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- Labor Day brings with it a handful of afternoon MLB games, and sharp bettors have been drawn to three in particular.
- As is often the case when betting on a side, these sharp bets all come on the underdog.
After a profitable first true weekend of college football, sharps have shifted their focus back to baseball.
Labor Day’s afternoon slate of MLB games has already seen its fair share of sharp action, with three underdogs attracting the most smart money. Let’s take a look.
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 sportsbooks in order for them to accept your wager. A -115 juice means a bettor would have to wager $115 to win $100.
Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates
1:35 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: CIN +122
This game has been one of the biggest movers on the board, with the Pirates falling from -160 to -135 — an implied probability drop of 61.5% to 57.5%. With only 28% of bets on the Reds, it’s clear that the line move was a result of sharp action.
Sure enough, we’ve tracked two steam moves on Cincinnati since this game opened.