Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game on Sunday night. There were plenty of familiar faces mixed in with some first-timers. Here are the official starting lineups per MLB.com.
Starting lineup for the National League:
Willson Contreras, Catcher (Cubs)Freddie Freeman, First base (Braves)Javier Baez, Second base (Cubs)Brandon Crawford, Shortstop (Giants)Nolan Arenado, Third base (Rockies)Nick Markakis, Outfield (Braves)Matt Kemp, Outfield (Dodgers)Bryce Harper, Outfield (Nationals)
On the mound and in the bullpen, the NL will have:
Max Scherzer (Nationals)Jacob DeGrom (Mets)Jon Lester (Cubs)Aaron Nola (Phillies)Patrick Corbin (Diamond Backs)Mike Foltynewicz (Atlanta)Sean Doolittle (Nationals)Josh Hader (Brewers)Brad Hand (Padres)Kenley Jansen (Dodgers)Miles Mikolas (Cardinals)Felipe Vazquez (Pirates)
The starting line up for the American League will be:
Wilson Ramos, Catcher (Rays)José Abreu, First base (White Sox)José Altuve, Second base (Astros)Manny Machado, Shortstop (Orioles)José Ramirez, Third base (Indians)Mookie Betts, Outfield (Red Sox)Mike Trout, Outfield (Angels)Aaron Judge, Outfield (Yankees)J.D. Martinez, DH (Red Sox)
The pitchers for the American League consist of:
Trevor Bauer (Indians)Jose Berrios (Twins)Aroldis Chapman (Yankees)Gerrit Cole (Astros)Edwin Diaz (Mariners)J.A. Happ (Blue Jays)Joe Jimenez (Tigers)Craig Kimbrel (Red Sox)Corey Kluber (Indians)Chris Sale (Red Sox)Luis Severino (Yankees)Blake Treinen (Athletics)Justin Verlander (Astros...inactive)
Of the last 21 MLB All-Star games, the AL has won 18 and certainly looks to have the upper hand based off these starters. From first glance, it's obvious that the American League has superior power in the outfield, boasting five-tool stars like Mike Trout and Mookie Betts to compliment the power of Aaron Judge. Then, of course, you have Manny Machado and Jose Altuve up the middle for the AL. Machado is enjoying the best season of his career so far after a move to shortstop and Altuve has not skipped a beat from his MVP campaign last year.
Max Scherzer, who would be the obvious choice to start for the NL in his home ballpark, will have a tall task those first two innings against this AL lineup. On ESPN's Sunday night edition of Baseball Tonight, Scherzer said that he doesn't game plan for All-Star games, but rather challenges the opposing lineup with his best stuff.
The MLB All-Star will be played on Tuesday, July 19, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.