Public Bettors Hammering Red Sox, D-backs on Sunday Afternoon

Jul 22, 2018 11:17 AM EDT
  • Sunday features another 16-game slate, giving baseball bettors plenty of options.
  • The public has loaded up on three teams in particular: the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Diamondbacks.

With another 16-game slate on tap — assuming they all get played today — bettors can look just about anywhere for action today. Given the options, the public has targeted three games in particular, and once again, their favorite plays are all favorites.


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Boston Red Sox (-315) at Detroit Tigers

1:10 p.m. ET

Behind 80% of bets and 84% of dollars, the Red Sox are Sunday’s most popular team. They’ve actually fallen from their opening number of -340 despite the heavy support.

Why the public loves Boston: Chris Sale vs. the Tigers is a pretty easy decision for the public, and helping make that decision even easier is last night’s result. With the Tigers pulling off a 5-0 victory on Saturday, public bettors are operating under the assumption that there’s no way the 69-31 Red Sox could lose two in a row.

 

Toronto Blue Jays (-215) vs. Baltimore Orioles

1:07 p.m. ET

Seventy-five percent of bettors accounting for 83% of bets have taken the Jays in this AL East bird-themed matchup. As a result, they’ve gone from -200 to -215.

Why the public loves Toronto: With the way this year has gone for the Orioles, I’d be shocked if they received a majority backing in any game for the remainder of the season. At -215, Toronto has only twice been more heavily favored this season, but the public will fade Baltimore down the stretch at seemingly any line.

Arizona Diamondbacks (-168) vs. Colorado Rockies

4:10 p.m.

With 73% of bettors backing them, the D-backs are the final play on Sunday’s public card. They’ve also landed 80% of bets, but have fallen from -177 to -168.

Why the public loves Arizona: Given how hot the Rockies have been, it’s actually a bit surprising to see the public so heavy on Arizona … until you see the pitching matchup. Zack Grienke will be taking on Antonio Senzatela, who’s making just his third start of the season, and entering this game with an ERA of 5.34.

Credit:

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Zack Greinke

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