Updated MLB All-Star Game Odds, Picks, Predictions: Best Bets for the Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium (July 19)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images. Pictured: The All-Star Game logo at Dodger Stadium.
- The American League is a slight favorite over the National League in tonight's MLB All-Star Game.
- The total has been set at 7.5, but that number has come down since it initially opened at 8.
- With plenty of options to choose from, our staff lays out its best bets from tonight's Midsummer Classic below.
Updated MLB All-Star Game Odds
|American League Odds||-102|
|National League Odds||-116|
|Time||8 p.m. ET|
|Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute MLB odds here.|
Hometown hero Clayton Kershaw will start for the National League, while young Tampa Bay Rays phenom Shane McClanahan gets the nod for the American League.
The AL has been installed as short favorites for this game, while the total is set at 7.5.
Aside from the standard betting options, there’s plenty of props available for tonight’s game, and our experts are all over it.
Here are our three best bets from tonight’s MLB All-Star Game.
MLB Odds & Picks
Double Chance: American League F5 / National League Full Game +1000
Odds via PointsBet
Sean Zerillo: I project advantages for the American League in terms of starting pitching — beyond Shane McClanahan vs. Clayton Kershaw — and between the starting lineups. Conversely, the National League has better relief pitchers and reserve position players.
As a result, I projected the American League as -114 favorites in the first five innings (F5) but viewed the National League as a slight favorite (-101) for the whole game.
I would bet the American League up to -105 for the first half and look to live bet the National League once the reserve position players enter this contest.
However, you can also attempt to take the same position from a pre-game perspective by playing Double Chance props.
I bet the American League / National League (+1000) and Tie / National League (+800) Double Chance props on top of my AL F5 bet; and need either the AL to tie or win the first half, with the NL to win the whole game to cash one of those tickets.
No Runs First Inning (-145)
Odds via DraftKings
Shayne Trail: The National League will start an NRFI Hall of Famer, Clayton Kershaw. Since 2020, Kershaw is 40-9 to the NRFI with a 19-3 NRFI home split in that same time span.
He has been just as dominant in 2022, going 11-1 overall with a perfect 5-0 home split. Kershaw also dominates the team’s lead-off hitters at home to a .121 average.
Nearing the end of his outstanding career, Kershaw will take the mound possibly one last time in an All-Star Game and it gets to be at his home field. A motivated Kershaw will put on a show for his hometown.
This AL lineup may be star-studded, but they haven’t beat up on Kershaw:
Shohei Ohtani: 0-for-8
Aaron Judge: 1-for-3
Giancarlo Stanton: 5-for-18
The American League will counter with an up-and-coming NRFI legend, Shane McClanahan. Since Entering the league in 2021, McClanahan has had an extreme workload, allowing him to boast an amazing 34-10 NRFI record.
When facing hitters the first time, he has held them in check, only allowing a .163 average. This is McClanahan’s first All-Star Game and he will look to leave a good first impression.
With McClanahan being so young, he has little experience against these NL hitters leaving him a slight advantage. here are his best matchups:
Paul Goldschmidt: 0-for-2
Willson Contreras 0-for-3
Trea Turner 0-for-1
Despite it being an All-Star Game with the league’s-best hitters, the NRFI has been on a tear. Since the 2016 All-Star Game, there has only been one YRFI and it came back in 2016.
First Five Innings Under 4 (-130)
Odds via Caesars
Collin Whitchurch: There’s unpredictability when it comes to betting baseball, and then there’s unpredictability when it comes to betting the All-Star Game.
All we know coming in is who will be starting (Clayton Kershaw, Shane McClanahan) and who they will be facing in the first inning.
Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess.
The total for tonight’s game has been dropping from its open of 8 down to 7.5, and there’s plenty of sharp movement coming in on the under.
My concern with the full-game total is once we get to some of the less-than-star-worthy pitchers either manager might deploy. Do you really want your under to hinge on the likes of Gregory Soto or Joe Mantiply? I don’t.
Instead, I’m going to focus on the first five. We know about Kershaw and McClanahan. Beyond those two, there’s a good chance we see some Sandy Alcantara, Alek Manoah, Joe Musgrove, and any of the other elite starting pitching arms in this game.
I know the early stages of the game are also when we see the best hitters, but I’m betting on pitching ruling the day … at least early.