland Timbers foward/midfielder Darlington Nagbe (6) with the ball during the second half against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. Chicago and Portland ended in a 2-2 tie. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

10:40- Portland Timbers win/draw: While the Galaxy have the name recognition, the Timbers have a better record at 6-8-1 meaning they’ve earned a draw in 14 of their 15 games this season. LA has lost their last two games but has been much better at home (4-1-1) where this game will be than on the road where they’re just 2-1-5. I think the Timbers can get at least a draw here, but going into LA is never easy. Confidence Meter: 3

Streak Scoreboard

Yesterday’s Results: 8-3

Overall Record for the month: 122-108-1

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 37-14 (2-0 yesterday)

Personal Entry Results: 30-17-1

Longest Personal Streak: W9

Current Personal Streak: W6

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