Jul 14, 2022
Jul 14, 2022

MLB All-Star Game Preview

MLB All-Star Game Preview

For the first time since 1980, the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game returns to Dodger Stadium on July 19. Will the American League win their ninth consecutive game or can the National League stop their streak? Read on to inform your bets at Pinnacle.

Who: American League vs. National League

Time: 20:30 (ET)

Date: July 19, 2022

Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

MLB All-Star line-ups

The full rosters for the MLB All-Star Game were announced on Sunday, July 10, with all starting players chosen by the fans while reserves were chosen via the player ballot system and the Commissioner’s Office.

The National League’s designated hitter Bryce Harper will miss the game owing to the thumb injury he sustained against the San Diego Padres in June. With Harper out, William Contreras will start as designated hitter, making the Contreras brothers the first set of brothers to start in an All-Star Game together since 1992 when Roberto and Sandy Alomar started for the American League.

Shohei Ohtani also becomes the first player in the 89-year history of the MLB All-Star Game to be chosen as both a pitcher and designated hitter for a second consecutive season.

The starters:

Position

American League

National League

C

Alejandro Kirk

Willson Contreras

1B

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Paul Goldschmidt

2B

Jose Altuve

Jazz Chisholm Jr.

SS

Tim Anderson

Trea Turner

3B

Rafael Devers

Manny Machado

OF

Giancarlo Stanton

Mookie Betts

OF

Mike Trout

Joc Pederson

OF

Aaron Judge

Ronald Acuna Jr.

DH

Shohei Ohtani

Bryce Harper*

 

* Will miss the game due to injury.

The reserves:

American League

Position

National League

Position

Jose Trevino

C

Travis d’Arnaud

C

Luis Arraez

INF

Nolan Arenado

INF

Xander Bogaerts

INF

Pete Alonso

INF

Jose Ramirez

INF

Jeff McNeil

INF

Andres Gimenez

INF

C.J. Cron

INF

George Springer

OF

Dansby Swanson

2B

Byron Buxton

OF

Kyle Schwarber

OF

Andrew Benintendi

OF

Juan Soto

OF

Kyle Tucker

OF

Starling Marte

OF

Julio Rodriguez

OF

Ian Happ

OF

Yordan Alvarez*

DH

William Contreras

DH

J.D. Martinez

DH

Garrett Cooper

1B

 

The pitchers:

American League

National League

Shane McClanahan

Clayton Kershaw

Nestor Cortes

Sandy Alcantara

Alek Manoah

Corbin Burnes

Framber Valdez

Luis Castillo

Martin Perez

Max Fried

Paul Blackburn

Tony Gonsolin

Justin Verlander

Joe Musgrove

Gerrit Cole

Edwin Diaz

Shohei Ohtani

Josh Hader

Clay Holmes

Ryan Helsley

Emmanuel Clase

David Bednar

Gregory Soto

Joe Mantiply

Jorge Lopez

Carlos Rodon

 

MLB All-Star Predictions: Who will win?

The American League have the advantage of featuring a stacked line-up filled with New York Yankees players, whose 61 wins this season would see them in first place in every division and league. Leading hitter Aaron Judge has belted 30 home runs this season and is on track to hit 60 by the end of the season. There’s a slight home-field advantage for the American League, with four Dodgers players in the squad, including starters Mookie Betts and Trea Turner.

The National League hasn’t won an All-Star Game since 2012...

The National League has five All-Star selections from the reigning World Series Champions, the Atlanta Braves. Giants hitter Joc Pederson has shown serious prowess as a clutch hitter this season and fewer games are as high-pressure as the All-Star Game.

It’s pretty difficult to overlook how intensely dominant the American League has been over the past decade. The National League hasn’t won an All-Star Game since 2012 and like in previous years, the American League team simply looks better. Shohei Ohtani is looking like the best pitcher in the MLB right now while Aaron Judge is staring down the barrel of an MVP season. The American League reserve list offers serious depth too.

The National League is looking lacklustre in the outfield and will really be feeling the loss of Bryce Harper who was enjoying one of his best seasons to date before suffering an injury. It looks like the American League will be taking home a ninth consecutive title and their 47th overall.

MLB Home Run Derby predictions

The MLB Home Run Derby will take place the night before the All-Star Game and will see some of the biggest hitters in the game attempt to belt as many home runs as humanly possible in three minutes.

The Houston Astros’ Yordan Alvarez has yet to announce whether he will be at the Home Run Derby following a hand injury. Alvarez has the best average exit velocity of any player in the MLB at 96.0 mph. That means, on average, Alvarez hits harder than Aaron Judge, Shohei Ohtani, or even Giancarlo Stanton.

Defending champion Pete Alonso will be back this year to attempt three consecutive Home Run Derby wins. Alonso won the 2019 and 2021 titles by nailing 23 home runs in each of the finals. Alonso doesn’t hit them as hard – only averaging 90.6 mph on exit velocity – but he hits the sweet spot 33% of the time.

However, if Giancarlo Stanton turns up, it could be all over for the rest. He won the 2016 Derby but hasn’t competed since 2017. Stanton is a serious powerhouse with the highest maximum exit velocity of any player – 119.8 mph – and eight of the 10 hardest MLB hits since 2015 all belong to Stanton.

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