The American League outscored the National League 28-15 during this interval and has won the last six all-star games dating back to 2013. The AL is 6-0 ATS during this winning streak as well.
Since 2008, the total has gone UNDER in eight of the 11 games with an average combined score of 6.82. Only 1 game over that span featured over 10 runs.
The two pitchers are likely to throw an inning or two before turning it over to some bullpens. I give the edge to the NL as far as 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 early on with Verlander starting, to be followed in some order by Gerrit Cole (HOU), Lucas Giolito (CWS) and Jose Berrios (MIN). After that, I feel the AL team isn’t as striking as the NL’s.
I also give the nod as there is lots of electricity both among the starters and reservations whereas the AL lineup is head and shoulders above its seat reserves. 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.
Together with the game happening in Progressive Field, the National League is going to have DH and a good deal of options such as rookie Pete Alonso (NYM), who wasn’t selected as the starting first baseman over Freddie Freeman (ATL).
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