2014 MLB All-Star Roster: AL and NL List of Pitchers and Projected Lineups

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2014 MLB All-Star Roster: AL and NL List of Pitchers and Projected Lineups
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The MLB All-Star Game is one of the best traditions in all of sports, and the 2014 rosters for the National and American leagues have fans genuinely excited about the possible on-field action in the Midsummer Classic.

Not only does each roster feature the best starting and relief pitchers in the sport, but they also boast serious depth at every defensive position. Add in the raw hitting power, and this year’s event will be must-watch television.

Here are the complete rosters and the projected starters for the 2014 All-Star Game.

 

2014 MLB All-Star Game Rosters and Lineups
American League National League
Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City Royals* Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals*
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers* Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks*
Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners* Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies*
Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees* Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies*
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland Athletics* Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers*
Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels* Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates*
Jose Bautista, OF, Toronto Blue Jays* Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers*
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles* Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers*
Nelson Cruz, DH, Baltimore Orioles* Giancarlo Stanton, DH, Miami Marlins*
AL Reserves NL Reserves
Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics Jonathan Lucroy, C, Brewers
Kurt Suzuki, C, Minnesota Twins Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds
Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves
Victor Martinez, 1B, Detroit Tigers Dee Gordon, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays Daniel Murphy, 2B, New York Mets
Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland Athletics Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs
Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros Todd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox Matt Carpenter, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers Josh Harrison, IF/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies
Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants
Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians
AL Pitchers NL Pitchers
Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas Rangers Johnny Cueto, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Max Scherzer, RHP, Detroit Tigers Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle Mariners Zack Greinke, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP, New York Yankees Madison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants
Jon Lester, LHP, Boston Red Sox Adam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays Tyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres
Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland Athletics Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington Nationals
Mark Buehrle, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Sean Doolittle, LHP, Oakland Athletics Craig Kimbrel, RHP Atlanta Braves
Greg Holland, RHP, Kansas City Royals Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota Twins Francisco Rodriguez, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
Dellin Betances, RHP, New York Yankees Tony Watson, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pat Neshek, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

Source: MLB.com. *Denotes starter.

 

Top Pitcher to Watch: Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Whether you're watching the All-Star Game for the hitters or the pitchers, the top player to focus on is the best starting pitcher in the league right now, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

Statistically, no one can touch Kershaw. He has racked up an incredible 1.85 ERA, a 10-2 overall record, 115 strikeouts and a 0.87 WHIP. Currently, he's amassed an incredible 36-inning scoreless streak.

Reporter Steven Edwards shared just how impressive Kershaw’s streak really is:

David Cameron of FanGraphs also points out some incredible stats via Twitter:

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com before the team’s matchup with the Colorado Rockies about Kershaw’s mental strength and physical prowess:

In their early years a lot of guys come in here and wonder, but he's like a freight train. He doesn't look back and wonder what happened. He just keeps going forward. He comes in here and still uses his curveball. He still uses his slider. He still attacks the strike zone. He doesn't worry no matter where he goes. Whether it's a small park or big park, at sea level or at altitude, he knows what he has to do to get the job done.

There are many pitchers on the National League roster who deserve the nod as the team’s starter, but Kershaw’s numbers are simply the best amongst them. While many fans would want to see Kershaw for several innings, the most to be expected is two.

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Two innings is enough for Kershaw to embarrass several American League batters, though.

Regardless of whom the AL will throw at Kershaw during the game­—look for stars like Jose Bautista, Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera—he has the vast array of pitches and accuracy to fool even the best hitters in the game.

The fans may only be treated to a few batters faced, but the player that must be watched is Kershaw as he mows down his opponents.

Predicted Stat Line: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 Hits, 4 Ks

 

*Stats via MLB.com.

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