The Backdoor Cover: The Midsummer Cla$$ic

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The Backdoor Cover: The Midsummer Cla$$ic

See what I did in the title? Replaced two “S’s” with dollar signs. This means that even if you aren’t interested in tonight’s exhibition game, there is no reason not to make enough money to cover this month’s child support check.

If we have learned anything as a culture, it’s that we love sports. Especially sports we can wager on. While we wait for a NFL deal to be finalized, let’s tackle some baseball betting for the game tonight as well as the rest of the season.

Don’t let Bud Selig fool you, this game is an exhibition to the players and managers. Especially the managers. Bruce Bochy (NL Coach) wouldn’t know how to assemble a proper team even if Danny Ocean were helping him. I’m not going to get into the fact that Tommy Hanson wasn’t selected to attend because it would be a rant not suitable for small children. The key is knowing it’s an exhibition and using that to our advantage.


American League +102 – I’m a National League fan but I’m not sure why they are the favorites. Other than a slight pitching edge, I think the American League has the hitting to compensate. Take the side that has won 12 of the last 13 contests (not a misprint) and is getting even money to do it.


UNDER 8.5 – Since the players stopped popping HGH like they were Starbursts (pre-2006), the All-Star game hasn’t gone over this total except once making it 4-1. Even in that game it went over, the total was 9.  With the heavy amount of relievers who are used to one innings worth of work making the trip to Phoenix, runs should be at a premium. Feel free to pound this one.


This is obviously a shot-in-the-dark, since there are roughly 50 players to choose from. However, I’m going to make an educated guess of a player on each side. I know the past several MVP’s have all been reserves so I’m throwing out starters. Reserves go against worse pitching and are more likely to decide a game. They are almost always batters so I eliminate the pitchers as well. This is who I came up with:

AL – Paul Konerko 20/1 odds                           

NL – Andrew McCutchen 35/1 odds

If you are feeling lucky (i.e. my American league winning prediction is wrong) then McCutchen represents huge returns.


Here are my picks for each division and the odds you can currently bet on them. Keep in mind I’d much rather get a team that is getting plus money than taking the favorite.

New York Yankees +160

Detroit Tigers +130

LA Angels +190

Atlanta Braves +300

Milwaukee Brewers -120

San Francisco Giants -300


Philadelphia Phillies +275 – They have the shortest odds right now but with the greatest pitching staff ever assembled (arguably) I don’t see a reason to doubt them. If you want a real longshot, I would take the LA Angels at 30/1. But that’s only if you are into gambling and not winning. Good luck!

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