The SHARP shooter, brought to you by Elite Sportsbook and Rhythm City Casino is our daily blog that will find the best bets the sharps on on for each day.

Sharps, in gambling terms, are the professionals in the gambling industry.  Rarely do the sharps fall on the "fun" bets like betting on the favorites or betting on the over total.  The sharps usually go against public popular line-- taking advantage of inflated lines and mismatched numbers due to a large percentage of public bets on a certain play.

The easiest spots to find sharp plays are in nationally televised games, primetime games, and big games between popular teams with, teams with star players and rivals that get a lot of air time during the week on sports media.

It is important that you do your own homework and look at trends, as well.  Simply going contrarian against the popular public bet won't always be profitable.  Find the games that work best for your bet and your budget.  Pay attention to sharp trends-- you rarely want to be on the wrong side of the pros.

Here is what the PROS are on today in MLB action:

6:05 p.m. CST: Chicago Cubs (82-75) at Pittsburgh Pirates (66-91)

The Chicago Cubs have now lost 7 games in a row after losing Tuesday 9-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Chicago Cubs, Jon Lester (13-10, 4.51 ERA), opened up to as -180 favorites against the home Pirates, Dario Agrazal (4-5, 5.08 ERA), and have been pounded to -200.   According to Bet Lab Sports, since 2003 when umpire Paul Nauert is behind the plate home teams have lost 59% of the time.

6:10 p.m. CST: Miami Marlins (55-102) at New York Mets (82-75)

The Mets need to win.  They are currently down five games in the Wild Card race.  Mets' Jacob deGrom (10-8, 2.51 ERA) opposes Miami's rookie righty Robert Dugger (0-3, 4.45 ERA).  The Mets have been pushed to a very heavy favorite -425 because of Pro action on the -380 ML.

9:10 p.m. CST: Houston Astros (103-54) at Seattle Mariners (66-91)

Astro's Zack Greinke (17-5, 3.05 ERA) facing Mariners Yusei Kikuchi (6-10, 5.55 ERA) and Houston opened as huge favorites (-350) and the Mariners a massive dog (+300).  The TOTAL is where the sharp play is.  The total opened at 9.5 and the Pros moved it down to 9.


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