As we pass the mathematical halfway point of the season sportsbook users can get ready to bet on MLB’s Midsummer Classic. MLB’s All-Star game will be held Tuesday July the 12th at Petco Park Stadium. The game is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. E.T. and will be broadcast by Fox. Petco Park Stadium, located in San Diego, California, was also the home to this year’s Home Run Derby. In case you missed Monday’s night Derby Giancarlo Stanton emerged victorious over last year’s winner Todd Frazier with little difficulty, the final was 20-13. If for some reason you were unable to place a bet on MLB’s home run derby, then don’t worry because Major League Baseball’s festivities continue Tuesday night and Betnow is bringing you the opportunity to bet on MLB’s All-Star game. Without any further ado, here are the odds for the Al vs. NL matchup.
American League +11/2 (-170) 71/2 (-115) -102
National League +11/2 (+150) 71/2 (-105) -108
Major League Baseball’s All-Star game will pit the American League against the National League in a game that has heavy consequences. The starting fielders are selected by the fans, the pitchers are chosen by managers, and lastly the reserves are appointed by both players and managers. This year’s All-Star roster includes 79 players, due in part to injury and pitching replacements. The managers from the two teams that made it to the World Series will direct their respective divisions. You can find a complete list of the rosters for both teams here. Before you get ready to pick your favorite, let’s breakdown the starting lineup.
Terry Collins, the manager for the New York Mets, will be managing the NL team and he has decided to select Johnny Cueto of the San Francisco Giants as his starting pitcher. Cueto’s 2015 season was a disappointment, but in 2016 the 30-year old veteran has been nothing but solid. In his first season with the Giants the Dominican right-hander holsters a 13-1 record with a sleek 2.47 ERA. Cueto will be making both his first start at an All-Star game and his first appearance. Cueto was selected to the All-Star game in 2014 but he didn’t get to pitch.
Ned Yost, the manager for the Kansas City Royals, will head the AL team. He has chosen Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox to help the AL extend its win streak to 4 over the NL. Sale has maintained an ERA of 3.01 throughout five seasons as a starter. Sale is no stranger to the All-Star game as he has been to the last five as well. This season Sale is leading the MLB with 14 wins but his ERA for the season isn’t as eye-catching; a mere 3.38. Sale started the season strong, posting a 1.58 ERA in his first nine starts, but in his nine starts since his ERA has dropped tremendously, all the way down to 5.56.
The NL has barely been able to scrape up 3 wins during the last 19 All-Star games. Some fans might not think it matters but the winning division is guaranteed home field advantage during the World Series. In the last 13 World Series the team who had home field advantage ended up winning the ballgame.