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The 2011 All Star Game is set to kick off on Tuesday, and here at Cappers Info, we’ve got all of the ins and outs covered for the Midsummer Classic! Check out which team we think has the edge in the MLB betting proceedings in this one!
MLB Preview: 2011 All Star Game
Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 8:25 ET
Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Game Line: American League +110/National League -120
Television Coverage: Fox
American League Notes: The AL will be looking to take back its crown that it held as the winners of this game every single season since 1996 before losing last year. Jered Weaver is expected to be the starting pitcher of the bunch, and he is going to have a ton of help behind him. David Price and Felix Hernandez are awesome options out of the bullpen. The question is going to be who is going to shut the door in this game with Mariano Rivera, seemingly always the closer in this game, sitting on the sidelines. Perhaps it will be Jordan Walden, the closer for the Los Angeles Angels, or Jose Valverde of the Detroit Tigers, but either way, we aren’t all that sure that this is going to be the greatest option in the world. The AL lineup can certainly mash though, as Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, Josh Hamilton, Curtis Granderson, and Jose Bautista have big, big bats and know how to use them.
National League Notes: Meanwhile in the NL, things are certainly going to be a bit harder if the pitchers for the San Francisco Giants don’t end up really shining. Sure, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Jair Jurrjens, and the crew are fantastic, but there is definitely a question as to whether Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain were solid picks by Manager Bruce Bochy. The lineup is rock solid as well, but there clearly aren’t as many big boppers on the NL side of this game as there are in the AL. With Ryan Braun out of the lineup in all likelihood, that really leaves an order stacked with good hitters, but not fantastic ones. The only great news is that the deeper into the game we get, the better the NL has a shot due to its bullpen, which is going to feature a ton of great options, including closers Brian Wilson and Heath Bell. There’s also a lot of speed on the NL bench, something that maybe isn’t as big for the AL side.
The Final Word: We just have to think that the American League is going to get its crown back this year in spite of the fact that the pitching really does look strong on the NL side of things. We’re puzzled as to why the NL is favored on the MLB odds in this one, and we are absolutely making our All Star Game picks on the American League.
Free MLB Picks: American League +110
All Star Game Prediction: American League 8 – National League 4