The opening act has cleared the stage, and it's time for the main event!

The 2021 MLB All-Star Game is tonight, one day after Pete Alonso repeated (or re-Pete'd) as champion of the Home Run Derby. The American League comes into the game with a 45-43-2 all-time record in the midsummer classic, and is currently riding a SEVEN game unbeaten streak. Last season's All-Star Game was, stop me if you've heard this before, cancelled due to COVID-19, so the two leagues have not played against each other since 2019. In that game, the AL won 4-3 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with Indians' pitcher Shane Bieber receiving the MVP Award.

Tonight, Shohei Ohtani will match up against Max Scherzer to begin the game, and each line-up features exciting young talent, and a number of first-time players. If you're looking to make some money on tonight's game, thanks to SportsBookWire's article, here are the prop bets I'll be riding.

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Will both teams score four or more runs? YES (+100)

This one is a classic pick 'em, and my pick goes against a curious trend. Both teams have scored more than four runs just one time since 2008, when the AL won 8-6 in 2018. That said, we've seen multiple 4-3 and 5-3 totals, with the losing squad nearly reaching the target number. Factor in the thin air of Coors Field in Colorado, and that last run should be made up. I'd go yes here.

Will a run be scored in the first inning? YES (-135)

I am banking on Shohei Ohtani being tired from last night's Home Run Derby, and not being quite as sharp when he takes the bump. Not only that, Ohtani is leading off for the American League, the team that will be batting first in tonight's game. The NL may have a chance to capitalize on his fatigue.

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