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- The public is all over three baseball favorites tonight.
- Recent performances and huge record discrepancies are driving the heavy public support.
Two conference final matchups are taking place tonight, but the most popular public bets all come from Monday’s MLB slate. Let’s take a look.
All data as of 1:30 p.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
Washington Nationals (-180) vs. San Diego Padres
7:05 p.m. ET
The Nationals are the most popular bet in sports tonight, drawing 82% of bettors and 88% of moneyline dollars. They’ve actually fallen from -190 to -180 despite the support.
Why the public loves the Nats: This spot is right in a public bettor’s wheelhouse. The lowly Padres have won three straight and are due for a loss, while the Nats are on a three-game skid, and are looking to turn things around.
The public will be behind Washington in this spot every time.
New York Yankees (-205) at Texas Rangers
8:05 p.m. ET
Behind Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees have garnered 72% of bets and 66% of dollars tonight. They’ve also been the biggest mover on the MLB slate, going from -180 to -205.
Why the public loves the Yankees: Based on records alone, the public’s decision is easy here. The Yankees are one of only three 30-win teams this season, while Texas is one of five 30-loss teams.
In addition, Bartolo Colon has struggled against the Yankees throughout his career, posting a 6-9 record and a 6.11 ERA in 20 starts against the Bronx Bombers.
What more do you need to know?
St. Louis Cardinals (-205) vs. Kansas City Royals
8:15 p.m. ET
Public bettors don’t seem to mind the steep prices tonight, as they’re on another big favorite in the Cards. Seventy-six percent of both bets and dollars are behind the Cardinals, but they’ve held the same line since opening.
Why the public loves St. Louis: This isn’t as much a case of the public loving St. Louis as it is fading Kansas City. At 14-32, the Royals have the second-worst win percentage in Major League Baseball. They’re also boasting a -84 run differential through 46 games. Not great.