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- The first-place Astros are listed at +110 tonight against the last-place Reds, and are attracting three-quarters of the betting public.
- Are bettors right to be jumping on Houston?
Prior to the year, I don’t think anyone would’ve batted an eye if you’d predicted the Astros to be in first place in the AL West and the Reds to be in last in the NL Central come mid-June.
If anything, some folks might’ve thought your Reds prediction was a little disrespectful given their offseason moves, but their Vegas preseason win total (78.5) was only one higher than the fourth-place Pirates, so last isn’t too much of a stretch.
What would be considered a stretch is to then say that the Reds would be favored in the opening game of their interleague series with Houston at that same point.
Well, stretch or not, that prediction has come true today, as the Reds opened at -115 over the second-best team in baseball (by win percentage).
The public has been all over Cinc — ha, no, just kidding.