Friday was good to public bettors. All three of last night’s most popular MLB bets won (although a 2-1 final score gave Cleveland -350 bettors a nice sweat), which racked up about a unit and a half.
Saturday’s most popular teams look pretty similar to yesterday’s, as once again the public has loaded up on three favorites.
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San Francisco Giants (-154) at Cincinnati Reds
7:10 p.m. ET
Eighty-three percent of bettors are behind the Giants, making them the second-most popular team on the board. They’ve also landed 94% of dollars, which has helped their line move from -135 to -154.
Why the public loves San Francisco: Public bettors tend to back Madison Bumgarner at every possible opportunity, and this time that chance comes against a last-place Reds team. Considering the not-outrageous -154 line, it’s no surprise to see so much love for the Giants.
Boston Red Sox (-211) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
As per usual, the public is taking the Red Sox tonight. Boston has attracted 79% of bets and 86% of dollars, but its line has changed only because of the standard juice reduction before the game.
Why the public loves Boston: The Red Sox just don’t lose very often. At 8-2 in their past 10 games, the Sox have opened up a 10.5-game lead over a Yankees team that’s still on pace for 100 wins. They’re also playing behind David Price, who’s been spectacular of late. In his past four starts (26.1 innings), he’s allowed only three earned runs.
Arizona Diamondbacks (-151) at San Diego Padres
8:40 p.m. ET
The D-backs are Saturday’s most popular bet, drawing 86% of bettors and 93% of dollars. Behind that support, they’ve moved from -140 to -151.
Why the public loves Arizona: It’s hard not to love any team that’s playing the Padres these days. San Diego has lost five straight games, the past two of which have come against these D-backs, so the public has no reason to get off this train.