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    2016 MLB All-Star Game Betting Trends And Preview

    2016 MLB All-Star Game Betting Trends And Preview

    Originally, when the All Star game was established in 1933, it was created as a bit of a break in the schedule just past the halfway point of the season. Fans loved it because they got to vote for their favourites, while the rest of the league enjoyed a few days off or were lauded for being the best in the MLB. The competitiveness of the Midsummer Classic was redefined in 2003 when the winner earned home field advantage for the Fall Classic.

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    On one hand, when you look at the historical stats, the National League and the American League are remarkably close. The NL has a slight edge in wins and a smaller lead in overall run production. However, this obscures the long streaks that each league has enjoyed over different eras of professional baseball. During the 60s, 70s and early 80s, the National League team was near unbeatable, including a run of 19 wins out of 20. Since the mid-80s, the American league has won more than 80% of All Star contests, even after all the changes in rules that have taken place.

    These streaks are a result of superstars staying in place, rarely migrating from one league to the other. Currently, the American League has a slew of otherworldly talent, like Mike Trout, who are as likely to smash a dinger as they are prone to stealing a run through an amazing defensive play. This type of depth has secured victory for the American League more often than not in the modern age, despite the ridiculous lineup of pitchers that the National League trots out on a yearly basis.

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    NATIONAL LEAGUE WINS THE 2016 MLB ALL-STAR GAME

    The fans have spoken, with the loudest voices consisting of Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox fans, who voted in their favourite hometown players en masse. While both sides have an incredible depth of talent, the result of the vote has given the National League an edge in terms of starters. This, along with the amazing depth of pitching, is likely to provide a bit of an edge over the American League team.

    The game is being played at Petco Park in San Diego, which will be a lot more familiar for the players on the National League squad. Also, according to advanced stats, Petco Park is on of the most pitcher friendly ballparks in the majors, which will further play into the hands of the National League. In fact, the ballpark is tied for third last in terms of the number of home runs hit in a ballpark.

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