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MLB betting: If you had Dodgers -1.5 vs. Cardinals, don't complain about bad beats for a while

The problem with betting the run line in baseball, of course, is the agonizing one-run win for the favorite.

If you bet baseball enough, you've been there. You take a favorite at -1.5 to get some better odds. Then the favorite wins 4-3 and you have a losing ticket.

That was the path for all Los Angeles Dodgers bettors in the NL wild-card game. Then Chris Taylor happened.

Chris Taylor saves Dodgers bettors

The 106-win Dodgers were -225 to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. That's a heavy number to lay, for regular baseball bettors or those who just wanted some action on a playoff game.