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Bookie Busters: The almighty dollar

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Consistency is an important trait to carry throughout life. It can show a level of understanding and the ability to reproduce similar outcomes on a continual basis.

Bookie Busters has been the definition of consistency, and we look to continue our violent ways with the books.

The last edition read
142.9U in the pocket

This last week:
MLB

Astros  -140 2U  +2
Dortmund/Aug Over 3  MAX 3U +3
Tottenham-1.5 for game -130  2U -2.6
Totty TT over 2.5   -125 2U -5.4
Bayern/M'gladbach Over 3.5  MAX 3U +3
 

MLS
Atlanta United halftime/fulltime MAX 3U -115  +3
Frankfurt /Hoffenheim Over 3   MAX 3 -124 PUSH

NFL
Teaser 10 points MAX 3U   +3
Vikings +13
Packers+10
Chiefs/Jags Over 39

Vikings/Eagles  Over 48 MAX -110 3U   -3.3

Monday Night Feast
Chris Thompson Over 4.5 receptions MAX 3U      +3
Alex Smith Over 18.5 fantasy points  MAX 3U -5.3
Redskins/Saints  first half over 24.5   1U +1
OU/Tex-Over 30.5 First half live  MAX 3U +3
Bayern Over 3.5  3U -150 -4.5
United/Castle Over 4 Live  +3
Florida first half under live  -2.2
Florida +3 MAX 5U       +5
LA FC Over 3 PUSH
Khabib MAX 5U     +5
Chiefs -2.5 MAX 3U   +3
Packers Over 51   +3
Dolphins  +7 -2.4
Giants +7   +2U
Steelers TT over 30.5   +3
Vikings TT Over 21 MAX 5U     +5U
Peoples Parlay -1

+23.3U  Last week   16-8 66.6%

142.9 + 23.3= 166.2 Units  ( In Gronk Voice)

If any errors call me bad at math but not a cheat. I do this for you guys! Good luck

We have a ton of international soccer in the next few days to dissect.

Thursday
International Friendly

Iceland vs France  Over 3 MAX 3U

 

Scotland  vs Israel

Scotland Pk DNB     1u

Peoples parlay 1U   3-way

Russia DNB

France over 3 game

Serbia DNB

Thursday night football Prop Buster

Barkley over 5.5 receptions -105 3U MAX

Shepard over 66.5 yards   -140  2U

ODB  Scored TD  -130    1U

ODB receptions Over 7.5   -140  1U

ODB Over 91.5 yards -140  1U

Over 45  2U

 

UPDATE    10:40 CST

England/Croatia

Over 2 -130 MAX 3U

Belgium vs Switzerland

Belgium TT over 2  +105  1U

Hazard anytime goal scorer  +115

 

Peoples Parlay

Chile/Peru Over 2 -130

Slovakia  -175 PK Draw no bet 

Georgia -7 (buy the hook if 7.5) 

Patriots TT over 31.5 -110

 

Peru vs Chile

Over 2 MAX 5U

Shatterday smash the books!

UPDATE 8:44 AM CST

England League 1

Scunthorpe  vs Peterborough
Over 3 MAX

Peoples Parlay

Germany/Netherlands Over 2.5

DC United/Dallas Over 2.5

Cal -6.5

Falcons ML

 

NCAA

Cal -6.5      5U MAX

Oregon +3.5     3U MAX

Iowa State +7  5U MAX

Alabama first half -18.5 1U

Alabama Game under 75  1U

 

UPDATED

Total of the day

Germany/Netherlands Over 2.5        5 U MAX

 

Peoples Parlay #2  risk 1 U on parlays

Minnesota United (MLS) ML

Cal-6.5

Oregon moved to +4

Falcons(NFL) ML

 

MLB

Astors win series vs Boston   -140   5 U MAX

 

 

SNF

Patriots TT over 30.5 -120     5U BOMB

Live Over 66   MAX 5U

Halftime Banger

Pats Over 13.5 TT 2nd half 3U

 

Monday Night football feast

Packers first half TT over 14  (don't play if 14.5 find the 14)    5U MAX

D Adams Over 6.5 receptions   3U

Kittle Over 5.5  receptions   3U

Kittle over 59.5 Yards    3U

Tuesday MLB

Astros -125    2U

Astros TT over 4   MAX 5U


Stay Updated as I will be adding plays and a peoples parlay!!

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One never knows how things will play out but of the known General Manager candidates, Jim Crane nailed it in hiring Dana Brown out of the Atlanta Braves' organization where he was Vice President of Scouting. The 55-year-old Brown's scouting and development pedigree is stellar. The Braves have been a talent-producing machine in recent years. Obviously all the credit isn't Brown's but his four years with the Braves preceded by a productive pipeline he was part of in Toronto speak highly of him. Not that it was or should have been the guiding principle to Crane's decision-making, but the Astros now have the only African-American General Manager in Major League Baseball (Ken Williams is Executive Vice President of the Chicago White Sox).

Brad Ausmus is a super-smart guy, but if had he gotten the GM gig it would have been in large part because he was teammate besties with Jeff Bagwell. While “It's not what you know it's who you know” plays a role in many, many hires, it would have been a poor rationale for tabbing Ausmus. Maybe Ausmus would have done a great job. Maybe Brown does a lousy job. Brown was the much more strongly credentialed candidate. While Bagwell has moved way up Crane's confidante list, Brown played college baseball with Craig Biggio at Seton Hall.

Speaking of Halls…

If I could tell you as absolute fact that exactly two members of the 2023 Houston Astros will someday make the Baseball Hall of Fame, who are you picking? Jose Altuve isn’t a lock just yet but he is obvious pick number one. So for the second spot are you going with Alex Bregman or Yordan Alvarez? We’ll get back to this a couple of paragraphs down.

As was basically a given, former Astro (and Phillie, Met, Red Sox, and Brave) Billy Wagner was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this week, but as I suggested last week the voting returns were very favorable toward Wagner making the Hall next year, or if not next year in his final year of eligibility on the Baseball Writers Association ballot for the Class of 2025. “Wags” in the Class of ’24 is looking good. Wagner jumped from 51 percent to 68 percent “put him in” votes. The only guy this year to get the necessary 75 percent for election is worthy third baseman Scott Rolen. Two years ago Rolen got 53 percent of the votes needed, last year 63 percent, before getting the call to Cooperstown with 76.5 percent this year. Wagner going from 51 to 68 to 75-plus looks likely. Of course it’s not as if Wagner can pad his case with a good 2023 season, but this is how the process works. The other ballot returnee well positioned to make it next year is former Colorado first baseman Todd Helton. Unlike this year there’s a sure-fire first time ballot guy going in next year. Third baseman Adrian Beltre will undoubtedly wear a Texas Rangers cap on his plaque.

As expected Carlos Beltran didn’t come close to election in his first year of eligibility, but drawing 46 percent of the votes sets him up well to eventually get the Cooperstown call. Beltran was a fabulous player and his Hall credentials are solid. However, no one reasonable would argue that Carlos Beltran was as good or better than Barry Bonds. In his first year of eligibility back in 2013 Bonds garnered 36 percent of the vote. There has been some turnover in the voter pool over the last decade, but it's clear that Beltran’s central role in the Astros’ sign stealing scheme was not held against him to the extent that PED use (actual and/or suspected) was held against Bonds and Roger Clemens. And Alex Rodriguez. And Sammy Sosa. And Manny Ramirez. And others. Foremost right now that’s encouraging for Beltran, but it’s also encouraging down the line for fellow Astros of 2017-18.

What does this mean for Jose Altuve?

If Jose Altuve retired today (perish the thought!) he’d have a good case for the Hall. He had superstar seasons in 2016, 2017, and 2022, and has five other seasons that while not in the realm of his three best certainly rate as excellent. If you judge a player by his five best seasons, there aren’t 10 second basemen in the history of the sport who’d rank ahead of Altuve. Among those who clearly would: Joe Morgan, Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins, and Nap Lajoie. Among those four only Morgan played more recently than 1937. Then there’s a group of arguable guys like Jackie Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Alomar, and yes Craig Biggio. Altuve has had the prime of a Hall of Famer. What sort of final numbers will he accrue? In late May or early June he should reach the 2000 hit plateau. How many more prime years does Altuve have left before inevitable decline? His career batting average is .307. Four years ago it was .316. Will Altuve retire a .300 hitter?

Bregman or Alvarez? Bregman gets extra points for being an everyday third baseman as opposed to a left fielder-designated hitter, but by age alone Yordan is the better play. Bregman turns 29 on opening day this year. Yordan doesn’t turn 26 until late June. When Bregman was 25 (2019 season) he put up a season more valuable than Alvarez’s tremendous 2022. In the three years since Bregman hasn’t approached that level, though his big second half last season could be a springboard back to that stratosphere. Yordan is in that stratosphere and figures to stay there for a while if his health holds up.

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