Double Blown Saves Lead to Another Under Moose

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Bob DeChiara – USA TODAY Sports

  • Under 8 looked great when Craig Kimbrel came in for the save in the 9th inning with a 3-2 lead.
  • Well, he gave up a home run to Alex Gordon, who had zero on the year.
  • No worries — Kelvin Herrera and his 0.00 ERA would get the save with a 4-3 lead in the 12th, right?
  • The Royals won 7-6 in the 13th inning. Moose.

Have a night, over bettors! Meanwhile, under bettors may consider retiring from sports gambling. Hell, retire for all I care. We all know it will be temporary and you’ll be back on the wagon before the end of the week.

After seeing Bryce Harper ruin first five under bettors in Max Scherzer’s start earlier, we then watched another under go up in flames when Michael Brantley pull a grand slam out of his keester in Hollywood fashion. The NBA got a bit jealous and tightened up the rims to force an overtime between the Cavs and Raptors — and another under moose.


And now, we had two blown saves in a single game to moose a fourth under.

Let me set the stage. The Red Sox had Chris Sale on the mound against the Kansas City Royals — who are not exactly having a good season if you haven’t heard. As a result, Boston was one of the larger favorites of the season at -300 or higher at some books. The total opened at 7.5 before closing at 8, with 56% of bets and 90% of dollars on the over.

With the Sox up 3-2 in the 9th, they called in the bearded one, Craig Kimbrel, the man with the highest save percentage in MLB history, to close it out.


You gotta be kitten me! He allows a dong to Alex Gordon, the 3rd worst hitter per wRC+ last season and a man with zero dongs on the year. Only in baseball.

But hey, no biggie. The under 8 still looked good — even after the Royals took a 4-3 lead in the 12th inning. They brought in Kelvin Herrera, who had yet to allow an earned run this year, to get the save in the bottom of the 12th. He recorded the first out before…


The game had officially gone over the total after two of the most reliable closers in the game both blew a save. What an improbable over.

Figures a game that featured a “catcher’s balk” would play out in such an odd way.