Tuesday, July 16, 8 p.m. (ET)
MLB Betting Odds: VietBet
Money Line: American League (+110) National League (-125)
Total Line: 8
This Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York, the American League All-Stars will look to snap a three-game losing streak in this year’s Mid-Summer Classic after dominating the series since the late 90’s with a 12-0-1 mark in the previous 13 MLB All-Star Games. The AL will have plenty of muscle at the plate in players like Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera and Baltimore’s Chris Davis to get the job done. Cabrera has the best batting average in the Majors at .365 and he has already driven-in 95 runs. Davis has blasted a league-best 37 home runs and is in second-place in RBI with 93.
The American League will be without starting pitchers’ Justin Verlander from the Tigers and Oakland’s Bartolo Colon, who both pitched this past Sunday. It will have both Max Scherzer, who is also from Detroit, and Seattle’s Felix Hernandez. Scherzer reeled-off 13 straight victories before his first loss and Hernandez has the best ERA in the AL at 2.53.
The National League has outscored the AL 16-2 during its three-game run. Behind the bats of Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran from St. Louis and Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips from Cincinnati, the NL will have plenty of firepower to rack-up some more runs on Tuesday night. Molina leads the league in hitting with a .341 batting average and Phillips is second in the NL in RBI with 74.
The NL comes into this showdown a bit depleted of starters with both Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke and Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann sidelined with minor injuries. It will also not have Cardinals’ ace Adam Wainwright available to start since he pitched as recently as Sunday. The National League will have Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw as a possible starter after leading the Majors with a 1.98 ERA. Another choice as a starter is Arizona’s Patrick Corbin, who after Wainwright and Zimmermann, is tied for the most victories in the NL at 11.
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The All-Star Game has been dominated by either side over the past 16 years with the NL holding the current advantage. Looking at this year’s matchup on paper, the American League has a clear edge talent-wise with both its pitching and its hitting. Look for this edge to manifest itself on the scoreboard as the AL snaps the current three-game skid with a win on Tuesday night.
American League 6 National League 4