Let’s take a closer look at the betting odds for a matchup that will determine home-field advantage in the 2013 World Series.
American League starters
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis received the most fan votes in the balloting, as he leads the majors with 37 home runs heading into the Midsummer Classic, which will likely land him in the middle of the lineup with Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the obvious choice to lead things off for the Junior Circuit, with Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer being the best candidate to occupy the No. 2 spot.
Other starters: Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays OF), Robinson Cano (New York Yankees 2B), J.J. Hardy (Baltimore Orioles SS), Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles OF) and David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox DH).
National League starters
MLB handicappers should expect a very balanced lineup that will alternated right-handed and left-handed hitters, with Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez potentially leading things off.
Gonzalez normally hits in the No. 3 spot in the Mile High City, but he possesses enough speed with 15 stolen bases to earn this spot.
St. Louis outfielder Carlos Beltran would be a logical fit to hit second, with New York Mets third baseman David Wright following him—considering the game is being played in his ballpark.
Other starters: Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals OF), Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals C), Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati Reds 2B), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado Rockies SS) and Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds 1B
AL pitching staff
Last year’s starter Justin Verlander will be unavailable, as he was on the mound for the Tigers in a 5-0 home win over the Texas Rangers Sunday.
The honor could go to teammate Max Scherzer, while Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez will also be considered.
There’s no doubt that New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will be the go-to guy in this contest if his team is leading going into the bottom of the ninth inning.
NL pitching staff
Young arms aplenty on this roster, with Mets right-hander Matt Harvey and Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw being the leading candidates to earn the starting nod.
The bullpen is absolutely stacked, with Aroldis Chapman, Jason Grilli and Craig Kimbrel being three of the better closers in the game.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the National League as their MLB pick Tuesday, as I believe they have an incredibly versatile roster, which will be the difference in a competitive game.
MLB Pick: National League -125 at Bet 365