Alabama sophomore Luke Holman was slated to start at pitcher. He is 5-2 with a 3.19 ERA this season and averages north of 10 strikeouts per nine innings. He is a key contributor to Alabama’s tough pitching staff which ranks 29th nationally in earned run average.
According to the school’s game recap, reliever Hagan Banks was told an hour before the first pitch that he would be on the mound. Banks, a third-year player, is 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA and has only started two games this season compared to Holman’s nine.
Banks ended up relinquishing four earned runs in three innings for a game ERA of 12. His LSU counterpart, Paul Skenes, went six innings giving up five hits and one earned run en route to the victory. LSU was a -245 pre-game moneyline favorite.
Ohio allows residents and travelers 21 or older that are not on self-excluded lists to place bets in retail locations and by using online platforms such as mobile betting apps. The country’s biggest sportsbooks, such as FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and Caesars are all legal in Ohio, as are other operators.
The OCCC sent its memo to all Ohio sportsbooks on the back of information provided by the Las Vegas group U.S. Integrity, which uses data to monitor abnormal bets, signs of foul play, and other possible infringements.
Notably, states are in charge of making decisions such as the one to close off betting lines for the Bama baseball team. There is no national regulator, and Ohio was the only state that instructed sportsbooks to take the odds off the board.