2016 MLB All Star Game Betting Odds And Prediction
As the MLB All Star Game approaches its 90th anniversary, it’s never been more relevant or exciting, as both squads now have an actual incentive to win. Prior to 2003, when the World Series rule was put into place, the event was considered a vacation of sorts just past the halfway point of the regular season. A whole slew of rules changes specific to the All-Star game were made to accommodate the newfound competitiveness, including the expanded ability to resub players during the game, as well as a couple of make up dates in case a rain-out occurs.
MLB All-Star Game Outright Odds
The National League has a small upper hand against the American League over the history of the MLB All Star game, winning a couple of more games and scoring only a few extra runs than the American League. This parity hides the fact that each league tends to dominate entire eras of All Star matchups. Over the past few decades, the AL has won a strong majority of contests. Before then, the National League dominated from the early sixties to the early eighties, including a stretch where the NL won 19 of 20 All Star games.
Part of the reason this occurs is because the top talent of the AL and the NL don’t migrate from one league to another very often. Currently, the AL is boosted by perennial MVP candidates Mike Trout and Josh Donaldson, both of whom dominate the game at the plate, on defense and on the base paths. However, fans can argue that the National League is stacked with Cy Young candidates such as Madison Baumgartner, Jake Arrieta and Clayton Kershaw, which should make them more of a favorite.
MLB All-Star Game Preview And Picks
National League Breaks The Streak
While the American League does have some of the most dynamic players in Mike Trout and Josh Donaldson, the fans of the Boston Red Sox ended up voting in a bunch of their own players as starters. This has resulted in some great players from the AL being left off the roster, which means that the National League – which voted in a lot of Cubs players – look to be the favourites to break the streak due to their superior depth.
Meager Run Production
Petco Park is known to be one of the most pitcher friendly ballparks, producing far less home runs, hits and runs than other Major League Ballparks. Since the pitchers of the National League are far more familiar with Petco than American League pitchers, they’re more likely to take advantage of the conditions to their benefit.
Home Runs Scarce
Third last in home run production among MLB ballparks, Major League Baseball fantasy team players are often wary of drafting sluggers who play on the Padres. If you get decent odds on an over under for homers, betting under is a fairly safe bet.
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