MLB All-Star Game Betting News and Notes

MLB All-Star Game Betting News and Notes

MLB All-Star Game: What Bettors Need to Know
By Covers.com

American League at National League (-125, 8)

Four players from the Big Apple will take center stage Tuesday when the National League hosts the American League in the 84th All-Star Game at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. David Wright and NL starting pitcher Matt Harvey represent the Mets while Yankees closer Mariano Rivera of the AL will appear in his final All-Star Game and be joined by teammate Robinson Cano. Right-hander Max Scherzer of Detroit, who became the first pitcher in 27 years to begin a season 13-0, starts for the AL.

The National League puts its three-game winning streak on the line after the American League won the previous seven Mid-Summer Classics since the 2002 edition ended in a 7-7 tie. That verdict prompted commissioner Bud Selig to make the game "count" by awarding the winning league home-field advantage in the World Series, which coincidentally has been won by the NL for the past three seasons. The AL, which won five straight prior to 2002, claimed four of the seven World Series during its post-tie winning streak.

Last year's All-Star Game finished 8-1 in favor of the NL, just playing under the 8.5-run total set by oddsmakers. That marked the seventh straight season the under has cashed in during the Mid-Summer Classic, with an average of 6.57 collective runs scored between 2006 and 2012. This year's game has drawn a total of eight runs from sportsbooks.

PITCHING MATCHUP: American League RH Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19 ERA) vs. National League RH Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.35)

American League manager Jim Leyland of Detroit didn't have a difficult decision in choosing his own in Scherzer, who suffered his first loss of the season Saturday against Texas after matching Roger Clemens' 13-0 start in 1986. After Scherzer, Leyland could turn to Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (10-4, 2.53), who last pitched Saturday with Tuesday being his throwing day between starts anyway. Leyland has a bevy of relievers from which to choose including five closers, but there's little doubt who will get the ball should the AL enjoy the lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning.

National League manager Bruce Bochy's decision to start Harvey at his home ballpark was made easier when St. Louis' Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.45) pitched Sunday, making him ineligible to appear in the All-Star Game. Bochy could choose a left-hander from a rival NL West team - Arizona's Patrick Corbin (11-1, 2.35) or Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw (8-8, major league-leading 1.98 ERA) - to relieve Harvey. Bochy has four closers at his disposal including Pittsburgh's Jason Grilli, who leads the NL with 29 saves, but he will be tempted to use Cincinnati flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman.

WALK-OFFS:

1. Rivera, who will retire at the end of the season, will make his AL team-leading 13th All-Star Game appearance. He is the all-time saves leader with 638 and leads the No. 2 active player - fellow All-Star Joe Nathan of Texas - by 310. St. Louis OF Carlos Beltran (eighth appearance) is the senior member of the NL squad.

2. A pair of AL starters - Baltimore 1B Chris Davis (major league-leading 37 home runs, 93 RBIs) and Detroit 3B Miguel Cabrera (30 HRs, major league-leading 95 RBIs) - are the first two players in major-league history to have 30 or more home runs and 90 or more RBIs prior to the All-Star break.

3. The NL leads the series 43-38-2 and has outscored the AL 16-2 in the past three games, including 8-0 last season in Kansas City, Mo.

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MLB All-Star Game Odds and Props
By: The Linemakers 
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The National League was initially posted as a -135 favorite on Saturday at the LVH SuperBook to win Tuesday's All-Star game, but action has been coming in pretty strong on the American League, which has dropped the number to -122. We don't suggest wagering on this exhibition game with a lot of conviction, but it traditionally is one of the better All-Star games played of all the major American sports, and it's difficult not to get caught up in the fanfare of the event.

The National League has won the past three events by a combined score of 16-2, including last season's 8-0 win at Kansas City. Matt Harvey gets the start in front of the home crowd at Citi Field, the first pitcher to start at home in the All-Star game since Roger Clemens at Houston in 2004. Only three other pitchers have started at home in the All-Star game since 1961.

It could be argued that Clayton Kershaw deserved the starting nod, but Harvey is no pushover, nor is he getting the start simply because he pitches for the Mets. He ranks first in the NL in strikeouts (147), second in WHIP (0.92) and third in ERA (2.35) and opponents' batting average (.196). Not to mention, he has also taken three no-hit bids into the seventh inning this season. His resume is an impressive one and he is a deserving starter.

Harvey will have to get through the AL's murderers' row that features two players with 30 home runs and 90 RBIs for the first time in All-Star history. Chris Davis (37 HR, 93 RBI) and Miguel Cabrera (30 HR, 95 RBI) anchor the AL squad that also features Mike Trout, Robinson Cano, Jose Bautista, David Ortiz, Adam Jones and Joe Mauer. The good news for Harvey is that he won't have to face 2013 Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes, who is not on the AL All-Star roster.

Detroit's Max Scherzer gets the starting nod for the AL. He became the first pitcher in 27 years to start a season 13-0. However, he struggled through one of his poorer outings of the season on Saturday against the Rangers, giving up four runs in six innings and taking his first loss of the season by a score of 7-1.

We think the National League will continue their run over the AL and win a low-scoring game. If you have to have some kind of action on the game, we recommend the NL and UNDER 8 runs.

Here's a look at the large assortment of props offered by the LVH SuperBook:

TOTAL NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PLAYERS TO THROW A PITCH

OVER 19.5 +110
UNDER 19.5 -130

TOTAL STRIKEOUTS BY: BOTH TEAMS

OVER 15.5 -120
UNDER 15.5 EVEN

TOTAL RUNS+HITS+ERRORS BY: BOTH TEAMS

OVER 26.5 EVEN
UNDER 26.5 -120

TOTAL HOME RUNS BY: BOTH TEAMS

OVER 1.5 -135
UNDER 1.5 +115

TOTAL NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PLAYERS TO GET A HIT

OVER 14.5 -110
UNDER 14.5 -110

WILL EITHER TEAM HIT A TRIPLE?

YES +240
NO -280

MOST HITS+RUNS

ROBINSON CANO -110
CARLOS BELTRAN -110


MOST HITS+RUNS+RBIs

MIGUEL CABRERA -110
JOEY VOTTO -110

MOST HITS+RUNS+RBIs

CHRIS DAVIS EVEN
DAVID WRIGHT -120

MOST HITS+RUNS+RBIs

JOSE BAUTISTA EVEN
CARLOS GONZALEZ -120

MOST TOTAL BASES

(Single=1, Double=2, Triple=3, Home Run=4, All Else=0)

ADAM JONES -110
TROY TULOWITZKI -110

MOST HITS+RUNS

JOE MAUER -110
YADIER MOLINA -110

MOST TOTAL BASES

(Single=1, Double=2, Triple=3, Home Run=4, All Else=0)

DAVID ORTIZ -110
MICHAEL CUDDYER -110

WILL JOSE BAUTISTA STRIKEOUT AT LEAST ONCE?

YES +175
NO -200

WILL MIGUEL CABRERA HIT A HOME RUN?

YES +700
NO -1000


WILL CHRIS DAVIS HIT A HOME RUN?

YES +600
NO -800

WILL CARLOS GONZALEZ HIT A HOME RUN?

YES +800
NO -1200

WILL JOEY VOTTO HIT A HOME RUN?

YES +900
NO -1400

**PLAYERS MUST PLAY FOR ACTION

**GAME MUST GO AT LEAST 8 1/2 INNINGS FOR ACTION

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