Umpire Paul Emmel is making hitters and OVER bettors happy.
Eighteen of the 20 games with Emmel behind the plate have eclipsed the total, with the Angels’ 7-4 win over the Rangers on Sunday the most recent.
This isn’t just a case of Emmel calling games with lackluster starters, either: Twelve of his 20 games behind the plate have featured a total of eight or less. Eleven of those games went OVER the total.
His games have averaged 11.6 runs, most in MLB, and 14.4 strikeouts compared to only 6.9 walks.
Other notable umpire trends:
Home teams are 17-4, up $1,306 on the moneyline, with Dale Scott behind the plate.
Home teams are 7-13, down $972 on the moneyline, with Alan Porter behind the plate.
Games called by Brian Knight have averaged 17.7 strikeouts, the most in baseball.
Games called by Angel Campos have averaged nine walks, most in baseball. No other ump has averaged more than 7.9 walks.
Games called by Cory Blaser have averaged 6.3 runs, the least among umps who have called at least 10 games.
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