How Sharps Are Betting A’s-Yankees AL Wild-Card Game

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park

  • Sharp bettors have made their opinion clear on tonight's American League wild-card game between the Oakland Athletics (+164 betting odds) and New York Yankees (-183), which starts at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Sports Insights' bet signals reveal the bet they're making.

If it was a sweat you were looking for, last night’s NL wild-card game delivered — at least for moneyline bettors.

With their 13-inning victory, the Rockies cashed tickets for any +125-ish bettors, and both teams’ inability to score gave under bettors a relatively easy win.

Sharp action has made its way to the American League’s wild-card game tonight, as wiseguys have been pounding one angle of this matchup since early in the morning.


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Betting odds: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees

  • Yankees (Luis Severino): -183
  • Athletics (Liam Hendriks): +164
  • Over/under: 8.5 (u-120)
  • First pitch: 8:08 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TBS

Behind Severino, the Yankees have unsurprisingly been the slightly more popular team tonight, gathering 56% of bets.

However, other than standard juice reduction that takes place as the game approaches, the line has barely moved from its opening number.

It’s worth noting that in the playoffs, teams simply receiving fewer than 50% of bets have gone 228-196 since 2005, winning 64.1 units over that span.

But while no side has become a clear sharp play yet, wiseguys have made their opinion known on the total.

Sports Insights’ bet signals show the under has been steamed four times already today. That means on four occasions, professional money on the under caused market-wide line movement.

Not surprisingly, after the total opened at 8.5 with -110 juice on either side, the juice on the under is now up to -120, and some books have even dropped the total down to 8.

Need more? The under is also accounting for 44% of the dollars wagered on this total at the time of writing, despite drawing only 35% of bettors, meaning that the bigger — and probably sharper — wagers are betting on a low-scoring game.

Sharp angle: Under 8.5