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Bookie Busters: Calm before the storm

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The term Calm before the storm often referred to in anticipation of a big event. For the Bookie Busters, we patiently await the Europa and Champions League finals. Shortly after the Champs league final June 1, the international tournaments kickoff for the summer with Copa America and the Gold Cup headlining the gambling menu.

Play patiently, build you a bankroll. This summer is about to be insane.


New Plays

UPDATE 717 CST

Mexico TIGRES UANL VS LEÓN Over 2 6U

​Previous Plays

Draymond Green pts+reb+ast over 32½ 3u

Warriors TT over 110.5 3U

LA GALAXY VS COLORADO RAPIDS Over 2.5 20U MAX

Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors FH under 108 10U

Germany 2

SSV JAHN REGENSBURG VS SANDHAUSEN

Over 3 15U MAX

Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers - Game 3

Over 221 15 U MAX

FH over 112 3U

Boxing Wilder wins in round 7-12 +256 2U

Blazers 2nd half TT over 52 10U


Previous Plays


Draymond Green pts+reb+ast over 32½ 3u

Warriors TT over 110.5 3U


LA GALAXY VS COLORADO RAPIDS Over 2.5 20U MAX


Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors FH under 108 10U

Germany 2

SSV JAHN REGENSBURG VS SANDHAUSEN

Over 3 15U MAX


Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers - Game 3

Over 221 15 U MAX


FH over 112 3U


Boxing Wilder wins in round 7-12 +256 2U


Blazers 2nd half TT over 52 10U


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Have you ever looked forward to something so much that you wish you could fall asleep and wake up on that day?

That’s how I feel about the upcoming Houston Astros season. The Astros are hosting the New York Yankees on Opening Day at Minute Maid Park on March 28. Astros v. Yankees! Does it get any better than that?

Let’s get this out of the way now. The Astros better beat the Yankees that day — otherwise they won’t be able to sell beer the rest of the season. Why? They will have lost the opener. (Credit: Highlights Magazine in my dentist’s office.)

Why am I so excited and optimistic about the Astros in 2024? Plenty of reasons …

Mostly it’s because there’s a new sheriff in town. Manager Joe Espada is not shy about taking the Astros on a different course. The names on the back of the jerseys will be the same as last year, but this is Espada’s team and they’ll be playing an exciting, whole different style.

It seems like Espada may have been a yes man standing next to former manager Dusty Baker the past few years, but things will change now. The Astros will be playing Espada ball.

First the Astros will run more, they’ll take extra bases more aggressively. Last year the Astros finished dead last in “extra bases taken percentage,” meaning the runner on first held up at second when the batter hit a single, or the runner didn’t advance more than two bases on a double. This year Astros baserunners will have their butts in gear. Coaches Gary Pettis and Dave Clark have the Astros practicing base running down in West Palm Beach like it’s back to Baseball 101.

Oh, and pitchers can’t pick their boutique catcher anymore. Last year divas Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez insisted that Martin Maldonado be behind the plate. Maldonado with his .191 batting average and horrible defensive performance. Astros management asked/told Baker that rookie Yanier Diaz needed to be the primary catcher, or at least play more. Baker dug in his heels and Maldonado caught practically every game the last couple of months.

And that’s why Maldonado is gone. And a big reason that Baker is gone, too. The question is, if Baker had made Diaz the starting catcher, would Baker be managing the Astros in 2024? The Maldonado thing really did become that contentious between Baker and Astros management, particularly general manager Dana Brown.

Espada has created a bit of a ruckus by announcing that he plans to bat slugger Yordan Alvarez second in the batting order. Some fans argue, no, the best power hitter belongs batting third or fourth. That’s how baseball has been played since Babe Ruth batted third and Lou Gehrig hit cleanup for the Yankees’ Murderers Row in the 1920s.

Espada’s current vision for the batting order has Jose Altuve leading off, followed by Alvarez, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker. I’d go to war in the American League West with that top of the order.

Alvarez batting second makes a whole lot of sense. Baseball is a numbers game today. The leadoff hitter gets 19 more plate appearances than the 2-hole hitter. And so on down the line. Each position gets about 19 more plate appearances than the next batter in the order.

You don’t think Yordan Alvarez getting 30-40 more plate appearances than if he hits fourth would help the Astros? Heck, the Astros missed the World Series by one stinking home game in the ALCS last year. The more Yordan, the more homers, the better.

It’s not like Espada has stumbled on the secret to the universe. According to MLB nerd boys, statistically the No. 2 hitter was the most productive bat in the lineup in 2023.

Mike Trout bats second for the Angels. Shohei Ohtani batted near the top of the lineup last year. Freddie Freeman bats second for the Dodgers. Ronald Acuna Jr., maybe the best all-around hitter in baseball, bats leadoff for the Braves. Remember when George Springer led off for the Astros? As Larry David would say, that worked out pretty, pretty, pretty good. It’s not like Altuve is a Punch and Judy slap hitter, either.

The Yankees’ Aaron Judge batted leadoff down the stretch in 2022, the year he broke the all-time American League single season home run record.

The Astros have sold more season tickets than any year before. The food has been upgraded on the concourse. The Astros will stretch doubles into triples. We have the best bullpen in the league. All the regulars are back from last year’s American League West championship team. And new manager Joe Espada has the right players on the field.

It’s going to be a fun season. If the season would just get here already.

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