MLB Betting – 2012 All-Star Game Preview & Pick
All the brightest stars from each league will meet Tuesday night at Kauffman Field in Kansas City for the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
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2012 MLB All-Star Game Betting Preview
Starting Pitchers: National League (Cain) vs. American League (Verlander)
Date/Time: July 10, 8:30 p.m. EST on FOX
MLB Gambling Odds from Bovada
Moneyline: American League (-130) National League (+110)
Runline: American League -1.5 (+165) National League +1.5 (-200)
The rule change from a few years ago regarding the winner of the All-Star Game getting home field advantage is a controversial one with many fans, but it has certainly made the midseason classic more important.
Matt Cain was named the starter for the National League All-Stars. It’s hard to argue with that selection. Cain is 9-3 with a 2.62 ERA so far this year, and he also threw a Perfect Game. Many thought R.A. Dickey would be given the starting nod, but this is a case where you can’t go wrong with either guy.
The National League doesn’t have a true leadoff hitter, so Carlos Gonzalez will be in that role Tuesday night. Ryan Braun, Joey Votto, and Carlos Beltran are the middle of this powerful lineup. Votto is arguably the best hitter in all of baseball right now. Dan Uggla is probably the weak link of this lineup, since he has just a .221 average.
Justin Verlander won the AL MVP award last year, and he will start for the American League in this one. Verlander is the best pitcher in the game right now, and he brings his best stuff almost every time out. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano will bat first and second in the batting order for the American League.
The American League has the slightly deeper lineup. Anytime you see David Ortiz at the #7 spot in the lineup and Curtis Granderson in the #9 hole, you know it is a stacked lineup. The middle of the order is Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista, and Prince Fielder.
It is the All-Star game so don’t expect to see many players stay in for too long. The American League appears to be the slightly deeper team, so I think they have the edge. After two straight wins by the National League, look for the AL All-Stars to take back the crown in 2012.
2012 MLB All Star Game Free Pick: American League ML