MLB Betting: 2021 All-Star Game & Home Run Derby Preview
The first half of the Major League Baseball season concludes on Sunday, July 11th, which means the All-Star Week festivities are soon to follow. MLB fans can catch the 2021 Home Run Derby on Monday, July 12th, followed by the All-Star Game a day later.
Coors Field in Denver, CO, will be the host of the MLB All-Star events. The light air around the stadium adds excitement to the Home Run Derby that is already one of the most popular sporting events for fans. It’s time to take a look at the rapidly approaching events so you can get ready to wager against their MLB odds.
MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby Early Odds
MLB All-Star Game Starters Announced
The starters for each division were voted on and announced last week. There were two rounds of voting by fans for each position. Below is a list of players that the fans chose to start the Midsummer Classic at Coors Field.
- Catcher – Salvador Perez, Royals
- First Base – Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
- Second Base – Marcus Semien, Blue Jays
- Third Base – Rafael Devers, Red Sox
- Short Stop – Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
- Outfield – Mike Trout, Angels
- Outfield – Aaron Judge, Yankees
- Outfield – Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays
- Designated Hitter – Shohei Ohtani, Angels
- Catcher – Buster Posey, Giants
- First Base – Freddie Freeman, Braves
- Second Base – Adam Frazier, Pirates
- Third Base – Nolan Arenado, Cardinals
- Short Stop – Frenando Tatis Jr., Padres
- Outfield – Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves
- Outfield – Nick Castellanos, Reds
- Outfield – Jesse Winker, Reds
From a betting perspective, when the odds are released, the American League should be the slight favorite given the use of the designated hitter. The AL has history on its side as winners of the last seven All-Star contests.
The pitching staff for each team was released over the weekend, and the NL should have an advantage on the mound. Five of the NL pitchers rank in the top 10 by earned run average among all MLB starters. Just two starters from the AL sit inside the top 10 by ERA.
All-Star Home Run Derby
Five players have accepted an invitation to participate in the 2021 Home Run Derby. The field is not finalized, but we will list the five players currently IN with more to be added toward the end of the week.
Players that have accepting include:
- Shohei Ohtani, Angels
- Pete Alonso, Mets
- Trey Mancini, Orioles
- Trevor Story, Rockies
- Salvador Perez, Royals
Ohtani will bring all the buzz and be a heavy favorite once the participation list is finalized and the odds are released. Ohtani leads the majors with 31 home runs as of July 5th.
Alonso returns to the Home Run Derby to try and win back-to-back titles after winning the event in 2019. The reigning champion hasn’t had too much success with the long-ball this season, tallying just 15 home runs in 251 at-bats.
Mancini leads the Orioles with 14 home runs this season, a year removed from a battle with colon cancer that sidelined him for 2020. This will be Mancini’s first appearance in the event.
Like Alonso, Story is in a bit of a rut this season with only 11 home runs. Story can turn it around quickly, though, as he is the fast shortstop to 100 career home runs in MLB history.
Perez makes his first appearance in the derby and just the eighth catcher to do so. The KC backstop leads all catchers with 20 home runs.