Schedule, Starters, Reserves and MLB All Star Betting Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on July 11, 2015 in

I’ve always been a fan of surgical writings, neat ideas that are cleanly tailored to needle-point precision for maximum effect on clients. But lately, I’ve admittedly been off my game in baseball stuff after someone screwed up big time and failed to include Alex Rodriguez in the All-Star team. I thought about ventilating my anger about the issue, but it looks like my buddy Grant Brisbee from SB Nation beat me to the idea, literally taking the words out of my head on why A-Rod deserved to be an A-lister in the All-Star.

Fortunately, there are still a number of important issues to highlight or talk about ahead of the 86th Midsummer Classic, which is set to take place at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati next Tuesday. So, as my special way of getting my head right as I provide some essential details about the upcoming All-Star celebration, here’s a MLB betting preview of the All-Star game, including team rosters, game schedule and other relevantly related details:

Closer Look at the Schedule, Starters, Reserves and MLB All Star Betting Preview

Game: 2015 MLB All-Star Game
Venue: Great American Ball Park
Date: July, 14, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM ET

The MLB All-Star Rosters

I am guessing most of you know most the players below, so there’s no need for me to go into in-depth analysis about their skills and all. Plus, I am not in the best of moods to talk about 60-plus players, so pardon me and just scroll down as you take note of the names:

AL Starters

•    C Salvador Perez, Royals
•    1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (injured, will not play)
•    2B Jose Altuve, Astros
•    SS Alcides Escobar, Royals
•    3B Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter overall)
•    OF Mike Trout, Angels
•    OF Lorenzo Cain, Royals
•    OF Alex Gordon, Royals
•    DH Nelson Cruz, Mariners

AL Reserves

•    C Russell Martin, Blue Jays
•    C Stephen Vogt, Athletics
•    1B Albert Pujols, Angels (will start in place of the injured Cabrera)
•    1B Prince Fielder, Rangers
•    1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees (replaces injured Cabrera on roster)
•    2B Jason Kipnis, Indians
•    SS Jose Iglesias, Tigers
•    3B Manny Machado, Orioles
•    OF J.D. Martinez, Tigers
•    OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
•    OF Adam Jones, Orioles
•    UTIL Brock Holt, Red Sox

AL Pitchers

•    RHP Sonny Gray, Athletics
•    RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
•    RHP Chris Archer, Rays
•    LHP David Price, Tigers
•    LHP Dallas Keuchel, Astros
•    LHP Chris Sale, White Sox
•    RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees
•    RHP Brad Boxberger, Rays
•    RHP Kelvin Herrera, Royals
•    RHP Wade Davis, Royals
•    RHP Darren O’Day, Orioles
•    LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
•    LHP Zach Britton, Orioles

AL Final Vote Candidates

•    SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
•    OF Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers
•    OF Brett Gardner, Yankees
•    2B Brian Dozier, Twins
•    3B Mike Moustakas, Royals

NL Starters

•    C Buster Posey, Giants
•    1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
•    2B Dee Gordon, Marlins
•    SS Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals
•    3B Todd Frazier, Reds
•    OF Bryce Harper, Nationals (leading vote-getter in NL)
•    OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals (injured, participation questionable)
•    OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (injured, will not play)

NL Reserves

•    C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
•    C Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers
•    1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
•    1B Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
•    2B DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
•    2B Joe Panik, Giants
•    SS Brandon Crawford, Giants
•    3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies
•    3B Kris Bryant, Cubs (replaces injured Stanton on roster)
•    OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (will start in place of the injured Stanton)
•    OF Joc Pederson, Dodgers
•    OF Justin Upton, Padres
•    OF A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks

NL Pitchers

•    RHP Max Scherzer, Nationals
•    RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers
•    RHP Gerrit Cole, Pirates
•    RHP Michael Wacha, Cardinals
•    RHP Jacob deGrom, Mets
•    RHP Shelby Miller, Braves
•    RHP A.J. Burnett, Pirates
•    LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
•    RHP Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals
•    RHP Mark Melancon, Pirates
•    RHP Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies
•    RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
•    LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds

NL Final Vote Candidates

•    RHP Johnny Cueto, Reds
•    RHP Jeurys Familia, Mets
•    LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
•    RHP Carlos Martinez, Cardinals
•    SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

Noteworthy Details About the 2015 MLB All-Star Game

If you’ve skimmed through all of the above and you are still reading this, then it means you are seriously interested on the All-Star game, so let’s delve into some serious details below.

Now, as background on the player selections, it is worth noting that the rosters for the 2015 All-Star Game were officially announced in a pair of live broadcasts on Sunday (July 5th) and Monday night (July 6th). As is tradition to recent All-Star selections, the starting position players in both the AL and NL were selected by the fans, while the remaining players on the rosters were voted on by MLB players and selected by managers Ned Yost (Kansas City Royals) and Bruce Bochy (San Francisco Giants).

Both the AL and NL have All-Star rosters should have 34 players each. However, only 33 players were announced for each team, with the final spot still up for grabs through fan voting. Players categorized in the Final Vote (highlighted in the lists given above) are the only ones who are eligible to receive the votes, so voting for A-Rod and other All-Star snubs won’t be possible.

Interestingly, there have been a lot of team and player campaigns in regards to the players who should be voted for. So competitive is the voting process that, according to Fox Sports, the Tigers have gone as far as teaming up the Reds for both teams to push for votes in favor of Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto on the NL side and Detroit’s Yoenis Cespedes on the AL side. If you ask me, I’d say vote for whoever you feel like, or better yet, sell your vote to the highest bidder #justkidding! Notably, the Final Voting can only be done via or via a corresponding hashtag for your player of choice (i.e #VoteYo in Cespedes’ case). Oh, and the voting ends on Friday, July 10 at 4:00 PM ET, so ensure that your vote is cast before then.

As a final note, any starting pitchers that will make starts for their teams on Sunday (July 12th) won’t be eligible to pitch on Tuesday in the All-Star Game. Once we have confirmed the full 34-player rosters in each league by Saturday, we will delve into the juicy MLB betting details of what to expect. For now, though, there are still many other regular-season MLB games taking place across the league, most of which we’ve already previewed and provided free baseball picks for your choosing. I am sure you will find very good company and great profits in those free game previews and analysis in the meantime, so don’t hesitate to indulge in our MLB betting section for all that, and much more!