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As of right now, the 10-time all-star is sitting at 599 home runs for his career, with 600 seeming inevitable. I couldn’t be happier for this man, and I have loved watching his career unfold, despite what his success has meant for my Astros. Note, that even when Pujols left the Cardinals and went to the Angels, the Astros were then moved from the NL Central to the AL West, only to continue to be battered by this behemoth of a baseball player.

Growing up in Houston, being an Astros fan, and rooting for Albert Pujols don’t mix well. It’s more like an oil/water type situation. But for a baseball fan, or even just a sports fan in general, it’s hard not to love Pujols on one level or another. Every single time Pujols came to bat, something was bound to happen, and in Houston, it was usually a bad thing.

If you google “Pujols Astros” there are videos of the 2005 NLCS 3 run homer, articles about how Pujols was to blame for the Astros not getting past the Royals in 2015 (yes, seriously), and news story after news story on how Pujols is the mighty Astro killer.

But, WHY? Why is it so hard to root against this ghost that haunts every Astros pitcher of the last 17 years?

Well, as I contemplate all the bitter defeats, the crushed home runs over the train tracks that run through Minute Maid Park, and the lost chances at...


This during the regular season, and into the beginning of the postseason, the NBA has been panned by the media for being unwatchable. I would tend to agree.

But what is the solution? How do we get players to stop resting during regular season games? How do we get the first round (or two) of the playoffs to be entertaining?

Well I don’t know. But I’ll take a shot at it. For funsies.

If you have listened to my podcast (shameless plug), you have heard me say, ‘kill the playoffs and all the games matter!’ Or, at least something along those lines. Let us compromise, if you need your little playoffs and championship series and such, I shall provide.

Step 1. - Kill the playoffs! OH, alright just get rid of the first round (maybe two). 16 out of 30 teams make the playoffs. The 7 and 8 seeds may as well get participation trophies. Since the 1983 season (the one where they expanded the playoffs to 8 teams) ten total 7th or 8th seeds have made it passed the first round. Only 1 team lower than the 5th seed has ever won the NBA finals (1995 Houston Rockets). EVER. This will give you an extra few weeks to stretch out the season to get rid of those pesky back-to-back games.

Step 2. - The lottery and tanking has been a point of...


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Texas Rangers (+113.0) at New York Yankees (-113.0) over +10.0

Game time: Friday 6/23, 7:05 PM

Texas Rangers 1 FINAL
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New York Yankees moneyline (-110.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $190.91

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Texas Rangers vs New York Yankees Pick

Both Darvish and Tanaka are coming off poor showing, and the Yanks have a better offense. Bronx Bombers will win!




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Houston Astros (+104.0) at Seattle Mariners (-104.0) over +9.5

Game time: Friday 6/23,10:10 PM

Houston Astros 3 FINAL
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$100.00 Pick documented: Friday, 23 Jun 2017 9:29 AM

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Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners Pick

Felix makes his return to the worst team possible, my hot Astros!




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LAA Angels (+156.0) at Boston Red Sox (-156.0) over +10.0

Game time: Friday 6/23, 7:10 PM

LAA Angels 4 FINAL
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LAA Angels moneyline (+161.0) L

$100.00 Pick documented: Friday, 23 Jun 2017 9:28 AM

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LAA Angels vs Boston Red Sox Pick

Porcello is slumping, and Meyer is surging!




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Cleveland Indians (-169.0) at Baltimore Orioles (+169.0) over +9.5

Game time: Wednesday 6/21, 8:05 PM

Cleveland Indians 5 FINAL
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Cleveland Indians moneyline (-157.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $163.69

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Cleveland Indians vs Baltimore Orioles Pick

Gausman doesnt have the stuff to stifle the Indians Offense.




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Houston Astros (-104.0) at Oakland Athletics (+104.0) over +9.0

Game time: Wednesday 6/21,10:05 PM

Houston Astros 5 FINAL
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Houston Astros moneyline (-116.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $186.21

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Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Pick

Fiers has been well.... on fire! Astros win




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Houston Astros (+100.0) at Oakland Athletics (+100.0) over +9.0

Game time: Tuesday 6/20,10:05 PM

Houston Astros 8 FINAL
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Houston Astros moneyline (-107.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $193.46

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Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Pick

The Astros Offense will be too much for Sonny Gray, who hasn't had his typical season after a stint on the DL




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Arizona Diamondbacks (+112.0) at Colorado Rockies (-112.0) over +11.0

Game time: Tuesday 6/20, 8:40 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks 3 FINAL
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Arizona Diamondbacks moneyline (+109.0) L

$100.00 Pick documented: Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 8:40 AM

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Colorado Rockies Pick

The D'Backs are starting Greinke, and he has already won this match up against Marquez this season. Greinke is 7-1 in his past 10 games with a 2.89 ERA.




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New York Mets (+204.0) at Los Angeles Dodgers (-204.0) over +9.0

Game time: Tuesday 6/20,10:10 PM

New York Mets 0 FINAL
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Los Angeles Dodgers moneyline (-180.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $155.56

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New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers Pick

The Mets are struggling, and the Dodgers are surging behind Cody Bellinger and a really strong pitching staff. The Mets couldn't win against Kershaw with 4 home runs, I don't think they can beat McCarthy either




Every year before the all-star break, we have very speculative and annoying conversations how who is buying and selling, and who may be standing pat. So here I am, throwing myself into this nonsense, because, well, nerds like me find it fun.
Here is a breakdown of what I THINK and will surely be wrong about when approaching the coming break and deadline by division

Yankees Currently 24-14
Face value says this is one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, and their record shows that.
With Aroldis on the DL, the bullpen will be stretched, but the back end of the rotation is, to me, what should be their biggest concern. Severino has not been good, but being 23 years old may have something to do with that.
Overall, the Yanks look like they are in good shape enough not to make a move, but if they do, expect it to be an arm in long relief.

Orioles Currently 23-16
The Orioles have one of those teams that when they get hot, they are nigh unbeatable (yes, nigh). When the hitting can support the pitching, they are great, and vice versa, which is why they are in close second in their division. If Gausman and Jimenez can level out, they will be fine down the stretch.
If the O’s add something, it will be a reliever.

Red Sox Currently...


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Toronto Blue Jays (-109.0) at Texas Rangers (+109.0) over +10.5

Game time: Monday 6/19, 8:05 PM

Toronto Blue Jays 7 FINAL
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Texas Rangers moneyline (+120.0) L

$100.00 Pick documented: Monday, 19 Jun 2017 8:36 AM

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Toronto Blue Jays vs Texas Rangers Pick

Bibens-Dirkx has really helped out the Rangers rotation, and I think he will be solid against the blue birdies.




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Washington Nationals (+101.0) at Miami Marlins (-101.0) over +9.5

Game time: Monday 6/19, 7:10 PM

Washington Nationals 7 FINAL
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Washington Nationals moneyline (-104.0) L

$100.00 Pick documented: Monday, 19 Jun 2017 8:34 AM

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Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins Pick

The Marlins have been hot, for the Marlins at least. But the Nasty Nats are Nasty




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Cleveland Indians (-159.0) at Baltimore Orioles (+159.0) over +9.0

Game time: Monday 6/19, 7:05 PM

Cleveland Indians 12 FINAL
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Cleveland Indians moneyline (-147.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $168.03

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Cleveland Indians vs Baltimore Orioles Pick

Kluber has been great since he came back off the DL. The Orioles have been hot, but Bundy gave up 5 to the White Sox in his last showing.




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Boston Red Sox (+120.0) at Houston Astros (-120.0) over +9.0

Game time: Friday 6/16, 8:10 PM

Boston Red Sox 2 FINAL
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Boston Red Sox moneyline (+103.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $203.00

$100.00 Pick documented: Friday, 16 Jun 2017 8:19 AM

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Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros Pick

I would love to bet on the Astros here, but with Fiers on the mound and the whole team hurting I just have a bad feeling that this poor stretch of play will continue.




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Chicago White Sox (+179.0) at Toronto Blue Jays (-179.0) over +9.0

Game time: Friday 6/16, 7:05 PM

Chicago White Sox 11 FINAL
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Toronto Blue Jays moneyline (-148.0) L

$100.00 Pick documented: Friday, 16 Jun 2017 8:16 AM

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Chicago White Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays Pick

This pick is total bias for Biagini. Quintana may have a great night or a terrible night, those seem to be the only options. Jays play to make it .500 for the first time this season




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Washington Nationals (-135.0) at New York Mets (+135.0) over +7.5

Game time: Friday 6/16, 7:10 PM

Washington Nationals 7 FINAL
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Washington Nationals moneyline (-147.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $168.03

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Washington Nationals vs New York Mets Pick

The Mets suffer yet another injury, Matz had a good first start, but the Nats are Nasty! Scherzer on the mound!




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Texas Rangers (+134.0) at Houston Astros (-134.0) over +9.5

Game time: Wednesday 6/14, 8:10 PM

Texas Rangers 2 FINAL
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Texas Rangers moneyline (+144.0) L

$100.00 Pick documented: Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 8:26 AM

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Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Pick

Francis Martes is getting a start because the Astros just dont have anyone else.




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Kansas City Royals (+157.0) at San Francisco Giants (-157.0) over +7.5

Game time: Wednesday 6/14, 3:45 PM

Kansas City Royals 7 FINAL
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Kansas City Royals moneyline (+163.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $263.00

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Kansas City Royals vs San Francisco Giants Pick

The Royals have been hot lately, and it has been hard to bet on the Giants to do anything but commit fielding errors.




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Cincinnati Reds (+125.0) at San Diego Padres (-125.0) over +9.5

Game time: Wednesday 6/14, 3:40 PM

Cincinnati Reds 2 FINAL
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San Diego Padres moneyline (-121.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $182.64

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Cincinnati Reds vs San Diego Padres Pick

Chacin has the second best ERA at home in the league, even though hes terrible everywhere else. The Reds are starting a well rested Amir Garrett, who I dont like.




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Oakland Athletics (+146.0) at Miami Marlins (-146.0) over +8.5

Game time: Wednesday 6/14,12:10 PM

Oakland Athletics 6 FINAL
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Miami Marlins moneyline (-151.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $166.23

$100.00 Pick documented: Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 8:14 AM

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Oakland Athletics vs Miami Marlins Pick

Daniel Gossett is making his MLB Debut for the sputtering A's. The Marlins can pack a punch, and with the streaking Volquez on the mound, Marlins win




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Colorado Rockies (+111.0) at Pittsburgh Pirates (-111.0) over +8.5

Game time: Tuesday 6/13, 7:05 PM

Colorado Rockies 2 FINAL
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Colorado Rockies moneyline (+113.0) L

$100.00 Pick documented: Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 7:40 AM

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Colorado Rockies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pick

The last thing Cole needs to see right now is a hot Rockies team. He has an ERA over 10 in his last 4 starts.




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Tampa Bay Rays (+138.0) at Toronto Blue Jays (-138.0) over +8.5

Game time: Tuesday 6/13, 7:05 PM

Tampa Bay Rays 8 FINAL
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Tampa Bay Rays moneyline (+136.0) WIN WIN WIN Ticket Cashes $236.00

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Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Pick

I really like Faria in this spot, even though this is second game in the show. He has great stuff.