Apr 26, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) pitches to the Texas Rangers during the game at Safeco Field. Texas defeated Seattle 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Streak for the Cash Picks-May 12, 2014


May 10, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) dribbles the ball in front of Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews (2) during the first quarter in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

My Streak for the Cash picks are back after a one-day hiatus as I celebrated a combo-party for Mother’s Day and my daughter’s ninth birthday.  After the breather, my picks are back and ready to roll for another exciting week of picks which gets rolling today with a decent 19-pick board.  Things get rolling today with a first round matchup from the WTA Rome Masters followed by a pick and prop from the IIHF World Championship as the US takes on Russia.  Also this afternoon, there’s another pick from the ongoing English Championship Playoffs (to get to the EPL) and another tennis pick from Rome.  Tonight’s options include our typical May blend of NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, and plenty of Major League Baseball. It should be a great start to the week, and here are my picks for the day along with my confidence in each selection and a quick explanation of my reason for picking that way:

5/12 Streak Picks

Mar 13, 2014; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Sloane Stephens (USA) during her quarter final match against Flavia Pennetta (ITA) at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Pennetta won 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

9:00- Sloane Stephens: Stephens won their only previous matchup, but it was a close game. Confidence-3

1:45- Russia Win: Russia is -350 to win the game and -175 to win in regulation. They have more NHL players and the competition probably means more to them than the US.  The “patriotic” pickers will make USA the more selected option but I think Russia gets the W. Confidence-4

1:46- No: No USA Goal in 1st Period: Again, the less-chosen side is probably the right one here since Russia’s D and goalie are pretty good and the US doesn’t have their top squad due to ongoing playoffs. Confidence-3

2:45- Queens Park Rangers: QPR earned a 0-0 draw in the first leg and beat Wigan 1-0 when the sides met at Loftus Road on March 25. Confidence-5

3:10- Alexandr Dolgopolov: Just because it’s hard to say and he’s unranked doesn’t mean you should go with Jo-Wily. Dolgopolov owns a 3-2 head-to-head advantage and won their previous meeting on clay. Confidence-4

May 11, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (7) dives for home plate scoring a run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at the Rogers Centre. The Angels won 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

7:05- Detroit Tigers: The Tigers are on the road in Baltimore to take on the O’s.  It’s a rematch of Rick Porcello and Bud Norris who faced each other back on April 5 in a game the Tigers won 6-5. Chris Davis has mashed Porcello in the past, but he’s still so fresh off the DL that I think the Tigers lineup which is starting to heat up will be able to get Porcello enough run support for the W. Confidence-5

7:07- Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Buerhle has been excellent this season and has only had one rough outing all season which came against the Red Sox. He’ll face the Angels tonight as he looks to help his team avoid the sweep and become the Majors first seven game winner. Confidence-6

7:40- Montreal Canadiens: As a Bruins fan, I hope the series ends tonight, but it’s been an epic series and has seemed destined for seven games since the puck dropped on game one. Although Boston is a better team, I think the Habs can get the win tonight at home to extend the series. Confidence-3

8:05- Miami Heat: The Nets had the perfect scenario in game three as they looked fresh and the Heat struggled shooting. I don’t see that happening again, so I’ll take the Heat to make sure this series doesn’t get interesting. Confidence-7

May 10, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) passes the ball as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) falls during the third quarter in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 104-90. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

8:06- 16 Points or Fewer: James could definitely go off and score 20+ in the first half, but I think he’ll try to get his teammates involved and Miami will get a more balanced effort. Confidence-4

8:07- St. Louis Cardinals: Tyler Lyons has been pitching well while Travis Wood got hammered his last outing.  The game is in St. Louis, but it’s a rivalry game so you never know what could happeb Confidence-6 1/2

8:10- Texas Rangers: Both Texas teams are struggling coming into this series.  The Astros had dropped seven of eight before getting a win Sunday while the Rangers dropped two of three over the weekend to the Red Sox.  Texas has dominated the matchup recently winning 19 of their last 22 against the Astros, and they’ll have the luxury of handing the ball to Colby Lewis who is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA against Houston in his career.  Lewis has struggled lately so it’s not a lock, but it’s definitely a solid pick. Confidence-5

9:30- Nets first 3PM in 3rd Qtr or no 3PM in 3rd Qtr: It’s a coin-flip prop, but the Nets will probably be trailing and shooting 3′s to get back in it. Confidence-2

9:40- Washington Nationals: The Nats’ Jordan Zimmermann has had some bad luck with run support which could continue to be a problem since Washington has been struggling offensively while dropping their last five games on the road. However, going to Arizona has solved many teams offensive woes since the D-Backs pitchers have been struggling this season as they’ve stumbled to a 15-25 start.  Arizona has shown signs of life lately, but I think Zimmermann will help get Washington turned back around in this one. Confidence-7

10:10- Miami Marlins: Tom Koehler who gets the start for Miami has been great at home, but this game is in LA.  The Dodgers are just 7-12 at home and couldn’t get a run off Koehler in his last start against them.  Miami has struggled on the road, but I think they get the win in this one. Confidence-3

10:10- Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez hasn’t won in more than a month, but Tampa has been scuffling lately as they come to the Pacific Northwest.  Hernandez has dominated them historically, and I think he’ll bounce back with a dominant performance and get the win tonight at Safeco. Confidence-6

10:10- Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks have won the last two games and are back at the Pond where they usually play well.  LA has been streaky in the playoffs and are again struggling on offense. Confidence-5

10:15- Atlanta Braves: The Braves hit the West Coast as they take on the Giants. I don’t trust either starter in this game, but Tim Lincecum has been so inconsistent that I’d roll with Gavin Floyd and the Braves if I had to pick this game. Confidence-3

10:45- Portland Trail Blazers: The Spurs are on an amazing roll and know how to close series when they’re up 3-0. Still, I think the young Blazers get a home win and push this series to five games. Confidence-4

Streak Scoreboard

Saturday’s  results: 11-11May Record: 115-100

May Confident Picks (5+): 26-15

My Personal Entry for May: 20-16

My Current Streak: W2

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