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MLB All-Star Game Betting Preview

Odds for the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game have hit the board and the home National League squad is a -115 favorite, with the American League coming in at -105. This has been an evenly matched series since its incarnation in 1933, with the National League winning 43 games and the American League taking 42, but the AL enters this year’s Midsummer Classic on a four-game win streak, while also winning an amazing 16 of the last 20.

Shark Bites
  • The American League is 7-1 in its last 8 all-star games in National League ballparks.
  • Only two pitchers since 1987 have been named all-star game MVP — Pedro Martinez and Mariano Rivera.
  • The American League is 22-6-1 in the last 29 all-star games.

Working against the NL in this year’s game is that they’ll be without their top pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, who will be inactive after tossing a complete game Sunday. Even though they’ll only throw an inning or two at the most, starters on the AL side should be better rested as most of the NL’s big arms pitched in games over the weekend.

Starting for the AL is Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who has five innings of all-star pitching experience under his belt. Sale has a career 3.60 ERA in the all-star game with five strikeouts. The NL will counter with Max Scherzer, who has been almost perfect in three combined innings of work in previous all-star games. He’s allowed zero earned runs with just one hit, while racking up four strikeouts.

Most assume extremely high scoring totals is a common characteristic of an all-star game, and it is in most other leagues, but this isn’t the case for MLB. In all-star game history, the average total is 8.26, while the total hasn’t eclipsed 10 runs since 2005. Over that 10-year period, the game has an average total of 6.7 runs. With the total for the game set at 9 runs, bettors will be interested to know that eight of the last nine all-star games have finished UNDER that number.

If you have your side selected, recent trends also show you might want to up the ante, and grab that team on the -1.5 runline as seven consecutive all-star games have been decided by two runs or more.

2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Odds

Odds as of July 11 Bovada

  • American League -105
  • National League -115

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