Astros, D-backs Receiving Strong Backing From Public Bettors

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The Highlights:

  • The public won two of their three favorite plays last night, but couldn’t make a profit due to the heavy prices they were paying.
  • Today they’re backing three more favorites in the Nats, Astros, and D-backs.

Despite a 2-1 night, the public came out on the losing end on Saturday behind three heavy favorites. That hasn’t kept them away from minus money on Sunday, however.

Today three more favorites are seeing heavy public support, two of which appeared on yesterday’s public card.

All data as of 10:15 a.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.

Washington Nationals (-128) at Toronto Blue Jays

1:05 p.m. ET

For the third day in a row, the Nats are playing behind a large public backing. Today, 78% of bettors have taken Washington — accounting for 88% of dollars — and the Nationals have moved from -115 to -128 as a result.

Why the public loves the Nats: Following last night’s shutout, the Blue Jays are now one win short of sweeping a series against one of the NL’s best. It’s for that reason that the public is so heavily behind Washington.

They couldn’t possibly lose three straight at the hands of the Blue Jays, right?

Houston Astros (-255) at Kansas City Royals

2:05 p.m. ET

With 83% of bets behind them, the Astros are the most popular team on today’s baseball slate. They’ve only generated 72% of dollars, but have still risen from their opening number of -250.

Why the public loves Houston: Public bettors invested in the Astros last night as well, and it paid off. After putting up two runs in the top of the first inning, Houston never looked back en route to a 10-2 sweat-free victory. Given the easy win, it’s no surprise to see the public back on the Astros train again today.


Arizona Diamondbacks (-133) vs. New York Mets

4:05 p.m. ET

Eighty percent of bettors are backing the Snakes this afternoon, accounting for 87% of dollars. Despite that support, Arizona has fallen from -155 to -133 since opening.

Why the public loves Arizona: Clay Buchholz has been a pleasant surprise for the D-backs this season. His last start aside, Buchholz hadn’t allowed more than two earned runs in an outing. On top of that, the Mets aren’t exactly in top form right now. They’ve won just two of their last 12 games — including last night’s victory — and the public is never going to count on a struggling team to win on consecutive days.