The 2013 MLB All-Star Game is set to get underway on Tuesday Night in New York. For the first time since it opened in 2009, Citi Field will host the event.
The National League is looking to extend its winning streak to four years. The NL squad is expected to get the victory, with the consensus betting odds in Las Vegas setting them as -130-favorites. The AL comes in at +120. Before the NL won in 2010, the AL had gone 13 straight years without a loss.
For the past 10 years, the All-Star Game has determined whether the AL or NL gets home-field advantage in the World Series. 2011 marked the only Game Seven in that span, though the St. Louis Cardinals did clinch the championship at home. The team with the extra home game is 7-3 in the last 10 World Series.
Pitching may be the biggest reason that the NL is favored in the contest. The club boasts the starting pitchers with the five best ERA’s in all of baseball. Matt Harvey ranks No.4 in the majors and will start in front of his hometown fans. The Mets starter is also third in strikeouts and second in WHIP.
On offense, the AL might have the edge. The club has a lot of power in the middle of the lineup, with Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis hitting in the No.3 and No.4 holes. The two have combined to register 67 home runs and 188 RBI in the first half of the season. The NL’s No.3 and cleanup hitters have just 28 total home runs and 86 RBI.
David Wright has the best chance to win the MVP Award, according to Bovada. The online betting Web site gives him 10/1 odds of winning the trophy. In 1999, Pedro Martinez was the last player to win the MVP at his home ballpark, when he did it for the Boston Red Sox.
Mariano Rivera will be competing in his final All-Star Game. AL manager Jim Leyland has guaranteed that the New York Yankees closer will pitch at some point, even if he doesn’t have an opportunity to record a save.
The contest is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. Viewers who purchase MLB.TV can watch a live stream online. Below are the starting lineups for the game, as well a prediction.
American League National League
LF Mike Trout, Angels 2B Brandon Phillips, Reds
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees RF Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
3B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 1B Joey Votto, Reds
1B Chris Davis, Orioles 3B David Wright, Mets
RF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays LF Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
DH David Ortiz, Red Sox C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
CF Adam Jones, Orioles SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
C Joe Mauer, Twins DH Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles CF Bryce Harper, Nationals
SP Max Scherzer SP Matt Harvey
American League 4, National League 3