Sportsbook tells SBR that Sharps are on Tonight's MLB Run-line
The percentage of bets at online sportsbooks are evenly split on tonight's MLB season opener.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs begin at 8:05pm ET.
Per the SBR Odds consensus, 49.8% of wagers at sportsbooks are on the Cardinals at an average price of even money (+100), while 50.2% are on the Cubs at -110.
This article takes a look at the most popular betting markets and the current sportsbook odds.
Total Runs Market
The line opened at 7 runs with -115 of juice on the over - the public typically favors the over according to sportsbook managers - though interestingly the betting action has shifted in favor of the under as that line has become -115. This means a $115 wager is necessary to win $100 on the under, while a $100 wager returns up to $105 if you're playing with a reduced juice baseball sportsbook.
A sportsbook manager at a top five betting site told SBR that the most significant amount of sharp action came in on the early line of the Cubs +1½ at -190, so much so that the price has been flipped to the Cubs at -1½ at +201.
First 5 Innings
Sports bettors typically enjoy wagering the first 5 market offered by online sportsbooks. These odds are very consistent with the outright winner/moneyline market, as the Cardinals are an average of -105, while the Cubs are an average of -110.
Futures Market Betting
Online sportsbooks have set the Cardinals at an average price of +1200 or 12 to 1 to win the World Series later this October. The Cubs are an average price of +2000 or 20 to 1, per the odds listed in the MLB Baseball Futures directory at Sportsbook Review.
Additional MLB market related content will be offered throughout the season on the SBR newswire. Players looking for handicapping information or game breakdowns should visit SBR Picks.