Red Sox, Phillies Lead Sunday’s Most Popular MLB Bets

Aug 12, 2018 11:14 AM EDT
  • The public went 2-1 on there three favorite Saturday spots, but were unable to profit.
  • Today's most popular plays once again come on three favorites: the Red Sox, Indians, and Phillies.

Public bettors went 2-1 on their top plays Saturday night, but they actually weren’t able to profit because of the high prices they had to pay.

That hasn’t stopped them from backing three minus-money teams on Sunday, including one of the biggest road favorites we’ve ever tracked.


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Boston Red Sox (-360) at Baltimore Orioles

1:05 p.m. ET

If the Sox close at their current number, they’d be the second-largest road favorite in our entire BetLabs database, which dates back to 2005. Despite that, they’re also one of today’s most popular bets.

Getting 78% of bets and 90% of dollars, the Sox have moved from -350 to -360.

Why the public loves Boston: How much time do you have? The Red Sox are now 48.5 games ahead of Baltimore after taking the first three games of this series. They’re playing behind the consensus AL Cy Young front-runner in Chris Sale, and their offense —which leads the majors in runs, average, and OPS, among other categories — will be facing Alex Cobb and his 5.55 ERA.

Cleveland Indians (-245) at Chicago White Sox

2:10 p.m. ET

Like the Red Sox, the Indians have received 78% of bets Sunday. Unlike the Sox, however, Cleveland’s line has fallen from -265 to -245. The Indians have also landed 78% of dollars to this point.

Why the public loves Cleveland: The Indians cashed for public bettors as one of their top plays last night, so why not go back to well this afternoon? Carlos Carrasco is also boasting an ERA (3.69) nearly two runs better than Dylan Covey’s (5.58).

Philadelphia Phillies (-115) at San Diego Padres

3:40 p.m. ET

EIghty-one percent of bettors are behind the Phillies Sunday afternoon, making them Sunday’s most popular bet. They’ve only drawn 54% of dollars, though, which has caused their line to drop from -120 to -115.

Why the public loves Philly: Like Cleveland, the Phils cashed as a public favorite last night, which attracts bettors to come back for more. Seeing Jake Arrieta as the listed starter certainly doesn’t hurt, either.

Credit:

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