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All-Star lineups announced

Jul 14, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT

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MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Matheny, as Nationals fans surely know at this point, likes his guys. So it perhaps wasn’t surprising when the Cardinals manager chose one of his own to start Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.

Matheny named Adam Wainwright as starting pitcher for the NL squad, selecting the veteran St. Louis ace over Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Each had a convincing case — Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and 126 strikeouts with only 13 walks, Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA, 115 strikeouts and 27 walks — but Matheny suggested his familiarity with Wainwright played a role in making the call.

“Tough decision, there’s no question about it,” Matheny said. “I’ve got the utmost respect for Clayton. … But the leadreship, execution, day-in, day-out performance of what Adam has been able to do … the numbers line up, and it’s obvious this is a high-caliber pitcher, who in some ways I believe has never been given the amount of respect he’s due.”

AL manager John Farrell went with Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez (11-2, 2.12 ERA) and also elected to bat Derek Jeter leadoff in the Yankees star’s final All-Star Game.

“Celebrate a player who is not only a champion, but I think sets the bar where it should be,” Farrell said. “This will be a day that many fans will remember: Derek Jeter’s final All-Star game.”

Here are the full starting lineups for tomorrow night’s Midsummer Classic…

NATIONAL LEAGUE
CF Andrew McCutchen
RF Yasiel Puig
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Paul Goldschmidt
DH Giancarlo Stanton
3B Aramis Ramirez
2B Chase Utley
C Jonathan Lucroy
LF Carlos Gomez
(RHP Adam Wainwright)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
SS Derek Jeter
LF Mike Trout
2B Robinson Cano
1B Miguel Cabrera
RF Jose Bautista
DH Nelson Cruz
CF Adam Jones
3B Josh Donaldson
C Salvador Perez
(RHP Felix Hernandez)

  1. TimDz - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Looking at the line up for the National League, it makes me think of a holiday

    Passover…..

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    AL will win.

    • micksback1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      I think you may be right

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    “Hiram Hover on July 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm
    Ghost

    Have to say, that is not a wildly impressive list of RH hitters.

    Souza will be a Sept call up and available as a RH bench bat, so we’re really only talking about a month and half until then.

    If the Nats are willing to pay, why not bring back Willingham?”

    Hiram, those names are the elite pinch-hitters in the Majors who are available. Willingham I don’t think will fit based on cost.

    Cody Ross would be my pick if lightening could strike twice as he’s been an Xfactor postseason catalyst once but now he’s really just a bench guy and has made that work for the Snakes and he hits lefties and righties.

    Do you really want to see the 2nd time around what Souza can do off the bench? He’s a starter and it just doesn’t translate well to splinters on the bench. I think he’d be less than effective.

    Rizzo will be bringing up Souza, TyMo, Taylor, Walters in September. Yes. Lets see if any of them produce off the bench. September results are sometimes a mirage anyway so we will have to see.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Crazier things have happened. Remember TyMo made the 2012 postseason roster and had the biggest pinchhit in Nats history with the game winner in Game 1 of the Nats 1st ever postseason game.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Remember Shane Spencer from the 98 Yanks? He had some playing time earlier that summer, but really caught fire in Sept. and the post season.

        Look, I hope Souza will be a starter some day, but if he can best help the team as a bench player in the short term, that’s fine with me too. In comparison to some of the names getting kicked around, I can’t say he looks a lot worse.

        He had 9 PA in the big leagues this year, 4 of them in a game he started. Those #s mean nothing in evaluating his potential, as a starter or bench player, at the MLB level.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        The odds are against him as a Rookie bench player but as I said TyMo had that 1 shining moment.

        I really like Souza. He has 5-tool potential. I don’t want to see him get splinters on the bench and wither away.

  4. scnatsfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    So… truth be told, will you watch the AS game? For me I’ll probably check in on it but if something better is on I won’t bother even checking (unless MLB.com says Clip is pitching, of course).

    • RPrecupjr - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      I will….after all, it’s still baseball, ergo nothing better is on.

    • rayvil01 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      ASG was a big deal to me when I was a kid. But that was the only chance all year to see the NL guys like Willie Mays. With interleague and all the modern media it lost its wow factor. Won’t watch a minute.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Will flip thru when/if channel surfing, which is pretty much all I do any year anyway.

      I hope the next commissioner quietly cans the ASG’s role in determining home field advantage for the WS. It’s another piece of Bud’s legacy that baseball will be better without.

      As I understand it, tho, it’s a part of the CBA, which runs thru 2016, so we’re stuck with it for a little while longer, no matter what.

      • micksback1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        HH

        agree with you, but, remember the whole idea of it was to get the All star players motivated to play as well as having less of them decline to play. The question is, what would happen if this ridiculous rule is over turned?

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Mick

        In terms of the ASG itself, I think the influence was supposed to be less on the players (many of whom aren’t on contending teams anyway, and only make brief appearances) than on the managers. The “now it matters!” rule was an (over)reaction to the tie in the 2002 ASG in Milwaukee, when both managers exhausted their BPs and–with Bud in the stands–fans threw garbage on the field afterwards.

        As to what would happen – in terms of deciding WS home field advantage, they can go back to the old rule of alternating bwn leagues, or come up with a new one.

        In terms of the ASG itself – I think the # of players declining to attend has gone up in recent years, the “now it matters!” rule notwithstanding. So if they think that’s a problem that needs solving, they need a different one, anyway.

  5. David Proctor - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    We’re up to 3rd in the league in Defensive Runs Saved. Behind the Cardinals and Reds, tied with the Pirates.

    • David Proctor - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Interestingly, Ramos grades out as our best defender on Fangraphs. He’s showing up as the 11th best defensive catcher, however, that’s in only 37 games. He’s right behind Russel Martin, who has played in 56. Most have played in 70-85. That’s a part of Ramos’ game that maybe doesn’t get talked about enough. He’s an important bat, but he’s so important to us behind the plate, too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        +1 great game caller, frames pitches, and seems much more nimble behind the plate.

    • David Proctor - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Werth is our worst defender, having cost us 5 runs.

      • jd - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        With Werth and Zimmerman you don’t need stats. Clearly after this year bot of these defensive issues have to be addressed. As of right now, not knowing what moves are still coming we can expect Zim at 1st and Werth in left next year but something tells me that these won’t be the only changes and the overall landscape my be altogether different..

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Interesting stuff.

      Fangraphs metrics for catchers do not yet account for pitch framing. I know there are some #s on that at statcorner, which tend to rate Ramos as below average but not terrible for 2014, and Lobaton as slightly better (tho still below average).

      http://statcorner.com/CatcherReport.php

      Does anyone know–are there other/better #s out there for pitch framing?

      Those #s seem a little suspect to me – they have Yadier Molina as slightly below average.

      • David Proctor - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        The numbers are highly volatile. It’s best to look over a several year period. For instance, last year had Ramos above average and Molina elite. 2011 had Ramos as the fourth best in the league. I’m not aware of any better metric.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        DP – that may be it – just small sample sizes.

  6. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    So, off night. Just thinking out loud. If the ASG isn’t as big a deal to the players, to the point many would just as soon not go, what would make it a big deal like that again, an invitation you don’t refuse without cause?

    Assuming that making it officially mandatory, like jury duty, isn’t practical?

    I’d start by asking them, but in the interim, I think getting rid of the one-player-each rule, but expanding the roster significantly, would help. Changing the selection process, too, but that got its own issues.

    • rayvil01 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Make it a Player’s vote scenario and get the fan voting out of it.
      -The fans selected a 40-year-old shortstop having an unremarkable year. Mgr’s choice? Fine.
      -The fans voted in a Catcher on the disabled list for nearly the last month of voting.

      It takes some of the luster off of it. If the players voted the rosters that would be disrespecting the fellow players and they wouldn’t do that.

      Also, they should wait to pick the pitchers until Friday or Saturday when they know who’s pitching what over the weekend. Most of the guys turning this down are pitchers who threw on the weekend.

  7. scnatsfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Donate a half a million to each players favorite charity for the winners, losers get squat. That might get someone’s interest. You know MLB could afford it.

  8. natsguy - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    WTFC.

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