The American League has won the last six all-star games and outscored the National League 28-15 over that interval. The AL is 6-0 ATS through this winning series.
Since 2008, the total has gone UNDER in eight of the 11 games with an average combined score of 6.82. Just one match over that span featured more than 10 runs.
The two starting pitchers are very likely to toss an inning or two before turning it on to a bullpens. I give the edge to the NL up to arms go with the likes of Mike Soroka (ATL), Jacob deGrom (NYM), Max Scherzer (WSN) and Clayton Kershaw (LAD) coming after Hyun-Jin Ryu gets relieved.
The AL bullpen has some elite arms on with Verlander starting, to be followed in some order by Gerrit Cole (HOU), Lucas Giolito (CWS) and Jose Berrios (MIN). Following that, I believe the AL staff is not as striking as the NL’s.
Since there is plenty of power both one of the starters and reserves whereas the AL starting lineup is head and shoulders above its seat reserves, I also give the nod to the NL bats. Both starting lineups have both first-time all-stars: Ketel Marte (ARI) and Ronald Acuna (ATL) for the National League, and Carlos Santana (CLE) and Jorge Polanco (MIN) for the American League.
With the game happening at Progressive Field, the National League is going to have DH and a good deal of choices such as newcomer Pete Alonso (NYM), that was not chosen as the starting first baseman over Freddie Freeman (ATL).
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