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- Sharps are betting three MLB games on Monday, headlined by New York Mets-Chicago Cubs (8:05 p.m. ET), with Chicago listed as a -132 favorite and an over/under 10.5
- Wiseguys are also betting Toronto Blue Jays-Baltimore Orioles (7:05 p.m. ET) and Colorado Rockies-Los Angeles Angels (10:07 p.m. ET)
With football in the air, public bettors are quickly losing interest in baseball. But not the wiseguys. They know that this is the best time of year to get down on underdogs, especially when they’re playing winning teams.
The combination of good teams being overvalued and bad teams calling up young players (who compete hard and provide a shot in the arm) creates a perfect storm for contrarian bettors.
After analyzing Monday’s seven-game slate using Sports Insights’ Sportsbook Insider Pro betting tools, I’ve pinpointed three MLB bets that professionals are focusing on, starting at 7:05 p.m., 8:05 p.m. and 10:07 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.