The Stanley Cup Playoffs have begun, and the NBA postseason is right around the corner, but sharp bettors remain fixated on MLB. It’s the ultimate grinder sport: volume betting, super-long season and endless opportunities to maximize units won.

After analyzing Thursday’s eight-game slate using Sports Insights’ Sportsbook Insider Pro betting tools, I’ve pinpointed three MLB bets that professional players are focusing on, including games that start at 6:10, 8:15 and 10:10 p.m. ET.

All data as of 4 p.m. ET

Detroit Tigers – Cleveland Indians Over 8.5 

6:10 p.m. ET

The public is always inclined to bet an Over. Rooting for strikeouts and double plays isn’t fun. An Average Joe wants to see hits, home runs and cash an exciting, high-scoring game. In the rare instances that the public loads up on an Under, it creates rare contrarian Over value for sharp bettors. Despite 63% of bets going Under, this total has risen from 7.5 to 8.5. Wiseguys got down hard on the Over 7.5 at Buckeye, Pinnacle and GTBets, causing market-wide reverse line movement. The Over is also getting more dollars (43%) than bets (37%), and the wind is blowing out from left to right. Another benefit to Over backers: Manny Gonzalez is the top Over umpire in MLB since 2005, according to Bet Labs.

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