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Washington at HOUSTON (7.5-under, -120)

By Jack Brayman, Featured Handicapper

Posted by 3 p.m. eastern on weekdays; 10 a.m. eastern on weekends.

My $10 bettors have won $33,130 the past 566 days after hitting yet another 200 Dimer, this one being the Washington Nationals (+175) against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series.

I didn't just take a shot with the Nationals, I definitively broke down how Gerrit Cole would get rocked, and that Max Scherzer was the better pitcher in the matchup, and that I was confident Washington would steal Game 1.

I also delivered a 200 Dimer on Monday with the New England Patriots (33-0) over the New York Jets. I also delivered a 200 Dime Winner on Sunday with the Jacksonville Jaguars getting it done (27-17) over the Cincinnati Bengals. I also delivered a 200 Dime Winner on Friday with the Pittsburgh Panthers (27-20) over the Syracuse Orange.

In all, 10 straight winning days, including my four 200 Dimers, and tonight I open the NBA campaign with a solid winner.

You do know who the best NBA handicapper at this site is, right? I've made  $10 bettors $21,820 the last two seasons combined, and come into this season having won four of my last five 200 Dime releases.

And tonight I love the Northwest Division matchup between Denver and Portland, as the two mix it up in Oregon. It's a damn near pick'em. My side wins by at least eight points.

Let's carry the momentum into Wednesday night, with Winning Day # 11 in a Row.

$10 bettors have made $33,130 the past 18 Months
- including $15,600 the past 10 days -

Biggest NBA Release of my Career 

Sixth-Ever
200 DIME
Double Max Wager
NBA Release of my Career

Denver - Portland

11th Straight Winning Day

Tuesday I delivered my 16th-Ever 200 Dime MLB Release
on the Nationals (+175) over Houston; you got it for Over Half Price Off

Monday I delivered my 6th-Ever 200 Dime NFL Release
on the Patriots over New York, which you got for Over Half Price Off

Sunday I delivered my 5th-Ever 200 Dime NFL Release
on the Jaguars over Cincy, which you got for Over Half Price Off

Friday I delivered my 12th-Ever 200 Dime College Football Release
on Pittsburgh over Syracuse, which you got for Over Half Price Off

75-53 Roll with normal Top-Rated 100 Dimers
- and this play is TWICE as strong -

+ + + + + + + + +

TWICE AS STRONG as Saturday's100 Dime Winner # 5 in a Row,
Miami Ohio (+2') 27-24 OUTRIGHT vs. Northern Illinois

TWICE AS STRONG as Thursday's 100 Dime Winner # 4 in a Row,
Kansas City (-3) 30-6 over Denver

TWICE AS STRONG as Wednesday's 100 Dime Winner # 3 in a Row,
Troy (-17) 37-13 over S. Alabama

TWICE AS STRONG as Tuesday's 100 Dime Winner # 2 in a Row,
Nationals Run Line (+130) 7-4 over St. Louis

TWICE AS STRONG as Monday's 100 Dime Winner,
Lions (+3') covering at Green Bay in a 23-22 loss

MUCH STRONGER THAN last Sunday's 80 Dime NFL Winner # 9 of 13
on the Texans (+5') OUTRIGHT over Kansas City, 31-24

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Now that the offensive onslaught is out of the way, and the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros sent Game 1 over the posted total, led by a shellacking of Gerrit Cole, let's gear up for some quality pitching.

I want you playing Game 2 under the posted number.

Since every MLB wager on a run line or total auto-lists pitchers, I want you to be sure the two pitchers on your ticket, when making this play, are Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander. If they are not the pitchers of record when making your play, disregard this play.

Let's start with who will be a fired up Strasburg, who will most certainly feed off last night's Game 1 victory, and will be on top of his game in looking to send the series back to D.C. with his team ahead by two games.

The fiery right-hander, who was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA during the regular season, has a 1.64 ERA this postseason, with 33 strikeouts vs. just one walk. Strasburg's 1.10 career playoff ERA is the third-lowest mark all-time among pitchers with at least five postseason starts, behind only Sandy Koufax (0.95) and Christy Mathewson (1.06).

His career numbers against the Astros tell me he'll be plenty confident at Minute Maid Park, as he's 1-0 in three starts with a 1.80 ERA and a very strong .933 WHIP. The Astros are hitting just .218 against Strasburg, while he has a 8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, having struck out 16 and walking two.

In his lone appearance at Minute Maid, the Astros are hitting just .150 against Strasburg, who took a no-decision in that game. And in 22 Interleague starts, he is 12-3 with a 3.14 ERA.

I would love to think he can dominate and defeat the Astros - and he can - but I'm not ready to side against Verlander.

Not when the veteran right-hander is needed more than ever, and should have his arsenal working for thie one. True, Verlander's postseason has been an up-and-down one - more than Astros fans would have liked - than you might expect, as he's 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA in four starts.

In two starts against the Nationals, he is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA, and in 50 Interleague starts, Verlander is 34-8 with a 2.81 ERA. He has the experience and wherewithal to silence even Washington's red-hot lineup, which has led the postseason offensively.

This one will be about the pitchers. Play it low.

2* UNDER Nationals-Astros (Strasburg-Verlander)