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Jerry Bo: Bookie Busters ride the storm to the final

Jerry Bo: Bookie Busters ride the storm to the final
Four remain in the World Cup. Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

The table is reserved for only four, and over the next few days, we will find out who will play in the closing finale on Sunday.

Updated odds

France   +190
England +250
Belgium +255
Croatia  +450

Results

Uruguay/ France Under 2   1U PUSH
First-half draw   1U LOSS
France Advance 1U     WIN

Brazil/Belgium Both teams to score  -130 MAX 5U WIN
Over 2  -178 MAX  5U WIN
Over 2.5  +102 MAX 5U  WIN

Total corners over 9½     3U WIN
Philippe Coutinho scores a goal   +330 1U LOSS
Penalty kick awarded   YES +170 1U LOSS

Croatia Team Total over 1   PUSH
Croatia Advance 2U  WIN

Peoples Parlay   1U (4 spots leave 2 open)

France Advance   WIN
Brazil/Belgium BTTS     WIN
 

Ride the winning storm, into the final…..

All wagers are to win X amount of Units with the Max play being 5U
Over +16 Units won, on the quarters with the peoples parlay still open 2 spots.

MAX plays are 12-4-2 in this tournament: 75%

Belgium vs France

Belgium   +218  
France   + 152     PK (Draw no Bet)-133
Draw   + 226

Over
Under 2.5       -124

Advance
Belgium +118
France   - 128

England vs Croatia

Croatia  +263
England   +137
Draw +210
Over   2 -111
Under

Advance 
England  -157
Croatia   +142

Picks

Tuesday
Belgium/ France Both teams score MAX
Belgium Over TT 1 4U
France Over TT 1  4U
First-half draw 1U
Kylian Mbappe scores a goal    +240 1U
BEL/FRA total offsides in game over 2½   2U
Total Corner Kicks Over 9.5     4U
Penalty yes +160   1U

 

Wednesday
England/Croatia   Both teams score  MAX
England Advance    3U
Harry Kane scores    1U

 

 

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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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