Worst Bad Beats of the Week (Tigers vs. Twins Turned into Little League Spectacle)

Minnesota Twins DH Miguel Sano celebrates with teammates after driving in the game winning run on Tuesday, April 26 vs. the Detroit Tigers.
Minnesota Twins DH Miguel Sano celebrates with teammates after driving in the game winning run on Tuesday, April 26 vs. the Detroit Tigers. / Brace Hemmelgarn/GettyImages

Part of why we watch the Big Leagues is to see the game of baseball played at the highest, most professional level.

Tuesday's evening between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins was anything but professional. In fact, it gave off middle school Little League vibes complete with terrible base-running, baseballs going off of gloves, and errant throws sailing over fielders' heads; all on one ball in play to end the game!

With the underdog Tigers (+122) looking to close out a 4-3 lead over the Twins in the bottom of the 9th, Miguel Sano took a Gregory Soto pitch the opposite way to right field. Trevor Larnach made a sharp turn, but was then held up by Minnesota's third base coach to load the bases with one out. Unfortunately, Sano headed for second base not realizing teammate Gio Urschela was still on the back. That forced him to then run to third, but catcher Eric Hasse completely airmailed the throw to nail Urschela, allowing him to score the game-winning run and walk-off the Tigers.

The bad beat for Tigers bettors was also a double-whammy for UNDER 7.5 bettors as well, as the errant throw went from a potential final score of 4-3 (under 7.5), to a 4-5 final (over 7.5).

Could any other gut-wrenchers top that debacle? Let's take a look at the most noteworthy bad beats of last week.

Biggest Bad Beats This Week: Monday, April 25 - Sunday, May 1, 2022

Flames vs. Predators (Nashville Moneyline +115)

Sports is a game of inches, and certainly a game of seconds.

Both were the case this week when the Nashville Predators gave up the game-tying goal to the Calgary Flames with just 0.1 seconds left to go to make it a 4-4 game. Somehow, Matthew Tkachuk got one by goaltender David Rittich by the absolute slimmest of margins on the scoreboard.

The Flames not only forced overtime, but went on to win in extra time thanks to a wrister from Elias Lindholm; causing Predators fans to wonder what they had done to deserve this beat.

Mets vs. Cardinals (Over/Under 6.5 Runs)

As a Cubs fan, I cherish every opportunity I can to see the Cardinals lose.

However, I would have been perfectly content with the Mets scoring only three runs; keeping the under of 6.5 in play.

Earlier this week, St. Louis was a strike away from shutting out the Metropolitans, but New York kept battling all the way to a five-run 9th inning to stun the Cardinals at Busch Stadium 5-2.

With two outs, two strikes and a runner on first, Mark Canha singled to drive in Eduardo Escobar on an error by Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado. The next batter, Jeff McNeil doubled to put runners on second and third. Dominic Smith plated two more to take the lead, and Brandon Nimmo launched a two-run shot to give the Mets two more insurance runs they wouldn't need from the perspective of "under" bettors.

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