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- Public bettors had a 2-1 night, but still were unable to profit as they had to pay high prices for their plays.
- Today they’re back on 3 favorites: The Cardinals, Astros, and Red Sox.
Friday’s three most popular plays — which were all favorites, shocker — had a winning night, but not a profitable one. Because of the prices that public bettors had to pay, their 2-1 night resulted in a 0.3-unit loss.
Despite the net loss, they’re loading up on three favorites once again today.
All data as of 11:50 a.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
St. Louis Cardinals (-126) at San Francisco Giants
4:05 p.m. ET
With 78% of bettors backing St. Louis this afternoon, the Cards are Saturday’s most popular team. They’ve also drawn 83% of dollars and have seen quite a bit of line movement after opening as a pick’em.
Why the public loves St. Louis: Jeff Samardzija is making his first start since May for the Giants. Prior to his DL stint, he was struggling mightily. Shark’s ERA sits at 6.56 through eight starts, and the public isn’t convinced that his month off will change that.
Houston Astros (-355) vs. Chicago White Sox
4:10 p.m. ET
The Astros are the fifth biggest favorite on the season thus far, but that hasn’t turned away the 75% of bettors backing Houston. Similar to the Cardinals, the Astros have landed 84% of dollars to move from -260 to -355.
Why the public loves Houston: After dropping three in a row to the Rays, the Astros have found their groove again. They’ve now won four straight, and will be playing behind Charlie Morton this afternoon, whose 2.55 ERA is good for sixth in the American League.
Boston Red Sox (-190) at Kansas City Royals
7:15 p.m. ET
At -190, the Red Sox have attracted 75% of bettors and 79% of dollars. Though the line hasn’t moved since opening, the Royals have gone from +160 to +170, indicating some line movement in Boston’s direction.
Why the public loves Boston: The Red Sox have won four of five games, and are now the only team in the Majors to have 60 wins. Playing one of the only two 60-loss teams in the league, it’s no surprise to see the public all over Boston tonight.