Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured (left to right): Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, and Carlos Gonzalez
- The Rockies, Yankees and Astros are all favored on Thursday. They're also the three most popular MLB bets of the night.
- New York and Houston come at particularly steep prices as heavy favorites against the Tigers and Angels, respectively.
As has been the case on numerous occasions this season, the public’s most popular plays went 2-1 on Wednesday night, but bettors still lost about a third of a unit because, as usual, they were on three heavy favorites.
That tactic doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon, though. Tonight’s most popular MLB bets are once again all at minus-money, with two coming at an especially steep price.
>> All odds as of 4 p.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time MLB odds and track your bets.
Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees (-325)
7:05 p.m. ET
After being the second-biggest favorite on the board last night, the Yanks hold the title as Thursday’s biggest favorite. Despite their price, they’ve attracted 78% of bettors accounting for 81% of dollars, and have moved from -300 to -325.
Why the public loves New York: The Yankees are 31 games ahead of the Tigers in the American League, and are playing behind J.A. Happ tonight, who has been automatic for the Bombers since coming from Toronto. Happ is 5-0 in his five starts in pinstripes with a 2.37 ERA over that stretch.
Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros (-255)
8:10 p.m. ET
This is on pace to be Thursday’s most heavily bet game, and the Astros have received 77% of bets, making them tonight’s third-most popular team. They’ve also drawn 86% of dollars to move from -230 to -255.
Why the public loves Houston: These two teams met less than a week ago for a three-game series in Anaheim, and the ‘Stros won all three. Now at home and playing behind Justin Verlander, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the public expects an Astros victory.
Colorado Rockies (-156) at San Diego Padres
10:10 p.m. ET
Behind 86% of bets accounting for 85% of dollars, the Rockies are tonight’s most popular team. Their support has moved them from -145 to -156.
Why the public loves Colorado: There are few things the public likes more than fading a bad team off a win. One of them is fading a bad team coming off two wins. The Padres just swept a two-game series with the Mariners and now face the Rockies, who are clawing for wins at just a half-game back in the NL West.
To a public bettor, there’s absolutely no way that a 52-83 club could win three straight games, especially against a team in the hunt.