The MLB All-Star Game is sort of the Super Bowl of the baseball betting scene. There are prop bets galore to be had and money to be made. While the game itself is not all that exciting, especially to baseball purists, the game can be fun to watch if you have money at stake. So give yourself some interest and throw some money down on the game. With that being said, take a look at the best bets to make during the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.
Under 8.5 Runs Scored
Conventional wisdom suggests that most every All-Star Game has a ridiculously high score because it’s typically offense-heavy. That’s true for the football and basketball events, but baseball has shown tendencies to go the other direction. Last year’s game did hit the over, with a high-scoring affair at Nationals Park (the AL winning 8-6), but going back to the start of this decade, there have been some very low-scoring affairs, and only two of the eight games played have surpassed 8.5 runs. It is a very boring affair to root for the under, but this is the smart play. Follow the trend and take the under.
American League (-115)
Staying on the trends bandwagon, take the American League to win on Tuesday night. The American League has won the Midsummer Classic in each of the last six contests dating back to 2013. While the games have been close, the American League has always figured out a way to win. Just look at the rosters, especially the early pitching matchups that this game may bring, and tell me with a straight face that the American League should not have the advantage.
American League and Under Parlay (+260)
Not much more to say about this, but taking the American League and under the 8.5 runs could set you up nicely at +260. Not a bad return if the trends hold up. Usually, I am not a huge “trend” guy, but the numbers simply do not lie when it comes to the recent All-Star games.
American League to Score First (+123)
The only reason why this is the underdog pick is simply because the National League gets to bat first. However, the National League will be contending with Justin Verlander early on, while the American League will face Hyun-Jun Ryu. Verlander is a better pitcher than Ryu and has been in this situation before, so nothing should faze him. Ryu, on the other hand, has been a good pitcher over his career, but this year is somewhat of an anomaly. Ryu also has never made the opening pitch for his team in an All-Star Game and will face a murderers’ row his first time out. Expect Verlander to get through his two innings without a run, but expect Ryu to run into some trouble in the first few frames. Simply because of the starting pitching matchup, I suggest taking the American League.