The biggest news in baseball last week was the perfect game thrown by Matt Cain on Wednesday, the first perfecto in San Francisco Giants history and just the 22nd overall in MLB history (but second this year). And coincidentally or not, that San Francisco 10-0 win over the visiting Houston Astros was the biggest win for bettors at the book in baseball betting last week.
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It was the 14th no-hitter in Giants history and the fifth already this year in MLB. Not since 1917 have there been five no-hitters in a season by mid-June. Cain struck out 14 and threw 125 pitches, the most ever in a perfect game. You could make the argument that it was the greatest game ever pitched. Of the 22 perfect games in MLB history, only Sandy Koufax matched Cain's 14 strikeouts. It's just the third time in MLB history -- Roy Halladay and Dallas Braden in 2010, and Monte Ward and Lee Richmond in 1880 -- there have been two perfect games in the same season.
Bettors went huge on the Giants, with San Francisco taking almost 97 percent of the lean on the minus-1.5 on the run line (+120) and more than 86 percent of the action on the moneyline at -200.
By the way, you may want to check out the umpire assignments the next time you head to the ballpark or wager on a game. If Brian Runge is in the crew, you might see history. He was the third-base umpire for Cain's perfect game and the home plate umpire for both Philip Humber's perfect game on April 21 for the White Sox and the Mariners' combined no-hitter on June 8.
Bettors also won big on the New York Yankees' 4-1 win over Washington on Sunday to complete the Yanks' third straight series sweep, all against NL East teams. Yanks pitcher Ivan Nova is money for bettors on the road as he improved to 12-0 away from Yankee Stadium since losing to the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim on June 3, 2011. The sweep leaves the Cincinnati Reds (7-5) as the only major league team with an all-time winning record against the Yankees. New York went off as a -116 favorite and took more than 80 percent of the lean. The Yankees got almost 87 percent of the action on the run line at minus-1.5 (+145).
The players' top prop win of the week came on the over/under five strikeouts for Mets pitcher Jonathan Niese in Saturday's loss to the Reds.
The book's top game result of the week was the White Sox's 5-4 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. The Dodgers went off as -138 favorites and took more than 78 percent of the line. And on the minus-1.5 run line (+160), L.A. went off at almost a 97 percent lean. That the Dodgers took two of three from the Pale Hose was the book's top series line result of the weekend as the White Sox took 72 percent of the handle at +170. The biggest series win for players was the Orioles at +160 taking two of three from Atlanta.
Early-Week Live Betting Preview
The book will offer live play-by-play betting on two games Tuesday: Braves at Yankees and Giants at Angels.
The Yanks are the hottest team in baseball, having won nine straight entering Monday's series opener vs. Atlanta to take control of the AL East. Their starters' ERA is the best in baseball this month. Hiroki Kuroda starts Tuesday. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA this month and beat Atlanta on June 13, allowing two runs and striking out eight in six innings. He's opposed by Tim Hudson, who lost that game vs. Kuroda, allowing three runs and striking out eight in six innings. The Yanks will be around -140 favorites.
That Giants-Angels matchup sees one of the hottest pitchers in baseball in Halos lefty C.J. Wilson. He hasn't surrendered more than one earned run in a start since May 12, and his ERA over that stretch is 1.04. Inconsistent lefty Barry Zito opposes him. He has allowed a total of nine runs in his past two starts. L.A. will be around -200.
On Wednesday, the book will offer live betting again on the Giants-Angels as well as the Cardinals at Tigers. Struggling pitchers Jake Westbrook and Rick Porcello go in that St. Louis-Detroit tilt. Meanwhile, San Francisco has won eight straight times Wednesday starter Ryan Vogelsong has taken the mound. He's opposed by Dan Haren, who has surrendered nine runs on 18 hits in his past two outings.
Check back Thursday for a weekend live betting preview at the book.
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