MLB Public Bettors Backing Three Road Favorites on Thursday


Noah K. Murray, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Blake Snell

  • Public MLB bettors went 2-1 on Wednesday night.
  • Thursday, the public is on three new teams — all road favorites with aces on the mound.

The public went 2-1 yesterday, with the loss coming on their most popular play — the Brewers (77% of bets). Today, they are on three new teams, all road favorites.

All data as of 12 p.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.

Washington Nationals (-215) at New York Mets

7:10 p.m. ET

With more than 80% of bets, the Nats are the clear public favorite today. They’re also getting more than 80% of betting dollars, which has helped push them from -200 to -215 since opening.

Why the public loves the Nationals: Two words: Mad Max. Put Max Scherzer on the hill and bettors will flock to the Nationals. Shockingly enough, the Nats have lost four of the past six games that Scherzer has started. Redemption time?

Tampa Bay Rays (-127) at Minnesota Twins

8:10 p.m. ET

The smallest favorite of the trio, bettors are backing the hot Rays behind their ace and noted All-Star snub Blake Snell. They’ve received more than 70% of bets on the road three times this season and all three have come in the past 10 days.

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Why the public loves Tampa Bay: When you’re hot, you’re hot. The Rays have won five straight games and 11 of their last 15. With Blake Snell on the mound — one of the best pitchers in the American League — it’s tough to lay off at such a short price.

Los Angeles Dodgers (-190) vs. San Diego Padres

10:10 p.m. ET

With 76% of bets and 80% of dollars, the Dodgers have moved from -170 to -190 in San Diego this evening.

Why the public loves Los Angeles: Ross Stripling has emerged as one of the Dodgers’ most reliable arms and was rewarded with a spot on the All-Star team. Tyson Ross isn’t quite the guy he used to be, and most bettors have a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” approach.

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