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National League vs. American League - 7/17/18 MLB All-Star Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
American League vs. National League
Date & Time Tuesday July 17, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: National League +112 / American League -122 --- Over/Under: 7
TV Channel
FOX
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MLB | American League vs. National League
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The National League and American League meet Tuesday in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

The National League will be managed by Los Angeles Dodgers Dave Roberts, as this side looks for its first all-star victory since 2012. The National League is a rather inexperienced team in terms of all-star berths, as there’s 17 different players making their first appearance. That could be a key factor for backing the NL, as most guys making their first trip usually treat it as more of a business trip and out to prove they deserve their spot rather than a vacation that got old. The National League lineup is led by Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, Brandon Crawford and Javier Baez. The NL pitching staff has players such as Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Kenley Jansen and Zack Greinke. The National League is an overall balanced team led by a lot of fresh faces who should be eager to snap what has been complete dominance from the other side over the years.

The American League will be led by the Houston Astros A.J. Hinch, and he’ll be the guy hoping to lead this league to its 13th win over the NL in the last 16 years. The AL is an experienced roster with everybody in its starting lineup making multiple trips, while the pitching staff has eight guys playing in the exhibition for the first time. There won’t be many nerves with this group, as a good portion of this squad has been there done that in terms of everything that comes with all-star week. The American League has sluggers for days in Aaron Judge, J. D. Martinez, Manny Machado, Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. The AL pitching staff has Craig Kimbrel, Chris Sale, Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Edwin Diaz. The American League will consistent of lots of extra base hits and power arms hoping to close the deal late in the game.

It’s tough to argue with the American League here, as it has experience, the overall better and more talented team, and the results over the years speak for themselves. The National League has been owned by the AL over the last decade in a half and has been held to a combined nine runs during the five-game losing streak. The National League has serious issues generating easy offense in these games, and I’m not sure putting in so many fresh faces is going to help matters. 

With that said, it’s an all-star game at the end of the day. These players are simply playing to enjoy the event, have fun and not get hurt. It’s nice to win as competitors, but it’s not like guys are killing themselves here like a trip to the World Series is on the line. All-Star games are almost meaningless for the most part, so I usually end up going with the side that will give me plus money. In this case, that’s obviously the National League.

Oh, the under may be worth a look as well considering six or less runs have been produced in five of the last eight games.

Pick:
National League +112

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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