Jake Arrieta. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
- Sharps are betting three MLB games on Friday, headlined by Philadelphia Phillies-Toronto Blue Jays (7:07 p.m. ET), with Philadelphia listed as a -125 favorite and an over/under of 9
- Wiseguys are also betting Oakland Athletics-Minnesota Twins (8:10 p.m. ET) and Pittsburgh Pirates-Milwaukee Brewers (8:10 p.m. ET)
- Friday is the most profitable day of the week for pro bettors due to the influx of public money
Happy Friday! We’re 24 hours away from the 2018 college football season. But sharps are still glued to MLB.
Historically, Friday is the best day of the week to bet against the public. With recreational bettors wrapping up their work week (and getting their latest paychecks), Average Joes are more likely to get down on games, leading to increased ticket counts and elevated contrarian value for the pros.
After analyzing Friday’s 15-game slate using Sports Insights’ Sportsbook Insider Pro betting tools, I’ve pinpointed three MLB bets that professionals are focusing on, starting at 7:07 p.m and 8:10 p.m. ET.
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 bettor would have to wager $115 to win $100.
Philadelphia Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays
- Sharp angle: Over 9
- First pitch: 7:07 p.m. ET
We’re seeing a classic Pros vs. Joes disagreement with this Interleague total. The public sees Jake Arrieta (9-8, 3.25 ERA) on the mound and automatically thinks low scoring game. But sharps are blasting a contrarian over here.
The Under is getting 67% of bets but the Over is getting 54% of dollars. Despite the heavy under betting, the total has remained frozen at 9, indicating over liability.