MLB 2010 All Star Game Odds & Predictions: Major League Baseball's All-Star game always was little more than a glorified exhibition, but it came with some spice, as American Leaguers and National Leaguers genuinely wanted to win the game. Today, the game takes more important significance. The winning league gets home field advantage in the World Series. Tuesday night in Anaheim (8 pm Eastern, Fox) not only will the National Leaguers be shooting for home-field advantage in the fall, they'll be trying to break the longest winless streak in the history of the All-Star Game.
As of Monday morning Sportsbook.com is listing the American League as a -121 favorite for Tuesday night's game, with the Nationals getting +111 as the underdogs. And the total sits at 8.5. The AL is also being offered at +170 on the Sportsbook.com runline, with the NL giving -200 getting the run and a half.
The National League holds a 40-38-2 all-time advantage over the American League in All-Star play. But the Americans have amazingly won 12 in a row in the series, excluding that tie back in 2002. Last year the AL picked up a 4-3 victory at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
The last four All-Star Games have averaged just seven runs per. Since the game has decided home-field advantage for the World Series, beginning in 2003, the All-Star Games have averaged 9.4 runs.
Sportsbook is also offering bettors a five-inning line and total on Tuesday's game, and will be offering other All-Star prop bets, including who will win the All-Star MVP award. So hardball handicappers should stay tuned, and check back at Sportsbook.com as game-time approaches.
Predicting this game is easy. I pick National every year but honestly, I like the senior circuit's starting pitcher the best, Ubaldo Jiminez of the Colorado Rockies.
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