Hopefully you watched the Home Run Derby last night, because it was entertaining, however, the meaningful All Star Game is tonight.  Every year I feel like I look that the AL lineup compared to the NL lineup and just think to myself, that on paper, the AL is so much better.  However, the game usually turns out to be a fist fight to the end.  USP-MLB_-All-Star-Game-Home-Run-Derby_002-1024x675

The AL lineup is:

1. CF Mike Trout, LAA
2. 2B Robinson Cano, NYY
3. 3B Miguel Cabrera, DET
4. 1B Chris Davis, BAL
5. RF Jose Bautista, TOR
6. DH David Ortiz, BOS
7. CF Adam Jones, BAL
8. C Joe Mauer, MIN
9. SS J.J. Hardy, BAL

The NL lineup is:

1. 2B Brandon Phillips, CIN
2. RF Carlos Beltran, STL
3. 1B Joey Votto, CIN
4. 3B David Wright, NYM
5. LF Carlos Gonzalez, COL
6. C Yadier Molina, STL
7. SS Troy Tulowitzki, COL
8. DH Michael Cuddyer, COL
9. CF Bryce Harper, WAS

Now having glanced at both lineups here, I find myself thinking more so that this will be a good game.  The AL is starting Detroit’s (possibly new ace) Max Scherzer while the NL is starting the New York Met’s Matt Harvey.  I became a big fan of Matt Harvey after seeing his skit with Jimmy Fallon on late night last night.  Check it out:

The batting power this year certainly trumps the pitching matchup.  Not to take away from what guys like Harvey, Scherzer, Kershaw, and more have done, but the fact that Miguel Cabrera could win a second triple crown in a row is unheard of!  Chris Davis is hitting the piss out of the ball, Mike Trout is loved by everyone, and Bryce Harper is just a blast to watch.  I am a fan of Yoenis Cespedes, but I was certainly pulling for boy Bryce to take the Home Run belt home last night.

I am just hoping to see a solid game tonight.  It still is a little odd that this game determines what team will get home field advantage in the World Series.  The Red Sox could win 110 games and the Rockies could win 88, and the fact that the Rockies could come away with home field advantage in such a situation is  a bit off, right?  That being said, we won’t be seeing anyone pulling a Larry Walker and putting his helmet on backwards after Randy Johnson nearly took his head off, and swing from the opposite side of the plate.  The fact that this game means something does bring a bit more excitement to the game from a fan’s point of view and certainly from a player’s.  I am rooting for a good game and hoping to see all players be utilized.  Azt_b7lCQAEFp2A

I’m giving it to the NL this year.  Younger, more energy, and explosion.  I’ll say 8 – 7 final score and give the MVP award to Carlos Beltran.



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