WELP, that didn’t go great. For the first time in recent memory, I had a losing record last weekend and I didn’t just have a small slip up. I crashed and burned. No matter, I have another 10 matches including some French Open action to redeem myself.
Last Sunday Picks: 1 – 5
Overall: 528 – 358
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Game 2, GSW led 1-0 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors
I’ve already broked down what was a pretty rough loss for the Cavaliers at Oracle Arena on Thursday night. J.R. Smith’s infamous gaff leaves the Cavs wondering what if, but they will have to dust themselves off and be back at their best if they are going to stand any chance in Game 2. I’m not super confident.
Verdict: Warriors W
Barbora Strycova (26) vs. Yulia Putintseva
BARBORA Strycova seems to have found her form after struggling for earlier parts of the year. The young unseeded Russian will have her moments as her career progresses, but I think Strycova should advance to her second career QF.
Verdict: Strycova W
Anett Kontaveit (25) vs. Sloane Stephens (10)
FRESH off her stunning triumph over the No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova, Kontaveit will look to upset her second straight top-10 seed. I thought that Stephens was in for a rough time at the French Open, but she is proving me wrong. Time to really deliver.
Verdict: Stephens W
Daria Kasatkina (14) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (2)
THE young and firing Kasatkina is a former junior winner at the French Open, who won’t be afraid of Wozniacki. She should be.
Verdict: Wozniacki W
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David Goffin (8) vs. Marco Cecchinato
THIS is your classic ‘European player gets hot on clay and rides his way to a few big wins’ scenario. Cecchinato could prove me wrong, but I have faith in Goffin getting the job done.
Verdict: Goffin W
Novak Djokovic (20) vs. Fernando Verdasco (30)
WE aren’t used to seeing Novak seeded this low as he continues to rebound from an elbow injury. His fourth-round match is by no means a breeze and Verdasco boasts his highest winning percentage at Roland Garros. Still, Djokovic is a former title winner and should advance.
Verdict: Djokovic W
Toronto Blue Jays (25-33) @ Detroit Tigers (28-30)
A struggling Michael Fulmer (2-4, 6.00 ERA) couldn’t come at a better time for the Blue Jays. As they continue their free fall down the standings my guess is they pick up a rare road W snapping their five-game skid.
Verdict: Blue Jays W
Washington Nationals (33-24) @ Atlanta Braves (34-24)
AN awesome match against the two powerhouse teams in the NL East pitches (pun intended) Washington and Atlanta against each other. With ATL leading the four-game series 2-1 a 2-2 split seems like a fair result.
Verdict: Nationals W
Milwaukee Brewers (37-22) @ Chicago White Sox (17-38)
THE best team in the National League against the second worst team in the American league. It doesn’t take rocket science to pick a winner here. This could get ugly Sox fans.
Verdict: Brewers W
Boston Red Sox (40-19) @ Houston Astros (37-23)
CLOSING Sunday out is an epic between two favourites to take out their league’s pennant. The Red Sox are missing a few pieces and it should lead to the Astros chalking up a series victory.
Verdict: Astros W