As the final week of the first half of the MLB betting season rolls down, we get to look ahead to the All-Star activities that are coming up in Cincinnati next week. As always, the Home Run Derby will be a major draw, but it is the game itself that will deservedly take center stage. The decision to make it the deciding factor in which conference gets home field advantage in the World Series was a bit of a controversial one, but there can be no denying that it has given this All-Star game a level of importance that other sports can’t match.
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The ballots have all been counted and the rosters are set for the game that will take place at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati next Tuesday, July 14. The American League line-up looks as though it may have been swiped from the dugout of the Kansas City Royals, with 4 different players – Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon – all named to the starting line-up. They will also have a couple of pitchers out in the bullpen. The rest of the American League line-up is strong, with Mike Trout of the Angels the top vote getter.
Completing the starting line-up for the AL are Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Jose Altuve (Astros), Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays), and Nelson Cruz (Mariners). This is a team that has a ton of power, and which could deliver some real fireworks. The starting pitcher for the AL is Chris Archer (9-6, 2.74 ERA) of the Tampa Bay Rays. It will be interesting to see if Cabrera and Gordon will be able to overcome injuries to play. There are certainly some great players in reserve in case they can’t.
The National League will be missing Giancarlo Stanton, who was voted to start, but who is currently out with a hand injury. There is no word yet on who will replace Stanton in the line-up, and a decision may also have to be made on Matt Holliday, who is close to full health again. While those two remain question marks, the rest of the starting line-up is set in stone. It will include Buster Posey (Giants), Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks), Dee Gordon (Marlins), Todd Frazier (Reds), Jhonny Peralta (Cardinals), and Bryce Harper (Nationals). The man who has been charged with trying to shut down the American League is Max Scherzer (9-7, 2.12 ERA) of the Washington Nationals. It’s a deserving reward for a man who has been the most consistent pitcher of the season so far.
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These are two great squads, but to me it looks as though the AL has the better of the two. I like them to get the win on Tuesday night.