There just seems to be something in the air lately on Streaking In Public. I want to call it the basketball stink. Outside of my shockingly competent MIchael Carter-WIlliams pick on SIP 103, the NBA Playoffs have given me nothing but trouble for two weeks. From the Spurs elimination to my constant pick of the wrong guy on a winning team (something you don't want to do too often in this game), I am quickly descending the percentiles on Drive To The Finals. At least I have baseball to fall back on. A four and five streak on Beat the Streak and Streak for the Cash respectively have all come from the Major Leagues. Well, I'd at least hope the Beat the Streak success came from baseball....it is a fucking baseball only game.
The Gonzalez 3D (Daily Double Down) continues today with our favorite Dodgers first baseman (I am forcing that upon you, he's YOUR FAVORITE NOW!!!) paired with the Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval. Gonzalez draws a favorable matchup with Milwaukee and Wily Peralta. Sandoval's task is a bit tougher with Tampa's Alex Colome. Colome pitched five shutout innings allowing just three hits in his first 2015 start. However the Rays pen is shaky so even if he does shut down the BoSox lineup, I feel Sandoval can at least scratch a hit off one of the relievers. I'd rather it not get to that but if I end up at a W6 tomorrow here, I won't care how it happened.
Speaking of W6, that is exactly what I'll be going for today on Streak For The Cash. Once again, I'll be counting on the services of the New York Metropolitans. Bartolo Colon earned his trip to Sizzler last night with 7 2/3 of masterfully pitched baseball. I am expecting a similar effort tonight from reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom. Unlike Colon's opponent yesterday, Bud Norris, deGrom has a tough task ahead of him. He must outperform Ubaldo Jimenez, who through the first month looks like the All-Star Ubaldo from 2010. It should be a hell of a pitcher's duel but I am giving the edge to the home team.
The Grizzlies were able to even up the series with Golden State last night in an impressive performance. However, impressive isn't the adjective I'd use to describe Marc Gasol's 24 PRA. I will be hoping to get at least 1.5X that (do your own math) tonight from Kyrie Irving against Chicago. The Bulls dominated the pace in Game One and took it to the team that seemed "destined" for the Finals before Kevin Love went down against Boston. Now the Cavs look discombobulated and I think the Bulls will take care of them in either 6 or 7 games. Just remember, the NBA stink is permeating...I may have just doomed Chicago. HAPPY STREAKING EVERYBODY!!
Image Credits: Gonzalez/Sandoval BTS (mlb.com), Streak pick (espn.com), Irving DTTF (nba.com)