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

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 16, 2013

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

American League

Batting OrderPlayerPositionTeam
1Mike TroutLFLos Angeles Angels
2Robinson Cano2BNew York Yankees
3Miguel Cabrera3BDetroit Tigers
4Chris Davis1BBaltimore Orioles
5Jose BautistaRFToronto Blue Jays
6David OrtizDHBoston Red Sox
7Adam JonesCFBaltimore Orioles
8Joe MauerCMinnesota Twins
9J.J. HardySSBaltimore Orioles


National League

Batting OrderPlayerPositionTeam
1Brandon Phillips2BCincinnati Reds
2Carlos BeltranRFSt. Louis Cardinals
3Joey Votto1BCincinnati Reds
4David Wright3BNew York Mets
5Carlos GonzalezLFColorado Rockies
6Yadier MolinaCSt. Louis Cardinals
7Troy TulowitzkiSSColorado Rockies
8Michael CuddyerDHColorado Rockies
9Bryce HarperCFWashington Nationals




American LeagueTeamNational LeagueTeam
C Jason CastroHouston AstrosC Buster PoseySan Francisco Giants
C Salvador PerezKansas City RoyalsC Brian McCann (y)Atlanta Braves
1B Prince FielderDetroit Tigers1B Paul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks
2B Jason KipnisCleveland Indians1B Allen CraigSt. Louis Cardinals
2B Dustin PedroiaBoston Red Sox1B Freddie Freeman (x)Atlanta Braves
2B Ben ZobristTampa Bay Rays2B Matt CarpenterSt. Louis Cardinals
SS Jhonny PeraltaDetroit Tigers2B Marco ScutaroSan Francisco Giants
3B Manny MachadoBaltimore OriolesSS Everth CabreraSan Diego Padres
OF Nelson CruzTexas RangersSS Jean SeguraMilwaukee Brewers
OF Alex GordonKansas City Royals3B Pedro AlvarezPittsburgh Pirates
OF Torii HunterDetroit TigersOF Domonic BrownPhiladelphia Phillies
DH Edwin EncarnacionToronto Blue JaysOF Carlos GomezMilwaukee Brewers
  OF Andrew McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates

x denotes injured

y denotes injury replacement



American LeagueTeamNational LeagueTeam
Grant Balfour (y)Oakland AthleticsMadison BumgarnerSan Francisco Giants
Clay Buchholz (x)Boston Red SoxAroldis ChapmanCincinnati Reds
Brett CecilToronto Blue JaysPatrick CorbinArizona Diamondbacks
Bartolo Colon (y,x)Oakland AthleticsJose FernandezMiami Marlins
Jesse Crain (x)Chicago White SoxJason GrilliPittsburgh Pirates
Yu Darvish (x)Texas RangersMatt Harvey (s)New York Mets
Steve DelabarToronto Blue JaysClayton KershawLos Angeles Dodgers
Felix HernandezSeattle MarinersCraig KimbrelAtlanta Braves
Greg Holland (y)Kansas City RoyalsCliff LeePhiladelphia Phillies
Hisashi Iwakuma (x)Seattle MarinersJeff Locke (x)Pittsburgh Pirates
Justin MastersonCleveland IndiansMark Melancon (y)Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Moore (y)Tampa Bay RaysSergio Romo (y)San Francisco Giants
Joe NathanTexas RangersAdam WainwrightSt. Louis Cardinals
Glen Perkins (y)Minnesota TwinsTravis WoodChicago Cubs
Mariano RiveraNew York YankeesJordan Zimmermann (x)Washington Nationals
Chris SaleChicago 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

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. 



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

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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