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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

For any questions or comments reach me @JerryBoKnowz on Twitter.

 

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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