Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Max Scherzer
- Three of the best pitchers in the Majors are taking the mound today, and as a result, all of their teams are heavily favored.
- But those high prices haven’t stopped the Yankees Astros, and Nats from attracting a huge public backing Saturday.
With several teams playing behind their respective aces this afternoon, public bettors have been hammering Saturday’s baseball board.
Three teams, in particular, have drawn heavy public support. Let’s take a look.
All data as of 11:45 a.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
New York Yankees (-310) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
1:05 p.m. ET
Books held off on releasing this line until about 10 a.m. ET, but the public was quick to pounce after that. Eighty-two percent of bettors have bet on the Yanks, moving the moneyline from -290 to -310.
Why the public loves New York: Based on the pitching matchup, it’s pretty clear why the public is so heavily behind the Yankees. Luis Severino is going up against a pitcher who most of the public has likely never heard of in Ryne Stanek, who is making just his fifth career start.
Houston Astros (-240) at Kansas CIty Royals
2:15 p.m. ET
The second-most popular wager today, Houston has attracted 79% of bets and 74% of dollars, and has gone from -220 to -240.
Why the public loves Houston: Sticking with today’s theme, the public is backing another ace in this matchup. Dallas Keuchel is on the bump for Houston, and unsurprisingly the public feels more comfortable with him than Kansas City’s Danny Duffy.
Washington Nationals (-201) at Toronto Blue Jays
4:07 p.m. ET
Rounding out the top three today is the Nats, who’ve also landed 79% of bets. Despite attracting 89% of dollars, they’ve actually fallen from -220 to -201.
Why the public loves Washington: The Nationals dropped the first game of this series last night, so the public would be expecting a Washington bounceback regardless of today’s starter. Adding Max Scherzer makes it an even easier decision for the public.