86th MLB All-Star Game – National League vs. American League
- Game Time – 7:00pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: FOX – Radio: ESPN Radio, XM Radio Channel 89
- Location: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Zack Greinke (8-2, 1.39/0.84/2.65) vs. Dallas Keuchel (11-4, 2.23/1.00/2.82)
It’s that time of the baseball season. It’s the Midsummer Classic, the Senior Circuit versus the Junior Circuit in the 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. First pitch is scheduled for around 7:15pm CDT.
Major League Baseball will unveil the Franchise Four for each team prior to the All-Star Game. Coverage on FOX begins at 6:00pm CDT.
The American League beat the National League last summer for the Junior Circuit’s second straight win in the Midsummer Classic. The home field advantage did not help the Royals in the World Series with Bruce Bochy’s Giants winning the Series for the third time in five years. Bruce Bochy is calling the shots for the NL tonight and Ned Yost is the skipper for the AL squad.
Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are representing the Cubs in the All-Star Game. And for the first time since 2008, a player in a Cubs’ uniform will be in the NL’s starting lineup. Anthony Rizzo is batting sixth and is the National League’s designated hitter. Kris Bryant will be used off the bench. The Cubs have multiple representatives in the All-Star Game for only the third time since 2008.
The National League starting lineup is almost entirely different from a year ago. Andrew McCutchen and Paul Goldschmidt are the only holdovers from last season at Target Field. The AL squad has new additions in Albert Pujols, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain and Jose Altuve.
Zack Greinke and Dallas Keuchel were tabbed as starters and based on the arms that will be in each bullpen runs should be at a premium. Ned Yost plans on running the AL pen the same way he does during the regular season. Yost wants home field advantage again for his Royals in the Series and he stacked the AL relievers to mix and match as needed.
And on a lighter note, Bruce Bochy is looking to even his managerial record in All-Star Games.
- Andrew McCutchen – CF
- Todd Frazier – 3B
- Bryce Harper – RF
- Paul Goldschmidt – 1B
- Buster Posey – C
- Anthony Rizzo – DH
- Jhonny Peralta – SS
- Joc Pederson – LF
- D.J. LeMahieu – 2B
- Mike Trout – CF
- Josh Donaldson – 3B
- Albert Pujols – 1B
- Nelson Cruz – DH
- Lorenzo Cain – RF
- Adam Jones – LF
- Salvador Perez – C
- Jose Altuve – 2B
- Alcides Escobar – SS
Let’s Talk All-Star Baseball … and remember, This One Still Counts