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Betting on the 2017 All-Star Game and Home Run Derby

2017 MLB All-Star Game

The 2017 All-Star Game is Tuesday Night at 7:30 PM and can be watched on Fox. This year, the All-Star game is being hosted by the Miami Marlins in Miami, Florida. The lineups are set, the starters are chosen and the reserves are selected, so the only thing left to do is play the game!

For many year’s, the National League ran supreme in the battle between the two leagues. They currently lead the series between the NL and AL by 1 game, 43-42-2. With a win on Tuesday night by the American League, the series will be all tied up at 43-43-2. The American League has won the past 4 years in a row, with all 4 years playing under the posted total.

Unlike year’s past, this year will have no bearing on home field advantage for the World Series. All eyes this year will be on pitching instead of hitting. The starting pitchers in this game will be Max Scherzer for the National League and Chris Sale for the American League.

When it comes to betting this game, I’ve always found it very difficult to play. The National League is currently sitting at 5/6, while the American League is 6/5. I think the National League is a superior team this year and their pitching is deeper. I will be going with the National League for 1 Unit.

2017 MLB Home Run Derby

The 2017 Home Run Derby is Monday Night at 8PM on ESPN. The Home Run Derby is one of the most popular and most watched events in all of sports. This year, we will see the following players in the Home Run Derby.

#1 Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton is the top seed this year and will be the home crowd favorite with his teammate Justin Bour. Stanton has hit 24 home runs this year is a +165 to win this year’s home run derby. I think he makes it to the finals but loses to either Aaron Judge or Cody Bellinger. Home field doesn’t win home run contests, power and composure does and I think Judge or Bellinger will edge him out.

#2 Aaron Judge – New York Yankees – Aaron Judge leads the majors in home runs. He is the #2 seed in the derby and will be going up against another hometown Miami player in Justin Bour. Judge is a powerful hitter that can launch homers at will. Judge is +175 to win the derby and will be my top play to win this year!

#3 Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers – Cody Bellinger came into this year relatively unknown without the brand name. He quickly became a household name hitting 24 home runs, which is the same as Stanton. The nice part about Bellinger is his odds. You can find him as high as +900. Bellinger will be my value play this year. I think he makes it out into the semifinal matchup with Judge and the winner of that matchup will win the 2017 Derby!

#4 Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals – Mike Moustakas hasn’t really been known over the years as a power home run type hitter but he has 25 long balls this year and has found himself in the derby. He is +1400 with odds and unfortunately for Royals fans, I don’t see him making it past the 1st round.

#5 Miguel Sano – Minnesota Twins – Miguel Sano is the #5 seed in this year’s home run derby. Sano has 20 home runs this year for the Twins. He will meet up in the first round against the #4 seed Mike Moustakas. Sano is currently sitting at +1000, which is a decent value but I don’t see Sano making it past the semifinals, if he makes it that far.

#6 Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies – I think Blackmon is one of the best overall players in the derby but they are playing in Miami, not Colorado. Blackmon only has 19 home runs this year but let us not forget that he plays in the Mile High City and his stats are construed because of it. Blackmon is +2000 for good reason, in order to win, he would have to beat Bellinger, Judge and Stanton, a feat most would care to pass on.

#7 Justin Bour – Miami Marlins – The Marlins second contestant in the derby is Justin Bour. Bour has 19 home runs this year and is +1400 to win the derby. Bour is basically in the derby because he is a hometown guy and the league would love to have a hometown guy win on site. Sorry, as i said earlier, hometown doesn’t win derby’s.

#8 Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees – Gary Sanchez is the #8 seed and will be going against the top seed in this year’s Home Run Derby, Giancarlo Stanton. Sanchez is +1400 to win the derby according to lines makers. Sanchez has hit 13 home runs this year and I can’t see him out powering Stanton in the first round.

Recap

National League Wins All-Star Game for 1 Unit
Aaron Judge +175 2 Units
Cody Bellinger +900 1 Unit