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- Public bettors struggled on Friday night, as the six most popular plays of the night went just 1-5.
- Despite losing on five favorites, the public has hammered three heavy favorites once again tonight.
Friday was not pleasant for public bettors. Teams that received more than 70% of bets went just 1-5 — and every single one was unsurprisingly listed at minus-money.
Despite the rough night, each of today’s three most popular plays are once again on heavy favorites.
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Cleveland Indians (-230) at Chicago White Sox
7:10 p.m. ET
The heavily favored Indians have landed 84% of total bets and 88% of dollars, but their moneyline hasn’t actually budged from where it opened.
Why the public loves Cleveland: The Indians lost yesterday as a -145 favorite to the lowly ChiSox — and we already know how much the public loves good teams coming off a loss. The Tribe will also send Trevor Bauer to the mound this evening. The Cleveland righty has quietly put together a solid case for the American League Cy Young Award, as he sits in the top three of the AL in ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched.
Houston Astros (-195) vs. Seattle Mariners
7:10 p.m. ET
Despite drawing 77% of bettors and 90% of dollars, the Houston moneyline has only moved from -200 to -195 due to standard juice reduction.
Why the public loves Houston: The ‘Stros are actually coming off back-to-back home losses to the Mariners, which makes them even more appealing to the public. And similar to the Indians, the Astros will send out a reliable starter in Charlie Morton, who has put together an outstanding season. His 2.81 ERA ranks seventh in the American League, and he only allowed two total earned runs over 13.0 innings (with 16 K and 1 BB) in his first two starts against Seattle this year.
Philadelphia Phillies (-203) at San Diego Padres
8:40 p.m. ET
Getting 87% of bets, the Phillies are tonight’s most popular bet. They’ve also landed 93% of dollars, but have only moved slightly from -200 to -203.
Why the public loves Philly: Copy, paste. The Phillies, too, are coming off a loss to bad team and will also send their ace to the hill. Aaron Nola has been lights out this season, posting the highest WAR in the National League to go along with the third-best ERA and second-most wins.