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Looking to bounce back with a big betting weekend

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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Following Houston's 6-4 road trip, the Astros returned home to finish the first "half" of the season before the All Star break hosting Florida and Texas. Houston's road trip was filled with clutch performances in New York, dominance in taking 3 of 4 in Toronto, and a dose of close calls and tough realities with a short-handed team against Minnesota.

Now the Astros hope to take care of business against the lowly Marlins and division rival Rangers. The Texas series, in particular gives Houston the opportunity to reassert their hold on the #2 spot ahead of the Rangers who have won their last 5 games in a row (as of the time this was published). Both teams have won 7 of their last 10 games and hope to catch a free-falling Seattle team to overtake the division lead.

Dana Brown told the media last week he expects both Justin Verlander and Kyle Tucker to be reactivated following the All-Star break but Tucker's updates continue to be more promising than Verlander's and MUCH more promising than Lance McCullers. Astros manager informed the media this week that McCullers has been shut down from throwing after his arm did not respond well to his recent bullpen sessions and the team is formulating the plan for what's next for the embattled pitcher. McCullers hasn't pitched since the 2022 postseason and underwent season-ending flexor tendon surgery last June. McCullers is under contract with Houston until 2026.

An eventual return for Kyle Tucker would spur a juggling act from Joe Espada to find a proper balance of time for all his outfielders, none of which have separated themselves offensively. Chas McCormick had a great month of June recording an .804 OPS but that run looks more like an anomaly as his scuffles have continued over the past 2.5 weeks, recording just 4 hits over his last 32 plate appearances.

While Jake Meyers has wowed fans and teammates with his glove this season, his offense has hit a skid, hitting just .184 with a .565 OPS over the past month. After rookie Joey Loperfido's torrid debut, he too has struggled with the bat, hitting just .216 with .599 OPS over the same time period.

An unexpected bright spot has been the recent play of first baseman Jon Singleton. Over the last 4 weeks, "Big Jon" is batting .302 with an .802 OPS. It's worth mentioning that Singleton's season numbers are better than Florida's Josh Bell, who drew interest from Astros fans over the past several seasons as a potential answer at first base. Bell has 135 more ABs this season so its not quite an apples-to-apples comparison but there's no doubt Singleton's contributions were sorely needed following the release of Jose Abreu.

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