- The New York Mets took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning, which had under bettors smiling.
- But New York’s bullpen woes continued, costing the Mets and bettors.
As soon as New York starter Zack Wheeler handed the ball over to skipper Mickey Callaway, anyone with an under ticket (9) in their hands should’ve felt some cold sweat build up around the base of the neck.
Although the Mets led just 2-0 at the time, Wheeler’s exit meant the game would soon be turned over to New York’s bullpen, which has been an assassin of under tickets over the past month.
And as reliever Paul Sewald trotted out —with two on and none out in the seventh inning — the idea of the Mets squirming out of the frame unscathed would’ve surely required an episode of the Twilight Zone.
Well, like clockwork, the Mets’ bullpen wasted no time. With RBIs from Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant, the Cubs tagged Sewald for three runs in the inning and took a 3-2 lead.
But the Mets’ pen was only just getting started (unfortunately for under backers). Sewald returned for the eighth and allowed three more runs — on an absolute no-doubter off the bat of Schwarber — and by the time the Mets came to bat in the bottom half of the inning, they faced a 6-2 deficit.
Despite their wagers being on “life support,” so to speak, under bettors still had life. As long as the game ended 6-2, their tickets would cash in spite of the Mets’ bullpen.
But the floodgates opened. The Mets responded, albeit meekly, in the home half of the eighth, thanks to a two-out, two-RBI single by Adrian Gonzalez. And, with that, it was “goodnight Irene” for any under tickets.
The game ended 7-4, as Mets closer Jeurys Familia surrendered one more in the ninth. As it stands, there are three things for certain in this life: death, taxes and the Mets’ bullpen giving up anywhere from 4-7 runs on a given night.
But, if you had the under, I’m sorry — and I salute your courage.
Wilson Contreras, Albert Almora, and Kyle Schwartber pictured — via Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports