Baseball’s grandest event takes center stage tonight in the Queen City as baseball’s best will take their turns swinging for the short porches and hope to launch one into the Ohio River. Before I get to tonight’s game, a quick moment to bask in the glory of last night’s Home Run Derby. I don’t want to brag that I correctly predicted every single matchup and result correctly last night… but I predicted every single matchup, round-by-round, 100% correctly. So. Yeah.
I’m not going to predict a similar flawless result tonight in the only exhibition game that actually counts, but I do have a line I like for tonight’s Midsummers Classic. So without further ado, let’s dive in tonight’s game.
MLB ALL STAR GAME – 2015
American League at National League (Total: 7)
Dallas Kuechel vs. Zach Greinke
Listing starting pitchers for an All-Star Game and using it as a basis for anything substantial is a little foolish. But if looking for an edge out of the shoot, you have to like the National League handing the ball to Greinke. His scoreless inning streak has eclipsed five games and I see no reason he can’t add a few more (yes, I know they don’t count officially) tonight. Meanwhile, Kuechel has been fantastic all season and is a worthy starter, but is one of the more anonymous All Star starters in recent memory.
The real interesting factor tonight isn’t as much who IS itching as who will NOT. Scherzer is out, and so is Sonny Gray. That takes away one of the big guns from each team, so expect some traditional late-game relievers to get work as early as the fifth or sixth inning tonight. I like the depth of the NL staff with Gerrit Cole, de Grom, Burnett, Shelby Miller and MadBum. But the AL staff has some bigger traditional star power with David Price and King Felix, but the roster is thin on all-star experience, which I think bodes well for the batters.
A fun side wager for the All Star Game is on MVP. I like offense to get the better of tonight’s game. Though there have been very few offensive explosions in the last decade of All Star Games (hmmm… right after the tie… oh, and the testing for steroids.) BUT, two of the last three games have had eight run tallied, which would put the total OVER tonight. Anyhow – I like an offensive player for MVP. My favorite value wagers are Joc Pederson at 16/1 getting a chance to bat in likely the second or third inning and quite possibly with someone on base and Prince Fielder getting a chance to do some damage late at 33/1.
My official pick for tonight is OVER 7. There are awesome pitchers all over the place, but it is a small ballpark trying to hold in a ton of power hitters. I’ll be there live, and hopefully be witnessing a bunch of fireworks.