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- Public bettors made a small profit off a 2-1 Tuesday night.
- They’re hammering three more big favorites tonight in the Nationals, Astros and Red Sox.
Even though they lost an expensive Astros bet last night, public bettors still squeaked out a profit on Tuesday thanks to the Giants and Indians.
Today, they’ve targeted some even greater numbers, as three of Wednesday’s biggest favorites have received significant backing from the betting public.
All data as of 2 p.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
Washington Nationals (-210) vs. Baltimore Orioles
7:05 p.m. ET
Seventy-five percent of bettors are behind the Nats in this DMV showdown, and Washington has also landed 79% of dollars wagered. Despite the support, the Nationals have fallen from -220 to -210 (though much of the line move is simply due to standard juice reduction).
Why the public loves the Nats: The Orioles are very, very bad. At 20-51, their .282 win percentage puts them on pace for 46 wins this season. Yikes.
Houston Astros (-245) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
8:10 p.m. ET
The Astros have attracted 70% of bettors to this point, but they’ve accounted for only 56% of dollars wagered. As a result, Houston has fallen from -260 to -245.
Why the public loves Houston: The public unhappily watched the Astros’ 12-game win streak come to an end last night. Instead of turning on Houston, public bettors are operating under the assumption that a team that hot stands no chance of losing two games in a row.
Boston Red Sox (-144) at Minnesota Twins
8:10 p.m. ET
As the most popular team on the board tonight, the Red Sox have received 87% of bets and 86% of dollars thus far. Still, like the other public favorites, Boston has fallen from -150 to -144.
Why the public loves Boston: In a similar spot as the Astros, the Sox are coming off a loss, and as we’ve seen, the public loves to load up on good teams following a loss.
Boston is also playing behind David Price, who is 6-0 in his past seven starts.