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American League Needs Offensive Spark As It Tries To End Three-Year All-Star Drought

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 7/15/2013 7:52:13 PM

When the Detroit Tigers fell to the San Francisco Giants in last year’s World Series there were several online sports betting factors that were a part of what went wrong. While it didn’t decide the outcome of the game, it is safe to say that home advantage was a factor. The MLB All-Star game actually means something now, and that is why there were so many surprised baseball fans when the NL dominated last year’s contest with an 8-0 win. The AL will look to respond with a much better effort this time around, but they are still the underdogs heading in to this game.

2013 MLB All Star Game
American League vs. National League
Tuesday July 16, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Citi Field, New York, New York
MLB Sportsbook Line: National League – 150

Last year’s 8-0 loss marked the second-largest margin of defeat for any team in MLB All-Star history, and considering it cost the AL home advantage in the World Series that is not a good thing by any means.  The AL will try and respond by snapping a three-game losing streak when they meet again this year, with a pair of studs to lead the offense.

MLB Betting Preview: American League

Never in the history of baseball have two AL hitters gone in to the All-Star break as hot as Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis are right now. Cabrera is hitting an unbelievable .365 with 30 home runs, and the fact that he nearly hit 100 RBI (95) before the All-Star break is outstanding. Davis leads the AL with 37 home runs and is just two back of Cabrera with 93 RBI, and both of those hitters will look to key the offense in New York. The incredible pace set by those two has overshadowed the numbers put up by Mike Trout, David Ortiz, and even Adrian Beltre to this point, and with so much talent on that side of the ball there should be a response after being shut out a year ago.

MLB Betting Preview: National League

The National League has plenty of weapons of its own, so it’s somewhat of a surprise that the biggest story heading in to this game is the one that isn’t there. Yasiel Puig didn’t make the cut despite his incredible numbers to start his career, leaving Yadier Molina, Allen Craig, and Jean Segura to take care of business. The NL also has a stacked pitching staff as always, but they will have a much tougher test this year with Cabrera and Davis on fire heading in to the break.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The sports betting odds favor the NL again, but with so much talent on the AL side it is only a matter of time before they break through. The AL was embarrassed last year and has now lost three-straight, so look for them to respond with a more focused effort this season and find a way to get the job done.

MLB Betting Pick: American League + 130

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