All-Star Game Picks – Adam Wainwright vs Felix Hernandez


You can’t argue with the managers’choices to start Tuesday night’s All-Star Game on the mound, that’s for sure. since the American League will go with Seattle’s Felix Hernandez and the NL with St. Louis’Adam Wainwright. Those two would be the likely Cy Young favorites at the All-Star Break inside their respective leagues. The AL is really a slight WagerWeb favorite on MLB betting for Tuesday’s game at Minnesota’s Target Field.

All-Star Game WHO WILL WINWainwright is one of just two NL pitchers to attain the break with twelve wins. He ranks second in the league in ERA (1.83) and leads the NL in innings pitched (138) and complete games (three). Wainwright has finished at the very least seven innings in 16 of his 19 starts, holding the opponent scoreless in nine of those games. Wainwright will be the first Cardinals pitcher to start an All-Star Game since 2005, when then-Cards manager Tony La Russa selected Chris Carpenter for the honor.

Hernandez will be the first Mariners pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Randy Johnson in 1997. Hernandez’s 2.12 ERA broke Johnson’s club record for the cheapest such mark at an All-Star break. Hernandez will the initial Venezuelan pitcher ever to start the game. King Felix has a 0.90 WHIP, and he has struck out 154 batters against 25 walks in 144 1/3 innings. His ballpark-adjusted ERA+ of 177 (or 77 percentage points above league average) is, now, the best of his career — even better compared to the 174 mark he held at the conclusion of his Cy Young season of 2010. You’ve to go all the way back to May 12 to find the last time he gave up more than two runs in a outing. In 11 starts since, Hernandez is 7-1 with a 1.48 ERA and a .173 batting average against.

The very first batter Hernandez will face will soon be Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen, the 2013 NL MVP. McCutchen earned the nod to play center over Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez, who’ll shift to left field with this game for Mike Matheny’s club. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, playing in his final Midsummer Classic before his retirement at the conclusion of the summer season, is leading off for manager John Farrell’s club against Wainwright.

Here are generally starting lineups.

National League

1. CF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

2. RF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

3. SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

4. 1B Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs

5. DH Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

6. 3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers

7. 2B Chase Utley, Phillies

8. C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers

9. LF Carlos Gomez, Brewers

American League

1. SS Derek Jeter, Yankees

2. LF Mike Trout, Angels

3. 2B Robinson Cano, Mariners

4. 1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

5. RHP Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

6. DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles

7. CF Adam Jones, Orioles

8. 3B Josh Donaldson, A’s

9. C Salvador Perez, Royals


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