While sharp action on Saturday’s MLB board was scarce, it’s far more apparent this afternoon. Three games in particular have drawn steady action from professional bettors, with two plays coming on totals, and one on a moneyline.
First, here are some terms to know regarding sharp action.
Betting Terms to Know
Steam Move: Sudden, drastic and uniform line movement across the market caused by an overload of sharp action from respected players.
Reverse Line Movement: When the betting line moves in the opposite direction of the betting percentages. It’s a top smart money indicator.
Line Freeze: When one side is getting heavy betting but the line won’t budge, indicating sharp liability on the other side.
Juice: The tax or commission that bettors must pay the sportsbook in order for them to accept your wager. A -115 juice means a bettors would have to wager $115 to win $100.
San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds
- Sharp angle: CIN -109
- First pitch: 1:10 p.m. ET
Only 43% of bets are on the Reds against the Giants, but their line has moved from -105 to -109. Why? Because sharp bettors are among that 43%.
Triggering steam moves at Heritage and Pinnacle, sharps have made Cincy the favorite in this game, and looking at the money percentages tells the same story. Despite only 43% of bets landing on the Reds, they’ve drawn 64% of dollars, indicating that larger — likely sharper — bets are behind them.