Cleveland will host the 2019 MLB All-Star Game for the sixth time ever and for the second time at Progressive Field, when the American and National Leagues clash on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET. The first time Cleveland hosted was in 1935 at massive Cleveland Stadium, which also boasts the two largest All-Star Game crowds – 72,086 in 1981 and 69,751 in 1954. The last time Cleveland hosted was 22 years ago, when the AL won 3-1 and hometown hero Sandy Alomar was named MVP. The AL is 3-2 in games played in Cleveland, but it was the NL’s Pete Alonso who took home the Home Run Derby title on Monday. According to the latest 2019 MLB All-Star Game odds, the AL is a -120 favorite, while the NL is even money. Before locking in any 2019 All-Star Game picks and MLB predictions of your own, you’ll want to see what SportsLine’s top MLB handicapper, Adam Thompson, has to say.
Thompson raked in the winnings as SportsLine’s top MLB handicapper last season, hitting on 61 percent of his money line picks for a massive profit of $4,062 to $100 players. He finished last year on a 22-4 run, a streak that included hitting every World Series game. And over the last two-plus weeks, he’s on a sizzling 15-7 run on his MLB money-line picks.
Thompson, who covered major sports for 20 years as a writer and columnist before joining SportsLine as a senior writer and handicapper, cites deeply-researched stats and trends you haven’t considered to build his MLB success. Anyone who has followed his MLB picks is way, way up.
Now he’s dialed in on NL vs. AL in the MLB All-Star Game 2019 and locked in his picks over at SportsLine.
Thompson has considered that the American League will be hosting its first All-Star Game in an AL ballpark since 2014, when Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, got the honor.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees continues his torrid first-half pace. He had a 14-game hitting streak snapped on July 2, but rebounded with hits in his last four games. He hit five home runs in the second half of June and has a dozen homers and 63 RBIs on the season.
But just because the American League has owned the National League of late does not mean it is the best value on the 2019 MLB All-Star Game money line.
The NL comes armed to the MLB All-Star Game 2019 with plenty of firepower. Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves has been red-hot against American League teams, going 8-for-25 with a double and five RBIs in interleague play so far this season. His teammate, Freddie Freeman entered the weekend on a tear as well, with hits in five straight games and 23 home runs this season.
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is 11-for-24 against American League pitching this season, including two doubles, six homers and 12 RBIs. He logged an impressive a two-homer, five-RBI performance against the crosstown rival White Sox June 19. NL starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is 10-2 with a stellar 1.73 ERA. Since the beginning of May, Ryu has allowed more than one earned run in just two starts.
So who wins the 2019 MLB All-Star Game? And which side of the NL vs. AL money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see the pick from a handicapper who returned over $4,000 on his MLB picks last season, and find out.