The American League will look for a 10th straight win over the National League on Tuesday night at the 93rd MLB All-Star Game at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park.
It’s the second time T-Mobile Park will be hosting the Midsummer Classic since the venue opened in 1999. Seattle last hosted the event in 2001, when the American League won 4-1 and Cal Ripken Jr. was named MVP of the game.
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T-Mobile Park is a very pitcher-friendly ballpark. The venue has suppressed scoring by 14% from 2021-23, the most of any big league ballpark during that span. It has a league-low park factor of 93 (100 is average), according to Baseball Savant.
The AL All-Stars hold a 47-43-2 all-time advantage in the clash between MLB’s biggest stars, but bet365‘s oddsmakers have tabbed this game as a pick’em and set the total low at 7.5 runs.
All-Star Game odds
|American League Moneyline Odds||-110|
|National League Moneyline Odds||-110|
|Runline odds||AL -1.5 (+180), NL +1.5 (-220)|
|Over/Under||7.5 runs (+105 over, -125 under)|
|Time/Date||Tuesday, July 11, 8:00 p.m. ET|
|TV||Broadcast: Sportsnet/SN NOW|
Forecasts are calling for temperatures around 25C and partly cloudy conditions, so the retractable roof should be open. Winds will be light at 8 km/h and will blow from left field to right field.
About the American League
As previously mentioned the AL has dominated this annual event for the past nine years, outscoring its NL foes 40-22 during that span. In fact, the AL has won 27 of the last 33 Midsummer Classics.
The Texas Rangers have sent six players, including four starters, to the All-Star Game this year. Texas leads the majors in several offensive categories, including runs per game (5.8), hits per game (9.6), team batting average (.274), and on-base percentage (.341).
However, the AL will be without arguably two of its brightest stars — Mike Trout and Aaron Judge — as both of the sluggers are currently dealing with serious injuries.
All eyes will be on two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani, as rumours continue to swirl that his days with the Los Angeles Angels could be numbered as they free fall out of playoff contention. Ohtani, who won’t pitch in this game due to a minor finger injury but will serve as the starting designated hitter, will be a free agent at the end of the season.
About the National League
The American League will basically be squaring off against the entire Atlanta Braves roster. Atlanta, which boasts the best record (60-29) in baseball at the break, has eight players that were elected to the NL roster.
The eight All-Star selections are the most by any Braves team since the franchise relocated to Atlanta prior to the 1966 season and also ties the NL record for most players from a single team at the All-Star Game set by the 2008 Chicago Cubs.
The Braves have slugged a MLB-best 169 homers to this point in the season. In fact, the NL boasts eight of the top 10 home run hitters in the majors this year.
Probable starting pitchers
AL: RHP Gerrit Cole (9-2, 2.85 ERA, 9.5 K/9, 1.12 WHIP)
AL manager Dusty Baker has named Cole as his starting pitcher. It’ll be the first time the New York Yankees right-hander has started an All-Star Game despite being named to the squad for the sixth time in his career. Keep in mind that most starting pitchers in this event typically only throw a maximum of two innings. Cole threw 103 pitches last Saturday, so he’ll likely be on a very strict pitch count.
NL: RHP Zac Gallen (11-3, 3.04 ERA, 9.5 K/9, 1.05 WHIP)
NL skipper Rob Thomson (Sarnia, Ontario native) is giving the ball to Gallen, who is in the midst of a breakout year with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The righty will be making his first All-Star appearance after leading the majors in wins above replacement (WAR) with a 4.0 mark entering the break.
Total: Under 7.5 runs scored
- The under is 13-1-2 in the past 16 All-Star Games.
- The AL has won nine straight All-Star Games.
- All of the trends point towards the AL and the under, but this game is incredibly difficult to handicap because of the unpredictability of the rosters throughout the game. The respective managers will be making constant lineup and pitching changes, so sportsbooks will be offering very limited, if any, markets on player props.
- Bettors should take this game with a grain of salt and enjoy it for what it is. Placing a small wager for your rooting interest is probably best.