Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Aaron Nola
- The public cashed two of three bets Sunday for a small profit.
- Monday’s favorite plays include the Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox.
Sometimes a bit of luck can really make a Sunday. For public bettors, a bobbled baseball by Joey Votto and a walk-off walk did just that, as the Cubs found a way to please the 79% of bettors who were behind them in a 6-5 victory in 10 innings.
With that win, public bettors broke even by a cool 0.15 units yesterday, and are rolling with three favorites once again tonight.
All data as of 2:10 p.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
New York Yankees (-220) at Baltimore Orioles
4:05 p.m. (Game 1)
Less than two hours from first pitch, the Yanks have attracted 88% of bettors, which — if it stands — would make this the most lopsided game of the season. New York hasn’t had quite the same monetary backing, landing only 71% of dollars, but they’ve still moved from -215 to -220.
Why the public loves the Yankees: I’m not sure how recently you’ve checked the AL East standings, but the Orioles are 37 games back … in early July. Last season, the Giants finished 40 games behind in the NL West, which was the most in the majors — a mark that Baltimore is on pace to reach before the All-Star break.
Philadelphia Phillies (-166) at New York Mets
7:10 p.m. ET (Game 2)
The Phillies are also seeing some extraordinarily high support tonight, getting 85% of bets and 88% of dollars to this point. Despite that, they’ve fallen from -180 to -166.
Why the public loves Philly: Aaron Nola hasn’t lost a start in more than a month, and has lost only two on the entire season. His 11-2 record is tied for tops in the NL, and his ERA is good for fifth.
Meanwhile, Corey Oswalt is making his third career start and is boasting a 7.94 ERA in his brief MLB career. Who’d you think the public was going to take?
Boston Red Sox (-191) vs. Texas Rangers
7:10 p.m. ET
Behind 80% of bets, the Red Sox are Monday’s third-most popular side. They’ve drawn only 65% of dollars, though, and as a result have fallen from their opening number of -215.
Why the public loves Boston: Since their 11-1 loss at the hands of the Yankees, the Red Sox have swept consecutive series to enter tonight on a six-game winning streak. Their .681 win percentage puts them on pace for a 110-win season, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the public is riding the hot hand.