Betting on Major League Baseball at Nevada sportsbooks is far from hurting following the latest numbers released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board on a record-setting June for the bookmakers on the diamond.
The sportsbooks in the state set a record with a $14.9 million win and a $207.1 million handle. The total handle is the most wagered in any month on the sport and it was just the fourth time in history the books generated a profit of over $10 million on MLB wagering.
Ironically, Nevada sportsbooks won just less than $1 million on other sports offerings combined. The total revenue of almost $16 million was the most ever for the month of June, which was nearly double the keep from last year.
Most of the profit for the books can be accounted for thanks to publicly-backed favorites, which came up short against underdogs for the overall bulk of the decisions. Sharps reportedly have taken losses, as well, though certain groups surely are profiting based on certain early-moving books continuing to produce profitable numbers.
Bookies often bemoan the doldrums of empty seats at the local books during the summer, but bettors continued to fire away despite losing $31.7 million over the first three months of the season.
CLE (+122, 10.5u15) at BOS (Wed., 4:10): Indians’ Trevor Bauer has been roughed up on the road with a 6.69 ERA and allows over a .300 average to this expected lineup over 40-plus PAs, but is coming off a terrific 8-inning effort vs. LAA, allowing one ER in a win. Boston’s Rick Porcello has a 5.01 ERA at home and a 4-14 record overall and hasn’t won in over a month, losing more than 8 units for backers this season.
STL (-107, 8.5o15) at MIL (Wed., 5:10): Brewers slipped behind Cubs in standings and need new starter Brent Suter to keep up his fine work since moving into the rotation, where he has allowed just 5 ERs in 29 IP in five outings so far. He has held the expected Cards’ lineup to around a .180 average in about 30 PAs. The Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright is expected off the 10-day DL if Monday’s bullpen goes well. Wainy is 11-5 overall but has a 6.88 ERA on the road. He holds these Brewers’ bats to about a .220 mark over a healthy 150-plus PA sample.
DET (+130, 10.5) at BAL (Thu., 10:05): Kevin Gausman certainly is worth backing as he has seemed to turn his season around off three consecutive stellar outings, but the same can’t be said for BAL. It’s been all or nothing for Gausman. He has held these DET bats to under a .230 count in around 70 PAs. The Tigers’ Matt Boyd has a 5.54 ERA on the road and has been rocked by this O’s lineup twice around the order. Boyd had been slightly over a break-even pitcher despite his high overall ERA.
TB (+160, 10u15) at HOU (Thu., 5:10): Big-time encouragement for Houston’s Collin McHugh after second start of the season, striking out seven in six innings at DET last out as Astros try to regroup staff before the postseason. He’s held these Rays to around a .175 mark over 65 PAs. Tampa goes with big loser Blake Snell, who is nearly down seven units on the season for backers with his 0-6 mark. Snell has allowed over a .300 average and a 1.171 OPS to this probable lineup over nearly 40 PAs.
NYY (+150, 8.5u15) at CLE (Fri., 4:10): Corey Kluber is mowing down lineups like no other pitcher in baseball and getting more than a few runs off him seems more a result of variance. Corey rolled double-digit Ks in eight of his last nine starts and has held this expected lineup to a .188 average over 74 PAs, though this will be his first meeting with Aaron Judge. Concern for Jordan Montgomery, of the Yanks, with just one win over his last six starts and down over -5.5 units.
TEX (-106, 11.5) at MIN (Fri., 5:10): Twins pickup Bartolo Colon has allowed 10 runs over three starts in 15.1 innings. The Rangers can’t offer much more in Martin Perez, who has a 5.19 ERA overall but has done pretty well against this Twins’ roster, allowing just a .180 avg. over 57 PAs.
SEA (-109, 9u20) at KC (Sat., 4:15): Felix Hernandez looking to find his dominant form but has just one road win this season and a 5.00 ERA away. Danny Duffy has been strong at home for KC with an ERA of 2.93 and won at SEA back on July 4, dealing five innings beating King Felix, who allowed five runs in six innings that day.
ARI (-121, 8.5u15) at SF (Sat., 6:05): Arizona’s Taijuan Walker hasn’t won in six straight starts but still comes in with just a 2.70 ERA on the road. He’s brought back just over four units for his supporters this season for the likely wild card participant. For all of Giants Matt Cain’s woes, he continues to be fine at home with a 3.25 ERA there, but he hasn’t won a start in over two months.
WAS (-103) at CUB (Sun. 11:20): Nats’ Gio Gonzalez has had good success against this group of Cubs, holding them to a .190 avg. over 125 PAs, but winning just one of his last six starts despite allowing just 11 ERs in those outings. The Cubs’ Jon Lester also has good numbers against WAS, limiting the expected lineup to around a .210 mark in nearly 150 PAs. Lester has won three straight starts, allowing just five ERs over 22 IP.
LAD (-135, 9) at NYM (Sun., 5): Kenta Maeda has seemingly found his long-anticipated form, allowing just one run over 5 innings in each of his last three starts. Maeda does have a 5.65 ERA on the road this season, but has held the bulk of this Mets lineup to under a .200 avg. over nearly 30 PAs. The Mets’ Steven Matz appears broken all of a sudden, allowing 21 runs over his last four starts and comes in with a 9.69 ERA at home before his last start in Colorado this week.