Sunday Sweats: Moose Stayed Loose Late into the Night on the Diamond
- On a day when both the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs didn’t have much drama, MLB more than made up for it with a bevy of Sunday sweats.
- After a brutally bad beat in the Bronx, we saw more bullpen blowups.
- To cap it all off, the Cubs lost in painful fashion at 2 a.m. ET in a six-hour marathon.
It all started in the first game of the day, as the Yankees and Indians under 9.5 runs somehow didn’t hit after the teams combined for one hit through the first seven scoreless innings. You can read more about that bad beat and the Indians +1.5 moose in the article below.
While unders had a very profitable day overall — thanks to a perfect 4-0 in the four postseason games — MLB followed up the Yankees-Indians bullpen blowup with a few more numbing under losses.
The Nationals-Phillies game went over the total of 7 — despite the fact that Washington held a 1-0 lead through six innings. It also went over as a result of a blown save. After the Nats scored two 2-out runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3, they tied the game in the ninth on a bases-loaded walk after loading them with an infield single, a walk and a HBP. Wilmer Difo then hit a walk-off single to complete the comeback for Washington moneyline and over 7 bettors.
Wilmer Difo lofts a walk-off single into center field against Hector Neris, driving in Howie Kendrick to give the Nationals a 5-4 win (01:32)
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Also, those who bet the Pirates-Brewers under 9 couldn’t have been happy to see a push in a game where Milwaukee didn’t score. Even the Angels-Mariners over 8.5 lost on two meaningless ninth-inning runs in a game the Halos led, 2-0, in the sixth inning.
While those are some painful total losses, Sunday’s most aggravating loss goes to those who bet the Cubs moneyline on Sunday Night Baseball. In a game that featured two separate 30-minute rain delays and went 14 innings, bettors had to wait until 2 a.m. ET for the outcome.
After the Cardinals tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the sixth inning, nothing really happened until Chicago infielder Javy Baez hit a solo shot in the top of the 14th to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Cubs called on Luke Farrell to record the save. He would only need to get through backup catcher Francisco Pena, a pinch-hitting pitcher and Harrison Bader to lock down the win.
Well, Cubs backers had to feel confident after Farrell struck out the first two batters he faced. One out away.
Harrison Bader then reached on an infield single. Next up? Ex-Cub Dexter Fowler (pictured above), who Farrell got ahead of, 1-2, in the count. One strike away until …
— Today in MLB (@TodayintheMLB) May 7, 2018
Six hours after the scheduled first pitch, the Cardinals took their first lead on a two-out, two-strike, two-run bomb by Fowler, who coincidentally hit it just barely over the reaching glove of ex-Cardinal Jason Heyward.
On back-to-back days, the Cubs lost to their division rival in extra innings — with Farrell taking the loss in each.
Not a fun way to end your weekend if you bet the Cubs. Trust me, I know first-hand. Happy Monday!