Baseball’s biggest stars are coming to Hollywood.
Los Angeles will host the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, July 19. The 92nd Midsummer Classic will feature an impressive collection of superstars, from MVP candidates Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani to future Hall-of-Famers Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera.
With so much talent on both sides, who will come out on top in the annual summer clash between the American League and National League? Let’s put on our shades and see which star-studded cast will lead their team to victory with our MLB All-Star Game best bets and predictions.
MLB All-Star Game Odds
All MLB betting odds are current as of 10 a.m. ET on Monday, July 19, at Caesars Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: AL (-105) @ NL (-115)
- Run Line: AL +1.5 (-210) @ NL -1.5 (+175)
- Over/Under Run Total: Over 7.5 (-120)/Under 7.5 (+100)
- Implied Score: NL 4.5, AL 3
Despite the American League’s recent superiority in this event (see below), the National League is still favored to win the event. It makes sense given the NL’s home-field advantage and their players’ familiarity with the park, but it also provides some value for those looking to bet on the AL.
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MLB All-Star Game Prediction
AL 4, NL 3
The MLB All-Star Game is always tough to predict because the starting position players usually come out midway through the game and pitchers rarely go more than one inning, making the outcome somewhat random.
With so many substitutions, these games tend to be close, lower-scoring affairs. For example, the last eight games have all been decided by three runs or less, while only one of the previous 15 contests has produced double-digit runs.
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That said, I think the American League has the stronger squad this year. Their starting lineup features the reigning AL MVP (Ohtani), the likely 2022 AL MVP (Judge), last year’s AL MVP runner-up (Vladimir Guerrero Jr.), and one of the best pure hitters in baseball (Rafael Devers). With Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton starting as well, this team is an absolute wrecking crew.
The AL has also dominated this event recently, winning eight straight games and going 26-6-1 dating back to 1988.
MLB All-Star Game Best Bets
AL Moneyline (-105)
WAGER: 1 Unit
The American League has been the stronger league for a while, which explains its sustained success against the National League. They have also thrived in NL parks, as six of their victories during their current eight-game winning streak have come at National League venues.
The AL appears to be the stronger team on paper and has history on its side, making this our MLB bet of the day.
UNDER 8.5 Total Runs (-150)
WAGER: 0.5 Units
Even with all the big bats on display, pitchers typically have the upper hand in the All-Star Game. They only come in for one inning, and the hitters are usually unfamiliar with them.
Accordingly, the All-Star Game is often a pitching duel. Four of the last five games had gone under this total, including last year at Coors Field, when only seven total runs were scored.
The best hitters in baseball failed to scratch together eight runs in MLB’s most extreme offensive environment, so it’s hard to envision them doing so at a more pitching-friendly setting like Dodger Stadium.
MLB All-Star Game Prop Bets
Aaron Judge To Win All-Star Game MVP (+550)
WAGER: 0.25 Units
Since we’re expecting the American League to win, it follows that the All-Star Game MVP will come from the AL side.
In that case, it’s hard to do better than Judge. While Ohtani is slightly favored over him, he’s not going to pitch so that removes a big chunk of his value.
The 30-year-old Yankees slugger has been otherworldly at the plate this year, leading MLB in home runs (33), runs scored (74), and total bases (209). He’s also coming into the contest on fire after mashing three homers in his final four games before the break.
Home Team Bats in Bottom of 9th (-150)
WAGER: 1 Unit
The National League is the home team this year, so they will bat in the bottom of the ninth if the game is tied or they are behind, both of which are likely scenarios.
We already covered why the NL will probably be losing, but there’s also a good chance that the score will be deadlocked. Two of the past four games have gone to extra innings and runs will be hard to come by, making it challenging to build up a lead.
If you’re already betting on the American League, this is a great bet to include in a parlay that also works well as a straight bet.