2013 All-Star Game: Roster, Lineup and Pitching Breakdown

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2013 All-Star Game: Roster, Lineup and Pitching Breakdown
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After years of being bullied around, the National League is finally get its revenge. 

Beginning in 1997, the American League put together a truly dominant streak at the Midsummer Classic, stringing together 12 straight wins (with a tie mixed in). 

But from the time the NL was beginning to look like the little, overmatched brother, it has turned the metaphorical tables, winning three in a row, including an 8-0 shellacking last year at Kauffman Stadium. 

Easily the most important All-Star game in all of sports, this rivalry is clearly growing by the year.

Let's take a look at what the newest installment has to offer. 

 

Starting Lineups and Batting Orders

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American League

Batting Order Player Position Team
1 Mike Trout LF Los Angeles Angels
2 Robinson Cano 2B New York Yankees
3 Miguel Cabrera 3B Detroit Tigers
4 Chris Davis 1B Baltimore Orioles
5 Jose Bautista RF Toronto Blue Jays
6 David Ortiz DH Boston Red Sox
7 Adam Jones CF Baltimore Orioles
8 Joe Mauer C Minnesota Twins
9 J.J. Hardy SS Baltimore Orioles

 

National League

Batting Order Player Position Team
1 Brandon Phillips 2B Cincinnati Reds
2 Carlos Beltran RF St. Louis Cardinals
3 Joey Votto 1B Cincinnati Reds
4 David Wright 3B New York Mets
5 Carlos Gonzalez LF Colorado Rockies
6 Yadier Molina C St. Louis Cardinals
7 Troy Tulowitzki SS Colorado Rockies
8 Michael Cuddyer DH Colorado Rockies
9 Bryce Harper CF Washington Nationals

 

Benches

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Hitters

American League Team National League Team
C Jason Castro Houston Astros C Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
C Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals C Brian McCann (y) Atlanta Braves
1B Prince Fielder Detroit Tigers 1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
2B Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians 1B Allen Craig St. Louis Cardinals
2B Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 1B Freddie Freeman (x) Atlanta Braves
2B Ben Zobrist Tampa Bay Rays 2B Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals
SS Jhonny Peralta Detroit Tigers 2B Marco Scutaro San Francisco Giants
3B Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles SS Everth Cabrera San Diego Padres
OF Nelson Cruz Texas Rangers SS Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers
OF Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals 3B Pedro Alvarez Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Torii Hunter Detroit Tigers OF Domonic Brown Philadelphia Phillies
DH Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays OF Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
    OF Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates

x denotes injured

y denotes injury replacement

 

Pitchers

American League Team National League Team
Grant Balfour (y) Oakland Athletics Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
Clay Buchholz (x) Boston Red Sox Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds
Brett Cecil Toronto Blue Jays Patrick Corbin Arizona Diamondbacks
Bartolo Colon (y,x) Oakland Athletics Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins
Jesse Crain (x) Chicago White Sox Jason Grilli Pittsburgh Pirates
Yu Darvish (x) Texas Rangers Matt Harvey (s) New York Mets
Steve Delabar Toronto Blue Jays Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
Greg Holland (y) Kansas City Royals Cliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies
Hisashi Iwakuma (x) Seattle Mariners Jeff Locke (x) Pittsburgh Pirates
Justin Masterson Cleveland Indians Mark Melancon (y) Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Moore (y) Tampa Bay Rays Sergio Romo (y) San Francisco Giants
Joe Nathan Texas Rangers Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
Glen Perkins (y) Minnesota Twins Travis Wood Chicago Cubs
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Jordan Zimmermann (x) Washington Nationals
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox    
Max Scherzer (s) Detroit Tigers    
Chris Tillman (y) Baltimore Orioles    
Justin Verlander (x) Detroit Tigers    

x denotes injury or pitched Sunday

y denotes replacement

s denotes starter

 

Starting Pitchers

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On the American League side, you've got Max Scherzer

His 3.19 ERA, although still very good, may not stand out for an All-Star game starter, but with a WHIP of 0.979 (second in the American League), he's actually been slightly unlucky thus far. His 2.66 FIP and 2.88 xFIP will both attest to that. 

Moreover, he misses bats. Fueled by a blazing fastball and tremendously effective secondary pitches, he has an incredible 10.6 SO/9 ratio. Don't be surprised if he blows a few hitters away in his inning or two of work. 

Opposing Scherzer will be Matt Harvey. 

Starting in front of his home crowd in his first full season, the New York Mets' young stud will be quite the story. 

Of course, he's more than just a nice narrative, as he sports a sparkling 2.35 ERA, 0.915 WHIP and 10.2 SO/9 ratio. 

 

Prediction

As managers attempt to get every player possible onto the field, these games almost always come down to the benches and bullpens. 

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Because of that, I'm giving the slight advantage to the National League. 

Just look at that bullpen. Clayton Kershaw sports an ERA under 2.00 (!), while Patrick Corbin, Adam Wainwright, Jose Fernandez, Travis Wood, Cliff Lee and Shelby Miller all come under the 3.00 mark, something only two AL starters can brag about. 

There are obviously other factors in play here, but I think the NL has enough talented arms to keep the powerful AL lineup at bay.

 

Prediction: AL 3, NL 7. Paul Goldschmidt wins MVP

 

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