The starting lineups for Tuesday’s All-Star Game are in.
While most of the starters were known prior to Monday thanks to the fan vote, both managers still had to determine their batting order and, most importantly, decide on a starting pitcher for the contest.
Here’s how the American League will line up behind manager Brad Mills.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros
Jose Ramirez, 3B, Cleveland Indians
Aaron Judge, RF, New York Yankees
George Springer, LF, Houston Astros
Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
Justin Smoak, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
Corey Dickerson, DH, Tampa Bay Rays
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals
Mookie Betts, CF, Boston Red Sox
On the mound, Mills opted to go with Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale. By many measures, he’s been the best pitcher in baseball this season. Sale’s 5.3 fWAR leads all pitchers. He also leads baseball with 178 strikeouts. Sale has a 2.75 ERA over 127 2/3 innings in his first season in Boston. Sale was selected over Corey Kluber, Dallas Keuchel and Yu Darvish, but a number of pitchers will be used during the contest. It will be Sale’s second consecutive All-Star Game start.
Here’s how the National League will line up behind manager Joe Maddon.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, Colorado Rockies
Giancarlo Stanton, DH, Miami Marlins
Bryce Harper, RF, Washington Nationals
Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
Daniel Murphy, 2B, Washington Nationals
Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals
Marcell Ozuna, LF, Miami Marlins
Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds
Maddon opted to go with Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer as his starter over plenty of other impressive options. Scherzer boasts a 2.10 ERA and 173 strikeouts over 128 1/3 innings this season. He’s been the best NL pitcher with a 4.4 fWAR, and ranks second in all of baseball behind Sale.
By fWAR, the starting matchup features the best two pitchers in baseball. It should be a good one.
An important reminder: After years of the game “counting,” that’s no longer the case this season. The winning league will only get bragging rights. The All-Star Game will no longer determine home field advantage in the World Series. Home field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better record.
We already gave our boldest predictions for the contest, and we want to hear from you now. Now that rosters and starters are in, which team do you think has the edge?
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