MLB Picks: All-Star & Home Run Derby Twin Pack

Steven Suarez

Monday, July 15, 2013 12:48 PM GMT

It doesn't matter that there's a little hiatus here in the regular season. There's still money to be made here in the All Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Here's a breakdown of what we should expect.

Check out our preview of the upcoming festivities in New York.

All-Star Game

Citi Field plays host to the game this season. The National League cruised in last year's game at Kauffman Stadium in a 8-0 victory.

This year, the NL is loaded once again and that's why they're favored in the MLB odds at -125. Their starters will consist of Yadier Molina at catcher, Joey Votto at first base, Brandon Phillips at second, Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop, hometown hero David Wright at third and then Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gonzalez, and Bryce Harper in the three outfield spots. 

Reserves include Buster Posey, Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen, and Allen Craig among others.

It remains to be seen who'll start out on the mound for the National League, but the staff is filled with some incredible talent. Matt Harvey, Adam Wainwright, Clayton Kershaw, and Jordan Zimmerman are just some of the names to look out for.

And what about the American League? Joe Mauer, Chris Davis, Robinson Cano, J.J. Hardy, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Adam Jones, Jose Bautista and David Ortiz will start, with others like Prince Fielder, Dustin Pedroia, and Manny Machado making up the reserves list.

The AL's pitching will consist of studs like Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez, and Justin Verlander, as well as great reliever options like Mariano Rivera, Joe Nathan, and Brett Cecil.

Jeff Grant's All-Star Game Pick~

When it comes down to making a pick on the game, we have to side with the favorites. Both teams are obviously stacked, but we give the pitching edge to the NL and will therefore take on a little chalk with our sports picks.

Home Run Derby

The derby is always good fun and this year's edition should be no different.

Both sides will have four participants in the opening round of the competition. The National League will have David Wright, Bryce Harper, Michael Cuddyer, and Pedro Alvarez taking part, while the American League features a star-studded lineup of Robinson Cano, Chris Davis, Prince Fielder, and Yoenis Cespedes.

The names that immediately stick out are Davis, Cano, Wright, Fielder, and Harper.

Davis is the overall favorite and for good reason. The dude just cannot stop hitting home runs. You can back the Orioles slugger at +350 to win the 2013 title.

As for the New York representatives, Cano is being given a much better chance of winning (+600) than is Wright (+1250).

Fielder and Harper both have tremendous power and shouldn't be overlooked either. Fielder is the second biggest favorite in the field at +375, while Harper is listed at +700 to win.

While he may not be the most well-known name in the competition, Alvarez has a lot of pop in his bat, which is why oddsmakers have him at +650. Cespedes is right there in the thick of things too at +550.

Rounding out the participants list is Cuddyer, who is the biggest underdog to win it all. For a price of +1500, you can back the Rockies slugger to pull off the surprise victory at Citi Field.

Which MLB betting value stands out most to us though? It's hard to look past Davis here, as he's been cracking homer after homer heading into the All-Star break, but that seems like too much of a square public play. So, let's take more of a gamble and recommend a play on New York's very own Robinson Cano at +600.

Don't forget to review the Home Run Derby Betting Odds by Jeff Grant~