MLB Sharp Report: Pros Betting White Sox-Angels, Astros-Athletics Over/Unders

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  • Sharp bettors are getting down on tonight's White Sox-Angels (10:07 p.m. ET) and Astros-Athletics (10:07 p.m. ET) matchups.
  • Using The Action Network's tools and data, we examine how the pros are betting these two games.

Week 2 of the NFL preseason gets underway with a five-game slate tonight, and the majority of bettors are focusing on football over baseball.

In fact, our betting tools are reporting very little sharp activity hitting tonight’s MLB schedule. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the pros are ignoring Thursday baseball, it’s just that their opinions may not yet be reflected in the market at the time of writing.

And while tonight’s MLB slate is generally quiet, there are two games attracting smart money: White Sox-Angels and Astros-Athletics.

Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels

10:07 p.m. ET | Reynaldo Lopez (7-9, 5.16 ERA) vs. Andrew Heaney (1-3, 4.89 ERA)

The White Sox-Angels total is setting up as a classic showdown between recreational and professional bettors.

The majority of bettors are playing the over, highlighted by 69% of tickets and 74% of money wagered landing on that side of the total.

However, Sports Insights’ Bet Signals — which track and report professional betting action — have triggered three moves on the under, providing insight as to why the total sits close to its opener despite one-sided action hitting the over.

Sharp angle: Under (9)

Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

10:07 p.m. ET | Aaron Sanchez (5-14, 5.60 ERA) vs. Mike Fiers (11-3, 3.30 ERA)

Sixty-six percent of tickets and 58% of money wagered on the total have played the under thus far, signaling a market lean toward a lower-scoring game.

On the other hand, the Astros-Athletics over/under has jumped from an opener of 9.5 to a consensus of 10.

According to SI’s Bet Signals, sharps hit this over three separate times, helping explain why oddsmakers felt the need to increase this number despite money favoring the under in this matchup.

Sharp angle: Over (moved from 9.5 to 10)