Monday’s Most Popular MLB Bets: Public Piling on Rays, Athletics

Aug 20, 2018 10:29 AM EDT
  • The public has hammered three MLB games on Monday night: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds and Oakland A's at Texas Rangers.
  • The Brewers are the biggest favorite of the bunch, with a -219 moneyline.

Public bettors got the sweep they were looking for last night behind three heavy favorites. They racked up only a tad more than a unit, though.

Still, the prices on tonight’s most popular teams look pretty similar, as the public has once again loaded up on three big favorites.


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Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays (-183)

7:10 p.m. ET

Believe it or not, the Rays have attracted 82% of bets for tonight’s matchup in Kansas City, but their moneyline hasn’t really budged from its opening number.

Why the public loves Tampa: At 63-61, the Rays aren’t quite on the list of teams you expect to see with such a heavy public backing … which usually means that support is a result of their opponent.

Kansas City enters tonight with a win percentage just north of .300, and is starting Jorge Lopez, who gave up six earned runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings in his Royals debut last week.

Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers (-219) 

8:10 p.m. ET

Milwaukee has attracted 83% of bettors, which account for 70% of dollars wagered, which has moved the Brew Crew from -190 to -219.

Why the public loves Milwaukee: On a list of 2018’s most profitable betting strategies, fading Homer Bailey might be at the very top. The Reds are now 1-15 in his starts this season, and opposing bettors have won 9.6 units for a 60% ROI in those games.

Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics (-195)

10:10 p.m. ET

Like the Rays, the A’s have attracted 82% of bets. Unlike the Rays, however, Oakland has moved from -175 to -195 behind 94% of dollars.

Why the public loves Oakland: Since June 15, the A’s have gone 40-14, winning more than 27 units over that stretch for a 51% ROI. Naturally, that’s going to bring plenty of public bettors on board, especially against a last-place Rangers team tonight.

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