DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez lead the American League All-Stars (44-43 all-time) as they try to stretch their all-time lead over the National League All-Stars (43-44) to two games. The AL will look to build on their six-game Midsummer Classic winning streak as well.
Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander (2.98 ERA, 4.19 FIP) gets the ball for the American League as the starter. The 36-year-old is making his eighth All-Star appearance and his second start. The right-hander looks to improve on his last start against the NL, as he gave up five runs on four hits in just one inning of work back in 2012. Alex Cora indicated that Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (3.86 ERA, 4.24 FIP) could follow Verlander.
The National League will turn to Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (1.73 ERA, 2.88 FIP) as the starter in his first All-Star Game. The 32-year-old has built off an impressive-yet-injury-filled 2018, which caused him to both receive and accept the qualifying offer. He leads a NL staff that, despite losing Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke, boasts an impressive group of starting pitchers who will likely combine to go deep into the game.
Here’s the lineup that the AL will be sending out there tonight:
Your 2019 A.L. All-Star starting lineup:— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 8, 2019
George Springer - RF
DJ LeMahieu - 2B ⭐
Mike Trout - CF
Carlos Santana - 1B
J.D. Martinez - DH
Alex Bregman - 3B
Gary Sanchez - C ⭐
Michael Brantley - LF
Jorge Polanco - SS
Justin Verlander - SP pic.twitter.com/8oW3WfPSnz
More than half the starting lineup comes from the Yankees and Astros. Add the best player in baseball in Mike Trout and home-crowd star Carlos Santana, and the AL brings plenty of pop to the table.
The National League will counter with a lineup that is the youngest in All-Star Game history,
Josh Bell, who lost the election day vote to Freddie Freeman, gets the start at DH.
Tonight’s game will be available on FOX and ESPN Radio; coverage begins at 7:30, with first pitch anticipated for 8:00. Make sure to get there early to see the Cleveland Indians celebrate CC Sabathia, as he returns to his first home in his final season.