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Bookie Busters: In the Zone

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Entering these tournaments where tons of public money is spread out, one just hopes to come out of the gates flying. Thursday we accomplished that.

Ending the first day of the tournament on a 9-1 run isn't too shabby, but lets not settle, I want more. The next few days allow us the opportunity to cash more tickets, but we have to be smart and patient. Pick your spots.

New Plays

Sunday Funday


North Carolina TT over 80 5U MAX


Virginia -10 (buy the hook) @me 5U MAX

715 CST

Houston Cougars -6 10U MAX

Cougars Alternate line -9 +130 2U

Corey Davis Points over 17.5 3U

Saturday Night Double BOMB

Auburn -2 5U MAX

Game over 147 5U MAX

FH over 69 3U

Follow at your own risk. Good luck

Previous Plays


Texas Tech TT FH Over 34.5 5U MAX


UC Irvine +4 5U

Parlay 1U

UC Irvine +4

Oregon +2

Virginia -13.5 FH

Tennessee FH TT over 40 5U MAX


Corey Davis Over 18 Points 1U

Reb+assist over 5.5 1U

Houston -4.5 2nd half 5U MAX BIG PLAY

Houston TT over 41 3U

Previous Plays

Louisville -5 (buy the hook if 5.5) 5U MAX

Parlay 1U

NM ST +6

Under Florida ST 134

Baylor +1.5

Florida first half +1

Louisville -5


Louisville -4 HT 5U MAX

Fl St/Vermont Under 134 MAX 5U


Kansas -6 5U MAX

Old Dominion +12.5 5U MAX

Parlay 1U

Kansas -6

Baylor/Cuse Under 130

Woffor/Seton Over 145

Old Dom +12.5


Murray ST TT over 39 2nd half 5U

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After dropping the middle game to the Rangers to split the first two games, the Astros looked for an improved offensive showing in the finale on Thursday night to take the series. Here is a rundown of the rubber game:

Final Score: Astros 2, Rangers 1.

Record: 25-25, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Framber Valdez (4-3, 3.82 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Jordan Lyles (1-5, 7.07 ERA).

Valdez another Houston pitcher to thrive against Rangers

Much like Jose Urquidy on Tuesday and Lance McCullers JR. on Wednesday, Framber Valdez put up an excellent pitching line on Thursday against the Rangers. After allowing two singles in the first and a single in the second, he would settle in and hold the Rangers to just one baserunner, which came via a walk through six frames.

He would try to get through the seventh, but after a long at-bat and one-out double, Dusty Baker would stop his night and go to the bullpen. Unfortunately, that double would end up scoring as Josh James would allow an RBI-single, charged to Valdez, before finishing the inning. Along the way, Valdez was able to ring up eleven Rangers. His final line: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 0 HR, 100 P.

Kyle Tucker gets the big hit of the night

Luckily, Houston was still in the lead after the Rangers' run, thanks to a big hit by Kyle Tucker back in the second inning. After Alex Bregman reached base on a walk to become the first runner for the Astros, Kyle Tucker would break out of his recent slump with a two-run home run, putting Houston ahead 2-0 at the time.

Jordan Lyles was otherwise handling the Astros just like Kyle Gibson the night prior, who threw a complete-game shutout. Other than the Tucker homer, Lyles allowed another hit in the second and one in the third before retiring the next 12 Astros in order before an error in the seventh broke that streak, giving Houston their first baserunner since two outs in the third.

Houston takes the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James returned to the mound to start the eighth, and he would get a 1-2-3 inning against the top of Texas' lineup, including back-to-back strikeouts to end it. After another scoreless inning by Houston at the plate, that would set up a save opportunity in the top of the ninth. The opportunity would go to Brooks Raley, and he would notch the save with a scoreless inning, giving Houston the series and moving them back up to .500 at 25-25.

Up Next: The Astros' final three regular-season games played at Minute Maid Park in 2020 are this weekend in a series against the Diamondbacks. In Friday's 7:10 PM opener, Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.77 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston while Zac Gallen (1-2, 3.15 ERA) will be the starter for Arizona.

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