The American League has won the previous six games and outscored the National League 28-15 over this span. The AL is 6-0 ATS during this winning series too.
Since 2008, the total has gone UNDER in eight of those 11 games with an average combined score of 6.82. Just 1 match over that span featured over 10 runs.
The two pitchers are very likely to throw just an inning or maybe two before turning it on to some stacked bullpens. I give the edge to the NL up to arms go together with the likes of Mike Soroka (ATL), Jacob deGrom (NYM), Max Scherzer (WSN) and Clayton Kershaw (LAD) coming following 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 feel the AL staff isn’t quite as striking as the NL’s.
As there is plenty of power both one of the starters and reservations 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.
Together with the game taking place 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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