2014 MLB All-Star Game: Complete Roster, Lineups and Predictions

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2014 MLB All-Star Game: Complete Roster, Lineups and Predictions
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The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 15, at Target Field in Minnesota, and the excitement surrounding the top stars in the sport has hardcore and causal baseball fans ready for the Midsummer Classic.

With an incredible group of hitters for both teams and an even more impressive array of starting and relief pitchers, the focus will be on which of these groups falters first and gives their league home-field advantage in the World Series.

Here are the complete rosters for both the American League and the National League, the starting lineups as voted by the fans and predictions for the player most likely to steal the show.

 

2014 All-Star Game Prediction
Winner Loser Score
National League defeats American League 5-3

Predictions via Donald Wood

 

2014 MLB All-Star Game Rosters
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, Milwaukee 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
Fernando Rodney, RHP, Seattle Mariners Tyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres
Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland Athletics Henderson Alvarez, RHP, Miami Marlins
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

 

Player to Watch: Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies

There are few players who made the All-Star Game who deserve the honor as much as Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.

Utley has put together an impressive 2014 season thus far, racking up a .295 batting average, eight home runs, 46 RBI, 51 runs, 104 hits and a .352 on-base percentage. You have to go back to 2009 to find numbers that impressive for the second baseman.

Interestingly enough, 2009 was the last time Utley played in the All-Star Game.

When asked about the honor of participating in the Midsummer Classic Utley told Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News about what it means to him at this point in his career:

Obviously I'm honored to represent the Phillies and the National League in the All-Star Game. It's been a lot of fun. It's been a few years since I've been able to participate. I'm going to try to enjoy it.

I think all the time and the hard work I've put in has paid off. Obviously your first All-Star Game, you really appreciate. After the issues I've gone through over the past 2-3 years, it is nice to be back.

The official Twitter account of the World Baseball Classic shared how many times Utley has been a part of the MLB All-Star Game over the course of his storied career:

Lawrence shared on Twitter how dominant Utley has been and where he stands from a historical point of view:

The key for Utley will be finding a rhythm on the big stage. In nine career at-bats in All-Star Games, he only has two hits and no runs or RBI. If the National League wants to earn home-field advantage in the World Series, Utley will have to solve the riddle of the tough American League pitching staff.

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With Utley likely squaring off against the likes of Felix Hernandez and Yu Darvish, the Phillies star will have to keep his swing compact and treat it like any other at-bat. His unique mix of power and efficient speed will create problems for pitchers who haven’t seen him very much.

Utley is a student of the game and will know what to expect from each pitcher he potentially could face. With his days in Philadelphia possibly numbered, he will want to showcase his skills during the All-Star Game.

You never know if a 35-year-old player will ever make the team again.

Predicted Stat Line: 2 ABs, 2 Hits, 1 RBI, 1 Run

 

*Stats via MLB.com.

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