Dodgers continue to wreck bookmakers after latest rally
by Rex Factor Scores & Statson
I spoke with one friend at a prominent offshore office that gave me their figure for the agents after Wednesday. They were a loser.
Had the Los Angeles Dodgers not figured out how to rally and stun the Chicago White Sox in the last game on the board, things would have turned out very differently.
After speaking with two more acquaintances and looking at how things played out on the betting board, it became quite obvious that this place in Costa Rica wasn’t the only one who encountered the same troubles. Bookmakers all over the Americas have been crying about it, too.
There was a full 15-game card scheduled on Wednesday – though Cleveland/Minnesota got rained out, so the Tribe couldn’t administer the final curtain call as an almost 2-to-1 road favorite. Every game started at 8:10 Eastern time or before except for the White Sox/Dodgers. Carlos Rodon faced off against Yu Darvish in a game that closed offshore at most places at around 3-to-1 in favor of the Dodgers, who were sitting with a posh 84-34 record prior to the first pitch.
The one shot fired in the favor of the books was when the Angels held off Washington for a 3-2 win in the first game of the day. The Nationals were favored and closed a tad higher than they opened.
But as it goes in baccarat sometimes (and for me, when I bet the “BANKER”), it was a “PLAYER” night.
The Marlins were bet up from -170 to -185 or higher and easily beat hapless San Francisco 8-1 in the other 1:10 EDT start. Milwaukee edged Pittsburgh 7-6 on a late homer and got the cash in a game where they were bet up 15 cents or so from the open. San Diego blanked Philly 3-0 in a spot where they opened -120 and closed around -150. Kansas City scored in the ninth inning to slither past host Oakland 7-6 in a game where they were slightly bet up as the favorite. Seattle beat Baltimore as a slight home favorite (opened and closed around minus-115) by the same 7-6 score after the Orioles scored twice in the ninth inning and left the bases loaded on a game-ending strikeout.
These were just the day games, but it set the books up to get mauled at night. Five favorites that either got bet up or (just as importantly) did NOT get bet down, all got the money. The night session would get no better for the bookmakers.
Toronto edged Tampa Bay in a game where manager John Gibbons was the likely MVP. After getting thrown out of the game late, the Jays got several close ball-and-strike calls late from home plate umpire Lance Barksdale that ultimately helped them prevail as a small favorite.
There were games where the run-line parlay guys (also known as lottery ticket players) got shot down. It happened in LA, Chicago and Boston, minimizing some of the damage for those who wrote those bets. The Cubs were only able to score on a wild pitch in the ninth to beat Cincinnati by a 7-6 count in a game where they opened a 2-to-1 chalk and got bet up to minus-230 or higher. Long term, people will remember this game for John Lackey stealing a base for the first time in his career, Joe Maddon getting ejected in the ninth inning and Joey Votto’s 20-game streak of getting on base at least twice ending (Lackey snaring a liner from him in the fifth inning sealed that fate).
The Red Sox scored three times in the ninth as Mookie Betts hit a walk-off double of the Green Monster to plate the tying and winning runs with two out against the third St. Louis relief pitcher of the inning. Yikes. That is when most bookmakers probably knew it wasn’t their night.
Colorado got bet up from -155 to -185 or higher at most places and blasted Atlanta, 17-2. This comes on the heels of the Rockies not scoring more than three runs in any of their last eight games. Sometimes when it rains, it pours.
Texas mauled Detroit by a 12-6 count in a game where they were an average -185 favorite at open and close. Houston got bet up from -145 or so to about -165 and easily handled Arizona, 9-5.
That set the stage for the theatrics at Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers rallied from 4-2 down in the ninth to score three times after a leadoff out. Each of the last four Dodgers got hits to end it. By the time the best team in baseball was celebrating once again at roughly 1:10 EDT on Thursday morning, the bookmakers left sweating that game were searching for the nearest cocktail, or perhaps a gun.
Such is life during baseball season. Score a big one for the players.