It’s MLB All-Star Week in Cleveland, and after Pete Alonso stole the spotlight from Vladimir Guerrero Jr to win the Home Run Derby on Monday, baseball’s brightest stars prepare to fight for league bragging rights Tuesday night. We asked our professionals on the scene in Ohio to weigh in with their Midsummer Classic forecasts.
All-Star Game: Who will win and by what score?
Jeffrey Passan: AL, 4-3. In the past 30 video games that didn’t end with a tie, the AL is 24 -6. This does not truly matter, but thinking a rating for an All-Star Game is entirely logic-free, too.
Joon Lee: The National League, 12 -7, but I also might not inform you the score of actually any All-Star game ever played.
Dan Mullen: NL, 9-7. The NL simply has more star depth than the AL does today. But the genuine concern here is: Will the All-Star home run record set in 2015 be broken? I say yes, with a lots balls heading into the Cleveland night.
David Schoenfield: The AL extends its winning streak to seven video games with a 6-4 success.
Your All-Star Game MVP pick?
Passan: Joey Gallo He’s the likeliest player to show up later on in the video game, when it’s still close, and hit a crucial house run. The All-Star Video game MVP formula.
Lee: Nolan Arenado, however who actually knows?
Mullen: Cody Bellinger This is the Year of Yeli and Belli, however because we don’t know if Yelich will get involved Tuesday night yet, let’s choose Bellinger striking a number of bombs to win All-Star MVP.
Schoenfield: When in doubt, choose Mike Trout
What’s the one All-Star Game matchup you are most delighted to see?
Passan: Justin Verlander vs. Cody Bellinger: In the 2017 World Series, Bellinger went 0-for-5 with 5 strikeouts– all swinging– against Verlander. Safe to state Bellinger 2.0 is searching for a different result this time.
Mullen: Justin Verlander vs. the heart of the NL lineup. At-bats against Verlander tend to end with a long ball or a strikeout today, and I can’t wait to see which of those 2 results we get when the Astros’ ace takes the mound to face Yelich, Bellinger, Javier Baez and Nolan Arenado on Tuesday night.