Don’t Bet against Judge…Lesson Learned

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Does betting on the Home Run Derby make you a degenerate gambler?

The answer is a hard NO. Betting on the Home Run Derby is one hell of a time even if you make the mistake of picking against the guy who’s the heavy favorite. The favorite weighing in at 280 pounds and every bit of six feet and seven inches tall by the name of Aaron Judge. Little did we know he was playing on a field 10x smaller than his counterparts or so it seemed.

Going against Judge didn’t seem as crazy as it does now. All it took was the thought that the big stage would possibly make the New York Yankees rookie tighten up because playing in the Big Apple isn’t already pressure in itself. Don’t forget about Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton the other obvious choice, defending HR derby champion, headlining the event in the ballpark he plays in 81 times a year. I passed on him as well. The odds were simply just too good to pass up when it came to picking one of the underdogs in this eight-man competition where you’d think anyone could catch fire.

Here’s five different (losing) bets from Monday night.

Winner: Miguel Sano +600

Winner: Justin Bour +1600

Longest HR of First Round: Cody Bellinger +1100

Exact Finals Matchup: Sano vs Bour +2000

Exact Finals Matchup: Sano vs Bellinger +1200

So these weren’t the worst bets but they clearly weren’t winners either. Marlins’ Justin Bour stole the show for at least five minutes in round one. He hit 22 homers overall, ate a doughnut before his 30 seconds of bonus time and played off the crowd as if he was competing for the WWE’s intercontinental championship belt. This all happen moments before his round one opponent Judge came out and played pepper with the Marlins hideous statue beyond the centerfield wall, ultimately, hitting 24 home runs to eliminate Bour from the competition and two of those bets from existence.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie Cody Bellinger hit some bombs in his dramatic first round matchup win against the Colorado Rockies Charlie Blackmon (15-14) but none far enough to eclipse Judge’s 500-plus foot dingers. Another bet down the drain. My dude from the Minnesota Twins, Miguel Sano, was my only hope. He knocked out Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas in the first round (11-10) and then eliminated Yankees’ catcher Gary Sanchez (11-10) to advance to the finals.

Two of my final bets hung in the balance, Sano was in the finals, and a matchup with Bellinger would’ve salvaged the day. However, Judge stood in the way. ESPN announcer Karl Ravech didn’t make the Tiger Woods reference until the finals but he could’ve said it felt like the early 2000s Tiger where everyone else is playing for second in that matchup between Bellinger and Judge in the semis. The Yankees’ slugger wasn’t going to lose to anyone. He beat Bellinger with a score of (13-12). There was only one last bet to hold on to. It was a Sano vs. Judge final but I honestly had more confidence in Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian getting back together than Sano winning at this point. Judge won with a final of (11-10) and made it look as easy as he did the two previous rounds.

That big stage wasn’t big enough to hold down Judge, as most pitchers can’t hold him in the ballpark and most ballparks can’t hold him in the yard. It was a sight to see on Monday night. He made 500-foot homers look effortless while using every part of the stadium to add to his count. This might be remembered as the legitimate come out party for Judge on the national stage or the day that I look back on in 10 years from now, and say, that was the first home run derby I ever bet on as I bet again and lose another five bets in 2027.

 

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Mets’ Flores Appoints Himself as Chief of Baseball Police

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The New York Mets have been outscored 30-8 through the first three games of a four game series at Dodger Stadium and currently sit 11.5 games out of first place in the NL East with a piss poor 31-40 record for the lack of a better word. It’s safe to say that this team, two years removed from a World Series appearance, has seen better days.

Mets’ infielder, Wilmer Flores, who was once known for breaking the most unwritten rule in all of baseball by crying on the field took exception to the way the Los Angeles Dodgers’ right fielder admired his work on Wednesday night.

In the fourth inning, Yasiel Puig was at the plate sitting dead red, when Mets’ starter Tyler Pill grooved a 91 MPH sinker in a 3-1 count that ultimately ended up halfway up the left field pavilion for a three-run homer. Puig watched with admiration as the ball took flight and then gracefully made his way around the bases angering a few Mets’ players in the process. Flores had a few words for Puig between first and second base and Mets’ catcher Travis d’Arnaud got in his two cents at home plate approximately 30 seconds later. Even fellow Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, a showboat in his own right, along with Jose Reyes were seen chatting up Puig between innings.

The Mets decided not to retaliate in Puig’s next two plate appearances but Flores let it be known afterward how upset he was by reverting back to his old ways.

By Flores’ logic, the Mets are playing horrible, so Puig or anyone for that matter is not allowed to play better because apparently you might hurt your opponents feelings by doing so. Flores is playing the worst card possible here. He’s acting like the girl who just got dumped and goes out her way to spend the rest of the night making sure none of her friends hookup with anyone. You know Flores is bitter about how much fun the Dodgers are having, especially at the Mets expense.

The Dodgers have now won 12 of their last 13 games and extended their winning streak to six in a row to take a 0.5 lead over the Colorado Rockies for first place in the NL West. The Mets sit on the opposite end of the spectrum and Flores is making it clear how miserable that entire situation is by trying to bring others down with him. Flores might want to take a look at a few of his teammates before calling someone else out for respecting the game or just take a look at the organization he plays for, the one that decided to sign Tim Tebow for every reason that doesn’t involve baseball.

Puig couldn’t have responded to the entire incident in a better way.

In years past Puig has had his fair share of these incidents but something stood out that made it seem different this time around. Puig kept a smile on his face in the dugout after the home run and seemed not at all bothered by the offense taken by the Mets’ players. Teammates Andre Either, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and hitting coach Turner Ward huddled around him breaking out in laughter, instead of a lecture. It seemed as if his actions finally might’ve been accepted, finally, or at least for the time being because winning makes everything better.

Someone just needs to pass that secret on to your newest Chief of Baseball Police, Wilmer Flores.

 

 

Dodgers’ Stars Shine on ESPN

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The Los Angeles Dodgers 12-0 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night was win number of 11 in their last 12 games, fifth win in a row and the game was on ESPN for the world to see. By world, I actually mean the West Coast, because god forbid the East Coast have to stay up to watch anyone not donning pinstripes or red sox.

The Dodgers 23-year-old shortstop, Corey Seager, couldn’t care less who was watching. He carries himself as if he’s been in the big leagues for a decade already, Jeter-esque in many ways. The reigning Rookie of the Year finished the night going 4-for-5 with three home runs and six RBIs. It’s the second time in his young career that he’s homered three times in a single game and his fifth multi-homer game overall. Seager had his chance at a fourth home run with the bases loaded in the sixth inning but instead flew out loudly to left field as 47,000-plus fans hopelessly attempted to cheer the ball over the wall. Those fans can’t even be blamed for watching with their hearts instead of their eyes, not right now, not with the way 21-year-old Cody Bellinger is swinging his bat.

Seager’s three-dinger game came one day after Bellinger homered twice on Monday night, the fifth multi-homer game of his career already as he became fastest player in MLB history to reach 21 career home runs in 51 games. It was more of the same on Tuesday after another home run in the first inning, his now NL leading 22nd homer was his 10th in the span of 10 games, becoming the first rookie in history to accomplish that feat and first Dodger to do so since Shawn Green in 2002. This is all happening on the same team that has three-time CY-Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw taking the mound every fifth day. (The fact that America doesn’t approach Kershaw days the same way they do “The Bachelor” as far as appointment viewing goes is beyond me).

The combined age of Seager and Bellinger (44) doesn’t even equal the age of the man at the helm, Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts (45). The Dodgers will play the Mets on Wednesday night again on ESPN and right now there’s no telling what the Dodgers’ superstars might do but what we do know is that the East Coast will probably be asleep for it.