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- After going 2-1 for a second straight night, public bettors have again landed on three favorites.
- The Red Sox, Diamondbacks and Indians all are attracting heavy public backing Wednesday.
The public came out on top again last night, winning two of their three favorite plays for the second night in a row. With no reason to fix a working strategy, public bettors are hammering three more favorites on Wednesday.
All data as of 12:30 p.m. ET.
Boston Red Sox (-265) at Baltimore Orioles
3:05 p.m. ET
Chris Sale has lost three straight starts, but that hasn’t stopped the Red Sox from receiving 80% of bets in today’s meeting with the Orioles. With 87% of dollars also behind the Sox, they’ve moved from -235 to -265.
Why the public loves Boston: It’s perhaps because of those three straight losses that Sale has attracted such a heavy backing. I mean, he attracts close to 80% every time he pitches, but the public has to be reasoning their bet by the thought that he can’t possibly lose four straight.
Arizona Diamondbacks (-159) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
3:40 p.m. ET
In a similar spot, the D-Backs are on the receiving end of 75% of bets with Zack Greinke getting the ball this afternoon. They, too, have seen their line rise — from -145 to -159 — behind 80% of dollars.
Why the public loves Arizona: The Snakes have been hot as of late. They’ve won five straight, and have not scored fewer than eight runs in any of those wins. Pairing up those bats with a Greinke start makes for a perfect public spot.
Cleveland Indians (-186) at Chicago White Sox
8:10 p.m. ET
Given the 8:10 p.m. ET start time, it’s certainly possible that the Indians will fall out of the 80-club before first pitch, but you can be sure the public will still be all over them.
As of now, they are receiving exactly 80% of bets, but those have accounted for only 56% of dollars. Still, they’ve seen their line rise a cent from its opening number.
Why the public loves Cleveland: The Indians were the lone loss on the public’s 2-1 card last night — just as the Giants were the previous day. In both cases, the public came right back, thinking that the better team couldn’t possibly lose two in a row. San Francisco did end up dropping that second game, so we’ll see how the theory holds up tonight.