Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge
- The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles are playing a doubleheader on Monday.
- Using Bet Labs we analyze how teams that lose the first game have performed in the second matchup of a doubleheader.
On Monday, the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles are going to play a doubleheader (1:05 p.m. ET and 7:05 p.m. ET). A popular theory among baseball bettors is that the losing team in the first game of a doubleheader is undervalued in the second game.
The idea is that the losing squad will have extra motivation while the club that won may be primed to underperform in Game 2.
Other factors could contribute to the Game 1 loser being undervalued. The team that won the first matchup may not have a full bullpen. Managers have to be careful with player fatigue and will be more apt to hold their star players out of the starting lineup if they have already posted a win.
On paper this strategy makes sense, but does the data support the theory? To find out, we used the Bet Labs database to see if bettors can count on the Game 1 loser bouncing back in a doubleheader.