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National League pitching thrives in All-Star Game

With sluggers like Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis in the meat of the order, you’d expect the American League all-stars to be an offensive juggernaut year in and year out. However, in recent years the National League pitchers have been winning the battle.

It hasn’t even been close over the last three years, where NL pitchers have allowed only two combined runs in 3-1, 5-1, and 8-0 wins in the All-Star Game. But even in the four years prior, the American League had scored 3, 5, 4, and 4; averaging just four runs per game. Since 2006, the AL has scored just 2.57 runs per game in the All-Star Game.

For this reason, the National League is a -123 favorite at 5Dimes, with the American League paying +118 on a win. If recent history is any indication, bettors should also lean towards the UNDER 8.0 runs at -110. Six of the last seven All-Star Games have had eight runs or less in total scoring, including each of the last five. In fact, five of those seven games had seven total runs or less; the UNDER 7.5 is +108 at 5Dimes and the UNDER 7.0 is +150, for bettors looking for juicier payouts.

Prince Fielder became just the second player in MLB history to win the Home Run Derby more than once when he won it last year, his second win in four years. Can he tie Ken Griffey Jr. for the most wins all time with three this year? He is going off at +375 to do just that at 5Dimes.

In order to do so, he’ll have to outhit a talented group of contenders led by Chris Davis, the breakout star of 2013. Davis has mashed 37 home runs through 96 games so far this season, putting him on pace for 62 long balls on the year. He’s the +350 favorite at 5Dimes to take down this contest.

2011 winner Robinson Cano is the only former winner other than Prince Fielder in the field, going off at +600 to reclaim the Home Run Derby title. Rounding out the field are Bryce Harper (+550), Pedro Alvarez (+550), Yoenis Cespedes (+550), David Wright (+1250), and Michael Cuddyer (+1500).