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Bookie Busters: The rain man

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  • To make it rain; moisture condensed from the atmosphere that falls visibly in separate drops

or

To simply go into a James Harden like moment and make it "rain" but in the form of bets. The objective is still the same.

Don't mind me... I present to you the Bookie Busters. The objective here is dominating Champions League.

Here we go!

New Plays

642

‪MONTREAL IMPACT VS DEPORTIVO SAPRISSA‬

‪FH over 1 risk 3U ‬
‪Game over 3 2U‬

631 cst

‪GEORGIA @ SOUTH CAROLINA ‬

‪2nd half over 83 2U‬

550 CST

SAMFORD @ WESTERN CAROLINA

FH over 76 3U

game over 161 2U


Central Florida at Connecticut FH under 63 1U


Chattanooga at VMI Over 144 3U MAX


2/26   255 HT UPDATE

LYON VS JUVENTUSOver 2 for game 5U MAX BOMB

2/26   150 CST  

CHAMPS LEAGUE

REAL MADRID VS MANCHESTER CITY

FH over 1 5U MAX

Game over 2.5 5U MAX BOMB

2/25   550 CST

TEXAS TECH @ OKLAHOMA

FH under 64 3U

Game under 138 2U


Hornets +11.5 1U

635

KANSAS STATE @ BAYLOR (#2)

Baylor -8.5 Fh 2U

-14.5 2U

654

Mississippi at Auburn

Auburn 2nd half TT over 38.5 2U

Toledo at Central Michigan 2nd half over 83.5 1u4


Xavier 2nd half TT over 38 3U MAX BOMB

656

Parlay 1U

Xavier 2nd half Tt over 38

Baylor -14.5

Lakers over 238.5

805

MILWAUKEE BUCKS @ TORONTO RAPTORS

Toronto ML 3U 2nd half

838 CST

Parlay 1U

Lakers TT over 123

Kings FH -4

Celtics -3.5 FH


Kins Fh -4 2u

848

Parlay 2U

Alabama at Mississippi State

2nd half over 83.5
Lakers TT over 123

Alabama at Mississippi State

2nd half over 83.5 Over 3U MAX

856 CST

NC State/North Carolina Over 79½ 2nd Half

BOMB

Previous Plays

Hampton at Campbell Over 151 2U

England league one

Peterborough vs Southend

Peterborough FH ML 3U

-1.5 3U

Game over 3. 3U

Jazz / Mavs Over 217.5 3U MAX BOMB

Mavs TT over 108.5 1U

Timberwolves +9. If 8.5 buy the hook 2U

RADFORD @ WINTHROP over 141.5 2U

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Who's going to step up in the Astros outfield? Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.

Astros manager Joe Esapda has certainly faced his share of criticism this season. When it was looking like another playoff appearance was out of reach in May, many were putting the blame mostly on Espada (Jose Abreu took his lumps too).

Now that the Astros have crawled above .500 and are in striking distance of the division leading Mariners, a new challenge has emerged.

Who should be playing regularly in the outfield and at first base? It would be nice if one of these options really stood out from the rest of the pack. But that hasn't been the case, at least since Joey Loperfido returned on June 21. So I decided to dive into this minuscule sample size to see who's making the best case to get regular at-bats as of late.

How have the bats fared since Loperfido returned?

When Loperfido rejoined the team, the Astros said they would get him more at-bats this time around. And that did happen for a while. He started five straight games after being recalled to the big league club (June 21).

His first game back was terrific as he recorded 3 hits with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. But after that, he's done next to nothing as a starter. He did have a huge pinch hit against the Mets, but otherwise he's been pretty underwhelming since his big game against the Orioles on June 21.

So if Loperfido doesn't appear quite ready, what about Chas McCormick? McCormick shares some similarities with Loperfido recording one multi-hit game since June 21. He's started 4 games, plus some pinch hit opportunities. He, too, had a big game against Baltimore, but hasn't done much else in limited chances.

Trey Cabbage has shown some flashes with 1 multi-hit game in three starts. But nothing to write home about.

Mauricio Dubon has 2 multi-hit games with nine starts over this span, splitting time in the infield and outfield.

Jake Meyers appears to be the mainstay out of this group. His offense has been solid, and his defense is Gold Glove worthy. He has two multi-hit games in nine starts.

Jon Singelton may not play the outfield, but he does impact Dubon's playing time at first. He has two multi-hit games in six starts, which includes a three-hit game with a dinger against the Mets.

Let's assess the situation

Okay, we covered all the recent stats for these players and one thing has become apparent. Nobody is doing enough to get regular starts outside of Meyers and Dubon. And that has more to do with their season-long resume.

One could argue Singleton has been okay over this short stretch. But he's almost 33 years old. Expecting him to show much improvement over his career numbers seems unlikely. He'll continue to get chances against right-handed pitching, but that's about as far as it goes. We've already seen him lose playing time to Dubon even with righties on the mound.

Just look at Wednesday's lineup. Espada started all righties outside of Yordan Alvarez against left-handed Blue Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi.

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Right-handed hittingGrae Kessinger is starting at first base over Singleton and Loperfido. This should tell us everything we need to know about the logjam in the outfield and at first base.

Espada has seemingly made this a full-blown platoon situation. And that's not changing unless one of these players steps up and takes the job.

Over the next two weeks before the All Star break, the sample size will get bigger, and we'll have a better idea of who deserves the most playing time. Hopefully, Kyle Tucker will return around that time, and that will make cracking the lineup even harder for these guys.

That's when predicting the Astros lineup will get a lot easier, in theory. Meyers and Dubon have done enough to play almost every day. With Meyers in center and Dubon bouncing between the outfield and first base. Which means Singleton will start against righties fairly often, and Dubon should play first when a lefty is on the mound.

If that's the case, Espada won't be looking to put Cabbage or Loperfido in left field against a southpaw. Chas McCormick will likely get most of those starts, being right-handed.

What about Yordan?

When he plays left field, we typically see Yainer Diaz hitting DH. I would expect that to continue. When Yainer has the day off and Yordan plays left, expect Espada to play the matchup (shocker).

The other factor to consider is Cesar Salazar. We know he'll get starts behind the plate, spelling Yainer Diaz. So those lineups could be a little tougher to predict depending on if Yainer is in the DH spot.

But Salazar does deserve a quick mention. Espada received some criticism for pinch hitting Cabbage for him in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's loss. This season, Salazar has been money with runners in scoring position. He's slashing .571/.500/.714 with an OPS of 1.214.

Cabbage made Espada look even worse with an uncompetitive at-bat, swinging at three straight high fastballs.

But that goes along with the point of this article. Espada is going to have his hands full trying to predict which player will come through on any given day.

If someone doesn't separate themselves from the bunch, he's going to play the matchups almost exclusively. Which is understandable based on the cards he's been dealt.

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