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And the All-Star Game starting lineups are …

Jul 11, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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In addition to the starting pitchers — Roy Halladay and Jered Weaver if you had not heard — we now have All-Star Game starting lineups too.  As follows:

American League

1. Curtis Granderson CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera SS
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Jose Bautista RF
5. Josh Hamilton LF
6. Adrian Beltre 3B
7. David Ortiz DH
8. Robinson Cano 2B
9. Alex Avila C

National League

1. Rickie Weeks 2B
2. Carlos Beltran DH
3. Matt Kemp CF
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Brian McCann C
6. Lance Berkman RF
7. Matt Holliday LF
8. Troy Tulowitzki SS
9. Scott Rolen 3B

We have a choice here. We can sit and analyze these lineups for their relative strengths and weaknesses, or we can acknowledge that by the time you get a quarter of the way into your bowl of popcorn, there will have been a dozen substitutions and all reason and order will have abandoned your scorecard.

This game will likely be decided by All-Star number 78 or something, so don’t get too hung up on the starters.

  1. phukyouk - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    i thought there was no DH when its played in an NL stadium???

    • danandcasey - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:28 PM

      Effectively the first year for the new rule. It was announced last year that the All-Star game would have a DH, even in NL parks. Of course, last year was in an AL park, so the new rule did not go into effect until this year.

      • bleedgreen - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        I thumbs downed the comment because the rule is stupid. Nothing personal. NL park = pitcher swings the bat.

      • Detroit Michael - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

        It’s a good rule. Pitchers don’t generally bat in all-star games anyway — it just makes pinchhitting every time a bit less frequent.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        And yet, pinch hitting would be a way to ensure more players get an at bat.

    • skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      gross.

  2. Jack Marshall - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    With all the changes and substitutions, those are still two great line-ups.

    The starters should have to play for 5 innings, with at least two starters playing the whole game. Until the 80’s, it wasn’t unusual for some starters to be in the game in the late innings.

  3. FC - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Now THAT I can’t abide by. AL Park DH. NL Park no DH. Inconsistent rule.

    • ngearhart1981 - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      So you want bad hitters in the ASG?

      • CJ - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        You mean, like the Cliff Lee who homered this weekend? Just sayin’

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:51 PM

        No…like the Cliff Lee who had more RBI than runs he allowed in June.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jul 11, 2011 at 5:48 PM

        Pretty sure there would just be a pinch hitter each time the pitcher comes up. This needs to happen to keep the rule consistent. NL park needs no DH.

    • FC - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      Enough with the “bad hitters” canard. If that’s all you got, then there’s no point in discussing this with you. Besides Cliff Lee hit a Home Run Saturday. I love it when other starters underestimate the opposing pitchers. It’s a nice surprise when they come through. Personal preference aside:

      Rules should be consistent per the stadium you’re playing in. End of discussion. I would be making the same point if this were an AL park and the pitchers were hitting.

      • ngearhart1981 - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        “If that’s all you’ve got”….isn’t that enough? Do you think Derek Jeter should be an all-star? He hit a home run Saturday too.

      • CJ - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:47 PM

        Hey ngrearhart, Jeter IS an all star. He was voted to be the starter for reasons beyond my comprehension.

        Try another example.

      • ngearhart1981 - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        CJ…you just said above that Cliff Lee deserves to hit in the ASG because he hit a homerun on Saturday. Then you say that Jeter has no business hitting in the ASG even though he hit a homerun on Saturday. Pick one.

      • CJ - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM

        Dude, I said neither. I said a pitcher in the ASG hit a homer, so don’t say pitchers can’t hit.

        I also answered your point that Jeter shouldn’t be an all star just because he hit a homer by saying, you’re right, he’s an all star because the fans voted weeks ago. Way to spin the facts.

      • ngearhart1981 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM

        CJ, you don’t get it dude. If you are saying that Cliff Lee is a good hitter because he hit A home run, then I am saying you are wrong. One home run doesn’t make a good hitter; it certainly doesn’t make a better hitter than Carlos Beltran.

  4. sdelmonte - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Beltran as DH…a preview of things to come?

  5. randall351 - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    You know that if all the people who bitch about how crappy the All Star Game is, or meaningless it is, or the fact that like the Army with their “Rangers” a huge number of baseball players are “All Stars” therefore watering down the title, would perhaps just NOT WATCH IT. Then MLB would possible change something? But as long as they all continue to watch and baseball gets millions of dollars for it then the status quo shall remain.

  6. ngearhart1981 - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Wait, so at the All Star Game, which is supposed to showcase the best of the best, you’d rather watch a pitcher hit than Ortiz or Beltran? Sheesh. Why not put McCann in CF while you’re at it?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      Pinch hitters would be used in the pitchers spot anyway, so it is really irrelevant to have the DH. Even if the pitcher would hit, so what? Would it not be priceless to watch Cliff Lee take a guy yard in the All-Star game?

      • ngearhart1981 - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        About as priceless as watching Adrian Beltre strike a guy out and my winning the lottery, and about as likely to happen. And just because they are going to use pinch hitters doesn’t mean it should be encouraged by putting bad hitters in an ASG lineup.

      • FC - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

        If anything it’s quite the opposite it encourages: the Managers will showcase different hitters and the pitchers will have to be changed frequently.

      • ngearhart1981 - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        drmonkey and FC, I don’t know if you guys fall in this category, and if you don’t I’m sorry…but people seem to complain all the time about all the lineup changes/substitutions in the ASG, but you guys are saying that excess subs because of hitters pitching is a good thing? I think the all-inclusive star game is weak personally….I’d like to see starters go for at least half the game.

  7. spudchukar - Jul 11, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    I’ve always been a fan of Bruce Bochy but some of his all-star decisions are hard to comprehend. If Beltran’s defense has deteriorated to the point where he isn’t a better outfielder than Berkman, then the Mets better be looking to trade him to the AL.

    And why is he hitting second? And why would he choose to hit McCann 5th? Here are the splits:
    Beltran .285/.377/.880/13 HRs
    McCann .310/.381/.894/15 HRs
    Holliday .327/.418/.995/14 HRs
    Berkman .290/404/1.006/24 HRs

    And why isn’t Albert Pujols on the All-Star team? His splits, while arguably the worst in his career, at the break are still a respectable .280/.357/.857/18 HRs. Even if he turned down the invitation to rest his wrist, don’t his career numbers at least get him the invite? He has been an all-star in 9 of 10 seasons, with only his second season as a blemish, a year incidentally that he finished 2nd in the MVP voting. I am pretty sure he has earned the credentials necessary to get an offer, and I am sure the fans would agree.

    • Neil Jung - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      Well, Beltran is a better OF than Berkman, but seeing as how, at this stage in his career, he’s somewhat less durable than a Faberge Egg, Bochy would have a tough time explaining why the Giants possible Plan A trade target was injured running into a wall or something in an exhibition.

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