Get ready for lots of firepower in the 2016 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale will start on the mound for the American League and San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto getting the nod for the National League at Petco Park in San Diego.
The announcements were made on Monday during All-Star press conferences, by AL manager Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals and NL manager Terry Collins of the New York Mets.
Sale, who led the American League with 274 strikeouts in 2015 and averaged 225 strikeouts from 2012-2015, is third in the AL with 123 strikeouts this season but first in innings (125) and he leads the major leagues with 14 wins to go with his 3.38 ERA.
Sale is the first White Sox pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Mark Buehrle in 2005, and the fifth Chicago south sider to start the Midsummer Classic, also joining Billy Pierce (1953, 1955, 1956), Early Wynn (1959) and Esteban Loaiza (2003).
Cueto is in the first year of a six-year, $130 million contract with San Francisco, and has so far paid immediate dividends, helping the Giants to first place in the National League West at the break, poised for another even-year postseason run.
Cueto is 13-1 with a 2.47 ERA, 115 strikeouts and just 24 walks in 18 starts, leading the NL in wins and leading the major leagues with 131⅓ innings. He is the eighth different Giants pitcher to start an All-Star Game, and the first since Matt Cain in 2012.
He might have faced competition from teammate Madison Bumgarner, 10-4 and second in the NL with a 1.94 ERA, but Bumgarner won't pitch in the All-Star Game because he started on Sunday for the Giants. That the starting spot was open in the first place is really only because Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is on the disabled list.
Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA, and at the time he went on the DL led the majors in ERA and innings (121), and was second in strikeouts (145) with an absurdly low nine walks.
The All-Star Game will be televised at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday night on Fox, with pregame festivities beginning at 7 p.m. on FS1. Joe Buck has play-by-play duties, joined in the booth by analyst John Smoltz, with Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci reporting from the dugouts.
|Batting order||AL starting lineup||NL starting lineup|
|1||Jose Altuve, 2B||Ben Zobrist, 2B|
|2||Mike Trout, CF||Bryce Harper, RF|
|3||Manny Machado, 3B||Kris Bryant, 3B|
|4||David Ortiz, DH||Wil Myers, DH|
|5||Xander Bogaerts, SS||Buster Posey, C|
|6||Eric Hosmer, 1B||Anthony Rizzo, 1B|
|7||Mookie Betts, RF||Marcell Ozuna, CF|
|8||Salvador Perez, C||Carlos Gonzalez, LF|
|9||Jackie Bradley Jr., LF||Addison, Russell, SS|
|SP||Chris Sale||Johnny Cueto|