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Paul Emmel, the 'over' umpire

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
The runs just seem to happen with Emmel behind the dish. (Getty Images)

Here's a just-for-fun nugget on this Friday morning, at least for those who enjoy discussing gambling lines.

When umpire Paul Emmel has been behind the plate this season, an extraordinary gambling run has taken place. Gambling guru RJ Bell of Pregame.com has informed me that Emmel's games from behind the plate have resulted in an "over" (more runs scored than the over/under line) 21 times. Just one time Emmel's game has been "under."

According to Bell, the odds of this happening are 182,361 to 1.

This circumstance is a pure coincidence related to this season, too, because Bell reports that Emmel came into the season with a 48 percent rate of hitting the over.

Now, this doesn't mean you go running to a gambling website or Vegas and try to bet the over on Emmel's games (even if you tried, the future umpiring schedules aren't available to the public). Just process this as a fun coincidence that we're passing along purely for entertainment purposes.

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