What to Watch for: 7.16.13 All Star Edition
American League vs. National League
RHP Max Scherzer (Tigers) 13-1, 3.19 vs. RHP Matt Harvey (Mets) 7-2, 2.35
Baseball’s best will take the field tonight in the 84th All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City. The Nationals sent four members of their organization to the Big Apple, including Bryce Harper who will start the game in center field for the National League. Nats pitcher Jordan Zimmermann also made the trip after earning 12 wins in the first half of the season but will not pay due to a neck injury. Nationals Manager Davey Johnson and Head Athletic Trainer Lee Kuntz were also selected to be a part of the Midsummer Classic.
AMERICAN LEAGUE LINEUP:
1. Mike Trout (Angels) LF
2. Robinson Cano (Yankees) 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) 3B
4. Chris Davis (Orioles) 1B
5. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) RF
6. David Ortiz (Red Sox) DH
7. Adam Jones (Orioles) CF
8. Joe Mauer (Twins) C
9. J.J. Hardy (Orioles) SS
RHP Max Scherzer (Tigers)
NATIONAL LEAGUE LINEUP:
1. Brandon Phillips (Reds) 2B
2. Carlos Beltran (Cardinals) RF
3. Joey Votto (Reds) 1B
4. David Wright (Mets) 3B
5. Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies) LF
6. Yadier Molina (Cardinals) C
7. Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) SS
8. Michael Cuddyer (Rockies) DH
9. Bryce Harper (Nationals) CF
RHP Matt Harvey (Mets)
20 YEARS YOUNG
Harper will be the youngest player in history to start an All-Star Game for the National League. He will also be the first player in Nationals history to start in the game and the first player to represent the Nationals in more than one All-Star game.
Harper was the second-youngest player in history to participate in the Home Run Derby; Ken Griffey Jr. was 42 days younger when he participated in 1990. Harper came in second place after blasting eight home runs in each round.
THE SKIPPER’S RETURN
Johnson was invited by Giants skipper Bruce Bochy. Johnson will return to New York City where he managed the Mets from 1984-90 and his 1986 club won the World Series in a memorable, seven-game Fall Classic. He remains the Mets’ winningest manager (both in victories and winning percentage) and was inducted into the Mets Hall-of-Fame on August 1, 2010. Nationals Head Athletics Trainer Lee Kuntz will join Johnson in New York City. Kuntz is in his seventh season with the Nationals and will be participating in his first All-Star Game.
In both 2010 and 2011, the winning pitcher in the All-Star game was a member of the Washington Nationals. In 2010, Matt Capps struck out one batter in the sixth inning to earn the victory and end the American League’s 13-game win streak. The following year, Tyler Clippard became the first pitcher to win an All-Star game after facing only one batter and allowing a hit to win the All-Star game.
In 2012, the Nationals had the most players selected to the All-Star game in team history when Bryce Harper, Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, and Ian Desmond were all chose to represent the National League.