Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports. Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper
- In Pittsburgh, a bevy of early runs got hopes up for the 77% who took over 9.5 in Pirates-Nationals.
- In Cleveland, under bettors could still cash if three runs or fewer scored in the ninth of Reds-Indians.
- The under cashed in Pittsburgh, and the over cashed in Cleveland. Go figure.
Pittsburgh and Cleveland are separated by a mere 150 miles. If one were inclined to do so, they could potentially watch an inning at one park and catch the end of the game at the other. Cool stuff.
Anyway, plenty of bettors had action on the totals for Monday’s Pirates-Nationals and Reds-Indians games, and there were surely some who were on the wrong end of both.
Let’s begin in Pittsburgh, where the game began with runs on top of runs and the Pirates got off to a big lead thanks to a combined cycle (is that a thing?) in just two innings: Single, double, triple, homer — 6-1 Pirates.
The 77% of bettors on the over (9.5) probably shifted their attention to other games. Let’s just hope they didn’t buy anything big. You know what they say: Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!
Oh yeah … and the Nats had two on and one out in the ninth before Mr. 10-RBI Mark Reynolds grounded into a double play to end the game.
The game in Cleveland between the Indians and Reds wasn’t as bad of a beat, but it was still pretty bad. It also sported a 9.5-run total, but this time, it was under bettors who were expecting to cash. Through eight innings, six runs had crossed the plate, leaving under bettors with a three-run cushion heading into the final frame.
A two-run dong by Scott Schebler in the top half got the sweat flowing, but it wasn’t over yet. Under bettors needed the Reds’ bullpen to hold Cleveland to one run tops, or it was dunzo.
Instead, Jason Kipnis managed a 341-foot homer off southpaw Amir Garrett. Shockingly enough, the second-year reliever has allowed home runs in nearly 10% of all plate appearances vs. lefties in his career, so perhaps we shouldn’t be all that shocked.
For good measure, the Reds allowed two more runs en route to a 7-5 win.