MLB All-Star Game Betting Odds: Stanton Home Run Derby Favorite

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2014

American League's Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland Athletics, hits his ninth home run in the third round to win the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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After getting back into the win column at baseball's All-Star Game last season, the best players in the American League are at even odds against their National League counterparts for Tuesday's 2014 edition.

The game will be played at Target Field in Minnesota, with both sides priced at minus-105, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. The total opened at eight, a number that has been a tempting bet for under bettors in recent years, with eight straight games going under the total.

After dominating the All-Star Game in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the AL dropped three straight games to their NL rivals before getting the 3-0 victory at the home of the Mets last season.

Overall, the NL has a 43-39 edge on the AL at the All-Star Game, with two ties since 1933.

The American League's offense will be led by slugging first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers plus a trio of top outfielders—Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Adam Jones of the Orioles and Mike Trout of the Angels.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be making his 14th and final appearance in the game, as he's set to retire at the end of the year.

Second baseman Chase Utley of the Phillies is the most senior member of the NL's starting lineup, as he'll be participating in his sixth All-Star Game. Outfielder Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies also highlight the NL's roster this year.

Baseball bettors can warm up for their All-Star Game wagers Monday night with the Home Run Derby, with the Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton the 11-4 favorite over Yoenis Cespedes, who sits at 9-2 odds and won the competition last season.

Cespedes blasted 17 home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby last year, and he won the event with a total of 32.

Yasiel Puig and Bautista are both at 5-1 on the Home Run Derby odds, with Tulowitzki at 7-1 and Josh Donaldson at 9-1. Justin Morneau (12-1), Todd Frazier (12-1), Jones (14-1) and Brian Dozier (14-1) have the higher odds payouts for this year's Derby.

 

Odds and stats courtesy of Odds Shark and Baseballodds.ca