The winner of this game decides home field advantage for the World Series, therefore, this is a huge decision to make by each respective team manager. Let's look at the Matchups for our MLB picks.
The site for the 2013 All-Star Game will be CitiField and this can definitely have an effect on the outcome to the game.
CitiField is, just like the old Shea Stadium. It’s notorious in being “pitcher friendly”. The fences actually had to be moved in because David Wright, who is a doubles hitter, could barely hit 10 home runs in a season.
It’s hot in New York. You’ll find temperatures throughout the week, hovering near the high 90’s. Expect for 90 degrees with humidity at game time. We can actually see some balls carrying in the mid-summer heat. Both squads will need to bring out their best starters for this game to get off on the right foot.
Matt Harvey in New York?
Clayton Kershaw has actually said that young Matt Harvey should start for the National League. Harvey’s record should be much better than 7-2. The Mets haven’t been able to provide Harvey with run support or he could easily be 11-1.
Harvey is a flame thrower with a competitive spirit. When he’s on, the native New London, Connecticut native is unhittable.
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That said, Clayton Kershaw is another possibility. The Dodgers have risen to 2nd place in the National League West and without Kershaw, this team would be near the bottom of the division. Kershaw has also lacked run support. He carries an eye-popping 1.98 ERA and is only 8-6 on the season.
This “friendly battle” of who starts, could go either way, but I’m leaning towards Matt Harvey starting in front of the hometown fans at CitiField. Harvey is a very emotional player. If he indeed starts, this could put the American League at quite a disadvantage.
The National League is looking at a 1-2 punch of Harvey and Kershaw and that’s as good as it gets.
Max Scherzer almost made it to the mid- summer classic with a perfect 13-0 mark, but is coming off of a disappointing 7-1 loss to Texas. Nevertheless, Scherzer will be starting for the American League. Unlike Harvey and Kershaw, Scherzer has gotten the run support on a hard hitting Detroit Tigers team. He carries a 3.19 ERA and although the numbers look good, you would have to give the advantage at starting pitching to the National League.
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What To Expect?
The only thing that concerns me is the ball carrying with the heat or you’ll see a lot of goose eggs in the first few innings from both teams.
The American League has the superior hitting with bombers like Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera, but pitching wins baseball games.
The Mets and the Dodgers won’t be playing in the fall classic, but look for the National League to have a decisive advantage in this game in a National League ball park. That said, this should be a low scoring affair. CitiField will favor the pitchers.
Pick- National League/American League UNDER 8 at Bet 365 (The total is actually more favorable than expected. I expected to see it at 7.5 or possibly even 7).