MLB Betting: Handicapping The All-Star Game

It has been an interesting start to the MLB betting season and now we’re at the All-Star break. The annual midseason classic will take place Tuesday night at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets. Here is a brief look at the rosters that will take the field as the American League will try to snap the National League’s three-game winning streak.

American League

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera leads the AL out for his eighth All-Star appearance and he is the first player in MLB history to go into the break with 30 homers and 90 RBIs. He also leads the AL in average; could we have another Triple Crown season on our hands? A pair of 13-game winners, Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore, are just two of 15 AL players making their first appearance in the All-Star game, but the story may be New York Yankee Mariano Rivera, who suits up in this game for the 13th time in his final MLB season. The Tigers’ Jim Leyland manages the squad for the second time, and it is his third time overall after managing the NL back in 1998 when he was with Florida.

National League

The Mets’ David Wright has been voted to start in his seventh All-Star Game but he could be upstaged by teammate Matt Harvey, who has just seven wins but is fourth in the NL in ERA. It’s always fun to watch him on the mound and he’ll start for the NL All-Stars. Harvey is one of 18 first-time All-Stars for the NL and to put that in perspective, Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen would be considered the All-Star veteran among the reserves as he makes his third appearance. San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy will manage the team for the second time in three years.

Pick: American League +113

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