Streak for the Cash Picks-June 21 Analysis and Previews

June 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash doesn’t have the NBA or NHL playoffs today, but there are still plenty of picks to build your streak success with. There are plenty of baseball picks from the MLB and College World Series as well as some early golf and soccer options. Personally, I was unable to make Streak picks yesterday due to other obligations, but I’ll be back in the game today with these picks:

6/21 Streak Picks 

Jun 20, 2013; Cromwell, CT, USA; Marc Lelshman (left) and Bubba Watson (right) shake hands after the eighteenth hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC at River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

7:50- Bubba Watson: In round one, Watson shot a -7 overall with four birdies and two bogies on the front nine for a -2. Marc Leishman was actually better over the front nine at -3 but only got to -4 by the end of the day. Both these players have really solid histories at the event, and as much as I hate to give the tie I’ll take Watson since he let up the back nine while Leishman coasted a bit. Confidence Meter: 3 (out of 10)

11:00- Ghana U20 win/draw: Ghana has had a history of success at the U20 World Cup, but France’s U20 team is stacked with professionals from their top flight and are expected to do well. Historically, Ghana is 9-6-0 in in Group play and are the defending champions at this event after winning in 2009. This is a tricky pick since these squads are different than the ones that played in 2009 and  this will be their first match of the tournament. Confidence Meter: 4

1:00- Webb Simpson: Simpson went -5 in the first round while Lee Westwood was -3. Westwood would have been -5 except for a double-bogey on hole #3 for his only over par score of the day. Simpson bogeyed number one and then followed that with six birdies. Simpson’s in good form lately, so I think he’ll take this prop which means I have to give the tie for the second time today. Confidence Meter: 4 1/2

3:05- Oregon State: Oregon State plays Mississippi State in the semifinals looking to avenge their earlier loss to the Bulldogs. MSU won 5-4 in the opener so OSU needs to beat them twice to eliminate them. Mississippi State can go straight to the finals if they win, but have two chances to win and may not have as much urgency as a Beavers team that has won their last nine elimination games in Omaha. They’ll send Andrew Moore to the hill who lost against MSU the first time out, but is 14-1 with a 1.57 ERA on the year. The Beavers must win and they’ve been doing very well in those situations lately. Confidence Meter: 5

7:05- Minnesota Twins: Minnesota has won six of their last nine as they head into Progressive Field to face the Tribe. They should be able to continue their roll as they take on the struggling Scott Kazmir who has gone 0-2 in his last three starts with a 7.98 ERA. On the other side,  Twins Samuel Deduno has been pitching well lately after a rough start. He is 3-0 in his last four starts with a 1.80 ERA. He also has pitched well against Cleveland in the past with a 2-0 career record. While the Indians are a solid team at home, I think the Twins surge and solid starting pitching will be enough to get them the green tonight. Confidence Meter: 5

Jun 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) walks off the field in the third inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Blue Jays won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports.

7:07- Toronto Blue Jays: Toronto is surging as well as they take on Jason Hammel and the Orioles at Rogers Centre tonight. They’ll send R.A. Dickey to the mound looking to win their ninth game in a row. Dickey has struggled at home and lost to Baltimore twice earlier this season, but Hammel is struggling this month (0-2, 6.32 ERA) and hasn’t been able to pitch earlier this week due to a stomach virus. Both starters may struggle and I expect plenty of runs in this one that the Blue Jays ultimately pull out and get back to .500. Confidence Meter: 6

8:05- UCLA: The top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels will need to beat UCLA twice to move on to the Finals, but the Bruins pitching has been exceptional all tournament long. UCLA has allowed just 66 base runners in 64 innings. This is a classic matchup of hitting vs. pitching and I’ll go with the red-hot pitching of the Bruins to get the green. Confidence Meter: 4

8:10- Atlanta Braves: This one is pretty simple im my mind. Starting pitcher Wily Peralta is a mess for Milwaukee allowing three runs or more in six of his last seven starts and coming in with an ERA over 6 and a BAA over .300 on the season. He’s opposed by Julio Teheran in this one who has emerged as the electric talent he was touted to be even though hes’ still just 22. Teheran has allowed zero or one run in four of his last six starts and has been excelling for the last two months outside of one bad start in San Diego. The only reason the Braves aren’t even more of a mortal lock is that they can’t seem to get it together on the road where they’ve lost their last six. I think Teheran stops that streak tonight and helps the Braves to the win. Confidence Meter: 7

Jun 20, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers players celebrates the victory against the Oakland Athletics at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

8:15- Texas Rangers: The Rangers head to St. Louis trying to continue their momentum after beating Oakland in three of four over the weekend. They’ll face Tyler Lyons in the first game of the set who is 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA in his last three starts after being so impressive in his first two outings. Lyons faces off with Derek Holland who is also trying to end his struggles as he’s been hit hard by the Indians and Blue Jays in his last two starts. He has been good in interleague play and on the road, though, so I htink he’ll be able to bounce back and limit the Cardinals potent lineup enough to give the Rangers a chance to get a win against the team with the best record in baseball. Confidence Meter: 6

10:10- Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw is 5-4 on the year which would seem to be a down year until you look at his other stats. He comes in with a 1.84 ERA with a .191 batting average against, but has gotten virtually no run support whatsoever. He’s already started against the Padres twice this year and is 0-2 with a 3.97 ERA against them. However, I still think he’s the right pick tonight as he faces Clayton Richard who had been dreadful this season until his last start when he dominated the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers lost the opener last night, but I think they’ll bounce back tonight behind their ace. Confidence Meter: 5

Jun 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (18) pitches during the first inning in a game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

10:10- Seattle Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma was beaten by the A’s in his last start but should be able to bounce back tonight with at home where he’s 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA in seven starts while holding opponents to a paltry .153 average. He takes on Bartolo Colon who has been good again this year and beat the M’s in his last start. I think at Safeco the tables will be turned, though, and Seattle will get the win. Confidence Meter: 4

Streak Scoreboard-June

Yesterday’s Results: 8-6

Overall Record for the month: 146-118-1

Record in confident picks (confidence 6+): 40-17 (2-1 yesterday)

Personal Entry Results: 31-17-1

Longest Personal Streak: W9

Current Personal Streak: W7

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