All-Star Game

NL at AL (July 15, 2014)

Tonight is the night the Reds earn home field advantage in the World Series. There are no Reds in the starting lineup, and the National League manager made a homer move towards who is starting on the mound tonight, but we should expect to see a few Reds make appearances tonight in the game.

Predicting an outcome in a game like this is pretty impossible. One thing I can guarantee is a lot of love thrown Derek Jeter’s way throughout the night. As a Reds fan (and a Yankees hater) I am not sure how much of that I’ll be able to take. Especially considering the Reds travel to New York after the break. But I’m going to make a prediction: The NL wins 4-2. Frazier or Mesoraco get a hit. Chapman saves the game in the 9th.

Discuss the game here Reds and National League fans! Go Reds and NL*!

National League Lineup:
1. McCutchen CF
2. Puig RF
3. Tulowitzki SS
4. Goldschmidt 1B
5. Stanton DH
6. Ramirez 3B
7. Utley 2B
8. Lucroy C
9. Gomez LF

Wainwright SP

American League Lineup:
1. Jeter SS
2. Trout LF
3. Cano 2B
4. Cabrera 1B
5. Bautista RF
6. Cruz DH
7. Jones CF
8. Donaldson 3B
9. Perez C

Hernandez SP

*Unless you play for the Cardinals, Brewers, or Pirates. I still don’t think I can stomach pulling for you guys.

72 thoughts on “NL at AL (July 15, 2014)

  1. Starting Jeter at leadoff is an admission of submission. Maybe this will happen again at some point in the next 10 years but I don’t know. This was the decision between batting him 1st and 9th. It would have been too insulting to bat him 9th. But it only matters in the first inning.

  2. McCarver? Tim? Oh what an enjoyable broadcast this should be. Hope Reynolds loosens up a bit. looked awful nervous to me.

    • i noticed that as well, then when Simon came into pitch, his stat line was posted with him tied for NL league in wins. hmmm, cardinal bias?

      • i know…different eras, but did PER get a tribute like this? No. He certainly was a greater player than Ripken, Jeter, Gwynnn etc. Way to go NL! Coming back!

        • They covered this in an ESPN article actually, was really interesting. Basically came down to the two guys who got the big crazy pageantry were the two who announced their retirement before the season (Ripken and Jeter). Bench, Rose, etc. didn’t even get voted in as starters their last year because there was no huge fan push to see them one last time.

  3. I’m so mixed. I want the NL to win, because there are 5 Reds on that team.. but I enjoy seeing Wainwright taken behind the woodshed.

    • I bet Matheny had Wainwright, Kershaw, Cueto as his pre-picked 1-2-3, so Simon slotted right in as the fill-in for Cueto.

  4. wow. what a concept, throw offspeed stuf to power hitters as Alf Simon did….thanks for grooving pitches, wainwright you f@ck

  5. So was that some BABIP aberration or Simon? Some pretty hard hit balls but not too shabby for him considering the stage and the competition.

  6. Shouldn’t the NL want to lose? If played in the AL that means 4 AL games right? that would mean 4 games with the DH and 3 without. No matter how good or bad your bench is having an additional bat in the lineup is a huge plus. If I am the NL manager I would be throwing the game.

    • But both teams get a DH so it cancels out. AL teams are worse suited for playing in an NL park because they often have a DH who isnt used to fielding and may not have a position to fit in. Also the pitchers I would imagine hit better in the NL since they have more experience.

    • All things equal I agree but if great pitching beats great hitting then why put your pitcher in the batters box at all? No matter how you look at it batting consumes more energy than sitting on a bench and why risk a pitcher hitting even if the percentage increase is .100 more even the best pitchers are only going to have a 1/5 chance of hitting for a base hit.
      Doesn’t matter the A.L. won anyways. I would think the stat guy don’t necessarily believe in home field advantage and that based upon pure statistics that the DH would favor also a National League team.

    • I think playing in front of your home crowd for an extra (and possible series deciding) game trumps who benefits more from the DH.

  7. Wow! What a year Lucroy is having. He’s not someone I saw having this kind of potential or this kind of year but to his credit, he has improved each year.

    • I’d still like to see Tulo hit a full season in a place that wasn’t Coors. He’s hitting .417/.497/.748 at home and .265/.367/.463 on the road this year. Don’t get me wrong, his road slash is still very very good for a SS. It’s just not the mythical .345/.435/.613 total he’s putting up this year as a SS.

      • His career BABIP at home is .340 and on the road it’s .299… this year his home BABIP is .432 and on the road it’s .281.

    • I have a feeling there will be more All-Star Games for the youngster. Uehara is probably a tough one if you have never faced him before.

  8. Matheny certainly isn’t managing like he wants homefield in the World Series. His guy wainwright sucked eggs so he turns to the shoulda been starter in Kershaw who immediately settles things down. Not to upstage his cy young hopeful (with egg on the face) he only leaves the most dominant pitcher in baseball on the mound for three outs and begins the cavalcade of pitchers. It costs him multiple runs he could have avoided …

    On the offensive side Puig looks neverland caliber lost but earns the right to flirt with the golden sombrero going 3-3 in Ks. In fact, between Chase U. and Lecroy Matheny has subbed out every RBI before bringing bats to replace Goldschmidt, Stanton, Puig, or Gomez who are a combined 0-11 with 6 Ks.

    • Wish they only gave Cardinal pitchers a total of 1 out in the game. Then maybe the NL wouldn’t be losing.

  9. Well, so much for that. Didn’t get to see too much of them but the Reds did well. Especially Simon and Chapman. Mez and Frazier had a couple solid defensive plays too.

  10. Chapman, Simon & Frazier did the hometown team proud. Mes got his feet wet and I expect far better next go around.

  11. Chapman hobbled on covering 1B… the trainers visited in the dugout and he played it off as if it was nothing, but he was def. limping when he covered the bag…

    • Saw it too and it would be the Red’s luck that yet another key player gets hurt (in an exhibition game no less).

  12. Hmm… Wainwrong gave Jeter pitches to hit leading to 3 first inning runs and Chitshek who had no business even being in this game cost the NL the game. Do we need even more reason to hate the Cards?

  13. Jeter has been a good ambassador for the game of baseball from the beginning, will be very sad to see him go, just as I was when Ripken or Gwinn left. I know lots of people dislike the attention Jeter has gotten this season but it is hard to argue that he has had a positive impact on the game we love. I was a kid in 1995 the first year back from the strike no less when Jeter debuted and now I am a grown man when he leaves; so try to remember that when looking at his career there is a large number of baseball fans who have been watching Jeter almost as long as they have been watching baseball, and he has done it the right way. I’m glad that when the good guys leave (Jeter, Cal, Tony) they get all the attention they deserve and some other stars that were no more than talented showboat jerks like A-rod and Bonds fade into obscurity when they leave the game. (i know A-Rod isn’t officially gone but hope he is)

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