Barring any last-minute drama, it appears both the American and National League's rosters are set for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
Headlined in the AL by 2012 Triple Crown winner (and 2013 repeat candidate) Miguel Cabrera, and in the NL by New York Mets hometown favorites Matt Harvey and David Wright, each league will have a host of stars present, as both leagues aim to gain home-field advantage during the 2013 World Series.
Sparks will fly on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
The NL has won the last three All-Star games, a streak that coincides with the league winning the last three World Series (San Francisco twice, St. Louis once). Before that, the AL was in the midst of a 13-year streak that did not include a loss to the league where pitchers still bat.
The only outcome that didn't go in the AL's favor during that streak was the infamous 2002 Midsummer Classic, which ended in a 7-7 tie. That was the last All-Star game in which home-field advantage was not on the line.
Looking at the rosters for this year's event, there's a quality mix of both long-term stars and up-and-coming talent. The game's official Twitter account had a look at the expected starters on Monday:
For the AL, Cabrera is the brightest star among a list of players that includes five of his Detroit Tigers teammates. He'll be the starter at third base in an infield that includes Robinson Cano, J.J. Hardy and current MLB home run leader Chris Davis, who tied an AL record by hitting 37 home runs before the All-Star break.
Mike Trout, Adam Jones and Jose Bautista will be the AL starters in the outfield. On the mound, Max Scherzer and his 13-1 record will oppose a strong NL lineup of both hitting and pitching.
Wright and Harvey are both starters for the NL, two guys who will have the fans at Citi Field on edge each time they do something during the game.
Two St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina), two Cincinnati Reds (Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips), two Colorado Rockies (Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez) and a Washington National (Bryce Harper) will be the other starters.
Both rosters are oozing with pitching talent.
Scherzer's teammate and former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander pitched on Sunday, so he won't be available to Jim Leyland on Tuesday night.
He does, however, headline an impressive list of pitchers at the AL's disposal that includes Justin Masterson, Matt Moore, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and AL final-vote winner Steve Delabar.
In the NL, you could have made the argument for Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright or even Cliff Lee as Bruce Bochy's starter. That being said, the hometown connection and Harvey's strong second MLB season made him a no-brainer choice to get the ball for the home team.
Needless to say, Tuesday's exhibition will likely feel more like a video game assortment of top players than an actual game. But with World Series implications in play, both rosters will be urged to compete at the highest level over taking the night off.
As you can see by this tweet from ESPN's Darren Rovell, we've come a long way when it comes to All-Star voting:
The fans (and managers) have spoken, and there's nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy baseball's summer break on Tuesday night.
Check out the full rosters for each team below.
*For a complete look at the 2013 MLB All-Star game rosters, click here (per MLB.com).
2013 AL and NL Roster Breakdown
|AMERICAN LEAGUE||NATIONAL LEAGUE|
|C||Joe Mauer*||C||Yadier Molina*|
|1B||Chris Davis*||1B||Joey Votto*|
|2B||Robinson Cano*||2B||Brandon Phillips*|
|3B||Miguel Cabrera*||3B||David Wright*|
|SS||J.J. Hardy*||SS||Troy Tulowitzki*|
|LF||Mike Trout*||LF||Carlos Gonzalez*|
|CF||Adam Jones*||CF||Bryce Harper*|
|RF||Jose Bautista*||RF||Carlos Beltran*|
|SP||Max Scherzer*||SP||Matt Harvey*|
|C||Jason Castro||C||Buster Posey|
|C||Salvador Perez||C||Brian McCann@|
|1B||Prince Fielder||1B||Paul Goldschmidt|
|2B||Jason Kipnis||1B||Allen Craig|
|2B||Dustin Pedroia||1B||Freddie Freeman#|
|2B||Ben Zobrist||2B||Matt Carpenter|
|SS||Jhonny Peralta||2B||Marco Scutaro|
|3B||Manny Machado||SS||Everth Cabrera|
|OF||Nelson Cruz||SS||Jean Segura|
|OF||Alex Gordon||3B||Pedro Alvarez|
|OF||Torii Hunter||OF||Domonic Brown|
|DH||Edwin Encarnacion||OF||Michael Cuddyer(DH)*|
|P||Grant Balfour %||OF||Carlos Gomez|
|P||Clay Buchholz#||OF||Andrew McCutchen|
|P||Brett Cecil||P||Madison Bumgarner|
|P||Bartolo Colon@$||P||Aroldis Chapman|
|P||Jesse Crain#||P||Patrick Corbin|
|P||Yu Darvish#||P||Jose Fernandez|
|P||Steve Delabar||P||Jason Grilli|
|P||Greg Holland%||P||Clayton Kershaw|
|P||Felix Hernandez||P||Craig Kimbrel|
|P||Hisashi Iwakuma$||P||Cliff Lee|
|P||Justin Masterson||P||Jeff Locke#|
|P||Matt Moore@||P||Mark Melancon@|
|P||Joe Nathan||P||Sergio Romo@|
|P||Glen Perkins@||P||Adam Wainwright|
|P||Mariano Rivera||P||Travis Wood|
|P||Chris Sale||P||Jordan Zimmermann#|
* All-Star starter
# Injured player
@ Injury replacement
$ Sunday pitcher
% Replacing Sunday pitcher
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