Listen, I get it. What baseball fan outside of Houston doesn’t really, really, REALLY want to see the Astros quickly knocked out of this year’s Major League Baseball playoffs?
The fact that they are in the playoffs in the first place as a number six seed with a record under .500 (29-31) galls a lot of fans so betting against them in their Wild Card matchup against the Minnesota Twins is certainly understandable.
Throw in the fact that the Twins had a far better record (36-24) than the Astros and are the number three seed and picking them would seem to be a relatively safe bet. Add in the Astros’ abysmal 9-23 record on the road in 2020 and it becomes even more attractive.
However, this is baseball and anything can happen so risking $500,000 on the Twins to beat the Astros in game one, even if the moneyline is -149, is one heck of a risk to take.
There’s also the little fact that heading into Tuesday’s game the Twins franchise had lost 16 games in a row in the postseason which many would say makes laying down that much money on Minnesota even more risky.
Then again, they’re due, right?
That must have been the logic of at least one better this week.
The @DKSportsbook reports taking a $500,000 bet on the Twins to beat the Astros in Tuesday's game at -149.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) September 28, 2020
You know how much you gotta hate the Astros to drop 500K on the damn Twins lolz https://t.co/BQZly7MaHe— breath smells good (@tstew1994) September 29, 2020
They must not live in Minnesota or know the history of Minnesota sports....— Coach Harris (@MustangsPE) September 29, 2020
Unfortunately for them…
— Houston Astros (@astros) September 29, 2020
Imagine betting $500k for a team that’s lost 17 straight playoff games to beat anyone https://t.co/qRRT716J1q— Just Some Guy 🕹 (@SomeGuyInHTown) September 29, 2020
On the plus side for whoever this bettor was, (1) no one knows their name, and (2) if they can afford to drop $500K on a Major League Baseball bet they are probably not hurting for money.
Still… Five hundred thousand dollars. Yikes.