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For most gamblers, the end of football season symbolizes a pause in action as the amount of weekly betting options dwindle down. The next wagering landmark to most is March Madness.

Not only does March bring out the madness, but it brings us closer to crowning a Champions League winner and guides us to the NBA playoffs. It's safe to say that the action is plenty at this time of year.

So with that in mind, let's keep searching for angles and picking spots where we can make some cash. Give yourself a daily bankroll and spread out the units I list. By no means do I suggest emptying your entire bankroll on a play; bet strategically and know when to get out

New Plays

3/7 1130 CST

Inter Milan at Eintracht Frankfurt Over 2.5 3U

Benfica vs Dinamo Zagreb Over 2 1U

1147 CST

Parlay 1U

Inter Milan at Eintracht Frankfurt Over 2.5

Chelsea -1 -230

Napoli ML -190


UPDATE 1245

Parlay

5U +103

Chelsea ML -345

Napoli ML -172







Previous Pays

Porto/Roma Over 2.5 5U

UPDATE

Northern Kentucky TT Over 83 8U Max bomb

FH TT Over 39.5 3U

FH-7.5 1U


UPDATE 709 CST

Twolves/Pistons 2nd half over 109.5 5U

Wolves over 52.5 3U











Previous Plays

Tottenham first half over 1 juiced but safe risk 10U

Monday

Mavs +5.5 3U

Germany

Hannover/Stug

Over 2.5 2U

first half over 1 2U

UPDATE 430 CST

MLS

DC/ATL United

First half over 1 10U MAX

BTTS and over 2.5 5U

UPDATE 554 CST

Tennessee first half TT over 35.5 5U MAX

Tenn game TT over 75 7U MAX

UPDATE 654 CST

Illinoise St 2nd half ML 7U MAX

Rockets game over 241.5 7U MAX

UPDATE 858 CST

Play at your own risk but Im riding Cinci -5 2nd half 7U

UPDATE 8 CST

Frankfurt/Hoff over 3 -180 risk 10U MAX BOMB

Goals in the first 15 min of Frankfurt games dont usually happen if you want to risk it and wait for live

or 5U on over 3.5

Update

Netherlands

PSV Over 3.5 10U MAX

UPDATE 829 CST

Manchester City at Bournemouth

Over 1.5 FH 3U

Over 3 game 3U

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Can Hunter Brown replace an Astros legend like Peña did? Composite image by Brandon Strange.

It’s official. Justin Verlander’s time with the Houston Astros has come to an end after he agreed to a two-year, $86.7 million deal to be the newest pitcher for the New York Mets.

Now with the 39-year-old, soon to be 40-year-old, in a different shade of blue and orange, Houston’s starting pitching rotation has completely turned over a new leaf. What exactly is next for the group?

Verlander, who joined the Astros at the last hour in 2017, helped lead Houston to two World Series championships, and he was a key figure in the organization during his tenure. His latest season, coming off Tommy John Surgery, was nothing short of sensational.

He won his third AL Cy Young award by unanimous vote. He led Houston with a 1.75 ERA, a WHIP of 0.83, and an 18-4 record in his starts. In the postseason, Verlander’s run was filled with more ups and downs, but he also accomplished new accolades, including getting his first career win in the World Series in the pivotal Game Five. Replacing his production will be a tough task.

The Astros, overall, are in great position with their starting rotation. Framber Valdez presumably slides in as the new No. 1, although he is in arbitration with the team. The same goes with Cristian Javier, Luis Garcia, and Jose Urquidy, all of whom showed they can start, and who are also in arbitration or close to entering it.

Lance McCullers Jr. is the only starting pitcher with a long-term deal in place as of now, however, his health and ability to stay on the mound for Houston has been a long-time concern. The name that is interesting for the Astros is Hunter Brown.

The 24-year-old appeared in 10 games for the Astros in 2022, including three in the postseason. Coincidentally, Houston won every game in which he made an appearance. In the short sample size, Brown pitched in only 20.1 innings with a 0.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a 2-0 record in the regular season.

Most importantly, Brown showed flashes of brilliance in the postseason. The most noteworthy performance came in Game Three of the American League Divisional Series against the Seattle Mariners.

With no room for error, the young pitcher came into a scoreless game knowing that one swing of the bat could hand Houston a loss. He not only managed to control the nerves in front of a hostile crowd that hadn’t seen a postseason game in over 20 years, and he pitched two scoreless innings, only allowing one hit.

Again, only a short resumé, but impressive nonetheless. Brown should have a rotation spot secured. Ultimately, the Astros need to see if his flashes were previews of a young, bright career. Best-case scenario, Brown could become the 2023 version of Jeremy Peña, which would be incredible for the Astros.

Owner Jim Crane said a week ago during José Abreu’s introduction news conference, Houston can never have enough pitching. The Astros could kick the tires on available free agents.

With the Astros saving $43 million in 2023 had they matched the Mets’ offer for Verlander, and Crane also saying the biggest needs were an outfield player and a catcher, it would not make sense for Houston to spend big on another pitcher, especially one that would be fourth or fifth in the rotation.

However, it would make sense to bring one on a budget, with the promise of competing for another championship.

Some names worth taking a look at could be Nathan Eovaldi, who is from Houston, Noah Syndergaard, who the Astros saw in the World Series, and Corey Kluber. All three pitchers had an ERA of 4.34 or less in the 2022 season, and according to Sportico, are anticipated to have a market value less than $17 million, which also offers the Astros flexibility to improve other positions.

What the Astros do, only Crane, and probably Jeff Bagwell, know. One thing is for sure, regardless if a new face is brought in or not, Brown deserves a spot in Houston’s 2023 starting rotation.

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