It's that time of the year again as the American League and National League go head-to-head in the 2023 MLB All-Star Game.
The best players in each league will form super-teams for a one-off game where they'll go against each other to show who the best and more dominant league is, while fans can enjoy watching the best of the best compete.
There's not much on the line other than pride and bragging rights, but we'll take a look at the teams and provide you with our best free MLB betting picks to see if we can earn you some extra cash while you enjoy top of the line baseball.
|MLB All-Star Game 2023|
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MLB All-Star Game 2023 information
- Venue & Location: T-Mobile Park (Seattle, WA)
- Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2023
- First Pitch: 8:00pm ET
- Broadcast: FOX
American League Starters
- C: Jonah Heim, Texas Rangers
- 1B: Yandy Diaz, Tampa Bay Rays
- 2B: Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers
- 3B: Josh Jung, Texas Rangers
- SS: Corey Seager, Texas Rangers
- OF: Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros
- OF: Wander Franco, Tampa Bay Rays
- OF: Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays
- DH: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
American League Pitchers
- RHP: Shohei Ohtani (LAA)
- RHP: Gerrit Cole (NYY)
- RHP: Luis Castillo (SEA)
- RHP: Sonny Gray (MIN)
- RHP: Nathan Eovaldi (TEX)
- RHP: Kevin Gausman (TOR)
- LHP: Shane McClanahan (TB)*
- LHP: Framber Valdez (HOU)*
- RHP: Pablo Lopez (MIN)
- RHP: Michael Lorenzen (DET)
- RHP: George Kirby (SEA)
- RHP: Kenley Jansen (BOS), reliever
- RHP: Jordan Romano (TOR), reliever
National League Starters
- C: Sean Murphy, Atlanta Braves
- 1B: Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers
- 2B: Luis Arraez, Miami Marlins
- 3B: Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals
- SS: Orlando Arcia, Atlanta Braves
- OF: Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
- OF: Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
- OF: Corbin Carroll, Arizona Diamondbacks
- DH: J.D. Martinez, Los Angeles Dodgers
National League Pitchers
- RHP: Zac Gallen (AZ)
- RHP: Spencer Strider (ATL)
- RHP: Bryce Elder (ATL)
- LHP: Justin Steele (CHC)
- RHP: Mitch Keller (PIT)
- RHP: Josiah Gray (WSH)
- LHP: David Bednar (PIT)
- RHP: Marcus Stroman (CHC)
- RHP Cordin Burnes (MIL)
- RHP: Alex Cobb (SF)
- Kodai Senga (NYM)
- RHP: Alexis Díaz (CIN), reliever
- LHP: Josh Hader (SD), reliever
- RHP: Devin Williams (MIL), reliever
- RHP: Camilo Doval (SF), reliever
- RHP: Craig Kimbrel (PHI), reliever
MLB All-Star Game History
The MLB All-Star game has long been a chance for the best players in the world to go up against each other, but it is a startlingly one-sided affair in recent times.
Over the last 20 years there have been 19 All-Star Games, with no ASG being held in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic at the time.
In those 19 games the American League has a stunning record of 16 wins and just three losses, including winning each of the last nine editions of the match-up between the two divisions.
The National League won 3-1 in 2010, 5-1 in 2011 and 8-0 in 2012 to earn their first wins in a very long time and it seemed as though there was a changing of power in the works across baseball. However since then, the American League have gone on a nine-game winning streak.
They claimed a 3-0 win in 2013, 5-3 in 2014, 6-3 in 2015 and 4-2 in 2016. The next two years in 2017 and 2018 saw lengthened games with 10 innings but they claimed a 2-1 win followed by an 8-6 win to continue their momentum.
2019 saw them move back to a traditional nine-innings game and the American League claimed a 4-3 win yet again, before 2020's game was cancelled due to the ongoing Covid pandemic at the time.
2021 saw the return of the game and another American League win with a 5-2 score, before last year's game saw them claim another win this time 3-2.
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MLB Picks: American League to win again
Despite losing both Mike Trout (broken hamate bone) and reigning MLB MVP Aaron Judge (toe injury) the American League still looks likely to be far too strong for the National League once again in the All-Star game.
Arguably the best player in the world right now Shohei Ohtani is likely to be the main man for the favorites after being named as a starting pitcher for the team, while the fact there are five Texas Rangers in the team from the off too means there will be some decent chemistry present.
All of Jonah Heim, Yandy Diaz, Marcus Semien, Josh Jung and short stop Corey Seager have played a big part in the Rangers earning a 52-39 record in the AL West so far this season.
History is on their side, they have the better players on the field for the game and their players are also in better individual form than their rivals.
Getting them at just -108 is fantastic value for the game considering they have won nine-in-a-row and 16 of the last 19 games. They have the all-time lead in All-Star games too with a record 47-43-2, and the chance for them to claim ten-in-a-row seems unlikely to be passed up at this point.
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