Tuesday baseball and it's the 2014 All-Star game, as the National League will take on the American League at Target field in Minnesota.. First pitch is scheduled for an 8:00 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised on FOX.
National League +102
American League -112
Over/ Under: 7.5 U -125
Analysis: This game will feature the American League's power hitting, vs the National League's powerful pitching staff. The game will also feature Derek Jeter for the last time in an All-star game. This will be his 14th All-Star appearance he will lead off for the American League. Following him will be Mike Trout, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera and Jose Bautista. Talk about a powerful 1-5 in the line up. Not to worry for the National League as they have Adam Wainright (1.42 road ERA) starting for them and he will be followed by Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke. Those three have been shutting teams down all year so far.
The National League will lead-off with Andrew McCutchen, who will be followed by Yasiel Puig, Troy Tulowitzki, Paul Goldschmidt and Giancarlo Stanton. That is a decent first 5, but not nearly as good as that of the American League. The American League will start Felix Hernandez, who has a nice 2.12 ERA on the year so far. Behind him will be Max Scherzer (3.35 ERA), Scott Kazmir (2.38 ERA) and Jon Lester (2.65 ERA). While the AL may have a strong advantage at the plate, it will be the NL with a strong edge on the mound.
The past two seasons have featured the first back-to-back shutouts in All-Star Game history, with the AL's 3-0 victory in 2013 cutting the NL's lead in the series to 43-39-2. This is the third time that the MLB All-Star Game will be played in Minneapolis and the first since the NL pulled out a 6-1 win back in 1985 at the Metrodome.
Pick: Adam Wainright gets the start for the NL and he has been dynamite away from home this year, posting a 1.42 ERA in 12 road starts this year. Behind his is Clayton Kershaw, who has allowed just 1 ER over his last 45 innings of work. On the other side we don't have as many dominate pitchers overall, but Felix Hernandez and his 2.12 ERA will get the start. Behind him is Max Scherzer, Scott Kazmir and John Lester who all all having solid years. They will be taking on a pretty mediocre NL offensive team and while the AL has plenty of very good hitters I just can't see them doing much damage vs a powerful NL pitching staff. Let's also note that the last 4 years the losing team in the All-Star game has scored a total of 2 runs, while 5 of the last 6 games have put up a 7 runs or less. This clearly looks like a 3-2 type game.
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