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All-Star game lineups, with Jeter and McCutchen leading off

Jul 14, 2014, 1:25 PM EST

Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright and Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez have been named the starting pitchers for the All-Star game, and here are the starting lineups they’ll be facing tomorrow night:

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

You know it’s a helluva lineup when Giancarlo Stanton is batting fifth and you know it’s a helluva outfield alignment defensively when Carlos Gomez is playing left field.

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

Derek Jeter is leading off for the American League despite being the worst hitter in either lineup based on this season’s numbers, although that’s perhaps not surprising given the send-off he’s likely to receive throughout the game. Mike Trout is playing left field while Adam Jones mans center field, and the guy with the most homers in the AL lineup, Nelson Cruz, is batting sixth as the designated hitter.

  1. chip56 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    My guess is a long standing ovation for Jeter to open the bottom of the first.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    It’s a good thing this game doesn’t mean anything and we can be nice guys and bat a .272 hitter leadoff…

    • sophiethegreatdane - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Yeah, but he’s slugging .322. So, you know, power.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Is power the first thing you look at when judging a lead-off hitter?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        scatter, I think you missed the sarcasm font on sophie’s response…

      • scatterbrian - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        It’s actually the people around me today who have been clogging my sarcasm filter :/

  3. historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    The Captain and Cano, together again.

    • gdobs227 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Yes, the baseball gods are truly smiling upon us.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        I think even the baseball gods are yawning at this.

    • fearlessleader - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      “Love….love will keep us together….”

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        I’m glad that we were on the same wavelength there.

  4. gdobs227 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    They should let the AL hit first in the first inning so Jeter can lead off the game ad get a proper ovation before anyone else gets to come to the plate. No one wants to sit around watching the NL take their ABs while breathlessly awaiting Jeter’s. This is going to be the most important and historical AB is all star game history. I hope that MLB and FOX treat it the gravitas that it deserves.

    • mkd - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      This is satire right?

      • gdobs227 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        No way bruh. Dead serious here. He should probably take a few ABs for the NL too.

    • rpiddy - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      That’s a clown comment bro.

    • sportsdrenched - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      The Severe Storms Prediction Center in Norman, Ok currently has the NE seaboard in a “slight risk” for severe weather tomorrow. Why is this important??…that means a New York station will break in with weather coverage just as Jetes is taking this historical All Star Game at bat.

  5. bmadormo - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Let’s let the captain lead off and hit his customary ground ball to third or short. Look on the bright side it saves the team from watching him hit into his ever popular double play.

    • baberuthslegs - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Now I’m really hoping Jeter gets a hit his first time up. Thanks.

  6. Alex K - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    McCutchen is a really good CF, but Gomez is the best defensive CF in MLB. I think McCutchen should play LF.

    • uwsptke - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Agreed. I thought Gomez should hit second, but he tends to get pretty excited for stuff like this and won’t be patient enough to work the count and will be swinging out of his shoes.

    • gdobs227 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      He’s an excellent center fielder. However, not only is he not better than Gomez, he’s not better than Marte or Polanco either.

  7. mvp43 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    This is a complete joke. If fans want Jeter to start for sentimental reasons, I have absolutely no problems with that. But the fact that this game actually means something now pisses me off. Jeter sucks and shouldn’t be anywhere near near the field. If MLB wants this game to decide home field, then be damn sure that only the best players be allowed to play.

    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      I would love to rant against Jeter playing in the ASG, but I know that if I did, he’d go 2 for 2 with a couple of line drive hits to RF and 2 runs scored while making a couple of nice leaping catches.

      Don’t tug on Superman’s cape.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      What are people so upset about? How much different is this team with Jeter leading off vs. Alexei Ramirez batting 9th? Jeter will get his two ABs then sit on the bench and enjoy the show. If the game hinges entirely on his 2 ABs then the AL is in trouble to begin with.

      • indaburg - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        It’s not Jeter’s two ABs I fear. It’s any ball hit to him.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        He is fine with balls hit to him. It is only those hit slightly to his left or right that give him trouble.

        With Felix on the mound, Jeter could go out there in a lawn chair it it would still be all good. He’s got this.

      • indaburg - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        Grrrrrr…. lawn chair, huh?

  8. hk62 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    The King vs Cutch is a cooler opening match than Jeets vs Wano will be – unless, Wainwright grooves him one it being his last ASG and all (Jeter still has to hit it).

  9. jmbic - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Guys, leading Jeter off makes perfect sense IF the plan is to pull him after one plate appearance – then he can hurt you in the field for only one inning. Of course, I will be shocked if that is the plan.

  10. wilmyers09 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    bmadormo jeter is a class act and one of best ss in history and u make fun of him thats sad bro on ur part

    • gdobs227 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Seriously! When will Jeter ever get any kind of praise? Very sad indeed.

  11. sportsdrenched - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    A Royal is in the All-Star starting line-up for the first time since…hell I don’t know…a long time. Dayton Moore’s Process MUST be working!

    • scatterbrian - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Did the process include knocking Weiters out for the season?

  12. mvp43 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Jeter may only get 1 plate appearance and he may get hit, great, but that’s not the point. The point is…….. with home field advantage on the line, MLB is saying that this is no longer a exhibition, but rather a meaningful “real” game. How the hell can you let fans vote with so much at stake? doesn’t make sense.

    • stex52 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Really, the answer is because in the end it is just a game. They make arbitrary rules. We root.

    • scatterbrian - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      The players get more votes than the fans, and they have more at stake than the fans. So be sure to blame the players when Charlie Blackmon or Josh Harrison is up with the game on the line.

      Jeter was going to be in this game as long as he had a pulse.

  13. tmc602014 - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    So many of you guys need to relax. First, the ASG doesn’t “mean anything” – the advantage in the WS is as arbitrary as it ever was. I personally don’t remember anyone – ever – saying “I wanted that hit so that (my league) could have home-field for the WS”. It’s another day at the office, and if anything less meaningful than the other 162. So, it’s probably more about fun and games, which is what it should be. I remember Fernando Valenzuela, referring to another pitcher, telling the Oscar Madisons that he would give him belt-high, center of plate fastballs and let him hit it if he could. If he’d made that statement before a game that counted, I’m sure it would have broken an unwritten rule…

  14. nbjays - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Get Jeter’s obligatory retirement love-fest at-bat out of the way early, then remove him for a defensive replacement in the 2nd inning.

  15. sleepyirv - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    The fact Jeter is leading off is essentially meaningless since he’ll be removed quickly like all the starters. The fact it’s the All-Star game makes it completely meaningless.

  16. bmadormo - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Mkd satire is correct. He is a class act but this is not a good year. 40 yrs old still playing SS really hurts the team. First ballot HOF w/o question

  17. bmadormo - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Wilmyers-Jeter has always been about doing your job and never putting yourself above team. Trying to play SS AT 40 and his offense has slipped so much he really is holding the team back. First ballot HOF w/0 a doubt but he is a shell of what he has stood for throughout his career.

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