2019 MLB All-Star Game Odds, Preview & Prediction - July 9th.

2019 MLB All-Star Game Odds, Preview & Prediction – July 9th

Written by on July 9, 2019

Progressive Field in Cleveland saw one of the most exciting Home Run Derbys in history on Monday night. Major League Baseball is hoping that the excitement will carry into Tuesday for the All-Star Game. The Mid-Summer Classic will pit the American League’s best against the top players from the National League. Let’s take a look at the latest MLB Odds while making some predictions.

2019 MLB All-Star Game Odds, Preview & Prediction – July 9th

American League Running It

The American League has dominated in recent years, as the AL will be looking to extend its All-Star Game winning streak to seven. With an 8-6 win in last year’s game, the American League took a 44-43-2 all-time lead in All-Star games. Joey Cora will be managing the American League All-Stars. Cora will send Justin Verlander to the mound to start for the American League. Verlander has had a tremendous first half for the Houston Astros. Verlander comes into the game with a 10-4 record, 2.98 ERA, and 153 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched.

National League Offense Loaded

Dave Roberts, who will be leading the National League team, will be sending one of his own Los Angeles Dodgers to the hill. Hyun-Jin Ryu will bring his 10-2 record and 1.73 ERA to Progressive Field. Ryu has been a key figure in the Dodgers first half. Los Angeles comes into the break with the best record in baseball. With the lineup that the National League will have, they could end the AL’s winning streak. Led by MVP frontrunners Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger, along with bashers Josh Bell, Javier Baez, and Nolan Arenado, the National League lineup will be stacked with elite hitters. Throw in Willson Contreras, Ronald Acuna Jr., Freddie Freeman, and Ketel Marte, and you have a lineup capable of doing a lot of damage. With reserves the likes of Mike Moustakas, Kris Bryant, Charlie Blackmon, and Max Muncy, you have a power-packed bench. The pitching staff for the National League will make it hard on the American League hitters. After Ryu, the AL will see Clayton Kershaw, Jacob deGrom, Walker Buehler, and Luis Castillo. Late in the game, Dave Roberts will have his choice of premium closers. Kirby Yates, Will Smith, and Felipe Vazquez could be called upon for the save opportunity. Max Scherzer, arguably the best pitcher in baseball right now, made the team but is unavailable to pitch on Tuesday. The American League lineup rivals the powerful lineup of the National League. Led by the man who many consider being the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, along with Alex Bregman, George Springer, and DJ LeMahieu, the AL will be in good hands. Gary Sanchez, Carlos Santana, JD Martinez, Michale Brantley, and Jorge Polanco round out the AL lineup. Matt Chapman, Mookie Betts, Joey Gallo, and Francisco Lindor lead the pool of reserves for the American League. Following Verlander, the AL will come at the NL with Gerrit Cole, Mike Minor, Lucas Gioloito, Charlie Morton, and Jose Berrios, just to name a few. The AL will also have a great pool of closers. Brad Hand, Shane Greene, and Aroldis Chapman all will be available to come in and close the game out.

Time for NL to Grab a Win

On paper, it looks like the National League has a squad that could very well end the American League’s seven-game winning streak. With these great players all on one field, we should see some exciting baseball in MLB’s Mid-Summer Classic.