Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Dallas Keuchel
- After a 2-1 night, the public made out with a slight profit on Monday.
- The Phillies, Rays and Astros are all seeing plenty of public support tonight.
The public went 2-1 on their favorite Monday night plays, but won only 0.1 units in the process due to the high prices they paid.
Tonight, three more favorites are getting heavy public attention.
Philadelphia Phillies (-150) vs. Baltimore Orioles
7:05 p.m. ET
Getting 84% of tickets to this point, the Phils are tonight’s most popular bet — and the only team to reach the 80-mark. They’ve also landed 85% of dollars, but have actually fallen from -175 to -150.
Why the public loves Philly: This has more to do with the Orioles than anything else. The O’s — who’ve lost 18 of their past 23 — are coming off a win that snapped a seven-game losing streak. The public is never going to expect a struggling team to win two in a row.
Tampa Bay Rays (-122) at Miami Marlins
7:10 p.m. ET
For the second night in a row, the public is all over the Rays. Seventy-eight percent of bettors are backing Tampa, but all of those tickets account for only 32% of money wagered. As a result, the Rays have fallen from -130 to -122.
Why the public loves Tampa: Just like the Orioles, the Marlins are a bad team coming off a win. Tampa, on the other hand, is a hot team coming off a loss, making for the perfect public bettor’s scenario.
Houston Astros (-175) at Texas Rangers
8:05 p.m. ET
The Astros have attracted 76% of bettors and 86% of dollars tonight. With that backing they’ve moved from -160 to -175.
Why the public loves Houston: Dallas Keuchel is on the hill for the ‘Stros tonight, and although he’s struggled a bit this season, the public’s perception of him hasn’t changed much. He’s had a minority backing in only two games this season, both coming in May against Cleveland.