Rays vs. Athletics Sharp Report: How Pros Are Doubling Down on AL Wild Card Game

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Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea

  • The Oakland Athletics are slight betting favorites (-135 moneyline odds) in tonight's AL Wild Card Game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Professional bettors have made clear picks on what they think is the correct side is and their pick for the over/under.
  • Let's dig into The Action Network's suite of betting tools to reveal how pros are playing this MLB playoff game.

The MLB playoffs continue tonight when the Tampa Bay Rays travel to Oakland to take on the Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game.

The A’s won four of seven games against the Rays this season, winning 1.64 units for bettors, according to Bet Labs. Five of those matchups also fell under the closing total, resulting in a profit of 2.79 units.

Let’s look at how bettors are approaching tonight’s Rays vs. Athletics AL Wild Card Game, including how wiseguy money is already shaping odds.

Odds as of Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. ET and via PointsBet, where Action Network users get an exclusive 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics Sharp Report

Charlie Morton (16-6, 3.05 ERA) vs. Sean Manaea (4-0, 1.21 ERA)

Oakland opened as a -150 favorite against Tampa Bay and bettors are split on tonight’s game, as 51% of moneyline tickets have fallen on the A’s. Betting on the total is relatively balanced as well, with 57% of tickets hitting the under (7.5).

On the other hand, sharps have made their opinions clear regarding where the value lies with both the moneyline and over/under in this matchup.

Despite balanced moneyline betting, the Rays have plummeted from +130 to +110, and professional money is the reason behind the move.

Sports Insights’ Bet Signals reported steam hitting the market at 11:17 a.m. ET Wednesday, which was responsible for driving this line down to the current number.

And not only are pros showing interest in the moneyline, but they’re hitting the total as well.

SI’s Bet Signals triggered another Steam Move at 12:54 p.m., this time on the under. This influx of money from respected bettors has pushed the total down from an opener of 7.5 to 7 across the market.

Casual bettors remain undecided on this game, but the pros are clearly happy getting down on the Rays as plus-money underdogs in a low-scoring affair.

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