American League at National League (-127, 8)
Betting the Midsummer Classic can be tricky because of the numerous pitching and lineup changes throughout the game. With that in mind, let’s break down both teams to see who has the edge.
AL –Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
NL –Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Yadier Molina will be making his sixth All-Star appearance and is among the league leaders in batting average and doubles.
AL –Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
NL – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Chris Davis is having a breakout season, bashing a league-leading 37 homers by the break.
AL – Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
NL –Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
The Yankees have been ravaged by injuries all season long but the big bat of Robinson Cano has kept them in the playoff hunt.
AL –J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
NL –Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki has carried the Rockies all season long and is without a doubt one of the best at his position.
AL –Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
NL –David Wright, New York Mets
David Wright will have the support of the hometown crowd, but Miggy gives opposing pitchers nightmares.
AL – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels, Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles, Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays.
NL – Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals, Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies, Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Both teams feature outfields with speed and power, but give the AL the slight edge here.
The managers haven’t announced their starters yet, but this already looks too close to call. Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez or Chris Sale are the frontrunners to get the ball for the AL while the NL could send Clayton Kershaw, Patrick Corbin or Matt Harvey to the hill. Either way, these top-notch hurlers should cancel each other out.
Again, a lot of guesswork here since most of these guys won’t seem more than an inning of work. Based on the overall quality of the its closing pitchers (Jason Grilli, Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel) you could give a slight edge to the NL
Reserve position players
The American League definitely boasts the bigger bats off the bench with the likes of Prince Fielder, Edwin Encarnacion, Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia and Nelson Cruz coming off the pine.
Overall Edge: AL