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- Public bettors had a difficult Sunday, losing two of their three bets.
- Today, they’re back on three more favorites in the Pirates, Astros and Giants.
When putting money behind three favorites, it’s unlikely that a bettor would lose more than one of those bets. That’s what happened to the public on Sunday, however, as two of the three least popular teams pulled out plus-money victories.
Today, public bettors have once again backed three favorites as they look to get back on the winning side.
All data as of 4:05 p.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
Milwaukee Brewers (-119) at Pittsburgh Pirates
7:05 p.m. ET
Three-quarters of the betting public have taken the Brew Crew in tonight’s series opener in Pittsburgh, and 77% of dollars are behind Milwaukee as well. Despite that, the Brewers have fallen from -145 to -119.
Why the public loves Milwaukee: The Brewers are tied for the best record in the National League, and are relatively short favorites against a below .500 team. They’re also coming off back-to-back losses, putting them a position in which the public expects a bounceback.
Houston Astros (-275) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
8:10 p.m. ET
The Astros are the biggest favorites on the board tonight, but that hasn’t stopped 81% of bettors from backing them. That 81% accounts for just 63% of the money wagered, however, which has helped drop Houston from -290 to -275.
Why the public loves Houston: The Astros enter this game on a bit of a roll. They’ve now won 11 straight games, and have scored more than seven runs per game over that stretch. At any price, the public would be all over Houston tonight.
San Francisco Giants (-163) vs. Miami Marlins
10:15 p.m. ET
San Francisco rounds out the public’s three favorite plays today, as they’ve generated 76% of bets and 69% of dollars to this point. Books have adjusted this line toward the public, moving the Giants from -145 to -163.
Why the public loves San Fran: The Giants’ heavy backing tonight is more likely a result of their lowly opponent. The Marlins are boasting the second-worst record in the National League, and the third-worst run differential in the Majors (-109).