MLB 2012 All-Stars Game Las Vegas Odds: The National the Underdogs
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
The National League All-Stars have come out on top against their American League counterparts in each of the last two years, but they're still pegged as underdogs on the MLB 2012 All-Stars Game Las Vegas Odds at Bovada Sportsbook for the 2012 contest at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday.
The opening line for the 2012 All-Star Game had the American League pegged as the -125 favorite to put an end to their two-year losing streak at the event and reclaim home-field advantage in the World Series for this fall. The National League was listed as the +105 underdog on the opening line, with the game's OVER/UNDER set at 8.5 runs for the night.
And that OVER/UNDER would have paid off for UNDER bettors in each of the past four All-Star Games, and in five of the last six contests. In 2007 the American League and National League put up a combined nine runs in a 5-4 win for the Junior Circuit; the teams haven't combined for double-digit runs since the AL won a 7-5 contest back in 2005 in Detroit.
The NL has claimed the All-Star Game in each of the past two seasons, stopping the bleeding after the American League won every one of the contests from 1997 to 2009 – except for the tie in 2002. The NL won the All-Star Game three straight years from 1994 to 1996, with the AL winning each of the matchups from 1988 to 1993.
Getting the starting assignment for the National League on Tuesday will be Giants right-hander Matt Cain, who heads into the All-Star Break with a 9-3 record, a 2.62 ERA, and a WHIP of 0.96. Cain has also struck out 118 batters while walking only 24 through his 120 1-3 innings of work on the season.
Tigers righthander Justin Verlander has been selected as the American League's starter for Tuesday night, and he boasts a 9-5 record, a 2.58 ERA, and a 0.95 WHIP through the first half of the season. Verlander has fanned 128 and walked 30 over his 132 2-3 innings.
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