July 27, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) catches a fly ball during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, July 29 Analysis and Previews

In one of several solid divisional matchups on tonight’s Streak for the Cash board, the Pittsburgh Pirates send starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) to the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals in a huge NL Central series. Here, Liriano throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

There’s just three days left to build your July streak in ESPN’s Streak for the Cash. There are three early soccer matches to get us started today before another night filled with Major League Baseball. There aren’t a ton of options, but there are ways to finish the month strong if you can find the greens on today’s board. Here are the picks I’ll be watching with a quick snapshot preview and a look at where each one ranks on my confidence meter (1-10, 10 being the most confident).

7/29 Streak Picks

8:00- Any Other Result: I hate giving goals and I hate picking exhibitions. Unless you’re in the red with nothing to lose avoid this one. If you have to pick, go with the Hong Kong squad plus 2.5 on a horrible pitch playing the biggest game of their lives against Man U. I doubt the Red Devils go all out and play their starters in these conditions which can be dangerous. Confidence Meter: 1

12:00- Krasnodar Win:  Krasnodar has started the Russian Permier League season 0-1-1 as they host Amkar who has starts 1-1-0. Last season, Amkar lost 2-1 at Krasnodar although they did earn  a draw 2-2 at home. Confidence Meter: 2

2:15-VFL Bochum: Of the three soccer picks, this is the one I like the most, but I still don’t like it much. In this match from Bundesliga 2, take VFL Bochum and give the draw to Dresden. Bochum won each of their meetings last season including a 3-0 win at home where this matchup will take place. Confidence Meter: 3

Jul 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

6:10- Tampa Bay Rays: Full disclosure-I’m a Red Sox fan and really hope I’m wrong on this one. David Price has just been too good lately to pick against and threw a complete game in Boston in his last start allowing just one run. Tampa is 21-4 over their last 25 games and took two of three in Bonston last week. While I won’t pick against my team, I’d advise you to pick Tampa Bay if you’re going to get an early start on the evening slate with the 6:10 start time. Confidence Meter: 4

7:05- Pittsburgh Pirates: The Bucs come home and send their best starting pitcher to the mound in Francisco Liriano. Liriano comes in 10-4 overall but has been especially good at home going 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA. He looked sharp in his last start against the Nats in Washington and will be facing St. Louis for the first time this season. He is scheduled to be opposed by Jake Westbrook who has allowed seven hits or homre in four of his last five starts although he’s managed to work around them to go 3-2 over that span. On the road he’s struggled going 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA as opposed to in St. Louis where he’s 5-0 with a 1.28 ERA. Since the games in Pittsburgh, I think the Pirates get the win in this one especially considering the Cards are coming off getting swept by the Braves and have struggled against southpaws (like Liriano) all season. Confidence Meter: 6

7:05- Texas Rangers: Jered Weaver seems to have regained his Ace form as he leads the Angels against their division-rival Rangers. Weaver is 4-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his last six outings but he seems to always struggle in Arlington where he has a 4-8 career record with a 5.07 ERA. He’ll be opposed by Matt Garza in what should be a great pitcher’s duel. I think the Rangers are in better form and will be able to get to Weaver while Garza pitches well enough against a strugglig Angels lineup. Confidence Meter: 4

9:10- Yes 1+ XBH in 7th or 8th inning: Most of the time this prop shows up its just for one inning, but getting two here makes yes the favorite. It also depends on how close the game is and if both Weaver/Garza are locked in and still in the game or long gone and the bullpens have taken over. Confidence Meter: 3

10:10- Cincinnati Reds: The Reds had a strong start to their West Coast trip taking three of four from San Francisco, but they’ve dropped three in a row since to the Dodgers while scoring just two runs total and losing yesterday 1-0 in 11 innings. Maybe facing Sean O’Sullivan will help. O’Sullivan is 0-2 with a 4.73 ERA although he did pitch better in his last outing in Milwaukee. The Reds turn to Mike Leake who will make his first career start in San Diego looking to get his eleventh win of the season. He’s 8-2 with a 1.97 ERA over his last 13 starts and should be able to pitch the Reds to a road win. This is no lock; however, since the Reds are just 27-30 on the road and the Padres are a solid 27-23 at home. Confidence Meter: 5

Streak Scoreboard-July

Yesterday’s Results: 6-4

Record for July: 145-115-2

Record in July’s confident picks (confidence 6+): 48-18 (1-2 yesterday)

Personal Entry Results: 30-16

Longest Personal Streak: W10

Current Personal Streak: L1

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