MLB All-Star Game betting preview, odds and predictions
The MLB All-Star Game, also known as the Midsummer Classic, will bring together the best players in baseball for some exciting action on the diamond. The Home Run Derby has become the main attraction of this multi-day event, and Adam Burke already put together a predictions piece on what we’ll see on Monday, June 10th. However, the game itself is another way to enjoy some light-hearted action and make a little bit of money.
The American League has been dominant in this game dating back to 1988, as the AL has won 27 of the last 34 All-Star Games, with one of those non-victories being a tie. The American League also comes into this year’s game on a nine-game winning streak. With that said, it’ll be interesting to see if the National League can buck that trend. But for now, we should note that the AL is a small moneyline favorite to keep things going.
Last year’s All-Star Game saw the American League earning a 3-2 win in a meeting at Dodger Stadium. Giancarlo Stanton was the MVP of the game, as the New York Yankees star hit a two-run homer that tied the game up. That bomb traveled 457 feet and paved the way for Byron Buxton’s homer to give the AL a 3-2 lead that held for the rest of the game.
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MLB All-Star Game Odds
American League -120 / Total: 7.5
How To Watch The MLB All-Star Game
Location: T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 11th
MLB All-Star Game Best Bet
While backing the American League on the moneyline has been a very profitable wager over the last 25 years, I’m looking to the total in this game. The Midsummer Classic has traditionally leaned Under, with that bet cashing in 13 of the last 16 editions of this game. However, there are quite a few talented pitchers that won’t be available in this game. Most of those guys are elite starters, too. Spencer Strider, Shane McClanahan, Shohei Ohtani, Clayton Kershaw and others were replaced because of injuries or required rest. With that said, both teams will have to lean heavily on relievers. And while these are some of the best short-inning options in baseball, I’d like to think that some of the best hitters in the world can combine to score a measly eight runs here.
MLB All-Star Game MVP Prediction
While this game is mostly comprised of players that are currently in their primes, I have my eyes on National League DH J.D. Martinez at +3000. The 35-year-old has been hot and cold since the start of the season, but he entered the All-Star break on the heels of back-to-back multi-hit games in which he also happened to go yard. Martinez had also homered in three of his previous four games before the break, so he was swinging a hot bat before this. Also, for as good as some of the other players in this game are, I'm not sure there's anybody I'd rather have at the plate if I need a big hit from somebody on my team. He's just always a threat to rip an extra base hit or hit a homer. And I can see him being one of the players that comes through in this showcase of the stars. For those reasons, I like Martinez to emerge as the MVP of this game.