The 2023 MLB All-Star Game is set to take place on Tuesday, July 11 in Seattle, and this year’s Midsummer Classic looks to be neck-and-neck according to the betting odds.
The American League has dominated recently won the past nine MLB All-Star Games, but this year could see that trend bucked considering the team with the best record in MLB is in the National League and has eight all-stars.
We’ll break down the game further and give our pick based on the odds.
2023 MLB ALL-STAR GAME
Odds: NL -105 (money line), +1.5 (-220 run line) vs. AL -115 (money line), -1.5 (+180 run line), 7.5 over/under (+100 O, -120 U)
Time/TV: 8 p.m. (FOX)
Analysis: When evaluating both the National League and the American League rosters, it’s easy to notice the number of strong hitters on both sides.
This could mean more runs scored than usual in what’s normally a low-scoring contest, as the pitching on both sides doesn’t look as overwhelming with several key pitchers scratched either due to injury or having pitched over the weekend.
While that could mean an opportunity for bettors to take the over since the total is only set at 7.5 runs, we noticed that the AL was dealing with more injuries than the NL when evaluating the rosters.
Star outfielders Mike Trout and Aaron Judge are out along with Cy Young contender Shane McClanahan, and while the NL is also dealing with pitchers being out, their starting nine is the same as the original nine that were voted in.
The Atlanta Braves having so many players could be the difference considering they’ve been the most dominant team in MLB this season.
Anything can happen during an individual baseball game comprised of players who aren’t used to playing together, but we like the NL roster enough to feel confident enough in picking them breaking through
The AL can’t win every year, right?
The pick: NL (-105) over AL