The 86th Annual MLB All-Star Game
American League vs National League
Pre-game ceremonies: 7:30 p.m ET. First pitch: 8ish ET
Great American Ball Park — Cincinnati, OH
Weather: 78 degrees, scattered thunderstorms
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There we go, on with the 86th Annual All-Star Game preview.
The Detroit Tigers had four All-Stars selected for this game, but their lone starter, Miguel Cabrera, will not play because of the calf injury that will keep him out another month. David Price will likely pitch at some point for the AL squad while J.D. Martinez and Jose Iglesias hope to make an appearance in the game as each was named an All-Star for the first time in their career.
When We Last Met
Miguel Cabrera hit the only home run of the game last year, held at Target Field in Minneapolis as the American Leaguers rode strong pitching to a 5-3 lead. Mike Trout was named the game’s MVP (because of course he was) and former Tiger Max Scherzer was credited with the win, becoming the first Detroit pitcher since Jim Bunning in 1957 to earn the victory in the Mid-Summer Classic.
The Kansas City Royals were the beneficiaries of this result and three months later hosted a seventh game in their building, but lost.
Picking an All-Star starter for each league is like selecting which area of heaven you will reside in for all of eternity–there is never really a wrong answer.
Emerging star Dallas Keuchel (11-4) is the deserving candidate for the visiting American League, becoming the first Houston Astros player to start an All-Star Game since Roger Clemens started for the National League in 2004. The 24-year old lefthander appears to have a bright future for the rising Astros’ team, winning four of his last six starts heading into to the All-Star break.
The National League will turn to a former American League Cy Young Winner, and current Major League ERA leader Zack Greinke (8-2, 1.39). Surprisingly, considering the run of success for fellow Los Angeles Dodgers’ hurler Clayton Kershaw, Greinke is the first Dodger to start the contest since Eric Gagne in 2003. In Greinke’s last three starts, he is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. In fact he is on a 35 2/3 inning scoreless streak.
- Mike Trout-CF, LAA
- Josh Donaldson-3B, TOR
- Albert Pujols-1B, LAA
- Nelson Cruz-DH, SEA
- Lorenzo Cain-RF, KC
- Adam Jones-LF, BAL
- Salvador Perez-C, KC
- Jose Altuve-2B, HOU
- Alcides Escobar-SS, KC
- Andrew McCutchen-CF, PIT
- Todd Frazier-3B, CIN
- Bryce Harper-RF, WAS
- Paul Goldschmidt-1B, ARI
- Buster Posey-C, SF
- Anthony Rizzo-DH, CHC
- Jhonny Peralta-SS, STL
- Joc Pederson-LF, LAD
- DJ LeMahieu-2B, COL
To check out all of the All-Star reserves and pitchers, click here.