Over the past some 85 years the MLB All-Star game has been a tradition in Baseball and each year it has grown in popularity and importance for the sport. Starting back in 2003 this All-Star game became a show piece ofthe best of baseball and the competition for home field advantage, all of which has made the All-Star game more exciting.
This year’s game was close with the final score 5-3 with the American League beating the National League while the Los Angeles star outfielder Mike Trout was designated as the 2014 All-Star Most Valuable Player after he had two hits that scored two runs and he scored a run for the American League as well.
The 2014 MLB All-Star game takes place on Tuesday the 15th of July and is the 85th edition of the MLB All-Star Game. The game this year will be played in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Target Field which is the home of the Minnesota Twins. This 85th edition will be the 3rd time the Twins have hosted an All-Star game. Since 1965 Minnesota has hosted the game in three different locations, the first in 1965 at the Metropolitan Stadium, then in 1985 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and now at Target Field this 2014.
The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, and the baseball betting landscape could irrevocably change in the days leading to July, 31st. In the most recent trading news, the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals have designated Greg Dobbs and Pete Kozma for assignment, respectively.
According to MLB betting lines, if the World Series started today, it would pit the American League’s Detroit Tigers or Oakland Athletics versus the National League’s Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco Giants. Regardless of which teams make it though, the AL representative would be the favorite to become the 2014 to win the 110th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series. Current champions the Boston Red Sox are nowhere near the title picture, and the loved/hated New York Yankees are just outside of the top ten contenders.
There are a few MLB betting favorites to win the World Series, but individual performance is also rewarded in the form of the National League and American League Most Valuable Player awards. Last year’s NL MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates has good odds of repeating like his AL counterpart Miguel Cabrera did in 2012 and 2013. Cabrera himself has a good chance of pulling threepeat, but neither he nor McCutchen are in the lead at the moment. McCutchen is in fact trailing Troy Tulowitzki and Giancarlo Stanton (formerly known as Mike).