The midsummer classic is set to take over Washington D.C. one week from today. Last Thursday, fan voting concluded with some races still too close to tell while others looked set. On Sunday evening, Major League Baseball shared the starting line up, pitchers, reserves, and the Final Vote nominees. Take a look at who made it below.
American League Starters
- First Base- Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
- Second Base- Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
- Third Base- Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
- Shortstop- Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
- Outfield- Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
- Outfield- Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
- Outfield- Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
- C- Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays
- DH- J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox
National League Starters
- First Base- Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
- Second Base- Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
- Third base- Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
- Shortstop- Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants
- Outfield- Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves
- Outfield- Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Outfield- Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals.
- Catcher- Willson Conteras, Chicago Cubs
- Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians
- Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins
- Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees
- Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros
- J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays
- Joe Jimenez, Detroit Tigers
- Clay Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
- Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
- Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
- Luis Severino, New York Yankees
- Blake Treinen, Oakland Athletics
- Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander is set to pitch next Sunday and has already informed MLB that he will not pitch in the All-Star game.
Verlander was in contention to start but after declaring himself ineligible, it opens it opens the debate up and help others’ chances. One of those being, Chris Sale.
Sale has found himself once again as of the top pitcher in all of baseball. Chris Sale has started 19 game, going 9-4 with a 2.36 ERA (122 IP/32 ER), 176 strikeouts, .181 opposing batting average, and a 0.81 WHIP. Those stats once again give him a strong chance of starting and if he keeps it up, his first Cy Young award. If Sale starts, he will become the first pitcher since Phillies’ Robin Robert (1953-1955) to make three consecutive All-Star Game starts. No AL pitcher has done it since Lefty Gomez; Gomez started the first All-Star game and went on to pitch the following five games.
- Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
- Sean Doolittle, Washington Nationals
- Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta Braves
- Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewer
- Brad Hand, San Diego Padres
- Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
- Mike Mikolas, St. Louis Cardinals
- Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
- Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
- Felipe Vazquez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Scherzer has put together a solid resume to start back-to-back All-Star games. He is 12-5 with a 2.33 ERA (127.2 IP/33 ER), 177 strikeouts, and .179 opposing batting average. The Nationals’ pitcher can become the first pitcher since Chris Sale (2016 and 2017) and the first National League pitcher since 2000-2001 when Randy Johnson got the start. Also the game is being played at his home stadium so it is pretty fitting.
Sean Doolittle was placed on the DL because of a pinched nerve in his foot, via MLB’s Jamal Collier. This will prevent him from pitching in the All-Star Game.
- 1B- Mitch Moreland, Boston Red Sox
- 2B- Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees
- 3B- Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
- SS- Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
- OF- Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
- OF- Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners
- OF- George Springer, Houston Astros
- OF- Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
- C- Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
- DH- Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie will replace Gleyber Torres. Torres has a right hip strain.
- 1B- Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
- 2B- Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves
- 2B, Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds
- SS- Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
- 3B- Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati Reds
- OF- Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
- OF- Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers
- OF- Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
- C- Buster Posey, Buster Posey
- C- J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins
St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina will replace Giants’ Buster Posey. Posey is dealing with right hip inflammation.
The Final Vote allows fans to decide on one more athlete from each league worthy enough of playing in the All-Star Game. The voting ends on Wednesday, June 11 at 4 p.m. Eastern.
Best Moment from the ASG Selections
Chicago Cubs’ catcher Willson Contreras spent nearly 8 seasons in the minor leagues before entering the league in 2015. The electrifying catcher even switched from third base to catcher to fit the Cubs’ need. Sunday night, he became an All-Star with the help of the fans’ votes.
The 2018 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Nationals Park on June 17th. The 89th midsummer classic game will start at 7 p.m. and air on FOX.