Tonight is a night that has a great bearing on the World Series. The National League and American League duke it out at CitiField to see who earns the right to the home field advantage in the World Series. Don’t miss it as the MLB’s elite square off against each other for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
First pitch is set for 8:00 pm ET tonight at CitiField in Queens, N.Y. The All Star Classic can be seen on FOX TV and MLB TV.
The MLB odds at Bet365 lists the National League as the -123 betting favorite and the total for the game is 8 runs.
Many bettors feel that these type of games hold little to no value for their sports picks, but after breaking down tonight’s matchup I believe that there are some great options on the table.
Harvey vs. Scherzer
Although Max Scherzer got off to a 13-0 start this season, there’s no doubt that Matt Harvey and the National League will have the advantage in starting pitching as both Harvey and Clayton Kershaw make up an unparalleled 1-2 punch.
As I stated in a previous article, Kershaw agreed that Harvey should get the start and the New London, Connecticut, native will indeed get the nod against Scherzer.
Harvey has lacked run support all season long, but has still managed to make his imprint on Major League hitters as he’s someone that they definitely don’t want to face.
On the season, Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 130 innings. He has pinpoint control and has held opposing batters to just a .196 batting average.
Look for Harvey to come out strong on his home field. This is a guy that can throw in the high 90’s and has one of the most competitive attitudes that you’ll find in a ball player.
For the American League, Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19) almost made it into the All-Star Game undefeated, but was finally taken down by the Texas Rangers on July 13th. Even though his record is superior to that of Harvey’s, he hasn’t been as dominating a force.
Scherzer is a very good major league pitcher, but when you have Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder on your team, the runs and eventual wins come quicker.
Scherzer needs to get the American League off on the right track because Clayton Kershaw will be relieving Matt Harvey and this gives the National League a decisive advantage when it comes to the All-Star pitching matchups.
Kershaw has also lacked run support as his 8-6 record expresses. Nevertheless, Kershaw has still managed a sub 2.00 ERA with opposing hitters hitting just .188 against him. He could easily start this game and will be a force to be reckoned with when he get’s in the 90 degree plus atmosphere.
CitiField isn’t known for being a hitters ball park, but the Home Run Derby proved that the ball can carry on a very hot summer day.
The American League appears to have the stronger starting lineup. They have the future in the game in leadoff hitter Mike Trout. This is a 5-tool player that can set the tone. The American League also has the combination of Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera. You have the league’s leading home run hitter in Davis and the former Triple Crown winner and the best player in the game in Cabrera.
On the season, Davis has banged out 37 home runs while Cabrera is looking for his 2nd consecutive Triple Crown with 30 HR, 95 RBI and a .365 BA at the break.
The National League features young upstarts in Cargo and Bryce Harper, but are clearly overmatched offensively. The Mets David Wright will also be starting in his home park and that should make for good television.
It’s the pitching of the National League vs. the hitting of the American League.
I’m going to stay away from the sides as anything is possible, but the starting pitching on both sides can’t be denied. Take the UNDER in this game as we should get off to a slow start offensively.
Pick- National League/American League UNDER 8