It’s been a jam-packed All-Star Weekend already: top prospects putting on a show at the Futures Game, a historic first round of the 2023 MLB Draft, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. outlasting incredible performances from Julio Rodriguez and Randy Arozarena to finally capture his first Home Run Derby crown. Now, though, it’s time for the main event: The 2023 MLB All-Star Game is set for first pitch tonight at 8 p.m. ET from T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole will get the ball to start the top of the first for the American League, with Arizona Diamondbacks righty Zac Gallen following for the NL. After that, we don’t know what the pitching order will be, nor do we know which hitters might step up with one big swing that could change the game — and secure All-Star MVP honors. Below is a full list of the odds pre-game, and we’ll provide updates throughout the night with who has the edge based on their performance.
MLB All-Star Game MVP tracker
Official All-Star Game MVP Winner: Elias Diaz. It shows that anything can happen because he entered with the fourth-worst odds (+6500) to win the award.
Bottom 9th update: Craig Kimbrel gets the chance to close this one down for the N.L. Wander Franco battled out a long at-bat and sent a ball to the warning track, but Soto caught it. Kimbrel then struck out Guerrero Jr, but walked Kyle Tucker. This brings Julio Rodriguez to the plate. JRod also walks, and Jose Ramirez is coming to the plate. He strikes him out, and the NL wins. Have to assume that Elias Diaz gets the All-Star MVP despite Kimbrel notching the save.
Top 9th update: The N.L. will look for insurance runs against Pablo Lopez. Soto lines a ball to right field. After a Pete Alonso strikeout, Nick Castellanos sent a base hit to left. Despite striking out to end the inning, have to assume Diaz is still the front runner with the bottom of the ninth coming up.
Bottom 8th update: Josh Hader takes the bump for the NL. He gives up a single to Whit Merrifield. Austin Riley pulled off a great double play to end the inning and keep the MVP Award with the National’s Leagues Diaz.
Top 8th update: Felix Bautista comes out of the pen for the AL. Elias Diaz clobbers a two-run home run, and this one will stay fair! The National League is up 3-2. It’s a different Diaz, but Elias Diaz has moved into the front of the pack for the MVP award.
Bottom 7th update: Camilo Doval is pitching for the NL. Julio Rodriguez pinch hits, and the crowd erupts. Unfortunately, Doval fans him on a 101 mph fastball. Jose Ramirez hits a double to left center. No harm done as he gets out of it, leaving Diaz still at the helm for the MVP Award.
Top 7th update: Jordan Romano is pitching for the AL. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hits a towering shot down the left field line that was thought to be a home run but was called back. Romano was seemingly injured on the pitch and was replaced by Michael Lorenzen. Perdomo drew a walk to make it two on with only one out. Juan Soto popped out. He gets out of the inning by striking out Pete Alonso. Diaz still in the driver seat for MVP.
Bottom 6th update: Alexis Diaz takes the mound for the NL. Salvador Perez sends a ground ball to right field for a single. Brent Rooker sends a ground-rule double over the right-center fence, and runners are on second and third. Bo Bichette hits another sac fly to score Perez, and the AL is up 2-1. Yandy should still be the MVP leader through six.
Top 6th update: Yennier Cano is now in the game for the AL. Jorge Soler reaches on an error from Vlad Guerrero Jr. with two outs in the inning. Austin Riley took the opportunity to hit a single to right field, moving Soler to third base. Ozzie Albies grounds out, ending the inning and keeping Diaz on top.
Bottom 5th update: Justin Steele pitching for the NL, and Austin Hays sends a single into center. After a beautiful play from an All-Braves infield, the inning comes to an abrupt end. Diaz still the frontrunner.
Top 5th update: Carlos Estevez on the bump for the AL. Super quick inning, with the highlight being an interview with Ohtani. Diaz still in the lead, with Arraez a close second.
Bottom 4th update: Alex Cobb pitching for the NL. Ohtani walks in his second plate appearance. He advances to second on a wild pitch and moves to third on a Bo Bichette sac fly. Diaz grounds out to first to end the innings but should still be considered the MVP.
Top 4th update: Hometown hero George Kirby is on the mound, and the crowd is loving it. Martinez picks up his second hit of the game for a double. Arraez also logs his second hit of the game, and it’s an RBI single to tie the game. He gets thrown out at second to end the inning. Despite two hits and an RBI. Diaz should still be the MVP with the long ball.
Bottom 3rd update: Josiah Gray on the mound for the NL. 1-2-3 for Gray with a strikeout. Diaz is still leading the MVP race.
Top 3rd update: Sonny Gray pitching for the AL. Gray set down two quickly but then gave up a walk to Freeman. He strikes out Betts, and Yandy retains the MVP crown for now.
Bottom 2nd update: Mitch Keller on the mound. He gets a quick one-pitch out, but then Yandy Diaz sends one over the left field wall for a home run. Keller gets out of the inning, but Diaz is your current MVP.
Top 2nd update: Cole is out of the game, and Nathan Eovaldi is on the mound. J.D. Martinez greets him with a single to left. He gets Nolan Arenado to pop out, but Luis Arraez sends a single up the middle. Eovaldi struck out Murphy, and got rookie Corbin Carroll to ground out to first. At this point, still feeling Gallen is the MVP, but he is likely done for the day so that is sure to change.
Bottom 1st update: Gallen got a ground ball and then struck out Shohei Ohtani to pick up two quick outs. Randy Arozarena singled to left for the game’s first hit. Sean Murphy then threw out Arozarena trying to steal second. With the strikeout, I’d argue that Gallen is the MVP heading into the second.
Top 1st update: Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman both sent extra base hits to the wall, but Adolis Garcia and Randy Arozarena made impressive catches with the sun in their eyes. Mookie Betts grounded out to end the inning, so the current MVP is Gerrit Cole, with a shutout inning.
Pre-game picks — This prediction is so difficult to figure out because we have no insight into how the respective managers will utilize their lineups and reserves. We don’t know if a player will get more than one at-bat or if the reserves will even make it to the plate. With that, my pre-game picks are Ronald Acuna Jr. (+850) or Julio Rodriguez (+1500). It may be cheeky going with two guys, but let me explain.
I picked one guy from each team playing on Tuesday night. Acuna will be leading off and playing right field. There is a good chance that he gets at least two at-bats, and with only four outfield reserves, he could stick around the lineup longer into the game. Rodriguez is the hometown hero. He won’t start, but he could be the first off the bench for the Seattle crowd and the longer he is in the game, the more opportunity he has to make an impact.
MLB All-Star Game MVP odds
Shohei Ohtani +600
Ronald Acuna Jr. +850
Mookie Betts +1500
Julio Rodriguez +1500
Randy Arozarena +1700
Freddie Freeman +1700
Corbin Carroll +2000
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. +2000
Pete Alonso +2200
Corey Seager +2200
Nolan Arenado +2200
Luis Arraez +2500
Adolis Garcia +2800
Luis Robert Jr. +2500
Marcus Semien +2500
Yandy Diaz +2800
Matt Olson +3000
J.D. Martinez +3000
Josh Jung +3000
Austin Hays +3500
Sean Murphy +3500
Zac Gallen +3500
Juan Soto +3500
Gerrit Cole +3500
Orlando Arcia +4000
Jorge Soler +4000
Jonah Heim +4000
Ozzie Albies +4500
Wander Franco +4500
Jose Ramirez +4500
Bo Bichette +4500
Adley Rutschman +4500
Salvador Perez +5500
Will Smith +5500
Nick Castellanos +5500
Brent Rooker +5500
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. +6000
Elias Diaz +6500
George Kirby +6500
Whit Merrifield +6500
Dansby Swanson +6500