Tonight the 86th MLB All-Star Game will take place at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati Ohio, with the winner of this game giving Homefield edge to their league in the World Series. Betting Odds & Free Picks to follow. First pitch is scheduled for an 8:15 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised on FOX.
Over/ Under: 7 O -130
Cincinnati last hosted this event in 1988 at Riverfront Stadium, plus it was also there in 1970 and at Crosley Field in 1953 and 1938.
Getting the start for the National League tonight will be Zack Greinke who has just been amazing this year as he comes in with a 1.39 ERA (Lowest in majors) and is currently working on a 35.67 scoreless inning streak. Tonight's innings won't count towards that streak, but still look out Oral Hershiser. He will be the first dodgers player to start an All-Star game sine Brad Penny did it in 2006.
The lineup for the National League has center fielder Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh) batting first, followed by third baseman and Home Run Derby champion Todd Frazier (Cincinnati) and right fielder Bryce Harper (Washngton). Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona) will bat fourth and play first base, with catcher Buster Posey (San Francisco) batting fifth and Anthony Rizzo (Chicago) serving as the NL's designated hitter. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta (St Louis) will bat seventh, followed by rookie Joc Pederson (Dodgers) in left field and second baseman D.J. LeMahieu (Colorado), who is replacing the injured Dee Gordon of Miami.
Getting the start for the American League tonight will be Dallas Keuchel of Houston, who is 11-4 with a 2.23 ERA on the year so far. Dallas is the first Houston pitcher to start an All-Star game sine Roger Clemens did it back in 2004, while the Astros where members of the National League.
The AL lineup will start leadoff with Mike Trout (Angels) in center field and third baseman Josh Donaldson (Toronto), who received the most votes in fan ballot. Albert Pujols (Angels) will bat third and play first base,while Nelson Cruz (Seattle) will hit cleanup as the designated hitter. Lorenzo Cain (Kansas City) will bat fifth and play right field and is followed by Adam Jones (Baltimore) in left field, catcher Salvador Perez (Kansas City), second baseman Jose Altuve (Houston) and shortstop Alcides Escobar (Kansas City).
Notable injured stars to miss the All-Star game include: Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Dee Gordon (Miami), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami) and Matt Holliday (St Louis).
The NL leads the all-time series 43-40-2, though the AL has won the last two All-Star Games.
Pick Yes I will be going with the Under in this game as I just see much more pitching out there than offense, especially on the American Side with Keuchel, Sale, Gray and Archer all expected to pitch. The NL is putting Greinke out there and he gives up nothing, while the rest of the staff is so stacked that there wasn't even any room for Clayton Kershaw, who is the reigning NL MVP and who is a 3-time Cy Young Award Winner. Yes the All-Star game has offense, but I see this one as a 3-2 type final.
I will also be taking the UNDER 24.5 in the R+H+E prop and the -140 in the No Score in the first inning prop.
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