The starting pitchers and starting lineups have been announced for the 89th Annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 17, at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Dave Roberts will manage the National League team, and AJ Hinch will manage the American League team. Both managers filled out their lineup card and named their starting pitcher on Monday afternoon.
Max Scherzer will start for the National League in his home ballpark. Scherzer will be making the start for the second consecutive year. Scherzer leads the National League with 182 strikeouts and his 2.41 earned run average is third in the league.
Boston Red Sox ace, Chris Sale, will make his third straight start for the American League on Tuesday. Sale joins Lefty Gomez and Robin Roberts as the only three pitchers to ever start three consecutive All-Star Games. Sale posted two scoreless innings in last year’s All-Star Game in Miami.
Hinch and Roberts also announced that Jacob DeGrom (Mets) and Luis Severino (Yankees) will be the next pitchers to appear for their respective leagues. Each manager made note that they were close to receiving the starting nod.
Mookie Betts will bat leadoff for the American League. Betts is having the best year of his career for the red hot Boston Red Sox. Betts will be followed by reigning AL MVP, Jose Altuve, who is having another strong season at the plate. Angels superstar, Mike Trout, will bat third in the American League lineup. Hinch will use his designated hitter in the cleanup spot, as he penciled in Red Sox slugger, J.D. Martinez in that spot.
The bottom half of the American League lineup will feature a few of the best home run hitters in the American League. Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians will play third base and bat 5th for the American League. Yankees’ slugger, Aaron Judge, will bat sixth and play right field for the AL. Top trade target, Manny Machado, will bat 7th in what could very well be his last All-Star Game for the American League. Jose Abreu will bat 8th for the American League, and catcher Salvador Perez will bat 9th to round out AJ Hinch’s lineup.
Dave Roberts chose Javier Baez to bat in the leadoff spot for the National League. Baez has had a breakout season for the Chicago Cubs, and is an MVP candidate through the first half of the season. Perennial All-Star, Nolan Arenado, will follow Baez in the National League lineup. Paul Goldschmidt was chosen to be the designated hitter for the NL, and will bat third on Tuesday night. Braves first baseman, Freddie Freeman will bat in the cleanup spot for the National League.
Rounding out the National League lineup is: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, hometown hero Bryce Harper, right fielder Nick Markakis, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, and Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. The National League roster does not have the power that the American League lineup has. The National League will be trying to end a 5 game losing streak in the All-Star Game.