2019 MLB All-Star Game Preview

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Baseball’s top young hitters grace this year’s Home Run Derby stage on Tuesday (AEDT), kicking off what is sure to be a night ahead of Wednesday’s MLB All-Star Game.

For the first time since 1997, Progressive Field plays host to a handful of baseball’s elite stars, and whether you’re a baseball diehard or just a casual fan, there are a handful of markets worth betting on in our 2019 MLB All-Star Game market.

So, are you Team Bell or Team Bregman? American League or National League? Whichever way you lean, be sure to check out our entire 2019 MLB All-Star Game Preview below.

2019 Home Run Derby

2019 Home Run Derby Best Bet

Josh Bell – $4.50

  • 1st Half Stats: .304/.378/.654, 27 HR, 84 RBI
  • Top HR Distance: 473ft

Nobody is seeing the ball better than Josh Bell right now. The Major League leader in RBI’s also ranks fourth in home runs, earning him All-Star honours for the first time in his four year career. Bell made history last month by becoming the fourth player in PNC Park history to hit a home run into Pittsburgh’s Allegheny River. As expected, Bell ranks inside the top two per cent of the league in average exit velocity (93.4 MPH) and also ranks 10th in hard-hit rate. With 12 of his 27 home runs coming on the road, Bell doesn’t discriminate from ballpark to ballpark, making the favourite the obvious choice this year.

2019 Home Run Derby Field

Matt Chapman – $9.00

  • 1st Half Stats: .265/.353/.534, 21 HR, 52 RBI
  • Top HR Distance: 440ft

The A’s third baseman was a late addition into this year’s Derby replacing the injured Christian Yelich. Chapman’s 21 homers rank third among third baseman, while his 93 MPH average exit velocity also ranks inside the top three per cent in the league. Chapman hit his first home run at Progressive Field earlier this year, and he’s currently making contact with over 84% of pitches thrown in the strike zone. The 26-year-old looks a real dark horse.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – $5.50

  • 1st Half Stats: .244/.325/.407, 8 HR, 25 RBI
  • Top HR Distance: 451ft

Looks to join Yoenis Cespedes and Giancarlo Stanton as the third player to win the Home Run Derby without actually being named to the All-Star Game. The ball hasn’t exploded off Vladdy’s bat quite like we expected when he was called up in April, but we already know he has plenty of pop against fastballs thrown over the heart of the plate. The moment might prove too much for the youngster, but keep in mind, his first Major League home run travelled 451ft.

Alex Bregman – $9.00

  • 1st Half Stats: .268/.394/.540, 23 HR, 56 RBI
  • Top HR Distance: 439ft

Bregman failed to make it past the Quater-Finals last year falling just one home run shy of Kyle Schwarber’s total. He’s back with revenge on his mind, and before he sets career-highs in every statistical category, there’s every chance this year’s AL’s starting third baseman finishes on top. Weighing just 81kg, Bregman isn’t the most powerful guy in this year’s field. He does generate tremendous pull power, however, while his .272 ISO (isolated power) ranks 17th in the league.

Joc Pederson – $7.50

  • 1st Half Stats: .241/.336/.525, 20 HR, 42 RBI
  • Top HR Distance: 445ft

Nobody saw these kinds of numbers coming. When you think home run hitters, Pederson isn’t the first name that springs to mind, but the 27-year-old is well on pace for a career-best year in the Dodgers’ leadoff role. Pederson is a great contact hitter currently averaging over 91 MPH off the bat. Unfortunately, he’s hit only five of his 20 home runs on the road this year.

 

Ronald Acuna Jr. – $10.00

  • 1st Half Stats: .291/.371/.506, 21 HR, 53 RBI
  • Top HR Distance: 465ft

Last year’s NL Rookie of the Year winner was not only named to his first All-Star Game but also his first Home Run Derby. Acuna is on pace for career-highs in home runs and RBI’s, while his overall contact rate has risen three per cent. Acuna is an aggressive pull hitter, so you can expect most of his home runs to travel down the left field foul line. He’s registered three hits in three career starts at Progressive Field but is yet to go yard.

Carlos Santana – $7.50

  • 1st Half Stats: .298/.417/.540, 19 HR, 52 RBI
  • Top HR Distance: 426ft

Santana hopes to replicate what Bryce Harper accomplished last year by winning the second consecutive Home Run Derby in front of the home crowd. As of Monday, 12 of Santana’s 19 home runs have come at Progressive Field, while he also ranks inside the top five per cent of the league in average exit velocity according to Statcast. No Cleveland Indians player has won the Home Run Derby, and with strong support on his side, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Santana in the final.

Pete Alonso – $5.00

  • 1st Half Stats: .280/.374/.629, 30 HR, 66 RBI
  • Top HR Distance: 457ft

Pete Alonso looks a legitimate shot at chasing down Aaron Judge’s rookie home run record (52), so let’s hope the Derby doesn’t mess up his swing. Considering the 24-year-old ranks third in home run/fly-ball rate though, Alonso looks a safe bet to challenge some of the more experienced hitters. He currently ranks third behind MVP favourites Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger in home runs, but perhaps the only downside is the fact he’s never taken an at-bat at Progressive Field.

2019 MLB All-Star Game

Aside from a few snubs here and there, the fans appear to have gotten this year’s All-Star rosters bang on.

There’s nothing more to play for other than bragging rights, and not surprisingly, there’s even money on offer. Last year’s All-Star Game was extremely high-scoring, but considering Progressive Field tends to favour the pitcher, runs might come at a premium on Wednesday.

It’s hard to say one team holds a distinct advantage over the other. Both outfields possess tremendous power, while the infield is made up of defensive gurus like Javier Baez and Nolan Arenado – both of which rank Top 20 in defensive runs saved.

The Run Total looks a little high when you also consider just how elite the pitching is on either side. High strikeout guys like Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and  Zack Greinke should lock down the early innings, followed by elite closers Aroldis Chapman, Will Smith, and our improving Aussie, Liam Hendriks.

Three of the last five All-Star Games have gone Under the 8.5 Run Total set for Wednesday’s matchup, and with Progressive Field averaging just over 8.0 runs a game, this one could be heading Under.

Tip: Under 8.5 Runs @ $1.91

2019 MLB All-Star Teams

American League

Position National League

Gary Sanchez

Catcher

Willson Contreras

Carlos Santana

First Base

Freddie Freeman

D.J. LeMahieu

Second Base

Ketel Marte

Alex Bregman

Third Base

Nolan Arenado

Jorge Polanco

Shortstop

Javier Baez

Mike Trout Outfield

Christian Yelich

George Springer

Outfield

Cody Bellinger

Michael Brantley

Outfield

Ronald Acuna Jr.

J.D. Martinez

DH N/A
Jose Berrios, Shane Bieber, Aroldis Chapman, Gerrit Cole, Shane Greene, Lucas Giolito, Brad Hand, Liam Hendriks, John Means, Mike Minor, Charlie Morton, Jake Odorizzi, Ryan Pressly, Marcus Stroman, Masahiho Tanaka, Justin Verlander Starting Pitcher

Sandy Alcantara, Walker Buehler, Luis Castillo, Jacob de Grom, Sonny Gray, Zack Greinke, Josh Hader, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Max Scherzer, Will Smith, Mike Soroka, Felipe Vazquez, Brandon Woodruff, Kirby Yates

 

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