MLB Sharp Report: Pros Eyeing Mariners-Angels in Potential Four-Game Sweep
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- It's Easter Sunday, but sharp bettors are still getting down hard on the MLB slate.
- Using The Action Network's betting tools, we've identified how pros are betting the over/under in Nationals-Marlins and the moneylines in White Sox-Tigers and Mariners-Angels.
Happy Easter, folks. For all you Greeks out there — Χριστός ἀνέστη…next week, that is.
There are plenty of sports to keep you busy at any family parties or gatherings today, as you have your choice of baseball, playoff basketball, playoff hockey, and golf to watch while you hunt for Easter eggs. The only question is: Do your eggs contain candy, small toys or money? I’m pretty sure that’s how census takers decide what class you belong to.
Sharp bettors weren’t preoccupied with church or egg hunts this morning, however; they have been hitting the MLB slate just like any other day of the year. Perhaps they’re betting through their phones at mass, who knows?
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Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
1:10 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 7.5 to 7)
Yesterday, the Marlins surprised Max Scherzer and the Nationals with a 9-3 win, disappointing the 75% of bettors who took Washington.
Today, the Nats are once again sizable favorites as Stephen Strasburg takes on Trevor Richards, and once again, Washington is getting right around 75% of bets. The over/under has seen some interesting activity, though, with several waves of sharp action coming in on the under.
A low bar was set at just 7.5 to begin with, but four bet signals on the under compared to zero on the over have caused the total to fall even lower, to 7. It’s not a popular choice with just 33% of bets, but professional bettors are not expecting another offensive outburst today.
Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
1:10 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: White Sox (moved from +115 to +107)
White Sox-Tigers, Royals-Tigers, White Sox-Royals…does it really matter who is playing who? The bottom line is that two crappy teams from the AL Central are facing each other, and sharps are expecting this game to essentially be a coin toss.
Bets are split nearly 50/50, but more than 70% of the cash is coming in on Chicago, causing the line to drop down closer to even money. I would not be surprised if sharp bettors continue to grab plus-money prices where they can, potentially moving Chicago from underdog to favorite by the time of first pitch.
Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels
4:07 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Angels (moved from -112 to -117)
What we have here is an interesting trendy dog situation, as Seattle is getting 67% of the early bets. I’m not quite sure why, as Mike Leake isn’t a pitcher that screams “bet on me.” I suppose Jaime Barria isn’t, either.
Perhaps it’s the fact that Seattle has rattled off three straight wins in L.A. and is looking for a four-game sweep. The Mariners cooled off for a bit after their blistering start, but they’re back to their winning ways and remain atop the AL West standings at 16-8 — including a silly 11-1 road record.
While public bettors may buy into these early-season, small-sample trends, sharp bettors are keeping the bigger picture in mind.
Though the Angels are getting just one-third of the bets, they are drawing more than half of the cash, which has caused the line to tick up in the Angels’ favor. It doesn’t exactly qualify as a hammering by the sharps, but there’s a clear pros vs. joes split here.