The Midsummer Classic for the 2021 MLB season is here and our MLB picks breaks down the chances of both the American League and National League All Stars!
With multiple injuries and absences throughout both rosters, there are 40+ first time All Stars that will take part in the event and it leaves plenty of room for the big guns that are there to take control and get the win for their conference.
American League @ National League – 7:30pm EDT
We have finally reached the Midsummer Classic for the 2021 MLB season and we see the National League slightly favored to take out the event. Despite the American League winning seven straight All Star Games and having Shohei Ohtani on the roster for this year’s event, they are underdogs for the clash and provide some good value for punters.
Shohei Ohtani hasn’t taken batting practice all season, Angels hitting coach Jeremy Reed told @Buster_ESPN 🤯
Ohtani currently leads baseball in home runs with 32 😁
(via Baseball Tonight Podcast) pic.twitter.com/91cB6XB0H9
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 8, 2021
While Fernando Tatis Jr gives the NL some heavy hitters, ranking equal second for home runs, they are still outgunned by the AL. The loss of Ronald Acuna Jr, who tore his ACL Saturday, will be a tough one to overcome while Ohtani, first, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr, equal second, allow the American League to boast two of the league’s best ball strikers and a clear advantage in this area.
Combine that with the fact that Jacob DeGrom, National League MVP & CY Young Favorite, Kevin Gausman and Brandon Woodruff won’t be taking part in the Midsummer Classic, the American League team continues to have an edge across the board. The hole they both leave in the NL BullPen is far too big for the favorites to overcome, especially when the AL team goes deep in their own pen.
Gerrit Cole is the big headline name to lead the AL BullPen however Lance Lynn has come into his own so far this season, ranking third for ERA and eighth for average amongst all pitchers. That combination is enough to send shivers down the spines of the NL batting lineup, let alone the fact that Acuna and Buster Posey, both named starters, won’t be playing.
It isn’t as if the AL has a full bill of health, missing Mike Trout from their starting lineup and Shane Bieber from their starting pitchers, along with Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa from the reserves. They are all massive losses for the AL, but ultimately we still think they have enough to get the job done.
It’s almost here! 🎆 🎇
The 2021 MLB All-Star Game, Tuesday at 7P ET/ 4P PT on FOX ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/tYZ9ZVrSSt
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 9, 2021
The top three favorites to take out the American League MVP will all be in attendance for the game while the NL will be missing two of the top three favorites for their MVP, and it will definitely show in the big game. While all you need is one special moment from any given player, the AL has more players with the potential to do that and that will shine through in this year’s All Star game.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.
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