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American League All-Star Game Underdogs

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The American League has won the MLB All-Star Game four years in a row to pull to within one game of their National League counterparts in the all-time series. The Junior Circuit, though, is pegged as the slight underdog for Tuesday night as the road team at Marlins Park.

The American League is listed as the -105 underdog against the -115 favorite National League for Tuesday night, and at +1.5 (-200) on the runline. The contest’s total sits at 9 runs.

Last year’s game – the last which decided home-field advantage in the World Series – was won 4-2 by the American League at San Diego’s Petco Park, running the league’s winning streak to four. The AL blanked the NL 3-0 at Citi Field in New York in 2013, topped them 5-3 at Minnesota’s Target Field in 2014, and picked up a 6-3 victory in Cincinnati in the 2015 game.

That put an end to the National League’s three-game winning streak in the contest from 2010 to 2012, which came on the heels of a 13-year run in which the American League won 12 times and the teams tied once (in 2002). Overall the NL has a 43-42 lead all-time against the AL.

There haven’t been double-digit runs scored in an MLB All-Star Game since 2005, when the American League beat the National League 7-5 at Detroit’s Comerica Park. Since then the game has produced nine or fewer runs each year, and the National League has only scored eight runs over the past four games. The AL managed to score 18 runs over that time frame.

The AL has also found success as the road team in the All-Star Game in recent years, going 7-1 in the last eight Midsummer Classics played in National League parks. The last time the NL won the All-Star Game as the home team was in 2011, a 5-1 win at Arizona’s Chase Field.

 

AL Without Trout for Game on Tuesday Night

Two-time All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout of the Angels was elected as a starter again this year, but the outfielder will skip Tuesday’s game as he finishes the rehab on his thumb injury.

The rest of the AL starters are catcher Salvador Perez of the Royals, first baseman Justin Smoak of the Blue Jays, second baseman Jose Altuve of the Astros, third baseman Jose Ramirez of the Indians, shortstop Carlos Correa of the Astros, and outfielders Aaron Judge of the Yankees and George Springer of the Astros. Boston’s Chris Sale is the AL starting pitcher.

The National League’s starters are catcher Buster Posey of the Giants, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals, second baseman Daniel Murphy of the Nationals, third baseman Nolan Arenado of the Rockies, shortstop Zack Cozart of the Reds, and outfielders Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies, Bryce Harper of the Nationals, and Marcell Ozuna of the Marlins. Washington’s Max Scherzer will be the NL’s starting pitcher for Tuesday’s matchup.

 

*Odds as of July 11, 2017

 

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