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MLB Opening Day Public Betting Splits and Trends – Public Loves Braves Over Reds

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in MLB Baseball

Apr 6, 2022 · 10:16 PM PDT

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Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker holds the Commissioner's Trophy during a celebration at Truist Park, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Atlanta. The Braves beat the Houston Astros 7-0 in Game 6 on Tuesday to win their first World Series MLB baseball title in 26 years. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Opening Day of the 2022 MLB season has finally arrived
  • With two postponements already, the slate features just seven games
  • Below, see the public betting splits for all seven games, including handle percentage for the moneyline, runline, and total

The day baseball fans have been waiting five long months for is finally here: Opening Day 2022.

The first day of games is not what we are used to due to the lockout forcing some scheduling adjustments and the weather in the northeast wreaking some havoc.

But there are still seven games on the docket, and the table below shows the public betting splits and hande percentages for all seven.

MLB Opening Day Betting Splits

Team Runline % Handle Moneyline % Handle Total % Handle
Brewers -1.5 25% -170 72% Over 11 0%
Cubs +1.5 75% +150 28% Under 11 100%
Team Runline % Handle Moneyline % Handle Total % Handle
Mets -1.5 71% -130 88% Over 9 40%
Nationals +1.5 29% +100 12% Under 9 60%
Team Runline % Handle Moneyline % Handle Total % Handle
Guardians -1.5 37% -125 35% Over 8.5 71%
Royals +1.5 63% +105 65% Under 8.5 29%
Team Runline % Handle Moneyline % Handle Total % Handle
Pirates +1.5 2% +175 8% Over 8 55%
Cardinals -1.5 98% -210 92% Under 8 45%
Team Runline % Handle Moneyline % Handle Total % Handle
Reds +1.5 18% +175 17% Over 8.5 28%
Braves -1.5 82% -210 83% Under 8.5 72%
Team Runline % Handle Moneyline % Handle Total % Handle
Astros +1.5 28% +110 53% Over 8.5 58%
Angels -1.5 72% -130 47% Under 8.5 42%
Team Runline % Handle Moneyline % Handle Total % Handle
Padres -1.5 10% -155 72% Over 9 70%
Diamondbacks +1.5 90% +135 28% Under 9 30%

Odds and betting splits as of April 6 at DraftKings Sportsbook

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Public Heavily Backing Reigning-Champion Braves Over Reds

Betting favorites has always been a favorite pastime of the public, and Opening Day shows that trope to a tee. The Atlanta Braves, 2021 World Series-winners, are the (co-)biggest favorites on the board, sitting as -210 chalk against Cincinnati, and the public is loving it.

The Braves have received 83% of all moneyline money and 82% of all runline money.

Atlanta enters the season as the third-favorite in the World Series odds, while the Reds are +15000 afterthoughts entering something of a rebuild.

Not so shockinglingly, the other big favorite of the day – the St Louis Cardinals – are receiving even more of the betting handle in their Opening Day duel with the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. St Louis has garnered 92% of all the moneyline handle and a staggering 98% of the runline handle.

Under 11 Getting All the Money in Brewers vs Cubs

Either a product of human error or limited sample size, the under in the Brewers vs Cubs game – which has been set at 11 – has received 100% of the betting handle so far. Unfortunately, the data we receive does not indicate how much money has been wagered on that market, so take it with a grain of salt. Perhaps it’s only one or two bets.

Still, it’s an interesting number to see on the board, and it’s not hard to figure out what the under is getting the money. Milwaukee is sending 2021 NL Cy Young-winner Corbin Burnes to the hill while Chicago is countering with its own ace, Kyle Hendricks.

Burnes starts the year as the second-favorite in the NL Cy Young odds, behind only living-legend Max Scherzer, who’s now plying his trade with the New York Mets.

With the game at Wrigley Field, the weather is always the biggest factor when it comes to setting the total, so oddsmakers are likely looking at a hitter-friendly wind in the forecast.

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