Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jacob deGrom
- Public bettors are targeting three games on Tuesday, all MLB matchups.
- Behind their aces, the Astros and Mets are huge favorites, but they, along with the Pirates, make up today’s most popular bets.
It’s MLB getaway day, giving the public plenty of daytime action to get through the second half of the Wednesday workday.
They’ve hammered only one afternoon matchup, however, saving their other two favorite plays for the evening. Let’s take a look.
All data as of 1 p.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
Houston Astros (-310) vs. San Francisco Giants
2:10 p.m. ET
Despite having one of the highest prices of the season so far, the Astros have attracted 80% of bets and 81% of dollars, and have risen considerably from the opening number of -260.
Why the public loves Houston: Justin Verlander’s 1.05 ERA and 0.714 WHIP both lead the majors, and the Astros have won five of six, including last night’s 11-2 rout.
New York Mets (-235) vs. Miami Marlins
7:10 p.m. ET
Behind Jacob deGrom, the Mets are the most popular bet tonight. Eighty-two percent of bettors, accounting for 72% of dollars, are backing New York. Like the Astros, the Mets (-200 to -235) have jumped considerably since open.
Why the public loves the Mets: deGrom has been dealing this season. His 1.59 ERA is third in MLB, and his record is a perfect 4-0 on the year. He’s also going against a Marlins team that the public fades on a nightly basis. Only twice this season have the Fish had more than 50% of public support, both games coming against the Reds.
Pittsburgh Pirates (-118) at Cincinnati Reds
7:10 p.m. ET
With 76% of bets and 86% of dollars backing the Pirates, they’ve moved from -113 to -118.
Why the public loves Pittsburgh: The only team less popular than the Marlins this season has been Cincinnati, attracting the majority of the public in just one game. At -118, this seems too good for public bettors to pass up against a 17-32 team.