- The Cincinnati Reds defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 on Tuesday night, rallying from a 0-3 deficit at the top of the 9th innings.
- The Yankees had a 99% chance to win the game after the 8th innings while the Reds’ live odds swelled to +3000 as they were down to their final three outs.
- The teams play again on Wednesday with the Yankees opening as a -320 betting favorite and the Reds the +260 underdog.
Nothing is impossible in sports betting.
The New York Yankees are the best team in baseball right but somehow, they have lost three straight games after blowing leads in each of those games.
On Monday, the Yankees were a -330 to beat the Cincinnati Reds. New York was three outs away from not only beating Cincinnati outright but also covering the run line where they were a -1.5 at -162 odds. With a 3-0 lead heading to the 9th inning, New York was given a 99% chance of winning the game. Yes, 99%. And they blew it!
A 99% Chance to Win the Game
A 99 percent chance to win the game and the Yankees blow it… pic.twitter.com/skltdqC9R0
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) July 13, 2022
With the Yankees up 3-0 after eight innings, manager Aaron Boone sent closer Clay Holmes to finish the job for his team. Holmes entered Tuesday’s outing with a 4-1 record and an ERA of 0.46. He had allowed only a total of two earned runs in his first 38 games with the Yankees.
New York entered the game with a 49-0 record when leading after eight innings. Meanwhile, the Reds were winless in their previous 48 games when trailing after eight innings. Down 3 runs, Cincinnati’s live odds had swollen to +3000 entering the 9th inning. But what looked like a routine close-out job turned out to be a nightmare.
Cincinnati could not get anything against Gerritt Cole who allowed only four hits with 11 strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Michael King relieved Cole and he went on to toss a scoreless 8th inning. However, Holmes could not put away any of the five hitters he faced on Tuesday night and the Yankees lost their third straight game.
Astros 3.5 Games Back of Yankees
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 13, 2022
The Yankees’ win coupled with the Astros’ 6-5 victory over the Angels enabled Houston to move closer to New York in the league standings. New York has been the pace-setter this season but after their first three-game losing streak of the season, they dropped to 61-26 on the campaign.
Sure, the Yankees are still a massive 14 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East Division team standings. However, their lead in the National League and overall MLB standings are now down to only 3.5 games with Houston improving to 56-29. New York is just 5-5 in their last 10 games played and they have lost their last three. Meanwhile, the Astros are red hot right now with eight wins in their last 10 games played.
The Yankees face the Reds again on Wednesday with Luis Severino on top of the hill. New York has opened as the -320 Moneyline favorite to beat Mike Manor and the Reds who are currently listed at +260 at the Bet365 USA ML. The Astros meanwhile are +105 underdogs to the Angels with Christian Javier pitching opposite Shohei Ohtani.