MLB Picks: How Pros Are Betting Angels vs. Athletics

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Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images. Pictured: Chris Bassitt #40 (right) speaks with Frankie Montas #47 of the Oakland Athletics

  • Baseball is back! And so are the pros. Let's break down how sharps are betting Angels vs. Athletics on Friday night.

The 2020 MLB season officially got underway Thursday, but today provides the first full slate that fans (and bettors) have grown to know and love.

Friday brings with it 14 MLB matchups, starting with Braves vs. Mets at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Professional bettors haven’t yet come to a consensus on today’s first game, but have already made plays on the Blue Jays vs. Rays over/under and the Angels vs. Athletics moneyline.

Using The Action Network’s MLB betting tools, let’s look at how smart money is affecting lines in both of these games.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics

10:10 p.m. ET | Andrew Heaney vs. Frankie Montas

In terms of the MLB market activity, bettors are playing the Athletics moneyline in a similar fashion to the Blue Jays-Rays under. Forty-seven percent of tickets are on Oakland, suggesting balanced betting activity, however, that slight minority of bets account for 77% of real money wagered.

In addition, SI’s Bet Signals triggered a steam move on Oakland, indicating that the combination of one-sided money and action from respected bettors is the reason why this line has climbed from its opener of -129 to a consensus of -141 across the market.

Sharp angle: Athletics (moved from -129 to -141)

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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

*Odds as of Friday at 9:20 a.m. ET

6:40 p.m. ET | Hyun Jin Ryu vs. Charlie Morton

This total opened at a market consensus of 8.5 and casual bettors have been loading up on the over, evidenced by the 77% of tickets landing on that side of the total.

However, The Action Network’s MLB public betting data is reporting that 56% of actual money wagered has instead hit the under, revealing that betting may not be as one-sided as the ticket percentages suggest.

In betting, line movement tells all, and this number dropping to 7.5 across the market confirms exactly what the big bucks are backing.

Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, which track and report professional betting action in real-time, have triggered a whopping five smart money indicators on the under, showing that even though the majority of everyday bettors like this over, sharps and those with the resources to move the entire market are aligned on the under.

Sharp angle: Under (moved from 8.5 to 7.5)

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