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MLB All Star Game: July 18

By Adam Ortega

American League vs. National League

Dodger Stadium is the site of the 2022 MLB All-Star Game. What an incredible start to the season, especially for the New York Yankees of the AL and the Los Angeles Dodgers of the NL. Each of these teams is the first to reach 60 wins in their respective leagues. On Tuesday night, the best players in baseball gather to bring us the Midsummer Classic. 

Before delving into picks and predictions, I'd like to preface this article by saying that in no way are we using the MLB All-Star Game as a way to get rich. We will, however, use a tiny portion of our bankroll for sitting back and enjoying what is sure to be a fun game. 

Let's begin by featuring two pitchers from each league. For the American League, let's start with Shane McClanahan. What a start for this 25-year-old left-handed pitcher. He's started the season with a record of 10-3, 1.71 ERA, and a WHIP of 0.80. Aside from having a great fastball, McClanahan does a great job locating his slider. Look for him to continue to dominate the second half of the season.

The National League will have one of the most exciting young pitchers on their roster, Sandy Alcantara. As one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball, Alcantara is sporting a 9-4 record, 1.76 ERA, and 0.90 WHIP. Even when Alcantra doesn't have his best stuff on the mound, he finds ways to get through difficult positions and put the Marlins in a position to win games. One statistic that stands out to me the most is that Alcantara averages 7.89 innings per start. 

For the American League, one player that doesn't get enough shine or notoriety is Tim Anderson at shortstop. At the midway point of the season, Anderson is batting an average of .310, with 6 home runs and 24 RBI's. One of the best qualities that Anderson has is that he is tough to strike out. Look for big things from him in the second half of the season as Anderson and the White Sox look to get playoff eligible.

In the National League, we will spotlight another model of consistency, shortstop Trea Turner. Out of all the prolific hitters in the Dodgers lineup, Tuner intrigues me the most. He finished the first half of the season batting .306, with 14 home runs and 68 RBI's. Turner's versatility when it comes to hitting and fielding makes him, in my opinion, the best shortstop in the game right now. 

So, what can we expect to see Tuesday night? I would say a heavy dose of runs on the board. After evaluating both lineups, I strongly feel those runs will be coming from the side of the American League. The big bats that Altuve, Devers, Anderson, Judge, Stanton, etc. will be swinging will propel them to victory.

PICK: American League -103 (Proline+ Sportsbook)

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