Kyle Schwarber bettors are livid after seeing a potential miscount in the slugger’s HR Derby total Monday night. The lefty was the No. 1 seed in the event, entering the All-Star break with a National League leading 28 homers. He needed to get by No. 8 seed Albert Pujols in the first round of the event.
With the Phillies’ star landing that top overall seed, and seemingly the easiest path to the next round, many sports bettors picked Schwarber to take home the HR Derby title. In fact, he was the second-most bet player in the event behind two-time defending champion Pete Alonso.
So, when he was ousted early by an unassuming veteran, bettors weren’t happy. They became even more disgruntled after seeing that the scorekeepers possibly omitted one of his dingers. Schwarber lost the first-round matchup to Pujols by one home run. Had he been able to tie things up, there would’ve at least been a swing off.
Take a look for yourself.
Kyle Schwarber hits 20 in OT, but ESPN forgets to count homerun #18.
Robbery in the Ravine. pic.twitter.com/luIhUuWiRa
— Crossing Broad (@CrossingBroad) July 19, 2022
The home run in question is either No. 17 or No. 18. Both appear to go out to right field, though some argue that No. 17 only got to the warning track. Only one dinger gets tacked onto the scoreboard. Schwarber would wind up losing 20-19.
His backers were livid with the end result.
Bettors react to Kyle Schwarber’s HR Derby miscount
Fans and media were quick to respond to the first-round loss and possible miscount. Take a look at the immediate reaction on social media.
Everyone who had Kyle Schwarber tonight 😓 pic.twitter.com/n1HXy2SZez
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) July 19, 2022
People who bet on Kyle Schwarber in the first round 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/BRaUEkV809
— Pickswise (@Pickswise) July 19, 2022
Kyle Schwarber is about to be public enemy number one.
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) July 19, 2022
THE HOME RUN DERBY WAS RIGGED. KYLE SCHWARBER HIT 20 pic.twitter.com/5Lp85xrLHf
— Did the Phillies Lose? (@DidthePhilslose) July 19, 2022
One bettor lost $54K on the early exit.
A bettor @CaesarsSports had $54K on Kyle Schwarber to beat Albert Pujols in RD1 at -360 to win $15K…
— br_betting (@br_betting) July 19, 2022
Schwarber backers weren’t the only ones unhappy.
Juan Soto advanced to the Finals to face Julio Rodriguez. While he wound up winning the event 19-18, many believe one of Soto’s home runs shouldn’t have counted.
The pitch was not released before the buzzer. It is counted anyway. pic.twitter.com/VGkzU9oyYj
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 19, 2022
Tough beat, for sure.