MLB All Star Game: American League vs. National League MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/15/14
National League (0-0) vs. American League (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Field)
American TBD vs. Nationals TBD
The Line: National League -105 See the Latest Odds
The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will take place Tuesday night at Target Field, and the winner will give that particular league home field advantage during the World Series.
During these kind of games, everybody loves to look at the hitting power and hopes to see a ton of runs. There certainly is the potential for that with sluggers such as Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig and others on the field. However, the last eight straight All-Star games have produced less than double-digit runs and the last four losers have scored one or less run.
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Pitchers dominate these type of games and there’s no sign of that being any different this time around.
Both teams are loaded in the starting pitching department with Yu Darvish and Felix Hernandez representing for the AL, while Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke hold down the NL. The difference in this game for me is the bullpen, as the National League has more depth. I trust a rotation of Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman and Francisco Rodriguez far more than Sean Doolittle, Greg Holland and Glen Perkins.
These games are usually tight with six of the last nine events being decided by two or less runs, and they use a lot of pitchers due to managers not wanting to kill anybody’s arm. Sometimes a pitcher will only face or two batters depending on the circumstance. The National League has the overall better and deeper rotation that you can count on, while the American League is more top heavy and of course suffered a big blow with the loss of New York’s Masahiro Tanaka.
Yes, the American League has dominated this competition by winning 13 of the last 16 years. But this year the rosters are a lot closer than they’ve been in the past, which would explain the even odds.
Of course, you should always wager responsibly when it comes to these pretty much meaningless games, but due to the better pitching staff, I’m putting my money on the National League.