The American League has defeated the National League 20 out of the last 24 times in the Midsummer Classic. Will the National League defy the MLB odds and get the win in Dodger Stadium?
Let’s see what the odds tell us at the top sportsbooks! Here are our best bets and predictions for tonight’s game between the National League and American League.
2022 MLB All-Star Game
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at Dodger Stadium
2022 MLB All-Star Game: What You Should Know
Over the years, the American League has dominated the National League in the All-Star Game, winning 20 of the last 24 games played.
But only two of those 20 wins have been by more than 3 runs. These games are still very close regardless of American League’s dominance.
Tonight, the National League will look to earn one back as favorites in Dodger Stadium at 07:00 PM EDT. Let’s break it down.
- Starting Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Ronald Acuna Jr., RF, Atlanta Braves
- Mookie Betts, CF, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Manny Machado, 3B, San Diego Padres
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
- Trea Turner, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Willson Contreras, C, Chicago Cubs
- William Contreras, DH, Atlanta Braves
- Joc Pederson, LF, San Francisco Giants
- Jeff McNeil, 2B, New York Mets
- Starting Pitcher: Shane McClanahan, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays
- Shohei Ohtani, DH, Los Angeles Angels
- Aaron Judge, RF, New York Yankees
- Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
- Giancarlo Stanton, LF, New York Yankees
- Byron Buxton, CF, Minnesota Twins
- Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox
- Andres Gimenez, 2B, Cleveland Guardians
- Alejandro Kirk, C, Toronto Blue Jays
Why the National League Can Win
The National League has a ton of power on its roster. There are seven players that have hit at least 20 home runs in the National League. In a game that has a projected total of 7.5, a couple of long balls from the National League side could be all that’s needed to get the win.
Meanwhile, the pitching staff for the National League also looks a bit better. The National League has Sandy Alcantara who has an ERA of 1.76 along with Tony Gonsolin, who has finished the first half of the season with a 2.02 ERA.
And when we step away from the starters, the relief pitching also looks better on the National League side. Ryan Helsley has an ERA of .69 and will be in the bullpen along with elite company like Edwin Diaz and Devin Williams. There’s so much strikeout potential for these relievers in the NL.
Why the American League Can Win
Meanwhile, the American League side has more depth along with the most talked about players in the league this season. It starts at the top of their order with Shohei Ohtani and Aaron Judge. Those two will be the 1-2 punch for the American League. They’re also the two players that have a chance to win the AL MVP award.
It seems like everything Judge touches is gold. He could help lead the American League to a victory. Let’s also not forget that he’s hit 2 home runs in the final two games of the first half. So he’s certainly feeling it right now.
Plus, the American League gets to play Ohtani as the designated hitter and then can also pitch him later in the game. His batting numbers are down in comparison to last season but his pitching numbers have looked better than last season.
2022 MLB All-Star Game: Betting Pick for Today
About the Pitchers
The American League pitching just seems a bit weaker than the National League's pitching staff.
Shane McClanahan will get things started for the American League and likely pitch extremely well. But when McClanahan is done, the American League will pitch guys like Paul Blackburn, Nestor Cortes Jr., and Martin Perez. Those guys are truly hittable.
Meanwhile, on the National League side, the starters include Alcantara, Tyler Anderson, Luis Castillo, Tony Gonsolin, and Miles Mikolas. And if we want to talk about the relief pitching, the National League has much more strikeout potential.
About the Batters
On the other hand, we already talked about how the National League has more power in its lineup. The American League could whiff on more pitches and struggle to make contact later in this game. The National League should be able to connect at a higher rate.
I’m going to have to side with the National League and the Under in this game for my MLB picks of the day.
The NL just has more potential with their roster to do a little more damage. The National League is usually known for pitching while the American League is more known for its hitting.
Tonight, the National League will showcase how good their pitching actually is.
MLB Pick: Under 7.5 (-110) at BetOnline
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