MLB All-Star Festivities

by Dirty on July 12, 2010

Betting on MLB 2010 All Star Game

The MLB All-Star Game is now a two-day betting event with Monday’s Home Run Derby followed up by Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic. Here’s the latest from

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The odds for the Home Run Derby are out and there is no heavy favorite. David Ortiz and Miguel Cabrera are the 5/2 co-favorites. Nick Swisher (5/1), Corey Hart (5/1) and Matt Holliday (5/1) are followed by Vernon Wells (13/2), Hanley Ramirez (8/1) and Chris Young (8/1).

There is some disappointment that guys like Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Howard aren’t entered, but fans won’t care once the balls start to fly out. There are also good wagering opportunities with those left in the contest.

Cabrera and Ortiz both have experience in this event, finishing third and fourth respectively in 2006. This will be the fourth appearance overall for Ortiz. Holliday finished tied for third in 2007.

All other players are making their Home Run Derby debut with Hart (5/1) looking like a great value.

Can the NL break the All-Star Game jinx?

The NL is +110 for the All-Star Game and the AL -120. The total is 8 ½-runs.

The National League used to dominate this game in the 1960s and 70s with the likes of Willie Mays, Johnny Bench and Steve Garvey. However, that’s seems like a lifetime ago and the NL hasn’t won since 1996, going 0-12-1.

The tie was in 2002 when the teams ran out of pitchers. That caused Commissioner Bud Selig to make the winning All-Star league get home field advantage in the World Series. Selig said the change had nothing to do with the embarrassing tie, but we all know better.

The NL looks like great value at these odds. The last four All-Star Games have been decided by one run, and AL closers like Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon, Frankie Rodriguez and Joe Nathan had a lot to do with it.

Nathan is out for the year, Papelpon didn’t make it and Rodriguez has switched leagues. The biggest blow was the loss of Mariano Rivera to a recent injury. The bullpens are now a wash in this game and the offenses are equal as well.

That leaves the starting pitching where the NL’s ‘super-seven’ of Ubaldo Jimenez, Roy Halladay, Adam Wainwright, Josh Johnson, Chris Carpenter, Tim Lincecum and Tim Hudson could conceivably pitch eight innings.

The AL starters are not that strong, especially with CC Sabathia out after pitching on Sunday.

The starters make the difference and the NL gets their first win since 1996.

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