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
|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|
|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|
|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
|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
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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