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American League vs. National League - 7/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
National League at American League
Date & Time Tuesday July 9, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
The Line: NL -110 / AL -110 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
FOX
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The National League and American League meet Tuesday for the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Progressive Field.

The National League will be managed by the Los Angeles Dodgers Dave Roberts, and he’s fielding a team that has 17 first time selections, so this should be an excited bunch that probably takes the game a little more serious than usual. It’s the young players who are usually eager to put on a show and actually care about the exhibition. The NL offense is led by MVP favorite Cody Bellinger, last years MVP Christian Yelich and rising star in Ronald Acuña Jr. The NL has a ton of pop off its bench with Josh Bell, Pete Alonso, Charlie Blackmon and Kris Bryant. The NL pitching staff has its usual suspects in Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom, while Sandy Alcántara and Kirby Yates are first timers. The National League pitching staff does take a bit of a hit with injuries to Max Scherzer, Josh Hader and Zack Greinke, so the staff isn’t nearly as stacked as it was when it was announced.

The American League is led by Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, and he has a roster with 13 players who are making at least their third All-Star appearance. Mike Trout and Justin Verlander lead the way with eight all-star bids apiece, while Aroldis Chapman is here for the sixth time. There’s not a weak link in this AL batting order that includes George Springer, Alex Bregman, Gary Sanchez and the crowd favorite Carlos Santana. There’s power up and down the lineup, and Mookie Betts, Jose Abreu, Francisco Lindor and Matt Chapman will be coming off the bench. The AL pitching staff includes Gerrit Cole, Shane Greene, Brad Hand and Lucas Giolito. However, much like the NL, the American League will be without some key arms due to injury, including Marcus Stroman, Mike Minor, Jake Odorizzi and Charlie Morton. Regardless, the AL is loaded offensively and has a great deal of experience up and down this roster, so guys know what to expect.

The American League has won this glorified exhibition each of the last six years and has lost just three times overall since 1997. The AL usually has clearly the better lineup and more depth offensively, and that’s usually the deciding factor in these games with good pitching. The AL is averaging 4.6 runs during its six-game winning streak over the NL and is winning those games by an average of 2.1 runs. The AL is probably the right side in those contest given the history, but I’m siding with the over. Both lineups are pretty solid and loaded with home run threats, while the pitching staffs of both teams are missing some key arms due to injury or the fact they pitched on Sunday. This is also a friendly homer park for left-handed hitters, so expect some cheap ones.

Give me the over.

Pick:
Over 8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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