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.