Giancarlo Stanton Crowned All-Star Game MVP as American League Continues Reign Over National League
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images. Pictured: Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees)
Most of the runs came early and the fireworks were certainly lacking, but the MLB All-Star Game happened and an MVP was crowned.
The American League defeated the National League 3-2, as the AL won its ninth-straight mid-summer classic.
Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was awarded the MVP trophy after going 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in the fourth inning.
Stanton had +1500 odds to win MVP at DraftKings heading into the game.
It was Stanton’s first All-Star Game as a Yankee, and it was back in his hometown of Los Angeles. Stanton mentioned during the broadcast that he watched games as a kid in the same outfield stand where his home run landed.
Stanton showed up his teammate Aaron Judge, who was the second-biggest favorite heading into the game.
Judge was the second-biggest liability at DraftKings and received 10.2% of the handle.
Shohei Ohtani was the favorite to win MVP at +390. He accounted for 17.4% of the handle at DraftKings.
The MVP likely could’ve gone to one of the pitchers. Many of them worked clean innings, but none of them pitched more than one inning.
Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah and Guardians pitcher Emmanuel Clase both struck out the side during their one inning of work. Clase did it while closing out the game for the American League.
Many other pitchers had two strikeouts during their one inning of work.
In a game that lacked gumption, Stanton found a way to bring the fireworks, and he’ll remember the All-Star Game in his hometown forever.