Tonight we will see the National League All-Stars take on the American League All-Stars. The game no longer “means something”. But it’s still fun to watch. Seeing the best in the game match up against each other is wonderful. The Cincinnati Reds will be represented by starting pitchers Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray. Both will come out of the bullpen in the game – assuming they are used.

National League Starting Lineup

  1. Christian Yelich – Left Field
  2. Javier Baez – Shortstop
  3. Freddie Freeman – First Base
  4. Cody Bellinger – Right Field
  5. Nolan Arenado – Third Base
  6. Josh Bell – Designated Hitter
  7. Willson Contreras – Catcher
  8. Ketel Marte – Second Base
  9. Ronald Acuna Jr. – Center Field
  10. Hyun-Jin Ryu – Starting Pitcher

American League Starting Lineup

  1. George Springer – Right Field
  2. DJ LeMahieu – Second Base
  3. Mike Trout – Center Field
  4. Carlos Santana – First Base
  5. J.D. Martinez – Designated Hitter
  6. Alex Bregman – Third Base
  7. Gary Sanchez – Catcher
  8. Michael Brantley – Left Field
  9. Jorge Polanco – Shortstop
  10. Justin Verlander – Starting Pitcher

When and where to follow

The game will be available on Fox at 7:30pm. ESPN Radio will have the coverage without pictures at 7:30pm as well.

News and Notes

While Sonny Gray was an All-Star for the 2015 American League squad, he did not pitch in the game. If he or Luis Castillo get into the game, it will be their first appearance in an All-Star game.

Speaking of Luis Castillo. My mans got style for days.

Speaking of Sonny Gray…. He’d change nothing about his 2018 season because it helped get him here.

If the game goes into extra-innings they will adopt the minor league rule where the last batter of the previous inning will begin on second base.

The American League has won 44 All-Star Games. The National League has won 43 All-Star Games. There have been two ties.

Justin Verlander is the oldest All-Star. He’s 36-years-old. Ronald Acuna Jr. is the youngest All-Star. He’s 21-years-old.

Mike Trout, the best baseball player alive, and maybe ever, has made eight straight All-Star games. He’s also won the MVP Award for the game twice. He’s also been the most valuable player in the first half – he leads the Majors with 6.2 WAR (Fangraphs version).

24 Responses

  1. ToBeDetermined

    Doug
    “ESPN Radio will have the coverage without pictures ” – LOL , had to read it 3 times

    “Mike Trout, the best baseball player alive” – but can he pitch ?

    • Doug Gray

      I’d bet that Mike Trout could pitch. How well? That’s the question. But I’m not putting ANYTHING past him.

  2. Tomn

    This running commentary between the broadcaster and the players is way over the top. So annoying. MUTE!

    • RojoBenjy

      Unfortunately, that is something that attracts the youth and keeps them interested.

      • RojoBenjy

        so what I mean is that it is likely to stay, if you don’t care for it.

      • Tomn

        I wonder if it really does. Do young people say, oh cool, I’ll watch the baseball game because the broadcaster is talking to players? Rather than play whatever the cool game is they’d normally be playing? I’m not convinced.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Actually, I thought it was kind of cool.

        I must be part of the Youth that they are targeting.

  3. Rut

    Ok, now we have a dog in the fight! Let’s go Castillo!

  4. RojoBenjy

    Dave Roberts just said that Castillo reminds him of Pedro Martinez.

  5. yorktownred

    Luis Castillo…..absolutely dominating. Good job, kid.

  6. Doug Gray

    Two strikeouts. Ground out to second.

    Unhittable change up translate just fine in “American League”.

  7. RojoBenjy

    Guess the Reds aren’t the only team that can’t hit Bieber.

  8. RojoBenjy

    “this Buehler looks like a Cy Young candidate in the making”

    Oops, it’s another run given up.

    Beuhler….Beuhler….Beuhler….

  9. Sabr Chris

    Looks like Sonny is the we’re going extras starting pitcher.

  10. Josiah Wright

    Wheres sonny gray. Suprised we havent seen more one or two out pitchers

    • RojoBenjy

      I’m glad to see Sonny not pitch so he can stay on schedule.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Agreed
        It’s not like he was originally selected. But he did deserve it.

  11. RojoBenjy

    Boy, Joe Buck laid an egg with interviewing Blackmon.

    Two awkward moments; 1) mentioning the beard, and then bringing Charlie’s wife into it (you could tell by Blackmon’s face he wasn’t impressed). The line of questioning about the beard led to Charlie saying “I’ll keep this beard as long as I have this baseball gig going.” and then the inexplicable follow up question “which is…?” Awkward moment #2.

    Bad follow up question. The answer is obvious. The question unnecessary and borderline silly.

  12. Jim Walker

    I didn’t say anything here until after the fact because I didn’t want to be a Donnie Downer; but, a little reality check for myself.

    How many other folks are just glad this dog and pony show is behind us for another year?

    • RojoBenjy

      I’m just glad the game is back to being an exhibition instead of counting toward league home field advantage.

      Once the undid the Selig assault to the game, they can do with it what they want. When they went to fan voting to select the players it lost its integrity anyway.

    • TR

      Count me in. The All Stars can be seen at anytime with MLB.com except the Rays but they’re on TV. Too much time off in the Reds engrossing pursuit of .500 or above.

      • Jazzmanbbfan

        I actually enjoyed this year’s game. That doesn’t mean I want to see another all star game before next July but this is the first time in many years I have stayed up for the whole game.

  13. RojoBenjy

    This is the only thread that isn’t too current, I’ll highjack it to post this small piece on Bud Selig not liking Barry Bonds breaking Hank’s HR record.

    https://www.foxnews.com/sports/bud-selig-laments-barry-bonds-home-run-record-chase.amp

    Reading between the lines, my guess is that he knew Bonds was juiced, but decided to hold his nose so that MLB could enjoy the notoriety. He has veiled it here with saying that it disturbed him because Bonds was “not as likeable” as Aaron.