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Jerry Bo's Bookie Busters: World Cup weekend edition

Mexico should be celebrating another victory. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The World Cup has brought us plenty of surprises thus far, and we look for things to become somewhat more uniform as the tournament progresses. Favorites continue to dominate straight up going 14-5-4. Don't be afraid to parlay some of these big favorites, small payouts are better than large losses.

The Under run continues. As we previously discussed, this tournament has seen an abundance of low scoring first halves and favorites winning but not covering the line. The Over/ Under is now 9-13-1. Teams are parking the bus and playing for short results. Imagine playing a game with your whole squad backed in your own half playing not to lose for 90 minutes, but then conceding in the 70th minute giving you minimal time to make up the score. An interesting trend we have seen is South American teams struggling, starting out 0-6-2 ATS. Keep a close eye on teams from the CONMEBOL as the tournament continues.

3 MAX plays this weekend, Good Luck!

Costa Rica vs Brazil - FIFA World Cup - Group E
Brazil -1.5    MAX
Brazil TT Over 2     4U
Brazil to nil    2U

Iceland vs Nigeria - FIFA World Cup - Group D
Nigeria TT Over 1      1U

Switzerland vs Serbia - FIFA World Cup - Group E
Under 2      2U

Tunisia vs Belgium - FIFA World Cup - Group G
Belgium -1      2U

Mexico vs South Korea - FIFA World Cup - Group F
Mexico  ML MAX  5U

Panama vs England - FIFA World Cup - Group G
England -1.5   4U
England to nil  1U

Senegal vs Japan - FIFA World Cup - Group H
Senegal PK     2U

Colombia vs Poland - FIFA World Cup - Group H
Over 2     MAX 5U

Colombia advances from Group H   +155 1U

Egypt vs Saudi Arabia - FIFA World Cup - Group A
Egypt ML     1U

Portugal vs Iran - FIFA World Cup - Group B
Portugal ML     2U

Peru vs Australia - FIFA World Cup - Group C
Peru    PK  4U

Argentina vs Nigeria - FIFA World Cup - Group D
Over 2.5    1U

Peoples Parlay  1U

Brazil  -1.5

Peru PK

Mexico ML

Col/Pol  Over 2

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Houston's offense once again obliterated Baltimore in Wednesday's finale. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Owners of a nine-game winning streak, the Astros tried to keep the train rolling to make it double digits and complete the three-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore. Not only would they get the win, but they also did it by dominating on both sides of the ball again in a one-sided shutout.

Final Score: Astros 13, Orioles 0

Astros' Record: 46-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (6-3)

Losing Pitcher: Thomas Eshelman (0-1)

Houston keeps mashing

Unlike Tuesday's game which ended 3-1 in a much closer affair, the finale on Wednesday was once again a lopsided affair like Monda's opener, favoring the Astros. Houston once again put up double-digit runs in an offensive explosion. It started right off the bat, with three runs scoring in the top of the first on a two-RBI double by Carlos Correa and an RBI single by Kyle Tucker to grab a 3-0 lead.

Yuli Gurriel extended it to 4-0 with a two-out RBI single in the second, then Jose Altuve made it a six-run game with a two-run blast in the top of the fourth. Michael Brantley joined in with an RBI single in the top of the sixth, then Yordan Alvarez led off a four-run seventh with a solo bomb before a three-run homer by Abraham Toro made it 11-0.

Urquidy cruises through seven scoreless

Jose Urquidy was cruising all the while, allowing just three baserunners over that span, a double to start his night, which he erased, then a one-out walk in the second and leadoff single in the sixth. He returned at the bottom of the seventh with a manageable pitch count, where he'd erase a one-out single to keep Baltimore scoreless. With the insurmountable lead, he'd be given the rest of the night off. His final line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 84 P.

Astros complete the sweep and grab tenth straight win

Chas McCormick, who came off the bench defensively in the bottom of the seventh, made it a twelve-run lead with a one-out solo homer in the top of the eighth, then later Abraham Toro notched his fourth RBI with a run-scoring single to make it 13-0. Brandon Bielak took over for Urquidy in the bottom of the eighth, and after loading the bases with no outs, was able to escape with a strikeout and double play.

Ralph Garza Jr. was Houston's third pitcher, wrapping things up at the bottom of the ninth. He erased a one-out walk and a single with a double play to end the game, giving Houston the three-game sweep and extending their winning streak to ten games as they continue to look like baseball's best team.

Up Next: The next stop on this road trip for Houston is Detroit, where they will kick off a four-game set with the Tigers on Thursday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup for the opener will be Luis Garcia (5-4, 2.82 ERA) for Houston and Jose Urena (2-7, 5.79 ERA) for Detroit.

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