Orioles Pull Off Biggest Upset of 2019 MLB Season Over Heavily Favored Astros

By Paul Shapiro
Houston Astros v Baltimore Orioles
Houston Astros v Baltimore Orioles / Will Newton/Getty Images

The Houston Astros came into Sunday's game with the Baltimore Orioles as the biggest favorites of the season. At -450, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Astros had a Cy Young winner in Justin Verlander on the mound and were taking on a team with a record of 38-78 entering the game.

After 8 1/2 innings, the Astros led 7-5 with their All-Star closer Roberto Osuna taking the mound. After a leadoff double, a groundout to short and a hit by pitch, Chris Davis came to the plate and recorded a sac fly. With one man on and two outs, this happened.

The Rio Ruiz walk-off two-run bomb closed out one of the biggest upsets in a long time in Major League Baseball. For reference, the Los Angeles Dodgers were -485 favorites over the Atlanta Braves in 2016, which was the largest favorite in an MLB game in at least the last 15 seasons, according to BetLabSports.com.

Until today, that is.

If you happened to bet the Orioles with their +370 odds, you sure look like a smart person following their epic walk-off win this afternoon. Congratulations to you!

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