Yesterday was a public 1-1-1 split. Well, technically it was more like a 1-1 split with the third game being rained out, but the one loss was a doozy, as the -269 Yankees screwed the pooch and lost to the Orioles. Not a great day to be Sonny Gray.
Three more favorites are being leered upon by the public, which hopes to bounce back from a disappointing Wednesday.
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Marlins at Phillies (-185)
7:05 p.m. ET
With 85% of bets, the Phillies are currently the favorite bet of MLB bettors today. Nick Pivetta is going for Philly, while Pablo Lopez goes for the Marlins.
Why the public loves Philly: The Marlins aren’t quite as bad as we expected them to be this season, but they’re still far from a good baseball team. Meanwhile, the Phillies are gunning for the NL East title. Nick Pivetta’s 4.85 ERA is below pedestrian, but his 3.25 xFIP is good for 14th among 79 qualified starters this year.
Reds at Nationals (-280)
7:05 p.m. ET
Most massive favorites receive the bulk of the bets, and that is just the case this evening, as Max Scherzer hopes to fend off the Reds and keep Washington’s post-trade-deadline momentum going.
Why the public loves the Nats: Two words: Max Scherzer. Like Miami, the Reds have remained a fairly respectable team despite low expectations. However, it’s hard to steer folks away from the temptations of Scherzer and the Nats.
Orioles at Rangers (-145)
8:05 p.m. ET
Yesterday, the Orioles played spoiler and won yet another game against the Yankees. John Ewing sums up their season quite nicely.
The 2018 @Orioles:
vs. Yankees: 6-6, +6.06 units.
vs. everyone else: 27-69, -40.27 units.pic.twitter.com/hvMYGI3LMn
— John Ewing (@johnewing) August 1, 2018
Why the public loves Texas: With that said, the Rangers fall into the “everyone else” category. The Orioles have actually won five of their past 10 games, which is like … a near miracle considering how they’ve played this year. With the Rangers having a short price compared to some other teams who play the Orioles, bettors see this as a good opportunity to fade the “red hot” Orioles.