As we go a full three work days without any regular season baseball, NBA hoops, football or hockey to wager on, it's as good a time as any to reflect on some of our most gut-wrenching and painful misses of the prior week.
In today's edition of "Worst Bad Beats of the Week," we've got two Major League results that are so gross you may need to look away, plus a hilarious bet from this week's Open Championship that didn't exactly go to plan.
Amongst all the possible candidates, here were the worst of the worst.
Biggest Bad Beats of the Week (Monday, July 11 - Sunday, July 18, 2022)
New York Yankees Moneyline & Run Line vs. Cincinnati Reds - Tuesday, July 12
I'm certainly not a Yankees hater, nor am I a fan of the Bronx Bombers. But if there was ever a time to bring back the Big Papi drop, it was after Tuesday night.
Up 3-0 in the 9th inning, Yankees closer Clay Holmes entered the game against the Cincinnati Reds at home. Holmes, to this point, had only allowed two earned runs ALL SEASON with an ERA of 0.46.
What happened next was literally historic.
Holmes allowed four earned runs, double the amount given up all season without recording an out as the Yankees went onto blow the game 4-3. It was the first time all season for both teams to either win a game, as well as blow a lead entering the 9th inning.
While some many have taken the Yankees on the moneyline at a very steep -295 price, it's really the Yankees -1.5 run line bettors at -143 that I truly feel sorry for.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Miami Marlins UNDER 7 - Wednesday, July 13
The Pirates-Marlins matchup was another game where a bettor was literally counting their money; being almost guaranteed in-hand heading into the final few frames. Instead, in a blink of an eye, the under vanished in the final few frames.
With Pittsburgh up 1-0 in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Marlins took a 2-1 lead on an Avisail Garcia 2-RBI single; going up 2-1 heading into the 9th.
With two outs in the inning, Michael Chavis of the Pirates hits an RBI double to tie the game. The Marlins don't score and we head to the 10th, with still a 3-run cushion before a push at 7.
Pittsburgh adds two more in the top of the 10th, and look to close out Miami 4-2, STILL with the under in hand. Of course, the Marlins come all the way back to win it 5-4.
The Guy Who Bet Cameron Smith to Win The Wrong Open
I don't know if this counts as a bad beat or not, but the story is too good not to include in this week's edition.
Twitter user @azarrella9 thought he turned a $75 bet on Open Championship winner Cameron Smith at +1998 odds at his sportsbook. The bet was placed on Wednesday, July 13, so naturally, this bettor had a reasonable expectation that his wager would be on the most noteworthy tournament beginning early Thursday morning. Or so he thought.
He did bet Cam Smith to win outright. He just bet him to win the wrong tournament.
It pains me to even bring this memory up, but back during the 2021 NBA Finals, I was holding onto a Phoenix Suns futures ticket at 80/1, purchased a mere seconds after Phoenix had acquired Chris Paul in a trade. As they made it all the way to the Finals, I decided to hedge my bet on the Milwaukee Bucks to guarantee a profit.
One problem. The bet accidentally was placed on the Bucks to win Game 1, rather than on the series itself.
So here's to you, @azarrella9. Bad beats can come in all forms, and we appreciate you letting it out in the "safe space" that is Twitter for our enjoyment and shared heartache.
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