The American League will try to snap a three game losing streak to the National League tonight, Tuesday July 10th, when the respective All-Star teams battle in the 83rd edition of the Midsummer Classic at Kauffman Stadium. The NL was a 5-1 winner last season. MLB oddsmakers have the American League as -140 moneyline favorites over the National League (+130) with the over/under set at 8.5 runs. Be sure to check the 2012 MLB All Star Game Odds and get your predictions in early before the first pitch is thrown.
The National League were 5-1 winners last season thanks in part to a three-run home run from Prince Fielder. Fielder, of course, now plays in the AL and on Monday picked up his second Home Run Derby crown, edging out Toronto’s Jose Bautista, 12-7, in the final round. Perhaps having Fielder in the lineup will help the AL plate more than one run, something they haven’t done in either of the last two games. Remarkably, though, the scores of the previous 82 All-Star Games add up to 344 for the NL and 341 for the AL.
Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez will be the designated hitter and get things started at the top of La Russa’s lineup, while Giants center fielder Melky Cabrera will hit second. Milwaukee Brewers left fielder and reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun will hit third and first baseman Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds will bat cleanup. Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran mans the five hole with Posey hitting sixth. Posey’s teammate, Pablo Sandoval, follows and will play third, while second baseman Dan Uggla of the Atlanta Braves and shortstop Rafael Furcal of the Cardinals will bat eighth and ninth, respectively.
Former St. Louis skipper Tony LaRussa tabbed San Francisco’s Matt Cain as their starter. Cain went 9-3 with a 2.62 earned run average and two shutouts, including the 22nd perfect game in major league history on June 13 against the Houston Astros. Although the 27-year-old right-hander has been an NL All-Star on two other occasions, he never actually pitched in either contest.
The lineup for the American League will open with a pair of Yankees as Derek Jeter will play shortstop and hit leadoff, followed by teammate Robinson Cano in the two hole, playing second base. Josh Hamilton of the Rangers will play left field and bat third while Bautista hits cleanup and will start in right.
For the American League Texas’ Ron Washington went with Detroit ace and reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Verlander. A 24-game winner last season, Verlander is 9-5 this season with a 2.58 ERA over 18 starts and has five complete games to his name, including one shutout.
“He is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, not just the American League,” Washington said of Verlander. “The joy that I have of giving him the ball tomorrow, he’s well-rested. I expect a lot out of him, and I know he expects a lot out of himself.”
The Bottom Line: The American league have the bigger guns at bat and the better pitchers. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best MLB Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get MLB Picks Free!
2012 MLB All Star Game
When: Tuesday July 10th, 8:30 PM ET
Pick: AL -130
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