Aug 21, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) throws the ball in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks, September 1 Analysis and Previews

One of today’s Streak for the Cash picks features the Louisville Cardinals and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who in this photo signals to the bench late in the second half of the Sugar Bowl last seasonagainst the Florida Gators at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for a new month and a clean slate on ESPN’s Streak for the Cash. September 1 gives us a solid board starting off with a few EPL soccer picks. This afternoon there are options from College Football, Major League Baseball, and the WNBA. Tonight the picks are from NASCAR and Sunday Night Baseball. Here’s my picks for the first day of the month with a quick analysis and my confidence level n a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most confident.

9/1 Streak Picks

8:30- Man United win or Draw: Man U will reportedly be without Wayne Rooney as they take on Liverpool this morning in the first pick of the month. It seems like a gift getting the draw with Man U, and they’ve been impressive in their 1-1-0 start to the EPL season. Liverpool has looked good to start their season as well going 2-0-0. They did play earlier this week while Man U rested, so I’ll take Man U who won a pair of 2-1 games last season against Liverpool and will look to get at least a draw and start the month with a green. Confidence Meter: 6

11:00- Tottenham win or Draw: Tottenham is 2-0 winning their first two EPL games by a 1-0 score. They’ll travel to take on Arsenal who dropped their opener 3-1 before bouncing back with a 3-1 win on the road at Fulham. This is a tough pick, but Spurs getting the draw is too good to pass up. Confidence Meter: 3


Aug 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) walks off the field after completing the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

1:07- Kansas City Royals: The Royals are the best pick in the 1:00 window in my opinion because of the disparity in starting pitchers in this matchup. Kansas City gives the ball to James Shields who has 22 quality starts this season and was 5-0 with a 0.94 ERA against Toronto before throwing a two-hitter in a 3-2 loss against them earlier this season. He’ll be opposed by J.A. Happ who has struggled since coming back from taking a liner off his head in Tampa. Since coming back he’s 1-2 with a 6.15 ERA. He’s been better at home this season, and Toronto has grabbed the first two games in the series. However, I think Shields and the Royals salvage the win this afternoon. Confidence Meter: 7

1:08- Detroit Tigers: The Tigers own the Indians this year. Detroit has gone 15-3 against Cleveland this year and has won the last seven in a row and 14 of their last 15. Justin Verlander is on the hill this afternoon, and the only reason they’re not a lock is that the Indians are starting rookie Danny Salazar who looked really good against Detroit earlier this season. Confidence Meter: 5

1:35- Boston Red Sox: The Sox look to close out a sweep at home over their bleached brethren from the North Side. They’ll send Felix Doubront to the hill who has been exceptional lately, and the way the Boston offense mashes at Fenway–they’re a solid pick this afternoon, but you probably won’t make it back in time for the Dodgers or any other 4:05 pick. Confidence Meter: 6

3:35- Louisville wins by 20+: The Cardinals are 21 point favorites after opening at 16-points. Ohio is a solid MAC team, but the MAC struggled except for Northern Illinois. Ohio is a fun team to watch in MACtion throughout the season, but they just won’t be able to keep up with Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals high-powered offense. Confidence Meter: (lots of points to give)

4:05- Oakland Athletics: The Athletics are 40-25 at home while the Rays are 31-32 on the road. The Rays rotation has been great this season with the exception of Roberto Hernandez (ex-Fausto Carmona) who is 6-13 with a 4.95 ERA. On the road, Hernandez is just 1-8 with a 6.11 ERA. He did pitch well against Oakland earlier this year, but the A’s will seek their revenge tonight behind A.J. Griffin who is 5-4 at home with a 3.59 ERA. The A’s are a strong pick, but the Rays are a tough team to pick against with their late-inning heroics almost rivaling the Athletics themselves. Confidence Meter: 6

4:10- Cincinnati Reds: The Reds bounced back and got the win last night at Coors Field and look to take the series tonight behind Mike Leake. Leake has allowed four runs or more in his last three starts but is still 7-1 with a 2.60 ERA on the road this season. He’ll be opposed in this road start by Tyler Chatwood is coming off the DL after being crushed by the Braves 7/31 in his last start. Before that, he was pitching pretty well going 7-3 with a 2.48 ERA overall and a 4-1 record at Coors Field. He gives up a lot of hits, though, and I don’t trust him straight off the DL. Confidence Meter: 4

4:10- Los Angeles Dodgers: Zack Greinke has been lights out in the Dodgers resurgence allowing two runs or fewer in nine of his last ten starts. He’ll be opposed by Tyson Ross who had been pitching well but has given up 11 runs in 12 1/3 innings in his last two starts. The Dodgers are the best of the later group of picks. Confidence Meter: 7

6:00- Colorado State Rams: The Rams open with their in-state rival Colorado Buffaloes.The Buffs had a tumultuous off-season and will look to get off to the right start under new coach Mike MacIntyre. Colorado looks to be headed in the right direction, but I’m not sure it’ll be evident this year especially in the first game. State won this matchup last year, and I think they’ll take the win again. Confidence Meter: 4

8:00- Washington Nationals:  The Nats host the Mets looking to avoid the home sweep. Ross Ohlendorf has been decent lately and was solid in his last start against the Marlins. He takes on the Mets and Jon Niese tonight in a Sunday Night Baseball matchup that lacks some sizzle with both teams out of the playoff hunt. Confidence Meter: 4

Streak for the Cash Scoreboard-August

Yesterday’s Results: 10-7

Results for August: 184-152-1

Record in August’s confident picks (more than 5): 32-22

Personal Entry Results: 43-23

Longest Personal Streak of August: W9

Final Personal Streak: W1

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