Breaking Down MVP & Other All-Star Game Props

 sportsbookreview.com  07/09/2019 11:48:00 

The American League looks to win its seventh straight over the Senior Circuit in the All-Star Game Tuesday night in Cleveland. Here’s a look at some props available for the Midsummer Classic.
<p>For the first time since 1997, the city of Cleveland hosts the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday night and it’s basically your only live betting action available in the USA other than NBA Summer League. Just wait: Wednesday’s an even worse day in terms of betting options – probably the single worst sports day of the year and the reason why ESPN shows the terrible ESPYs that night annually.</p><p>The American League leads the All-Star Game 44-43-2, taking its first lead since 1963 with last year’s 8-6 win in 10 innings. We’re not really here to preview the game itself but look at some prop options available at some of <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/best-sportsbooks/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks</a>.</p><p>And we’re going to <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4496&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">start with one from Bovada</a> that asks if the game will go extra innings, with yes at +700 and no at -1400. The past two Midsummer Classics have gone to 10 innings. MLB doesn’t want a repeat of the embarrassment of the 2002 game in Milwaukee where both sides ran out of pitchers and the game had to be declared a tie after 11 innings. So this year, a new rule for extras: In both halves of an inning, the team at-bat will begin with a runner at second base to help push things along scoring-wise. They do this in the minor leagues and some international tournaments like the World Baseball Classic to avoid those 18-inning marathons that destroy a team’s bullpen for days. Some believe this rule might eventually make its way to regular-season games, although Commissioner Rob Manfred said he doesn’t see that in the foreseeable future.</p><p>Can’t say I recommend betting on Tuesday’s game going to extras because three straight All-Star Games never have. The only other time back-to-back games went to extras was 1996-97.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Goodnight. &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/HRDerby?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#HRDerby&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/CuFrPv4dDM\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/CuFrPv4dDM&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— MLB (@MLB) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/MLB/status/1148447579132366849?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 9, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>On which team scores first, the National League is -165 and American League +130. The NL is favored simply because it’s batting first as the visiting team in the AL park at the Indians’ Progressive Field. Last year, the AL was the visiting team in Washington, D.C., and scored first with a run in the top of the second. In 2017, the AL was the visitor in Miami and scored first. The year before, the NL was the visitor and scored first. That either the NL or AL scores a run in the first inning is -115 with neither does at -105. That the AL scores last is -125 and the NL does is -115. That the team which scores first wins the game is -245 and no is +175.</p><p>The ‘over/under’ for total runs, hits and errors by the sides combined is 27.5. These tend to bet lower-scoring games of late because the various pitching staffs are so dominant and pitchers go just one inning (usually) and thus can throw as hard as possible. Last year’s 8-6 result was a bit of a fluke. No other All-Star Game saw a double-digit combined number of runs since the AL won 7-5 in 2005.</p><p>Finally, All-Star Game MVP is always a popular prop with the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and Angels’ Mike Trout both +1200 favorites. Trout is looking to become the first player in history to win this award three times and has had at least one hit in every ASG he has played in. The Dodgers haven’t had an ASG MVP since Mike Piazza in 1996. Needless to say, it’s important to bet on a starting position player and a from the winning league as only two players have won ASG MVP on a losing team: Brooks Robinson in 1966 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1970.</p><p>I wouldn’t bet on either starting pitcher Tuesday – Justin Verlander of the Astros and Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers, with both at +1500 – because they likely won’t go more than two innings. No starting pitcher has won the MVP since Pedro Martinez in 1999 for the Red Sox.</p>
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