All-Stars by the numbers: More information than you could ever want about the starting lineups
Breaking down the All-Star Game starting lineups
There is a lot of information out there about the MLB All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile. There are the starting lineups, the reserves, the injury replacements and the Final Vote campaigns. There are the pitchers. There are highlight reels and statistical cases to be made for all of the players involved. It's enough to make one feel a tad inundated with knowledge.
But good news: We have even more information for you! Because there's no such thing as having too much info about this year's All-Stars, we've broken down the American and National League starting lineups -- including Adam Jones, Albert Pujols and Andrew McCutchen in place of the injured Alex Gordon, Miguel Cabrera and Giancarlo Stanton -- into fun categories like "Longest Home Run" and "Last Name Scrabble Value." Have you been wondering which All-Star grew up nearest to Great American Ball Park? PERFECT.
In the interest of knowing as much as you can about this year's All-Star starters, read below -- on game day, you might be able to even wow your friends with some fun facts.
This is cool: The AL and NL lineups are exactly the same age, on average. Both leagues' starters have an average age of 28.6 years. Before Gordon's injury, the AL was slightly older, at 28.8.
Even cooler: Matt Holliday and Pujols, both 35, are the oldest All-Stars in 2015 -- but the Cardinals outfielder, born on Jan. 15, 1980, beats his former teammate, born Jan. 16, 1980, by a single day.
Height & Weight
At 6-foot-4, Matt Holliday stands the tallest, enjoying a one-inch vertical over five starters listed at 6-foot-3.
More cool symmetry: The AL and NL lineups weigh exactly the same -- an average of 214 pounds -- if we round to the nearest integer.
Longest home run this season
Because we all want to know who the most powerful All-Stars are, according to the Statcast™ leaderboards ...
AL Projected HR Distance Leaders 483 ft Nelson Cruz 481 ft Josh Donaldson 481 ft Hanley Ramirez 474 ft Justin Smoak 471 ft Alex Rodriguez- #Statcast (@statcast) July 8, 2015
NL Projected HR Distance Leaders 479 ft Giancarlo Stanton 477 ft Kris Bryant 477 ft Joc Pederson 475 ft Brandon Belt 474 ft Ryan Braun- #Statcast (@statcast) July 8, 2015
Nelson Cruz has the longest projected home run of any Major Leaguer this year -- followed closely by fellow All-Star Josh Donaldson (and non-AS Hanley Ramirez). The longest homer in the NL belongs to the injured Giancarlo Santon (who's surprised?).
Pitches seen per plate appearance
Does patience come with age? It would appear not, because while Holliday (3.83) and Pujols (3.77) have respectable P/PA numbers, the two youngest starters are among the top three most patient. Mike Trout's 4.30 P/PA is highest, followed by Paul Goldschmidt (4.20) and Harper (4.17).
Seven of the eight NL starters see more than 3.5 pitches every time they're at the plate, while five of nine AL starters do. Altuve is on the other end, wasting no time at the plate and seeing just 3.22 pitches.
Hometown distance to Cincinnati
We know what the All-Star rosters would look like if the game were split between players born in the U.S. and international players. But what if you want to know which starter grew up closest to Great American Ball Park?
That'd be Goldschmidt, who hails from Wilmington, De. At 568 miles, it's still quite a trek from the Reds' ballpark, but compared to Venezuela's Altuve, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar, Goldy practically grew up in the stadium's shadows.
Last Name Scrabble Value
We're a far cry from the embarrassment of Scrabble riches provided by pitching matchups like Mike Foltynewicz and Anthony DeSclafani, but one thing is clear: In a game of Scrabble that allows proper nouns, the NL would wipe the board with the AL.
With a last name value of 16, Perez leads the AL to a total of 90 Scrabble points. The NL laughs at those paltry tile values with its 113 point total, thanks in large part to Goldschmidt (a sneaky All-Star best 21 points), Todd Frazier (19) and McCutchen (20). That's a 23-point win for the NL, and they're even one man short (the AL's DH spot gives them nine players in the lineup, officially).
We're just saying, it's a good thing the ASG is decided on the field.