The American League will be looking to win its third consecutive All-Star Game Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park and earn home-field advantage in the 2015 World Series. However, the National League All-Stars are small 20-23 favorites (bet $115 to win $100) on the baseball betting lines to end the AL’s two-game winning streak playing at the home of the Cincinnati Reds.
For skeptical bettors who do not believe that matters to the players, consider the World Series representative from the winning league in the All-Star Game has gone on to take the championship in October in five of the past six years. Cincinnati has also been the site of four previous All-Star games, with the NL wining three of them.
No matter what side baseball bettors decide to take in the Midsummer Classic, it might be wise to consider a wager on the run line. That is because the past five All-Star games have each been decided by at least two runs. Before that, the previous four were all decided by just one run and won by the AL.
But first, some of baseball’s biggest sluggers will participate in the Home Run Derby Monday with Texas Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder the 15-4 favorite to win it for the third time at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. Fielder previously won the Home Run Derby in both 2009 and 2012.
American League home run leader Albert Pujols is tied as the fourth choice at 6-1 odds, having knocked 26 out of the park already this season. The Los Angeles Angels first baseman is tied for the AL home run lead with teammate Mike Trout, who will not be participating in the event. Overall MLB home run leader Giancarlo Stanton is out of the contest as well following wrist surgery.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is also at 6-1 on the Home Run Derby odds, and he and Pujols are sitting behind another pair of National Leaguers in rookie Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs and Todd Frazier of the Reds, who are both listed at 9-2.
Pujols will take on Bryant in the first round of the revamped contest, and his best performance came in 2003 when he lost to Garrett Anderson of the Angels in the finals despite hitting more home runs overall.