Tuesday’s Public Bets Feature the Most Popular MLB Total of the Season
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Every MLB team is back in action tonight, and bettors are all over two baseball plays, one of which is on pace to become the most popular bet of the season. They’ve also pounded a certain NHL home team that may or may not have won the past two Stanley Cups.
Using our bet and money percentage data, here are the three most popular public bets Tuesday night.
Boston Red Sox (-305) vs. Kansas City Royals
7:10 p.m. ET
With Chris Sale on the mound, the Red Sox have attracted 81% of bettors, making them the most popular side on today’s baseball board. They’ve also received 78% of the money wagered on this game, and have moved from -290 to -305.
Why the public loves Boston: When the best team in the American League plays the worst team in the AL and Chris Sale is on the mound, they’ll have the public on their side regardless of the price.
Pittsburgh Penguins (-136) vs. Washington Capitals
7:30 p.m. ET
Seventy-seven percent of bettors like the Pens to take Game 3 tonight in Pittsburgh. The line has fallen from its opening number of -145, but our Line Predictor projects that it might move back the other way before puck drop.
Why the public loves Pittsburgh: Until the Caps can truly prove themselves in the playoffs, the public is going to be all over Pittsburgh in this matchup, especially with a relatively low price at home.
Baltimore Orioles-Los Angeles Angels Over 8.5
10:07 p.m. ET
To this point, 87% of bettors are on this over, which would make it the most popular MLB total since September of last season. Despite that, it has actually dropped a half-run from the opening number.
Why the public loves the over: It’s been a rough start to 2018 for Alex Cobb. Since joining the Orioles, he’s gone 0-3 with a 13.11 ERA, and none of the three games he’s started has seen fewer than 12 total runs.
For what it’s worth, totals receiving greater than 85% of bets have gone 131-169-10, losing 49.4 units since 2005.
Photo: Alex Cobb