Jul 16, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; National League pitcher Matt Harvey (33) of the New York Mets throws a pitch in the first inning of the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, August 1 Analysis and Previews

Can the  Los Angeles Angels and center fielder Mike Trout (27) bounce back after a tough series in Texas? That’s one of today’s picks on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

A new month and a clean slate for all Streak for the Cash entries greats us this morning on this Thursday, August 1. Today’s board has a typical mid-summer mix of Major League Baseball, international soccer, and a couple WNBA games thrown in as well. Streak for the Cash’s twitter has told us to be ready for plenty of props as we get into football season, so that promises to be exciting, but to start off the month most of the picks are straight up head-to-head’s on today’s board.

Yesterday, AMZullo7668 went for the win of the month by taking the Rays to win the 50K. I wrote yesterday that I would have taken the Tigers, but I didn’t have a 22 game winnings streak like he did. The Rays unfortunately let them down and instead GMS18 took the win of the month with an impressive 29-2-1 record. My picks did pretty well too as you can see at the bottom of the page in our final July scoreboard. I’m going to do as many previews as I can this month starting with these picks for today:

8/1 Streak Picks

July 18, 2013; Gullane, United Kingdom; Dustin Johnson reacts at the 5th green during the first round of the 2013 The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Paul Cunningham-USA TODAY Sports

9:20- Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott or Tie: This is a pretty creative user-submitted prop to get us rolling for the month as DJ and Scott face Tiger and Hideki Matsuyama in this nine-hole prop. I like all four of these golfers to have a strong tournament, but the least certain in my mind is Matsuyama so getting the tie going against him is the way I’ll go. I’m not super-confident in it, but it’s a cool prop to start the month with. Confidence Meter: 3 1/2 (out of 10)

12:05- Cleveland Indians: The Tribe continues to play well as they look to complete a sweep of the Sox against Chicago’s ace Chris Sale. The Indians counter with their own #1 starter in Justin Masterson. Sale is the better starter, in my opinion, but as his 6-10 record indicates the White Sox don’t back him up like they should. The Indians beat Sale behind a shutout from Masterson about a month ago, and I think they’ll get the win again because they’re playing much better as a team. I’d take Sale over Masterson, but the Indians (or #windians) over the White Sox. Confidence Meter: 4

12:15- AC Milan: Milan is the better team, but it’s hard to tell how much this match means to them. Confidence Meter: 3


12:40- New York Mets: Harvey gets the start in Miami against the lowest scoring team in the Major Leagues. The Mets have taken two of three from the Fish this trip to Miami and behind their ace should be able to close out the series win. Harvey has allowed just one unearned run in his last two starts allowing just eight hits in 15 innings while striking out 17. As NL East division foes, he’s faced the Marlins three times this season with a 3.12 ERA and three no-decisions. In this one, he’ll be opposed by Tom Koehler who has already pitched 10 innings against New York and allowed only four runs. The Mets are a hard team to back confidently, but they’re the pick in this one simply because they have Matt Harvey on the mound. Confidence Meter: 5

1:10- Kasas City Royals: The Royals turn to James Shields as they look to finish their sweep of the Twins in Minnesota. The Royals have won nine of the 12 meetings between these two teams this season and have the better starter making them a solid pick. Confidence Meter: 6

2:45- Swansea City Win: The Swans are heavily favored (-225) as they host Malmo FF. Swansea is at home and need to take the lead before getting to the 2nd leg on the road. Confidence Meter: 7

7:00- Indiana Fever: The Fever were hampered by injury at the start of the season and began their title-defense in less-than-stellar form. They got rolling before the break, though, winning seven of their last nine. They’ll take on the Connecticut Sun who are just 4-12 and last in the Eastern Conference. Confidence Meter: 4

7:05- Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates have taken the first four games in this rare five-game set and look to close out the series with another big win behind Charlie Morton. Morton comes in 3-2 having won his last two starts although he did give up four runs in five innings his last start. He’s been excellent at home with a 2.57 ERA even though all his wins have come on the road. The Cards will oppose him with Joe Kelly who is just 1-3 but did pitch well his last time out in Atlanta. The Cardinals will need another big effort from him as they try to avoid the sweep which would be their eighth loss in a row. Confidence Meter: 5

7:05- Texas Rangers: The Rangers have won their last three games with walk-off homers over the Angels. Tonight they host the D-Backs in a makeup game and get to send Yu Darvish to the mound against Randall Delgado. Delgado has been solid, but he’s no match for Darvish in Texas with all the momentum on the Texas side of things. Confidence Meter: 6

7:10- Atlanta Braves: The Braves look to close out their second straight sweep at Turner Field where they are an amazing 37-15 on the year. They’ll send Julio Teheran to the hill against Colorado’s Chad Bettis making his MLB debut. The way the Braves offense has been raking it could be a rude welcome to the Majors for Bettis who was 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 starts in Double-A. Confidence Meter: 8

Jul 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) gets a base hit against the Colorado Rockies during the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

8:00- Chelsea: Chelsea should be able to get the win, but it’s always tricky with these preseason games to tell how committed they’ll be to it. Confidence Meter: 5

8:05- Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers are on fire as they head to Wrigley and Ricky Nolasco has pitched well for them since joining the team from Miami. He’s allowed three runs or less in each of his four starts wotj jos mew team going 1-1. The Dodgers have too much momentum to pick against them even after losing last night. The Cubs give the ball to Chris Rusin how has impressive in his last start allowing just three hits in seven shutout innings in a win in San Francisco. Rusin will have to face the Dodgers tonight, though, and I don’ thtink he and the Cubs ‘pen will be able to hold them like the Yankee did yesterday. Confidence Meter: 4

10:05- Los Angeles Angels: The Angels limped out of Texas where they played pretty well but lost three games on walk-offs to the magic-toting Rangers. They’ll look to bounce back tonight at home against the Blue Jays who send Josh Johnson to the mound who has been extremely disappointing going just 1-7 with an ERA over six. Garrett Richards who starts for the Angels looked good in his last start but is still just getting stretched out after an extended stay in the bullpen. I think the Angels get the win which would get them to .500 at home for the season. Confidence Meter: 5

10:30- Real Madrid wins by 2+ goals: If Real Madrid plays their starters and plays to win, they’ll easily beat the Galaxy by 2. The only question is how much this game means to them which we’ll be able to tell when the lineups are announced. Confidence Meter: (depending on lineups)

Streak Scoreboard-July

Yesterday’s Results: 5-4

Final Record for July: 162-125-2

Record in July’s confident picks (confidence 6+): 53-19 (2-0 yesterday)

Personal Entry Results: 36-17

Longest Personal Streak: W10

Current Personal Streak: W3

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