• This season, MLB favorites had the second-highest first-half winning percentage since 2005.
  • Historically, favorites have had quite a bit of success after the break in certain situations.
  • We take a look at the past success of favorites post-break and examine a few explanations.

Favorites won at a 58.6% clip in the first half of the season, falling 0.1% short of the record since 2005 and almost 2% higher than the historical average over that span.

Nevertheless, I’m a dog guy. Well, I have some cats, too — but I usually prefer the pooch when it comes to betting. That said, there are situational spots where I like to take faves. And perhaps the best spot for taking baseball favorites is upon us.

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