The 2015 MLB All-Star break is in full-swing and after the conclusion of an exhilarating Home Run Derby last night, fans have to be excited for the 86th installment of the midsummer classic.
MLB All-Star Game Day Schedule:
3pm ET: All-Star red carpet introductions (MLB network, MLB.com) 7pm ET: Pre-game show (Fox, Fox Sports Go) 7:30PM ET: 86th MLB All-Star Game (Fox, Fox Sports Go)
Location: Great American Ballpark; Cincinnati, Ohio.
This year, the All-Star game will be held at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio; home of the Cincinnati Reds. It’s the first time Cincinnati will host the event since 1988.
The American League All-Stars will be coached by Ned Yost, manager of the Kansas City Royals, an honor bestowed upon Yost after winning the AL pennant during the 2014 season. The Royals head into the All-Star break with the best record in the AL and will have catcher Salvador Perez, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar representing Kansas City in the starting line up.
Bruce Bochy will be in the dugout for the National League, managing his fourth All-Star game after his team, the San Francisco Giants, won three World Series championships in the last five years. Catcher Buster Posey will get the start for the Giants, his second start ever in an All-Star game. San Francisco will also be represented by pitcher Madison Bumgarner, second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford.
Starting pitcher for the AL will be Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros, who led his team to a surprising first half finish. So far this season, Keuchel has an 11-4 record, a 2.23 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 137 1/3 innings pitched. Those stats are good enough to lead the AL in wins and innings pitched.
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Zack Greinke will get the nod for the NL, heading into the All-Star break having pitched 35 2/3 scoreless innings and a 8-2 record. His ERA is currently 1.39, which is the lowest ever recorded at the All-Star break with at least 100 innings pitched since 1968.
The NL leads the all-time All-Star series at 43-40-2, but the AL has managed to win the last two All-Star Games. Winner of the All-Star game gets home field advantage during the World Series in October.
Here are the full starting line ups for both the AL and the NL teams:
|American League||National League|
|CF||Mike Trout LA Angels||CF||Andrew McCutchen Pittsburg Pirates|
|3B||Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays||3B||Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds|
|1B||Albert Pujols LA Angels||1B||Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks|
|DH||Nelson Cruz Seattle Mariners||DH||Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs|
|RF||Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals||RF||Bryce Harper Washington Nationals|
|LF||Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles||LF||Joc Pedereson Los Angeles Dodgers|
|C||Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals||C||Buster Posey San Francisco Giants|
|2B||Jose Altuve - Houston Astros||2B||DJ LeMahieu Colorado Rockies|
|SS||Alcides Escobar Kansas City Royals||SS||Jhonny Peralta St. Louis Cardinals|
|LHP||Dallas Keuckel Houston Astros||RHP||Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers|