Game Thread: 2011 All Star Game in Phoenix, AZ

First Pitch: 7:10 CT
TV: FOX (Local channel 9)
Know Thine Enemy: The National League
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While some still debate the usefulness of the MLB All Star game (and whether or not fans should have their votes count as much as they do), I thoroughly enjoy the Summer Classic. American League vs. National League. Some of your favorite players working together with some of your least favorite for a purpose-home field advantage in the World Series. Perhaps it's not the best way to determine that, and the game certainly has its flaws, but it's still a lot of fun to watch some of the very best players in the game play together.


After the jump is some information on the starting pitchers and tonight's starting roster for each league. Go go!

American League

Starting for the AL this year is the Angels' Jered Weaver, who's been nothing short of spectacular.


Jered Weaver

#36 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Angels

6-7

215

R

R

Oct 04, 1982



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jered Weaver 11-4 19 19 4 2 0 0 140.1 97 30 29 5 31 120 1.86 .91

Look at those stats. Dirty.

Here's the starting roster for the American League:

1B: Adrian Gonzalez, BOS
2B: Robinson Cano, NYY (Home Run Derby Champ, 2011)
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE
3B: Adrian Beltre, TEX
OF: Jose Bautista, TOR
OF: Josh Hamilton, TEX
OF: Curtis Granderson, NYY
DH: David Ortiz, BOS

AL Reserves:

C: Russell Martin, NYY
C: Matt Wieters, BAL
1B: Miguel Cabrera, DET
1B: Paul Konerko, CWS
2B: Howie Kendrick, LAA
3B: Kevin Youkilis, BOS
SS: Jhonny Peralta, DET
OF: Michael Cuddyer, MIN
OF: Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS
OF: Matt Joyce, TB
OF: Carlos Quentin, CWS
DH: Michael Young, TEX


National League

Starting for the NL this year is the one and only Roy Halladay. I'm a HUGE Halladay fan, and am glad he gets the start tonight. I mean, remember the NO-HITTER he threw in last year's post-season? Dude's crazy good. Fun fact: Halladay's full name is Harry Leroy Halladay III.


Roy Halladay

#34 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-6

230

R

R

May 14, 1977



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Roy Halladay 11-3 19 19 6 0 0 0 143.1 129 40 39 8 17 138 2.45 1.02

17 walks and 138 Ks. Ridiculous.

Starting roster for the (vastly inferior) National League:

C: Brian McCann, ATL
1B: Prince Fielder, MIL
2B: Rickie Weeks, MIL
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, COL
3B: Scott Rolen, CIN
OF: Lance Berkman, STL
OF: Matt Kemp, LAD
OF: Matt Holliday, STL
DH: Carlos Beltran, NYM

NL Reserves:

C: Yadier Molina, STL
C: Miguel Montero, ARZ
1B: Gaby Sanchez, FLA
1B: Joey Votto, CIN
2B: Brandon Phillips, CIN
SS: Jose Reyes, NYM
SS: Starlin Castro, CHC
3B: Placido Polanco, PHI
3B: Pablo Sandoval, SFG
3B: Chipper Jones, ATL
OF: Ryan Braun, MIL
OF: Jay Bruce, CIN
OF: Hunter Pence, HOU
OF: Andrew McCutchen, PIT
OF: Justin Upton, ARI
OF: Shane Victorino, PHI
OF: Andre Ethier, LAD

Here's to a great All Star Game and maybe a Cuddy bomb in the later innings. Enjoy the game, guys, Jesse will have your recap in the morning.

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