Bruce Duvall

My favorite day of the entire summer is here. Today will mark the 87th MLB All-Star Game, which will begin at 8:00 PM on FOX. The American League has won 3 straight games, and 15 of the last 19 games that didn’t end in a tie.

The Reds will be represented by Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce. Duvall will be making his first all-star appearance after his breakout first half. He is tied for second in the NL with 23 home runs, and leads the NL with 13.1 HR/AB. Duvall also reached the semifinals of the Home Run Derby last night, but was beat despite hitting 15 home runs by former Red, Todd Frazier.

Jay Bruce will be making his third all-star appearance after being added to the roster as an injury replacement. Bruce is having a nice bounce-back season for the Reds, as he is hitting .267/.315/.538.

Reds hitters are hitless in their last 22 at-bats in the All-Star Game, with one long walk in 2014 by Todd Frazier. Scott Rolen was the last Red to get a hit in the game back in 2010. The Reds also don’t have an extra base hit since 1982, when Dave Concepcion homered.

Former Red, Johnny Cueto will be starting for the National League. Cueto is having the best year of his already brilliant 8-year career. Cueto has a 2.47 ERA and 2.70 FIP, which are both career best marks (discounting his mostly injured 2011 season). Cueto will be opposed by Chris Sale, who has a 3.38 ERA/3.74 FIP this season.

Starting Lineups

National League American League
1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Bryce Harper (L) RF
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Wil Myers (R) DH
5. Buster Posey (R) C
6. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
7. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
8. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
9. Addison Russell (R) SS
1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. Mike Trout (R) CF
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B
4. David Ortiz (L) DH
5. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
6. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
7. Mookie Betts (R) RF

Mike Trout has won the MVP in the previous two all-star games. David Ortiz will be playing in his 10th and final all-star game after a brilliant career. The Cubs entire infield will be starting tonight. It is the first time an entire infield has started in the all-star game since the 1963 Cardinals.

Go National League!

6 Responses

  1. RedFuture

    Random thought: Somebody should make a Sparky Anderson movie with Robert De Niro in the lead role.

  2. TR

    Sixth inning. Bruce and Duvall up to charge the NL’s offense.

  3. Joe Atkinson

    Adam Duvall just worked a heck of a walk off Miller. That was like watching Halley’s Comet.

  4. hoosierdad1

    How in the heck with the bases loaded and 2 outs do you not swing at the 3-2 pitch? Never let blue call you out on a full count!