The most attractive All-Star game of them all is tonight, as the American League takes on the National League with home field advantage in the World Series on the line. The road to this game has been characterized by phony voting practices online. I’m speaking about the incident in which Kansas City Royals’ players were receiving a surge of voting from their fans. As it stood, players such as Omar Infante would have been in the game. However, MLB did the right thing and nullified the bogus votes. It just signifies how online voting definitely has it flaws. Even though they went ahead and rescinded those votes, there is still issues with this method. There are players that deserve to be playing in this game that aren’t, and conversely, there are players playing in it that shouldn’t. Oh well. We can only accept what we’re given as fans.
The motivation of players isn’t universal in this game. You’ll see players that truly want to win, and others that could care less. But that is better than what you’re going to get in other All-Star games, where absolutely nobody cares. I remember watching this game a couple years ago, I think it was, and an outfielder blatantly let a ball drop. One could make the case he lost the ball in the lights, but it looked like he didn’t care to make a play on it. In other words, don’t bet your whole bankroll on this game. As always, bet within your bankroll and only bet a small percentage of it. Now to the All-Star Game. You’ll find my free pick below for the game. I’ll see you back this weekend for the start of the second half of the MLB season.
American League vs. National League
I always post the starting pitches directly about this sentence, but I feel like for this game it is pretty irrelevant, so I don’t want you to get tricked up betting this game based on starting pitching. Of course handicapping the starting pitchers of a normal MLB game is vital, but in the All-Star Game it has never been as much of a non-factor. The starting pitchers will last an inning or two, then it gives way to the rest of the bullpen, who are all strong pitchers in their own right. This isn’t the Detroit Tiger bullpen being trotted out after the starters are gone. Dallas Keuchel will get the start for the American League, much deserved, while Zack Greinke gets the start for the National League. Keuchel enters with an ERA of 2.23 compared to Greinke’s 1.39. No, Clayton Kershaw is not the best pitcher on the Dodger staff.
The offenses are of course stacked, as well as the pitching. The National League features players such as Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, and Home Run Derby winner Todd Frazier. The American League counters with Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, and Albert Pujols. The total of this game opened at 7, and has stayed put at 7. I really don’t think the pitching is as strong as we’ve seen before. At 7 I think this is a very doable bet on the OVER. There is no magic formula to betting an All-Star Game. It is more of a hunch than anything. You really don’t know what players are going to show up. With that said, my hunch is that we see some runs scored tonight to get it OVER 7. The Great American Ballpark is a hitter friendly park. I think the bats will be able to shine through. I’m going to get on the OVER in the midsummer classic.
PICK: OVER 7 RUNS (-120)