Cleveland, OH – Earlier today, the 2019 All-Star Game managers, Alex Cora of the American League and Dave Roberts of the National League, announced their starting lineups for Baseball’s 90th Midsummer Classic, to be played on Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The lineups were announced at this afternoon’s 2019 All-Star Game Press Conference, which was carried live by MLB Network.
Roberts' NL lineup and Cora’s AL lineup appear above.
Cora has selected right-hander Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros as the AL’s starting pitcher. This marks the second All-Star start for Verlander, who took the hill at the 2012 Midsummer Classic in Kansas City as a member of the Detroit Tigers. The 36-year-old will become the 33rd pitcher in history to make multiple All-Star starts, and the 12th to do so for different teams, joining Hall of Famers Randy Johnson, Jack Morris, and Steve Carlton; 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Roy Halladay; and Chris Sale, Roger Clemens, Vida Blue, David Wells, Curt Schilling, Dean Chance and former teammate Max Scherzer. Verlander, an eight-time All-Star, is 10-4 with a 2.98 ERA over 19 starts on the season. In 126.2 innings pitched, he has allowed 43 runs (42 earned) on 76 hits with 27 walks and 153 strikeouts. Verlander currently ranks 18th all-time with 2,859 strikeouts and has passed Frank Tanana, Cy Young, Mike Mussina, Mickey Lolich and Jim Bunning on the list thus far in 2019. He is one of 22 pitchers in Major League history to be selected to eight All-Star Games, and 19 of the previous 21 are in the Hall of Fame.
Roberts has chosen Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu as the NL’s starting pitcher. Ryu, who is an All-Star for the first time in his career, is the fourth South Korean-born All-Star in history, joining Shin-Soo Choo (2018), Byung-Hyun Kim (2002) and Chan Ho Park (2001). In addition, Ryu will become the first South Korean-born pitcher to start the Midsummer Classic, and just the second native of an Asian country to do so, joining former Dodgers hurler and Japan native Hideo Nomo, who started the 1995 All-Star Game in Texas for the NL. Overall, Ryu is the 12th different foreign-born pitcher to start the All-Star Game (13th time overall), joining Hall of Famer Juan Marichal of the Dominican Republic (NL, 1965 and 1967); Luis Tiant of Cuba (AL, 1968); Fernando Valenzuela of Mexico (NL, 1981); Mario Soto of the D.R. (NL, 1983); Charlie Lea of France (NL, 1984); Nomo; Hall of Famer Pedro Martínez of the D.R. (AL, 1999); Esteban Loaiza of Mexico (AL, 2003); Ubaldo Jiménez of the D.R. (NL, 2010); Félix Hernández of Venezuela (AL, 2014); and Johnny Cueto of the D.R. (NL, 2016). Ryu, who is 10-2 on the season, leads all Major League pitchers with a 1.73 ERA on the season and did not allow more than one walk in his first 16 starts of the season, the second-longest streak to start a season by any NL pitcher since 1920, behind only Bob Tewksbury (20 straight in 1993). His 0.91 WHIP leads all NL pitchers, and his 9.9 strikeout-to-walk ratio thus far (99 strikeouts, 10 walks) is on pace to be the second-highest in NL history, behind only Bret Saberhagen, who posted a 11.00 ratio in 1994.
With the starts by Verlander and Ryu, tomorrow night will mark just the ninth time in history, and the first time since 2001 (Johnson, Clemens), that the Midsummer Classic features two starting pitchers age 32-or-older. The other occurrences came in 2000 (Johnson, Wells); 1998 (Greg Maddux, Wells); 1989 (Rick Reuschel, Dave Stewart); 1979 (Carlton, Nolan Ryan); 1961 (Bob Purkey, Bunning); 1940 (Paul Derringer, Red Ruffing); and 1939 (Derringer, Ruffing). In addition, both the Dodgers and the Astros last had pitchers start the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati in 2015, when Zack Greinke of the Dodgers squared off against Houston’s Dallas Keuchel.
The 90th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the U.S., while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. For more information about MLB All-Star Week, please visit https://www.allstargame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.