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We have reached the All Star break in Major League Baseball, with the best in the game going to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for the All Star Game on Tuesday, July 10.
And keeping with the recent tradition of the All Star Game, home field advantage for the 2012 World Series will be on the line when the American League’s best and National League’s best take the field.
So how do the odds stack up for this match up? Who will get the home field in the World Series, a feat that has proved to be very valuable for those teams who reap the benefits of their league’s All Star Game victory.
The American League had held a stranglehold on the MLB All Star Game for much of the last decade, winning every game but one from 1997 to 2009. The one they didn’t win wasn’t even a loss, but the memorable tie in 2002.
But it’s been the National League who has reigned supreme over the last two. Coincidentally, the NL has also won the last two World Series thanks to the home field advantage.
The NL goes for three-straight wins over the AL on Tuesday night, but the odds see it going the way of the AL.
2012 MLB All Star Game Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set the AL as -125 favorites on the moneyline to win the game straight up. In the role of the slight underdog, the NL comes in just on the other side of the betting line, going off at +105 on the payout.
But then we also have the run line for the game. Here, the AL All Stars will need to win by at least two runs to cover the spread on the run line of 1.5. At this line, it’s the NL who are -200 favorites on the payout to cover the line with a loss by one run or a win straight up. The AL is going off at +165 to cover the run line on the betting odds with at least a two-run victory.
The over/under run total for the game has been set at 8.5 runs.
Coverage of the 2012 MLB All Star Game gets underway at 8:30 pm ET from The Kansas City royals stadium, with coverage of the match up picked up by FOX.