The American League outscored the National League 28-15 over that interval and has won the previous six games dating back to 2013. The AL is 6-0 ATS through this winning streak as well.
Since 2008, the total has gone UNDER in eight of those 11 games with an average combined score of 6.82. Only one game over that span featured over 10 runs.
The two starting pitchers are very likely to toss an inning or two before turning it over to some bullpens that are stacked. I give the edge to the NL up to arms go with the likes of Mike Soroka (ATL), Jacob deGrom (NYM), Max Scherzer (WSN) and Clayton Kershaw (LAD) coming after Hyun-Jin Ryu gets relieved.
The AL bullpen has some elite arms early on with Verlander starting, to be followed in some order by Gerrit Cole (HOU), Lucas Giolito (CWS) and Jose Berrios (MIN). Following that, I believe the AL staff isn’t as striking as the NL’s.
As there is plenty of electricity both among the starters and reservations whereas the AL lineup is head and shoulders above its bench reserves I give the nod to the NL bats. Both starting lineups have both first time all-stars: Ketel Marte (ARI) and Ronald Acuna (ATL) for the National League, and Carlos Santana (CLE) and Jorge Polanco (MIN) for the American League.
Together with the game happening at Progressive Field, the National League is going to have DH and plenty of choices like newcomer Pete Alonso (NYM), that was not selected as the starting first baseman over Freddie Freeman (ATL).
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