Nolan Arenado Grand Slam Helps MVP Case, Hurts First-Five-Innings Bettors

Jul 31, 2018 10:59 PM EDT

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Pictured: Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado

  • After four scoreless innings in the Rockies-Cardinals game, F5 under 4 bettors were sitting pretty.
  • St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez had been dealing, but left with an injury with two on and two out in the top of the fifth.
  • After a few questionable calls prolonged the inning, Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam to give Colorado a 4-0 lead.
  • Jedd Gyorko then put the final nail in the coffin of F5 under bettors with a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth.

A pitchers’ duel for four innings turned into a bloodbath (slight exaggeration) in the fifth, which is unfortunately the exact inning in which first-five bets are decided, hence the name “first five.”

St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez picked a bad time to aggravate an old injury for F5 under bettors, as he had to leave a scoreless game with two outs in the top of the fifth. What a jerk …

After four outstanding scoreless innings, Martinez struck out two of the first three batters in the top of the fifth. But he got pulled with a strained shoulder after allowing a Charlie Blackmon single.

St. Louis replaced Martinez with Daniel Poncedeleon, whom I wrote about a week ago to the day. The rookie came in with two on and two out, having still not allowed a hit in seven major league innings.

Poncedeleon first faced Ian Desmond, who drew a walk on a full count after avoiding multiple borderline strike calls. That loaded the bases for the red-hot Nolan Arenado.

Grand slam. The first hit allowed in Poncedeleon’s career. Worst-case scenario for anyone with a F5 under 4 ticket. Well, I suppose the second-worst — the under went up in flames in the bottom of the fifth on a Jedd Gyorko solo shot.

Five runs — the worst amount possible for under bettors  — all scored in the worst inning possible. All made possible due to a starter injury with two outs in the fifth, followed by a few questionable calls.

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