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- After a slow Monday, baseball is back with 16 games today.
- The public has hammered three matchups in particular: Nats-Rays, Sox-Tigers and Cards-Marlins.
After an MLB Draft Day in which there was really only one heavy public play, every team is back in action Tuesday. There’s even a doubleheader on the board to give bettors a total of 16 games to pick from today.
Of those 16 matchups, the public has specifically targeted three favorites, all of whom are getting close to 80% of bets.
All data as of 2:50 p.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
Washington Nationals (-250) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
7:05 p.m. ET
The high price hasn’t scared bettors away from the Nats today, as 79% of both bettors and dollars are behind Washington. With no bets vs. dollars discrepancy, they’ve maintained the same line as their opener.
Why the public loves the Nats: It should come as no surprise that the public is backing Washington in a Max Scherzer start. Only once since 2016 have the Nats not had the majority of the public behind them with Scherzer on the mound (4/20/18 vs. Clayton Kershaw).
Boston Red Sox (-199) vs. Detroit Tigers
7:10 p.m. ET
Seventy-nine percent of bettors are behind the Sox in this series opener, but they’re accounting for only 63% of dollars. Boston’s line has consequently fallen from -220 to -199.
Why the public loves Boston: The Red Sox have been an ATM machine for bettors this season, stacking the fourth-highest unit total in the league to this point. Why wouldn’t the public stick with what’s worked?
St. Louis Cardinals (-172) vs. Miami Marlins
8:15 p.m. ET
The Cardinals have actually surpassed the 80-mark, attracting 81% of bettors to this point. Amazingly, those 81% have accounted for only 47% of dollars, and this line has fallen off a cliff as a result. St. Louis opened -230 before dropping to its current number.
Why the public loves St. Louis: The Cards enter this game having won three of four, but their popularity tonight is likely more a result of their opponent. The Marlins have lost six straight, and own the worst record in the National League at 20-39.