Saturday MLB Sharp Report: Pros Betting A’s-Giants and 2 Other Matchups

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  • Friday's sharpest indicators didn't lead to profits, going 1-2 and continuing a frustrating 2018 MLB season.
  • Today, sharps are looking for some wins in three matchups: Pirates-Brewers, Tigers-Astros, and A's-Giants.

The 2018 MLB season just does not want to turn around for sharp bettors. Unlike years past, sharp action indicators have not yet led to profits this season. And last night’s sharpest angles were no different, going 1-2 for a small loss.

Still, wiseguys will stick with their process and they’ve picked out three more spots on Saturday’s board. Before we get into that trio, though, here are a few betting terms you should know:

Steam Move: Sudden, drastic and uniform line movement across the market caused by an overload of sharp action from respected players.

Reverse Line Movement: When the betting line moves in the opposite direction of the betting percentages. It’s a top smart money indicator.

Juice: The tax or commission that bettors must pay the sportsbook in order for them to accept your wager.

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All data as of 2:15 p.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.

Pittsburgh Pirates (+114) vs. Milwaukee Brewers

4:05 p.m. ET (Game 2)

As the Buccos and Brewers finish up the first game of this double-header, the betting market has switched its focus to Game 2. Sixty percent of bettors are rolling with the Brew Crew, but but the Brewers moneyline has fallen from -135 to -126.

Why? Because sharps are all over the Pirates.

Two steam moves have been triggered on Pittsburgh thanks to some sharp action at Pinnacle and BetUS.

Detroit Tigers-Houston Astros Under 7

4:10 p.m. ET

Listed at seven runs, this is the lowest total on today’s board. Sixty percent of bettors are expecting this matchup to go over (shocker), but sharps are not among that majority.

Despite the public support, the over has landed only 33% of dollars, indicating bigger (likely sharper) wagers on the under. Four unchallenged steam moves are also on the under, which have contributed to a half-run drop on the total from 7.5.

Oakland Athletics-San Francisco Giants Under 8

10:05 p.m. ET

Different game, same story. Despite only 29% of bettors taking this under, it’s drawn 75% of dollars and triggered two steam moves. Though most books haven’t actually dropped the number, they are juicing the under to as much as -120.