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Las Vegas Expert Picks: World Cup, MLB

Luis Suarez 2018 World Cup Benjamin Eckstein Expert Picks

Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly picks in his “Ecks & Bacon” column.

LAS VEGAS —  Not sure if you’re gonna catch this is time, but in the final World Cup game of the day, Serbia/Switzerland, we would recommend a few pennies on the draw at +200. These teams appear to be evenly matched, and not sure my brain has picked out a winning side. Gimme half a Benjamin on the draw, which is like 64 loonies in Canada, depending on the exchange rate.

Before we get to tomorrow’s action, gonna drop a future bet on you, and it’s Uruguay to win the World Cup at a big fat +2500. Why? Take a look at La Celeste, the Uruguay squad, and you’ll see that they’re loaded. Luis Suarez, the Barcelona striker, as long as he doesn’t bite any ears, is a phenomenal player. They pair him with Edinson Cavani up front, and that’s quite a one-two punch. In the back, Uruguay has two world-class defenders from Atletico Madrid, Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez. How good are these guys? So good that La Celeste has allowed only ONE goal in their last SIX games. If they stay focused and get to the semifinals, that 25/1 would look SWEET!

Getting up REALLY early tomorrow to drop some cash on Belgium over Tunisia. Yeah, yeah, I know that the price is YUGE, somewhere around $350 to win back $100, but C’MON, this is the Washington Capitals, or the Vegas Golden Knights, playing against a team from the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. Maybe the South Shore Lumberjacks. That’s how large the talent disparity is in this soccer match. The Red Devils already have three points with a 3-0 bagel against Panama, and will advance to the next round with a W against maybe my favorite nickname of all the teams playing in Russia, the Eagles of Carthage. This is FREE money, so take advantage.

MLB pick

Total MISMATCH on the baseball board tonight, and it’s the Braves over the Orioles. You are not going to believe these numbers, for real. Atlanta starter Sean Newcomb has been solid as the proverbial rock, with an 8-2 record and a 2.70 ERA. And if you’re wondering how he pitches at home, gotcha. In his last start, he did not allow an earned run, gave up just two hits, and had seven Ks in six innings of work. Now take a look at Baltimore’s starter, Alex Cobb. Actually, you might wanna shield your eyes, ’cause it’s UGLY. Cobb has started 12 games and managed only two wins. His ERA, 7.14, is embarrassing, and his last two starts look like he’s throwing batting practice to the opposing side. How bad? In 10 innings, he was rocked for 18 hits and 14 earned runs. OUCH! After you collect some change with Belgium, roll it over to the Braves and enjoy the weekend.

And PLZ hit me on Twitter over the weekend, @vegasvigorish, ’cause ya never know when we’ll find another gem on the baseball diamond or the soccer pitch.

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at www.americasline.com. He is beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email ... ben@americasline.com.