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The Midsummer Classic will finally get back to Dodgers Stadium. Los Angeles was scheduled to host the All-Star Game in 2020 before a global pandemic shut down Major League Baseball. The season finally started after a major delay, but the All-Star game was cancelled altogether that season. Now, for the first time since 1980, the All-Star Game is back in Los Angeles.
The Midsummer Classic has been played annually since 1933, first hosted by the Chicago White Sox. The series has been close through the years with the American League leading all-time 46-43 by outscoring the National League 378-372. That has not been the case in recent years.
The American League has dominated the series over the course of the last 34 years. Aside from the cancelled 2020 game and the tie in 2002, the American League has gone 26-6. More recently the American League enters this contest on the heels of eight straight wins and a 20-3 record in the last 23 games.
FanDuel Sportsbook is offering a No Sweat Bet up to $1,000 on your first bet after signing up. There is no code needed, and the promotion is redeemed by any new account that signs up. FanDuel Sportsbook currently has the line set at -116 on the money line for the National League and -102 on the money line for the American League. Conversely, the American League is laying the 1.5 at a +164 price, so that is indicative of betting value on the American League -1.5.
If you like the American League to win the game, a wager on the -1.5 run line at +164 could be a great play for the No Sweat Bet at the FanDuel Sportsbook. In the eight straight wins by the American league, six have by at least two runs.
On Monday afternoon Brian Snitker announced his starter, and to no one’s surprise Clayton Kershaw will start at Dodgers Stadium for the National League. Clayton Kershaw is a nine-time All-Star, but this will be his first start. Dusty Baker announced Shane McClanahan, who has had an incredible year, as the AL starter. He will be the first Rays pitcher to start an All-Star game since David Price.
It is likely that both will not see more than two innings of work at the most, although we can see both pitching the first and then enjoying the rest of the game from the dugout. Shohei Ohtani is again an All-Star, both on the hill and in the batter’s box. We expect to him get to highlight all his capabilities.
In recent years there is not a doubt that pitching has had the edge. The total is currently set to 7.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook. Consequently, due to the superb pitching up and down both rosters the opening line of eight was bet down. In the last eight All-Star games, all won by the American League, five of those games saw seven or fewer combined runs. The total has gone under at a 12-3 clip over the last 15 All-Star games.
The National League will try to end the losing streak and will have two hometown favorites in Mookie Betts and Trea Turner helping the cause. The absences will affect a potent lineup however, as they will miss Bryce Harper and Nolan Arenado due to injuries. While there is no shortage of talent in pitching, the National League will be without the services of Corbin Burns, Max Fried, Carlos Rodon.
An argument could be made that the American League has more available, especially with guys like Jose Ramirez and J.D. Martinez available to pinch hit. They will be a nice compliment to an already home run heavy lineup that features much of the American League East.
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Until next time, enjoy the game.