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Looking to bounce back with a big betting weekend

Jadeveon Clowney and the Texans could play well enough to hit the over. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group

Tough week. If you play long enough you know they happen. Nothing we can do but look back over the plays and make adjustments.  Really kicking myself for not playing a couple of games I mentioned. I said the WVU/Kansas number got away from us- I should have played that over. I liked Georgia, and really liked the Saints. I should have played them all.

Recap

Michigan State +4- Never showed up. Outclassed from kickoff. Lesson learned: don’t play mediocre Big 10 teams.

Toledo +13.5- I still like the play. They fell apart in the fourth quarter but the game was much closer than the score indicated and Toledo was winning at halftime.

Oregon/Arizona State Over 75: Landed on 72. Scoring slowed down in the second half. I would play it again.

Three-team 10 point teaser: Pats, Saints and Oklahoma State.  Credit to TCU. I did not expect that kind of effort. A lot of people did- they were right.

YTD 6-11 (-$285) Fade me if you want…

3 team 10 point teaser (Risking $60 to win $50)

Saints +7, Broncos +7, Patriots +1

Risking ($55 to win $50)

Titans/Texans Over 43.5

USC/Washington State Over 63.5

Oklahoma State/Texas Tech Over 85 (2 units) 1-0 on these this year and it was another Tech over.

Money Line Parlay

Packers, Auburn, Texas A&M Risking ($50 to win $60)

When you are losing no one cares what your opinion is on games. They just want you to win. So I am switching it up. Five total plays. I like all of them. Good luck. I really think they we have a big week.

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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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