MLB ALLSTAR GAME – GETTING CLOSE

The Colorado Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez and the Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price have been named the starters for the National League and American League teams, respectively, for Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game.  Great choices among a list of great pitchers, but for my money these two are the best candidates to get things rolling.

The starting lineups have also been announced:

National League

Hanley Ramirez, SS
Martin Prado, 2B
Albert Pujols, 1B
Ryan Howard, DH
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Braun, LF
Andre Ethier, CF
Corey Hart, RF
Yadier Molina, C

American League

Ichiro, RF
Derek Jeter, SS
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Josh Hamilton, CF
Vladimir Guerrero, DH
Evan Longoria, 3B
Joe Mauer, C
Robinson Cano, 2B
Carl Crawford, LF

So who will win? I look for Prado, Pujols, Braun and Hart to be timely hitters for the NL.  Frankly, I think the AL starters are all likely to get hits in the early innings.  Based on the hitters, I would pick the American League.  I still believe, however, that this could be a pitching dominated contest. The AL is simply deeper there as well.  My pick … THE AMERICAN LEAGUE.

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