The MLB All-Star Game is here and this NL star could add to his trophy tonight
Hello players, it’s Chris Bengel back with you this Tuesday. The Home Run Derby is officially in the books and Juan Soto has won this year’s crown. While Soto’s performance was impressive, Seattle Mariners rookie phenom Julio Rodriguez also made headlines. Rodriguez hit 81 home runs in three rounds but fell just short as Soto beat Rodriguez 19-18 in the final. Still, Rodriguez showed his incredible power and showed why the future of the sport is in such good hands.
With the Home Run Derby in the rearview mirror, the All-Star Game is on Tuesday night. The 2022 episode of the Midsummer Classic will look totally different if the game ends up going past nine innings. Major League Baseball has instituted a new rule stating that if the game is tied after nine innings, each team will select three batters to participate in a home run derby. Each batter gets three swings, and the team with the most total home runs will win the All-Star Game.
It will certainly make for exciting theater if the All-Star Game ends up tied after nine innings. With the All-Star Game being the only game in town from a betting perspective, let’s dive into our three picks for Tuesday’s contest!
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American League vs. National League, 8 p.m. | Television: Fox
American League All-Stars +100
- Key trend: The American League has won the last eight All-Star Games
- The pick: American League (-105)
There’s no proper way to predict what’s going to happen in any given All-Star Game, but I’ll lean towards the American League. After all, the American League has emerged victorious in the last eight All-Star Games while winning 15 of the last 18 Midsummer Classics dating back to 2003.
The American League has also outscored the National League 24-14 in the past five All-Star Games. It’s hard to predict how long players will stay in the game and how many bats they’ll see. However, I will ride with the trend of the AL having the advantage in recent years and on the Junior Circuit side.
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American League vs. National League, 8 p.m. | TV: FOX
Less than 7.5
The choice: Less than 8.0 (-125): — Baseball is one of the few sports where their All-Star Game doesn’t produce a massive amount of runs. There’s very little defense in NBA and NHL All-Star Games, but throwing hard contact and dropping fly balls isn’t a great strategy for trying to win in any baseball game. . The over/under is slated for eight runs in this year’s Midsummer Classic, but it’s worth noting that the two leagues have only combined for seven runs in 2021 at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
In the past 15 All-Star Games, seven points or less have been scored in 10 of those contests. There have also been seven or fewer runs scored in four of the last five All-Star Games. Throughout the first half of the 2022 season, there were 102 home runs at Dodgers Stadium, which is good for No. 14 in the majors. Since the ball isn’t exactly flying over the fence at an exorbitant rate, I’m very comfortable with the under there.
Key trend: In the past 15 All-Star Games, there have been seven or fewer points scored in 10 of those games
American League at National League, 8 p.m. | TV: FOX
The Choice: Paul Goldschmidt Wins MVP (+1200) — This is more of a bet that is simply just for fun. You should not bet several units of your bankroll on the player who will be crowned MVP of the All-Star Game. Angels star Shohei Ohtani is currently the top favorite to win MVP due to being selected for the All-Star Game as a pitcher and hitter. However, it is unknown if Ohtani will actually participate in this one.
In fact, I’m going down the board a bit and taking Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to win this year’s contest MVP. During the first half of the 2022 season, Goldschmidt was one of baseball’s most consistent hitters. Goldschmidt has the second-highest batting average (.330) in the majors while ranking first in on-base percentage (.414), second in hits (112), third in RBIs (70) and fourth in number total bases (200 ). While he ranks just outside the top 10 on home runs, the Cardinals hitter has the potential to hit the long ball at any time. With his odds being a bit higher than some of the top options like Ohtani, Aaron Judge or 2021 MVP Vladimir Guerrero Jr., I like that Goldschmidt potentially has a good night at the plate at Dodger Stadium.
Key trend: Goldschmidt had the second-highest batting average (.330) in all of baseball during the first half of the season