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, BlackJack Fletcher has a bet he's eyeing for Tuesday night's showdown.It’s October, there’s a crispness to the air (well, there should be any way), the leaves are changing colors, “Hocus Pocus” is all over our television screens and playoff baseball has arrived.After a pair of Game 163s yesterday, we get the single-elimination wild-card games over the next two days. The National League is up first with the Colorado Rockies visiting the Chicago Cubs.These two teams are pretty evenly matched, but I see some value in the odds.Stuckey and Lo Duca: Our Favorite Betting Angles for the Rockies-Cubs NL Wild-Card GameRead nowBetting odds: Colorado Rockies at Chicago CubsRockies Moneyline: +125 (Kyle Freeland)Cubs Moneyline: -140 (Jon Lester)Over/Under: 7 (-115/-105) First pitch: 8:05 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNThe Rockies trot out Freeland to go against Lester for the Cubs.Obviously, Lester has the edge when it comes to playoff experience.聽He is 9-7 with a 2.55 ERA in the postseason, but his teams lost his two previous elimination-game starts (Boston 2008, Oakland 2014).Freeland, on the other hand, is in his second big league season and has no playoff experience. He did, however, have an outstanding year, going 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA.Get The EdgeLIMITED TIME OFFER - 60% OFFUnlock this article + all the EDGE benefitsTRY EDGE TODAYNow accepting&Already an EDGE member?聽Sign In The MLB All-Star Game may be a glorified exhibition in the eyes of many observers, but once the players step out of their dugouts and across the white lines, they are playing for their legacy and history.It may not determine home-field advantage in the World Series any longer, but the game's all-time best have helped cement their reputations with starring performances in the All-Star Game, and today's players have a chance to do the same thing.Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels already knows this as he has already won the All-Star Game MVP award twice in his career. Since the Angels have only been to the to the postseason once during his tenure (Division Series vs. Kansas City in 2014), this is his best chance to show baseball fans what he can do on a grand scale.His performance can help cement a reputation that many believe makes him the best player in the game and comparable to the legendary Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle on a historical level.National League manager Dave Roberts has a chance to help the National League turn things around in the All-Star Game.Gregory Bull/Associated PressIt's also an opportunity for Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to resume their battle. Hinch led the Astros to a seven-game victory over Roberts and the Dodgers in last year's World Series, and they are the managers of their respective leagues in this game. Neither manager wants to make the mistake that costs his league a chance at victory.The game will be played at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., but the American League is designated as the home team because this is the fourth straight year that a National League city served as the venue for the Midsummer Classic. Two years ago, the American League was the home team even though the game was played in San Diego.2018 MLB All-Star Game InformationDate:Tuesday, July 17Time:8 p.m. ETTV:FoxRostersAmerican LeagueStartersWilson Ramos. C, Tampa Bay*Jose Abreu, 1B. Chicago White SoxJose Altuve. 2B, HoustonJose Ramirez, 3B, ClevelandManny Machado, SS, BaltimoreMike Trout, OF, Los Angeles AngelsAaron Judge Drew Robinson Jersey
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, 1B, MilwaukeePaul Goldschmidt, 1B, ArizonaJoey Votto, 1B, CincinnatiOzzie Albies, 2B, AtlantaScooter Gennett, 2B, CincinnatiEugenio Suarez, 3B, CincinnatiTrevor Story, SS, ColoradoCharlie Blackmon, OF, ColoradoLorenzo Cain, OF, MilwaukeeChristian Yelich, OF, Milwaukee PitchersPatrick Corbin, ArizonaZack Greinke, ArizonaJacob deGrom, New York MetsSean Doolittle, Washington*Mike Foltynewicz, AtlantaJosh Hader, MilwaukeeJason Jeffress, MilwaukeeBrad Hand, San DiegoKenley Jansen, Los Angeles DodgersJon Lester, Chicago Cubs*Miles Mikolas, St. Louis*Aaron Nola, PhiladelphiaMax Scherzer, WashingtonRoss Stripling, Los Angeles DodgersFelipe Vazquez Curtis Granderson Jersey
, Pittsburgh*-denotes player won't be participating in All-Star Game. Here's how the starting lineups should look for both teams, along with an explanation.American League1. Jose Altuve, 2B2. Mookie Betts, LF3. Mike Trout, CF4. Manny Machado, SS5. Jose Ramirez, 3B6. J.D. Martinez, DH7. Aaron Judge, RF8. Jose Abreu, 1B9. Sal Perez, CChris Sale, PAltuve is a sensational igniter and could get the American League started with a blast, while Betts is a sensational hitter who is having a brilliant year.Trout deserves the position of honor in the No. 3 hole, while Machado can carry any lineup from the No. 4 position.Ramirez is in the No. 5 spot ahead of the slugging Martinez because that allows the switch-hitter to break up the string of right-handed hitters.Judge follows at No. 7, and he is in right field because Betts can make the switch to left field much easier than the Yankees slugger.Abreu is a fine hitter, but it's hard to see him above this spot given the strength of the rest of the lineup. Perez gets the start at catcher because of the Wilson Ramos injury.Sale is a brilliant pitcher who is on one of the best streaks of his career. National League1. Freddie Freeman, 1B2. Nick Markakis, LF3. Javier Baez, 2B4. Nolan Arenado, 3B5. Matt Kemp, RF6. Jesus Aguilar, DH7. Willson Contreras, C8. Bryce Harper, CF9. Brandon CrawfordMax Scherzer, PFreeman gives the National League a professional and classy hitter at the top of the lineup, and his teammate Markakis has been lashing line drives all season.The talented and ego-driven Baez will appreciate his insertion in the No. 3 hole, and he has the best chance of any National Leaguer of leading his team to a victory.Arenado is a powerful clean-up hitter, and the back-to-back placement of Kemp and Aguilar could be formidable.Contreras is likely to be in the NL starting lineup for years to come because he is just coming into his own. Harper is saved the embarrassment of batting last, while Crawford has a chance to make the most of his opportunity.Scherzer will let it fly against the American League stars, and he will hope to register a slew of strikeouts against that powerful lineup.