I usually have a great deal to complain about. However, last night's results in the streak games give me little inclination to bitch and moan. The Cubs came through on two fronts, Beat the Streak and Streak For The Cash. Brook Lopez may not have restarted my 30+ PRA streak, but he was the best of a bunch of Nets who looked like they wanted to get to Vegas for Mayweather/Pacquiao as quickly as possible in the third quarter.
I stay in Chicago but switch leagues today on Beat the Streak. Jose Abreu and the White Sox take on Ricky Nolasco and the Twins. Nolasco has been horrid since coming over from the Dodgers last year to be Minnesota's top pitcher. He gave up six runs in three innings in his first start, walking four to just two strikeouts. Abreu should improve on his .500 career average against him.
My return to Streak for the Cash was a positive one. Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings in his second consecutive quality start. The Streakmaster tried to tempt me today with a Streak contest for the day. The longest Streak of just today's games earns the winner $10,000. I don't have that type of luck on my side so I'll just stick to the one pick for the day. I stay in the NL Central as I pick the St. Louis Cardinals with another former Red Sox man taking the hill. John Lackey faces off against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates. The Buccos' bats have yet to really heat up so I need to take advantage of that and pick against them before they awaken. With the way Francisco Liriano is pitching though, this is still going to be a close one.
My final pick for the day on Drive To The Finals is Boris Diaw. I expect the Spurs to advance tonight in what should be a classic of a Game 7. Nevertheless, outside of maybe Jamal Crawford, I have used all my relatively useful Clippers already in the game. Diaw is a safe option but allows me to keep Leonard, Parker, Duncan, and company when the Spurs get through. If you are a fan of sport, do yourself a favor and watch this game tonight instead of shelling out whatever portion of the $100 you'd need to in order to see Mayweather/Pacquiao. You'll thank me later. HAPPY STREAKING EVERYBODY!!
Image Credits: Abreu BTS (mlb.com), Streak pick (espn.com), Diaw DTTF (nba.com)