MLB Sharp Report: Royals-Tigers, Rays-Mariners Among Friday’s Favorite Pro Bets

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  • Sharp bettors are keying in on tonight's Cubs-Reds (7:10 p.m. ET) and Rays-Mariners (10:10 p.m. ET) matchups.
  • Using The Action Network's public betting data and sharp money triggers, we analyze how the pros are betting each of these games.

MLB is back in full force with a loaded 15-game Friday slate. It’s still early in the day, but professionals have wasted no time picking off today’s softest baseball lines.

Let’s look at two matchups that appear to be attracting balanced overall action, but are quietly becoming targets of professional bettors.

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds

7:10 p.m. ET | Yu Darvish (4-5, 4.36 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (9-8, 3.85 ERA)

In terms of overall betting tickets, the action is mostly balanced with Chicago currently garnering 58% of moneyline wagers.

However, The Action Network’s public betting data is reporting that those 58% of bets account for 76% of the money, signaling that books are skewing heavy on the Cubs.

Sports Insights’ Bet Signals have triggered two Steam Moves on the Cubbies, adding further evidence regarding the sharp side of this game.

And, as always, the proof is in the line movement pudding. The line is moving toward the Cubs, helping solidify the conclusion already suggested by our betting tools.

Sharp angle: Cubs (moved from -110 to -114)

Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners

10:10 p.m. ET | Jalen Beeks (5-1, 3.77 ERA) vs. Marco Gonzales (12-9, 4.32 ERA)

At first glance, this is a sneaky line move to diagnose as moneyline bets are split exactly 50/50. Even the money percentages don’t offer much more insight as 57% of dollars wagered are on Seattle.

While there’s a slight money lean toward the Mariners, the betting action is quite balanced overall.

So why have the M’s plummeted from +130 to +114, and even shorter dogs at many other books?

Because the 57% of money backing Seattle is littered with bets from the pros.

SI’s Bet Signals reveal that sharps steamed the Mariners at +125, explaining what drove this line down to the current number.

Sharp angle: Mariners (moved from +130 to +114)