by Bovada Sportsbook Staff | May 8, 2012
The biggest non-injury news from Major League Baseball last week was easily the no-hitter thrown by the Los Angeles Angels’ Jered Weaver on Wednesday night in the Angels’ 9-0 win over the visiting Minnesota Twins. And coincidence or not, that game also took the most action of any in MLB at Bovada for the week.
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Weaver barely missed the second perfect game of the early season as he only issued one walk and another Twins batter reached on a passed ball following a strikeout. The Twins never came very close to actually getting a hit. It was the 10th no-hitter for the Angel franchise, four of those by some guy named Nolan Ryan. Since 1961, the first year of the Angels existence, no other MLB team has more no-hitters than the Halos – the Astros and Dodgers also have thrown 10 in that span.
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The result was the biggest win of the week for bettors as Los Angeles went off as a big -260 favorite and took 87 percent of the lean. The Angels at minus-1.5 runs took 94 percent of the run line action. The book claimed a small win on the under 7 runs total.
It seems more than likely we see another no-hitter this season. Since the start of the 2010 season, there have been a whopping 29 games where a pitcher has pitched at least nine innings and given up one hit or fewer. That's the same number of such games there the majors had in the five-year span from 2005-09.
The Yankees last week provided the book’s biggest win of any MLB game. On Thursday, New York lost 4-3 at Kansas City and the Yankees took 88 percent of the moneyline action at -136. The run line also was a good result for the book as New York took 77 percent at minus-1.5 runs.
That Yankee game was notable for much bigger reasons. Before it, New York closer Mariano Rivera, the all-time saves king and a lock first-ballot Hall of Famer, tore his ACL while shagging pop flies in the outfield. The 42-year-old’s leg caught on the field where the grass meets the dirt at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, causing his knee to buckle. Many have questioned why Rivera was shagging flies during batting practice, but it’s something he has done his entire career to stay in shape.
The 12-time All-Star is hoping to return late in the regular season, but manager Joe Girardi calls that “doubtful.” Rivera has a record 608 regular-season saves, and his 2.21 career ERA is the lowest for any pitcher with at least 1,000 innings pitched since 1920.
And if the Yanks make the playoffs, that’s really where they will miss Rivera. He has a 0.70 ERA in 96 postseason appearances, with a 0.99 mark in 24 appearances in six trips to the World Series – Rivera’s Yanks won five rings. The injury didn’t affect Yankees World Series futures at the book, however. But that could well change if the new closer – likely David Robertson, who has three career saves – struggles.
There is no live betting on MLB games at the book on Tuesday but there are two options on Wednesday night: Tampa Bay at the Yankees and San Francisco at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rays are dealing with a severe injury of their own, having lost three-time All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria for up to two months with a hamstring injury (the Rays’ futures didn’t change).
The Dodgers, meanwhile, have a comfortable lead over the Giants in the NL West thanks largely to early NL MVP leader Matt Kemp. The Giants also have been hit hard by the injury bug, losing their best hitter, Pablo Sandoval, for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his hand. Hard as it is to imagine, this is the first series of the season between the bitter California rivals. L.A. is a solid series favorite, but the Giants will be favored in Wednesday’s game behind Tim Lincecum against the Dodgers’ Chad Billingsley.
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