MLB Sharp Report: Yankees vs. Athletics Leads Thursday’s Top Pro Bets
Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka
- Sharps are taking sides in Thursday's Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals (7:45 p.m. ET) and New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics (9:37 p.m. ET) MLB matchups.
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals and betting market percentages reveal which bets the pros are making.
Thursday’s MLB slate is attracting plenty of action overall, including from sharp bettors. However, there are multiple instances of two-way wiseguy activity, meaning professional money is hitting both sides of some games.
Remember, sharps don’t always agree on the right side of a certain matchup, especially at varying betting lines. With this in mind, there are two Thursday MLB matchups attracting enough one-sided wiseguy activity to light up our betting tools: Rockies vs. Cardinals and Yankees vs. Athletics.
Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals
7:45 p.m. ET | German Marquez (12-5, 4.71 ERA) vs. Miles Mikolas (7-13, 4.30 ERA)
The Cardinals opened as -145 favorites and, despite attracting a slight majority of bets (52%), this moneyline has tumbled to -132.
The Action Network’s public money is reporting that 62% of money wagered is actually on the Rockies, helping add context as to why oddsmakers would be motivated to move this line toward Colorado.
Sports Insights’ Bet Signals add another piece to the puzzle as two Steam Moves — instances of market-wide line movement driven by sharp money — have triggered on the Rockies, confirming that money from the pros is also mixed into that 61%.
Sharp angle: Rockies (moved from +125 to +123)
New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics
9:37 p.m. ET | Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 4.56 ERA) vs. Tanner Roark (7-8, 4.01 ERA)
Tonight’s Yankees-A’s matchup is shaping up to be your classic sharps vs. squares showdown. Sixty-eight percent of bets are laying the moneyline with the Yanks, yet the line has plummeted from New York -130 to -110.
The reason? Sharps hit Oakland twice, explained by one Steam Move and one Reverse Line Move per SI’s Bet Signals, giving oddsmakers no choice but to shorten the Athletics’ price.
Sharp angle: Athletics (moved from +110 to +100)