It’s the moment that most MLB workers have waiting for; a week 5 day vacation from the 6 month baseball grind. It’s also time for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. The importance of this game is underestimated as the winning league will get home field advantage in the World Series.
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We hit our MLB pick for the All-Star Game last year choosing the total instead of the side. Target Field is a difficult park to score runs in. Is the total the right way to go or is there a decisive advantage with either league?
First pitch is set for 8:00 pm ET on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
5 Dimes Sportsbook has listed the American League as a slight -104 MLB odds betting favorite for this nationally televised game. The total for the game is 7.5 runs.
Let’s remember that there will be a lot of top-notch pitchers participating and Target Field is a difficult park to a hit a home run in.
A “Dead Heat”
I can see an argument for either team. We have to remember that even though each team has top-notch players, some players like Clayton Kershaw might only see 2 to 3 innings. Good pitching wins baseball games, but we’re only going to get to see a couple of innings of Kershaw and “King” Felix Hernandez, therefore it’s really a “wash”.
Another aspect that I try to take away from this game is that some players might want it more than others. Nobody will be dogging it, but there’s much more incentive if you know that your team has a shot at the World Series and home field advantage.
With this in mind, I might give the edge to the American League, who possess the best team in baseball in the Oakland Athletics and the two best hitters in baseball in Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. The gap is super-narrow, but I would be leaning towards the American League for my future sports picks consideration.
As I stated earlier, it’s all dependent upon how much playing time that each respective player gets. With the National League, they know that they’ll be getting at least 4 to 5 innings of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke on a Dodgers team who have a shot at the post-season. This gives the National League an advantage when these two Dodgers take the mound.
Derek Jeter’s Last All-Star Game
I try to look for every edge and Derek Jeter has always been a player that’s taken great pride in an event like this despite its decline in popularity. Although he’s 40 years old and batting .272 with 2 HR and 25 RBI in his final season, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeter would come up big in a game like this. They don’t call him “Captain Clutch” for nothing. Could we see a moment out of Derek Jeter like the one where Cal Ripken Jr. hit a home run in the game that he broke the streak for consecutive games played?
This game offensively comes down to the power of the American League versus a National League team with more contact hitters.
I urge you to bet lightly as this game could go either way. The object of the game for some players is not to get hurt. Normally, I would go with a side here, but the American League has a lot of side stories such as Jeter and not to mention the two best players in the game in Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera. Even if the Dodgers duo of Greinke and Kershaw are effective, they won’t play an entire game. Let’s side with the American League and if you’re into prop betting, take Derek Jeter as the MVP in somewhat of a lottery pick.
Free MLB Pick: American League -104 at 5 Dimes