Jamie Moyer’s Notebook All-Star Edition: 2015 All-Star Game


Tonight will be the playing of the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and it is filled with stars ranging from young phenoms like Mike Trout to first-ballot Hall-of-Famers like Albert Pujols. Before you tune in for the action, let’s get you filled in on what to watch for at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

American League (39-43-2) vs. National League (43-39-2) 8:00 PM EST

Starting Pitchers: Dallas Keuchel LHP (11-4, 2.23 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke RHP (8-2, 1.39 ERA)

American League Bullpen: RHP Sonny Gray, RHP Felix Hernandez, RHP Chris Archer, LHP David Price, LHP Chris Sale, LHP Hector Santiago, RHP Dellin Betances, RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Kelvin Herrera, RHP Wade Davis, RHP Darren O’Day, LHP Glen Perkins, LHP Zach Britton

National League Bullpen: RHP Max Scherzer, RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Michael Wacha, RHP Jacob deGrom, RHP Shelby Miller, RHP A.J. Burnett, LHP Madison Bumgarner, LHP Clayton Kershaw, RHP Trevor Rosenthal, RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Jonathan Papelbon, RHP Francisco Rodriguez, LHP Aroldis Chapman, RHP Carlos Martinez


American League:

1. Mike Trout, Anaheim Angels, CF

2. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays, 3B

3. Albert Pujols, Anaheim Angels, 1B

4. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners, DH

5. Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals, RF

6. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles, LF

7. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals, C

8. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros, 2B

9. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals, SS

*Voted as starters, will not play due to injury: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers, 1B; Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals, OF*

Bench: C Russel Martin, C Stephen Vogt, 1B Prince Fielder, 1B Mark Teixeira (replaced Miguel Cabrera on roster), 2B Jason Kipnis, SS Jose Iglesias, 3B Manny Machado, 3B Mike Moustakas, OF J.D. Martinez, OF Jose Bautista, UTIL Brock Holt, OF Brett Gardner (replaced Alex Gordon on roster)

National League:

Jul 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; (From left to right) National League outfielder

Bryce Harper

(34) of the Washington Nationals, outfielder

Andrew McCutchen

(22) of the Pittsburg Pirates, third baseman

Kris Bryant

(17) of the Chicago Cubs, first baseman

Anthony Rizzo

(44) of the Chicago Cubs, and second baseman

Dee Gordon

(9) of the Miami Marlins chat during workout day the day before the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

1. Andrew McCutchen CF

2. Todd Frazier 3B

3. Bryce Harper RF

4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B

5. Buster Posey C

6. Anthony Rizzo DH

7. Jhonny Peralta SS

8. Joc Pederson LF

9. DJ LeMahieu 2B

*Voted as starters, will not play due to injury: Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins, 2B; Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals, OF; Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins, OF*

Bench: C Yadier Molina, C Yasmani Grandal, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, 2B Joe Panik, SS Brandon Crawford, SS Troy Tulowitzki (replaced Dee Gordon on roster), 3B Nolan Arenado, 3B Kris Bryant (replaced Giancarlo Stanton on roster), OF Justin Upton, OF A.J. Pollock, OF Ryan Braun

3 Things To Watch For:

1. Mike Trout Is A Living Legend

As much as I hate what he does against the Seattle Mariners, Mike Trout is incredibly fun to watch. When you are being referred to as “The Mick” at the age of 23, you are doing something right. Trout’s 26 homers are second in all of baseball, and he is coming off a two homer game on July 10 in Seattle. Big Mike loves being in the spotlight, and I look for him to do something special tonight. Keep a close eye on Mike Trout’s at-bats tonight.

2. Zack Greinke, My Goodness…

So apparently Zack Greinke is currently on a scoreless streak of 35.2 innings pitched, which explains his preposterous ERA of 1.39 and his measly two losses on the season. That is some video game stuff, especially considering that the guy has thrown 123.1 innings. Throw on top of that Greinke’s WHIP of 0.84 and it seems that we have seen the full maturation of a former top pitching prospect. If Trout goes deep, it is going to have to be later in the game, because I don’t expect Zack to give up snot while he is on the hill. A perfect All-Star Game outing for Zach Greinke tonight, however long he stays in the game.

3. Who’s Your Daddy?

Ok, I will admit it, I had Todd Frazier falling in the first round of last night’s Home Run Derby… But alas, he has proven me wrong, and I won’t make the same mistake twice. The Todd-Father was clearly pumped to take center-stage in front of his home crowd, en route to an HR Derby victory. I say that Frazier rides the momentum into the All-Star Game, picking up a pair of hits, including an electrifying homer. I just hope that it comes in his first at-bat, because I don’t want that impending tater to come off of the Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez.

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