The 2017 MLB All-Star Game takes place this Tuesday, July 11, from Marlins Park in Miami, FL. The game is scheduled to start at 8:00 pm ET. FOX will broadcast the battle between the best in the American League and the best in the National League.
The American League has won 11 of the last 14 MLB All-Star Games. The National League has won 3 of the last 7. The NL has lost 4 straight MLB All-Star Games.
2017 MLB All-Star Game Odds and Picks
Because the game is at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins, the NL are 5/6 favorites. The AL are 6/5 dogs.
What: 2017 MLB All-Star Game
When: Monday, July 11th, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Miami, Florida
Stadium: Marlins Park
Odds: AL 6/5 vs NL 5/6
Bet on the American League 6/5 because…
The American League has won 4 straight MLB All-Star Games. What’s crazier is that the American League has won 3 of those 4 in a National League ballpark. In 2013, the AL beat the NL 3 to 0 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. In 2015, the AL beat the NL 6 to 3 at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds. Last year, the AL beat the NL 4 to 2 at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.
Bet on the National League 5/6 because…
The National League has better starting pitchers. The Top 3 starting pitchers for the NL are the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Washington’s Max Scherzer, and Arizona’s Zach Greinke.
The top pitchers for the AL are Boston’s Chris Sale, KC’s Jason Vargas, and Houston’s Lance McCullers. Dallas Kuechel, Houston’s top pitcher and one of the best in the AL, is hurt. He won’t pitch in this Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game.
Expert MLB All-Star Game Pick
Yes, Clayton Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in MLB. But, he started on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. Dodgers’ manager David Roberts didn’t want to mess up his rotation by allowing Kershaw to pitch in the MLB All-Star Game.
What does that tell me? It tells me that the American League might have a shot against the NL batting line-up. Chris Sale should have no trouble holding NL batters to 0 runs.
But, then, I start considering the relievers. Based on each teams’ bullpen, the NL should win by at least 2 runs. The NL can run out Wade Davis, Greg Holland, and Kenley Jansen.
Who can the American League send to the mound in the late innings? Andrew Miller, Craig Kimbrel, and Dellin Betances.
My feeling is that once Sale leaves, the National League bats should put up a few runs. Then, the NL will hand the game over to guys like Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Martinez, and Robbie Ray before giving an inning each to Davis, Holland, and Jansen.
The National League should break the losing streak on July 11.