Somehow, the editors at the San Francisco Chronicle thought their coverage of the Athletics needed an article with some pizzaz, but also wanted something relevant to Bay Area readership.
What better topic than betting on baseball Win Totals? Even better, why not try to crush the hopes of your loyal readership by declaring TAKE THE UNDER IT'S A LOCK!!!1!!1!
And so Vic Tafur declared: "A's under 84.5. Book it."