Washington Nationals MLB Betting “Curse” Strikes AgainPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
There comes at point where one, as a student of MLB betting, starts wondering whether the Washington Nationals should relocate back to Montreal. Sure, the Expos are, for the most part, all but forgotten, and rightfully so, by fans who bet on baseball, but at least even they managed to win one playoffs series in their 36-year history. The Nats, then again, are still in their puberty at 13 years of age, so there is, perhaps, still hope for the future. For the time being, though, Washington is 0-for-4 in four postseason appearances in the National League Divisions Series after losing, 8-9, to current World Series champions the Chicago Cubs in game 5 of the 2017 NLDS. The Nats, to add insult to injury, have been the higher seed on all four of those occasions – and had home field advantage and a three-run lead against the Cubbies before, once again, choking.
The lead had fizzled to one run when 2016 Cy Young winner Max Scherzer made his way from the Washington bullpen and onto the mound at Nationals Park at the top of the fifth. Scherzer retired Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, and then it all pretty went to hell in a hand basket for the Nats. As ESPN senior writer Eddie Matz accurately put it, that fateful fifth inning “defied description.” So we’re not going to describe it. Suffice it to say that, at the end of it, the Nats were behind 7-4 and well on their way to failing to pull the MLB betting upset.
The Nationals were, all things considered, victims of Murphy’s Law. Actually, this just might fall outside of old Murphy’s jurisdiction. Hence, we hereby create a new law to cover such meltdowns as that of the Nats. We shall call it, Eddie Murphy’s Law. All in favour say aye. “That was the craziest game I’ve ever been a part of. So many things were off the wall. If it could go wrong, it did,” left fielder Jayson Werth said. “Usually you lose a game, you can look back at three or four or five plays that changed the landscape of the game or decided the game. I feel like there was like 50 plays in this game. This was like the craziest game I’ve ever been a part of. It’s really [expletive deleted].”
Also down in the dumps was Washington manager Bob the Builder Dusty Baker. The former outfielder won a World Series as player with the LA Dodgers, but the championship ring has eluded him for the entirety of his 22-year managing career. “It really hurts, you know, to lose like that,” Dusty said. Baker’s teams have now lost 10 consecutive playoff closeout games, so maybe he’s the MLB betting problem. “Just a gut punch again. Here we are in Game 5, play our hearts out, everybody lays it on the line, everybody’s fighting doing everything they can. It was a nail-biter of a game again,” Scherzer concluded. “It just sucks… This game’s cruel sometimes… What a series.”