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- Seven of Wednesday’s 14 baseball games are afternoon starts.
- Three teams are receiving huge public backing.
It’s getaway day, which means half of today’s MLB games are afternoon starts. A perfect way to get through the workday, the early matchups are a huge draw for public bettors, who’ve hammered three sides on Wednesday afternoon.
All data as of 12 p.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
Pittsburgh Pirates (-109) at Chicago White Sox
2:10 p.m. ET
Attracting 73% of bettors, the Pirates are the second-most popular team this afternoon. They’ve drawn only 54% of the money wagered on this game, however, which has brought them down from their opening number of -128.
Why the public loves Pittsburgh: The Pirates’ offense is hot right now, having scored 19 runs in their past two games. They’ve won three of four, and considering they’re playing a team still in search of its 10th win, the public is more than happy to take them at this price.
Chicago Cubs (-220) vs. Miami Marlins
2:20 p.m. ET
They may be fading the South Side, but public bettors are high on that other Chicago team. Seventy percent of both tickets and money are behind the Cubbies despite their high price, yet they’ve fallen from the opening number of -235 (some of the line move is simply a result of juice reduction).
Why the public loves Chicago: They’ve been on the Cubs for the first two games of this series, and it’s paid off. Why fix what isn’t broken?
Houston Astros (-186) at Oakland Athletics
3:35 p.m. ET
The Astros are getting 81% of bets, making them the most popular play, and the only team in the 80-club on Wednesday afternoon. They’ve received only 58% of moneyline dollars, but still have jumped a bit from their opening line of -177.
Why the public loves Houston: In a nearly identical spot to the Cubs, the Astros are going for the three-game sweep this afternoon. After the public cashed in both of their first two victories, it’s no surprise to see them back for more.
Photo: Marwin Gonzalez (left) and Carlos Correa (right)