The Houston Astros are not the most popular MLB team out there right now as the nation revolts against the team’s failed apology tour following an incredible wave of information surrounding its sign-stealing scheme.
Pitchers from opposing teams have already more than hinted they may feel inclined to levy some of their own discipline in the form of some high-and-tight fastballs. Now, fans can bet on how often this is going to happen in 2020.
Darren Rovell of The Action Network shared that William Hill is now offering bettors the chance to bet on how many times Astros batters will be hit, with the total opening at 83.5 times.
William Hill offering bettors the chance to bet on how many times Astros batters will he plunked by opposing pitchers this year. The total opened at 83.5. @WilliamHillUS also offering exact amount of times hit. Favorite is 81-90 times (+300). 141-150 times offers a 250/1 payoff.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 17, 2020
On the surface, we’d say take the over. The level of animosity for the Astros around the league right now is palpable. The players who participated in the cheating scheme escaped without any discipline at all, and the Astros got to keep the World Series title they “won” while cheating. So, yeah, you’d expect some retaliation.
Though, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has threatened serious measures if the players take matters into their own hands. So, bet on this at your own peril.