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- Friday's most popular MLB bets went 2-1, giving public bettors a small profit.
- The public will look to keep it going with three more favorites on Saturday: the Astros, Phillies and Cubs.
Public bettors enjoyed a small profit on Friday night after two of their three favorites got to the window. They will look to continue their hot streak today by once again focusing on three more favorites.
All data as of 11:30 a.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
Houston Astros (-262) vs. Detroit Tigers
4:10 p.m. ET
With 82% of bettors behind them, the Astros are among Saturday’s most popular teams. Ninety-two percent of dollars are also behind Houston, which has caused the line to rise a bit from its opening number.
Why the public loves Houston: 63-34 vs. 40-56. Which side would you expect the public to take? Throw in Gerritt Cole’s 2.57 ERA and this becomes a pretty easy decision for public bettors.
Philadelphia Phillies (-165) at Miami Marlins
4:10 p.m. ET
Behind 81% of bets and 89% of dollars, the Phillies are Saturday’s third-most popular team. Despite the heavy support, they’ve fallen from -180 to -165.
Why the public loves Philly: Aaron Nola’s 12-2 record is tops in the National League. He also has the third-best ERA (2.27) ERA and WAR among NL pitchers. At a price of only -165 against the lowly Marlins, this looks like a steal to public bettors.
Chicago Cubs (-185) at San Diego Padres
10:10 p.m. ET
Eighty-three percent of bettors are behind the Cubbies at this point — making them Saturday’s most popular play. However, they’ve only drawn 54% of moneyline dollars. Still, their moneyline has risen from -175 to -185.
Why the public loves Chicago: Winners of ten of their past 13 games, the Cubs are back in first place in the NL Central. They’ve also got the best run differential in the National League — by a margin of 25 runs higher than any other NL team. With Kyle Hendricks facing the last place Padres, this is another tough spot for the public to pass up.