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2021 MLB All-Star Game Odds, Bets: AL vs NL

by Vaughn Dalzell
Updated On: July 13, 2021, 11:30 am ET

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MLB All-Star Game: AL (+100), NL (-121), O/U 11.0 (-105, -115)

The 2021 MLB All-Star Game is set to start at 7:30 PM ET in Denver, CO at Coors Field on Tuesday, July 13.

There will be some historical players in this matchup, including AL MVP favorite and the first Japanese player selected to the All-Star Game, Shohei Ohtani. We will also be missing a few stars as Jose Altuve, and Jacob deGrom chose to focus on their respective second halves of the season. 

Here is a look at the starting lineups and what to expect over the first few innings. Ohtani and Max Scherzer get the nod as the starting pitchers, while Ohtani also will bat first for the AL squad.

Odds are courtesy of PointsBet.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTING LINEUP

  1. Shohei Ohtani - DH, Angels
  2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - 1B, Blue Jays
  3. Xander Bogaerts - SS, Red Sox
  4. Aaron Judge - RF, Yankees
  5. Rafael Devers - 3B, Red Sox
  6. Marcus Semien - 2B, Blue Jays
  7. Salvador Perez - C, Royals
  8. Teoscar Hernandez - LF, Blue Jays
  9. Cedric Mullins - CF, Orioles

SP: Shohei Ohtani - Angels

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTING LINEUP

  1. Fernando Tatis Jr. - SS, Padres
  2. Max Muncy - DH, Dodgers
  3. Nolan Arenado - 3B, Cardinals
  4. Freddie Freeman - 1B, Braves
  5. Nick Castellanos - RF, Reds
  6. Jesse Winker - LF, Reds
  7. J.T. Realmuto - C, Phillies
  8. Bryan Reynolds - CF, Pirates
  9. Adam Frazier - 2B, Pirates

SP: Max Scherzer, Nationals

First things first, that AL lineup is stacked! I am primarily a strikeout bettor, and that looks like a straight Under K prop to me, sorry Mad Max.

The NL's lineup's order is impressive -- do not let the Pirates hitters fool you at the eight and nine spots. The top of the order could make life tough for Ohtani in the first.

Some other notable players that were invited and will play after a few innings is Bo Bichette (Blue Jays), Shane Bieber (Indians), Corbin Burnes (Brewers), Gerrit Cole (Yankees), Carlos Correa (Astros), Matt Olson (Athletics), J.T. Realmuto (Phillies), Trea Turner (Nationals), Manny Machado (Padres) and rookie pitcher Trevor Rogers (Marlins) as well.

For a complete look at the AL and NL rosters -- go here.

Here are the All-Star game results from the past 10 seasons and the MVP in parenthesis. The AL is currently on a seven-game winning streak. 

 

 

The O/U for the 2021 game is set at 11.0. Only 2018's game went Over that total, with the Under hitting nine out of 10 times the past decade. 

The MVP has also been a pitcher only two times in the last 10 years, and without deGrom pitching, I think we see a non-pitcher take the trophy home. 

My favorite players to bring home some hardware on either side are Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr.

The two hitters have been on fire the first half of the season, and in the last 30 days, both stars are hitting .300 or better with eight-plus homers in 25 and 26 games. 

The AL has a 70% win rate in the last 10 contests and 100% over the last seven All-Star games, while the Under hit 90% of the time since 2010. 

If you are picking a winning side or total, this situation reminds me of playing roulette at a casino -- Black keeps hitting; five, six, seven times, and you know that red is coming, but you just don't know when.

The NL team has lost by two or fewer runs over the last four All-Star Games and is tagged as the favorite at -121. 

With that being said, Vegas expects the AL's seven-game winning streak to be broken here. With Mad Max Scherzer on the mound and all the talented pitchers his squad has, the NL has a fighting chance. 

I like the opportunity at hand for NL to finally get in the win column for the first time since 2012 -- when I graduated high school...sheesh it's been a long drought for the NL!

 

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