MLB All Star Game 2022- American League vs National League Game Preview

The Midsummer Classic will finally get back to Dodgers Stadium. Los Angeles was scheduled to host the All-Star Game in 2020 before a global pandemic shut down Major League Baseball. The season finally started after a major delay, but the All-Star game was cancelled altogether that season. Now, for the first time since 1980, the All-Star Game is back in Los Angeles.

The Midsummer Classic has been played annually since 1933, first hosted by the Chicago White Sox. The series has been close through the years with the American League leading all-time 46-43 by outscoring the National League 378-372. That has not been the case in recent years.

The American League has dominated the series over the course of the last 34 years. Aside from the cancelled 2020 game and the tie in 2002, the American League has gone 26-6. More recently the American League enters this contest on the heels of eight straight wins and a 20-3 record in the last 23 games.

The National League lost lost 8 All Star games in a row and the American League is now a short underdog in order to win their 9th straight.

On Monday afternoon Brian Snitker announced his starter, and to no one’s surprise Clayton Kershaw will start at Dodgers Stadium for the National League. Clayton Kershaw is a nine-time All-Star, but this will be his first start. Dusty Baker announced Shane McClanahan, who has had an incredible year, as the AL starter. He will be the first Rays pitcher to start an All-Star game since David Price.

It is likely that both will not see more than two innings of work at the most, although we can see both pitching the first and then enjoying the rest of the game from the dugout. Shohei Ohtani is again an All-Star, both on the hill and in the batter’s box. We expect to him get to highlight all his capabilities.

The National League will try to end the losing streak and will have two hometown favorites  Mookie Betts and Trea Turner helping the cause. However, the absences will affect a potent lineup as they will miss Bryce Harper and Nolan Arenado due to injuries. While there is no shortage of talent in pitching, the National League will be without the services of Corbin Burns, Max Fried, and Carlos Rodon.

An argument could be made that the American League has more available, especially with guys like Jose Ramirez and J.D. Martinez available to pinch hit. They will be a nice compliment to an already home run-heavy lineup that features much of the American League East.

Prediction: American League ML

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