Sportsbooks decided to refund Braves bets after a controversial call at the end of Sunday Night Baseball between Atlanta and the Philadelphia Phillies left many baseball bettors frustrated. The ninth inning play at the plate lit up social media, but if you bet Braves moneyline at some US sportsbooks, you got a second chance.
BRAVES MONEYLINE BETTORS
Safe or Out? Doesn’t matter. We are refunding all moneyline bets on the Braves pic.twitter.com/aMwqGiQCMA
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) April 12, 2021
🚨 BAD BEAT ALERT 🚨
The Braves lost to the Phillies on a questionable call.
We've decided to refund all straight bets on Braves ML, AND all parlays (including SGPs) in which Braves ML was the only losing leg 💰
(Refunds will be issued within 24 hours) pic.twitter.com/hFNd6u7Zxz
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) April 12, 2021
Watch the controversial call that refund Braves bets
Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm was ruled safe at home on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning on a bang-bang play at the plate. It turned out to be the winning run in a 7-6 Philadelphia win.
The play was reviewed, and although some angles left many convinced Bohm’s foot never touched home plate, ultimately Major League Baseball stood with the call on the field without indisputable video evidence.
Take a look at the play at the plate:
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 12, 2021
A second slow-motion angle only angered Braves backers even more:
— Matt DeBary (@MattDeBary) April 12, 2021
ESPN baseball insider Buster Olney tweeted after the game that he was not along in believing Bohm was not only out at the plate but the video evidence was conclusive:
I have no idea what they saw. Seems pretty conclusive — and lots of texts flying in from folks around baseball asking the same. This will be a big topic of conversation tomorrow.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 12, 2021
NL MVP candidate Ronald Acuna Jr. homered in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 6-6 after the Braves closed around -170 favorites before the game.
It’s still very early in the season, but the Phillies are gaining ground on Atlanta and New York in the odds to win the NL East with their strong start. Philadelphia entered the season as +800 longshots to win the division. The Phillies are off to a 6-3 start, with four of those wins against the Braves.
David O’Brien has been covering baseball for more than a quarter century, and after Sunday night, offered his own opinion on Major League Baseball’s replay system.
I'll say, as I've said many times before, the replay system, as used by MLB, sucks.
It's done nothing to improve the game, because umps are so reluctant to overturn calls. They protect their brethren. And it's embarrassing for MLB on nights like this, when everyone can see it.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) April 12, 2021
After the game, Bohm was asked if he thought he was safe.
Hey, Alec, were you safe?
"I was called safe," Bohm said. "That's all that matters."
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) April 12, 2021
Not to Braves bettors, Alec. Not to Braves bettors. This one will be tough to swallow, except for those that placed their bets at DraftKings or FanDuel Sportsbooks.
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