All-Star Game and Home Run Derby Odds
Target Field in Minneapolis will host the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, and with home-field advantage the AL squad will be looking to pay off in the Midsummer Classic for the second straight season.
All-Star Game odds on Sunday night at Bet365 had the AL and the NL as co-favorites at -105, with the contest's total at 8 runs.
Last year the AL topped their National League counterparts by a score of 3-0 at the MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York, with Chris Sale of the White Sox the winning pitcher and Mariano Rivera of the Yankees the game's MVP. That cut the NL's all-time lead in the series to 43-39-2.
And that also put an end to the National League's three-year winning streak at the All-Star Game in which they picked up back-to-back-to-back victories in Anaheim, Phoenix, and Kansas City by a combined score of 16-2. Those were the NL's first All-Star Game victories since way back in 1996, as the AL went 12-0-1 in the contest from 1997 to 2009.
Here are the elected starters for the American League and the National League for Tuesday:
AL Elected Starters (All-Star Games)
CA Matt Wieters, Orioles (3)
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (9)
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners (6)
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics (1)
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees (14)
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (5)
OF Mike Trout, Angels (3)
OF Adam Jones, Orioles (4)
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles (3)
NL Elected Starters (All-Star Games)
CA Yadier Molina, Cardinals (6)
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks (2)
2B Chase Utley, Phillies (6)
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers (3)
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies (4)
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (4)
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers (2)
OF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers (1)
Both Wieters and Molina will miss the All-Star Game with injuries. Salvador Perez of the Royals will start in Wieters' place for the American League, while Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers will start in Molina's place for the National League. First pitch is set for 8:15pm ET in Minnesota.
As for Monday night's Home Run Derby, the updated props at Bovada heading into action on Sunday afternoon continued to have the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton as the favorite - he was sitting atop the list at 11/4 odds, ahead of the 9/2 Yoenis Cespedes and the 5/1 Jose Bautista and Yasiel Puig.
Troy Tulowitzki was then at 7/1 on the odds to win the Home Run Derby heading into the final day of the first half of the MLB season, with Josh Donaldson at 9/1, Justin Morneau and Todd Frazier at 12/1, and Adam Jones and Brian Dozier at 14/1.
Baseball's 2014 All-Star Game will take place in Minnesota on July 15, and the sportsbooks have started posting their odds and props for All-Star events - include those for the July 14 Home Run Derby, where defending champion Yoenis Cespedes isn't the favorite.
In odds released by Bovada on Friday morning it's Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins who sits as the 2/1 favorite on the odds to win the Home Run Derby, followed by both Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Cespedes of the Athletics at 5/1 odds. Cespedes blasted a total of 32 home runs to pay off on the Derby odds at the event last year.
Yasiel Puig is then at 6/1 on the Home Run Derby odds at Bovada, with Troy Tulowitzki at 13/2, Josh Donaldson at 10/1, all of Adam Jones, Brian Dozier, and Todd Frazier at 12/1, and Justin Morneau last on the list at 15/1.
Of the 10 participants in the Home Run Derby Stanton heads into action this weekend with the most home runs - he's hit 21, with Donaldson and Tulowitzki both at 20 on the season. Bautista and Frazier have both hit 17 home runs so far this year, with Jones and Dozier at 16, and Cespedes at 14. Morneau has 13 home runs this season, and Puig has hit 12.
2014 Home Run Derby - Odds to Win at Bovada:
Giancarlo Stanton 2/1
Jose Bautista 5/1
Yoenis Cespedes 5/1
Yasiel Puig 6/1
Troy Tulowitzki 13/2
Josh Donaldson 10/1
Adam Jones 12/1
Brian Dozier 12/1
Todd Frazier 12/1
Justin Morneau 15/1
If you rely on the trends when wagering on baseball's All-Star Game every season you're probably siding with the National League for the 2012 game this week, as they're riding a two-game win streak at the contest.
However, the oddsmakers at 5Dimes have the American League pegged as the -122 favorites to win the game, which will be played at the AL ballpark in Kansas City. The National League, who won 3-1 in Anaheim two years ago and 5-1 in Arizona last year, are set as the +112 underdogs at 5Dimes for the matchup.
Overall that now puts the National League at 42-38-2 all-time at the All-Star Game against their counterparts from the Junior Circuit. The American League went 12-0-1 at the game from 1997 to 2009, with the infamous tie coming in the 2002 contest in Milwaukee.
The OVER/UNDER for Tuesday's game at 5Dimes is set at 8.5 runs; the last time the All-Star Game produced nine or more runs was back in 2007 when the American League won by a 5-4 score.
Here are the elected starters for both the American League and National League squads for Tuesday's All-Star Game, with total appearances at the contest in brackets. Kemp will participate in the Home Run Derby but won't play in the All-Star Game; Ryan Braun of the Brewers will instead take his place in the starting lineup.
American League All-Star Starters
CA Mike Napoli, Rangers (1)
1B Prince Fielder, Tigers (4)
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees (4)
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers (3)
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees (13)
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (3)
OF Curtis Granderson, Yankees (3)
OF Josh Hamilton, Rangers (5)
DH David Ortiz, Red Sox (8)
National League All-Star Starters
CA Buster Posey, Giants (1)
1B Joey Votto, Reds (3)
2B Dan Uggla, Braves (3)
3B Pablo Sandoval, Giants (2)
SS Rafael Furcal, Cardinals (3)
OF Melky Cabrera, Giants (1)
OF Carlos Beltran, Cardinals (7)
OF Matt Kemp, Dodgers (2)
Monday's Home Run Derby has Toronto's Jose Bautista as the 13/4 favorite on the MLB props board at Bovada, but he was bounced in the first round of the event last year and will have to contend with a pair of former champions in the field this year.
New York's Robinson Cano won the Home Run Derby last year with 32, while Detroit's Prince Fielder was the champion back in 2009 (when he was still a member of the Brewers) with 23. Cano is at 5/1 at Bovada to win again this year, with Fielder at 11/2 odds.
The Dodgers' Matt Kemp, who joined Bautista in a first-round exit at the event last year, is at 5/1 on the Home Run Derby odds as well. The Angels' Mark Trumbo (5/1), the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran (11/2), the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez (13/2), and the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (7/1) round out the participants for Monday night.
2012 Home Run Derby - Odds to Win at Bovada:
Jose Bautista (TOR) 13/4
Mark Trumbo (LAA) 5/1
Matt Kemp (LAD) 5/1
Robinson Cano (NYY) 5/1
Carlos Beltran (STL) 11/2
Prince Fielder (DET) 11/2
Carlos Gonzalez (COL) 13/2
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 7/1