- The Los Angeles Angels lost to the Boston Red Sox 1-0 on Wednesday night for their 14th consecutive defeat, the longest in franchise history.
- Los Angeles tried to shake things up by letting each of their hitters walk up to a different Nickelback song but the ploy did not work.
- A $100 bet against the Angels during this losing streak with winnings rolled over would have won $698,974 at online sportsbook BetMGM.
The Los Angeles Angels have been struggling so badly during the last couple of weeks that they have set a new record for futility.
Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox was their 13th consecutive defeat, the longest losing streak in franchise history. With the team unable to find the solution on the field, they tried an unconventional strategy to end the slump on Wednesday.
Walking Up to Nickelback Songs
The Angels all walked up to different Nickelback songs yesterday…
They proceeded to lose their 14th straight gamepic.twitter.com/BVe94Sp7IU
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) June 9, 2022
On Wednesday, the Angels tried to shake things up by having each player walk up to a different Nickelback song. That strategy didn’t work as the team delivered an offensive performance that was lifeless and a pitching effort that was good enough to lose, yet again.
The Halos got seven singles but were shut out for the third time in their last six games played. Despite their effort and the Nickelback playlist, the loss did not come as a surprise as the Angels entered the game as +140 betting underdogs with six backups featured in the lineup due to injuries. Reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani also went 1-4 with two strikeouts as the Angels’ leadoff hitter.
Prior to this skid, the Angels’ longest losing streak was 12 games set during a stretch across the final games of the 1988 season and the start of the 1989 campaign. When the 2022 team tied that mark last Tuesday, they fired manager Joe Maddon. Now, interim manager Phil Nevin is 0-2 and the Angels have set a new franchise record with their longest losing streak ever at 14 games, and counting.
Betting Against the Angels
If you bet $100 against the Angels moneyline at the beginning of their 14 game losing streak and continued to roll it over, you’d have $689,973
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) June 9, 2022
So how bad have the Angel been during this stretch? Bad enough to make a sports bettor rich.
According to BetMGM, a $100 bettor fading the Angels during this stretch while rolling over his winnings would have made a profit of $698,974. Meanwhile, Caesars Sportsbook also said that if a sports bettor began with $10 and bet against the Angels in their last 14 games and rolled over his winnings, he would be up to $12,000.
That’s impressive but who would’ve thought that the Angels would be here right now? Los Angeles opened the season strong and they carried a record 24-13 on May 15th while sitting atop the AL East division. But injuries and tough luck have caused them to go 3-18 since. Seven out of the 14 losses during this period have been by a solitary run, including the last three. Now the Angels are 9.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the divisional standings.
The Angels try again on Thursday to end the skid with Ohtani on the mound against Nick Pivetta. Los Angeles is a minus money underdog at -103 with Boston listed at -107 at the BetOnline App to blank the Angels in their series and deal the Angels their fourth consecutive series loss via sweep. Not sure if the Nickelback strategy will be employed again on Thursday.